El-Erian: Syria could halt sluggish growth

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Description: Pimco’s Mohamed El-Erian discusses Syria’s impact on oil prices, Chancellor Merkel’s recent statements about Greece and U.S. Treasury yields. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: August 28, 2013 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2013/08/28/n-cmw-pimco-el-erian-syria-oil-merkel-bond-yields.cnnmoney/index.html Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for uncertainty in markets today according to El-Erian. How do you think oil prices will behave in the… Read more »

Investors can hear Verizon now

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Description: Shares of Verizon soar on reports that the company might make a deal with UK-based partner Vodafone to finally buy out its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: August 29, 2013 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2013/08/29/investing-the-buzz-verizon-wireless-deal-vodafone.cnnmoney/index.html Questions for Discussions: Why would Verizon want to buy Vodafone’s shares? Is the debt a concern?… Read more »

With Huge War Chests, Activist Investors Tackle Big Companies

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Description: Microsoft executives faced an unusual challenge in April when a $12 billion hedge fund, ValueAct, announced that it had bought a nearly $2 billion stake in the company with the intention of shaking things up. Source: NYTimes.com – video report Date: August 30, 2013 Link: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/with-huge-war-chests-activist-investors-tackle-big-companies/?ref=business Questions for Discussions: Summarize the strategic thinking of… Read more »

A Treasury Shortage Squeezes the Heart of the Market

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Description: Considering the trillions of dollars of Treasury bonds the federal government has been selling to pay for its budget deficits, you’d expect there to be plenty of them for use by dealers in the financial markets. Instead there’s a drought, one that’s likely to get worse before it gets better, and it’s already interfering… Read more »

The hunt for yield

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Description: Looking for the highest yield plays out there? Business Day asks investing experts to outline what investors should look for when choosing a dividend stock, ETFs, and top paying energy shares. Source: BNN.ca – video report Date: Aug 30, 2013 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2013/8/30/The-hunt-for-yield.aspx Questions for Discussions: Describe the investing strategy suggested by Leslie Lundquist. What… Read more »