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Description:  BP said it was suspending dividend payments for much of this year and created a $20 billion fund to pay injured parties. Alan Murray and Joe White discuss. Also, Steven Gillon, a presidential historian discusses Barack Obama’s leadership style in the context of other presidents who have faced serious crises.

Source: – video report
Date: 06/16/2010


Questions for discussion: 

  • How much will this “deal” hurt BP financially?
  • What is the significance of a dividend suspension?
  • What is your view of corporate and government responsibility in this matter?
  • Do you believe that President Obama has handled BP correctly?
  • From a risk management point of view, are there any longer term ramifications for the industry now that this ecological disaster has occurred?
  • How might you expect oil companies and governments behave in the future?

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