Description:Â Oil prices spike to its highest level in nine months, following Iran’s announcement to halt oil exports to Britain and France. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: 02/20/2012 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/02/20/n_iran_oil_gas_prices.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Why have oil prices risen? What is the impact of this change on the economy?
Monthly Archives: February 2012
Description:Â Billionaire George Soros says deregulation of the private sector allowed the financial system to grow like a cancer until it collapsed. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: 02/13/2012 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/02/13/n_soros_obama_regulations.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions presented by George Soros. Do you agree with his opinions?
Description:Â Koppers Chocolate factory is the oldest and largest factory left in New York City. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report. Date: 02/14/2012 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/video/smallbusiness/2012/02/13/sbiz_koppers_chocolate.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Describe the business model for this company. Why do you think it has remained relatively small when compared to bigger competitors? What financial planning advantages are there to… Read more »
Description:Â Goldman Sachs and hedge funds are buying risky mortgages again Source: Businessweek.com Date: 02/16/2012 Link:Â http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/why-toxic-debt-looks-a-lot-less-toxic-02162012.html Questions for discussion: What has changed? Do you agree with this assessment?
Description: When countries post a 40% youth unemployment rate, you know something is terribly wrong. The last time developed countries experienced such an employment disaster was during the Great Depression, and it is a moot question as to whether the current period will prove to be worse for the southern European countries than the Great… Read more »
Description:Â From Knicks jersey sales to tickets on the road, many firms are profiting from Linsanity. But can it last? Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: 02/17/2012 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/02/16/n_jeremy_lin_business.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Explain the sudden financial changes to the various businesses mentioned in the report. Do you think this phenomenon can last? What strategic plans… Read more »
Description: Online lender Kabbage offers advances to small business owners based on their success as online merchants. Source:Â CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: 02/16/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/02/16/t-ts-kabbage-lending.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Explain the reasons this sort of financial lending arrangement works for both sides? Is the risk any greater for Kabbage than for conventional bank lending? What… Read more »
Description:Â Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has unveiled a new brewing system to build on the popularity of its K-cup line, which may face competition after two key patents expire in September. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 02/16/2012 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/15/markets/green_mountain_coffee/index.htm Questions for discussion: How does the firm generate revenue? Is this business model sound? What risks are there… Read more »
Description:Â Â Throughout the extraordinary surge in Apple Inc. (AAPL)â€™s share price, a persistent question has lingered: Why is the stock still so cheap? One overlooked answer may be that Appleâ€™s accounting isnâ€™t as conservative as it used to be. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 02/16/2012 Link:Â http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/apple-s-stock-may-not-be-as-cheap-as-it-looks-jonathan-weil.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights of the report. Do you… Read more »
Description:Â Bonds riskier than stocks? Surely thatâ€™s crazy talk. It turns upside-down what seems to be a fundamental rule of investing. Source: MontrealGazette.com Date: 02/11/2012 Link:Â http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Bryan+Investing+risk+hides+where+least+expect/6147612/story.html#ixzz1meczIACn Questions for discussion: What are the key points made in this report? Do you agree with the assessments presented?