Tax reform: It’s business vs. the middle class

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Description: There are a thousand fights to be had over tax reform. One of the big ones is how much should tax reform directly help businesses vs. the middle class? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 19, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/19/news/economy/tax-reform-businesses-middle-class/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom Questions for discussion: Why is tax reform so challenging, according to the report? In… Read more »

Too much oil supply in the markets: Part One

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Description: BNN commentator Andrew McCreath speaks with Johannes Benigni of JBC Energy, who explains why he thinks there’s still too much oil on the market. Source: BNN.ca – video report Date: May 10, 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/too-much-oil-supply-in-the-markets-part-one~1129206 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this report. Do you agree with the assessments? What would you… Read more »

This could stop Amazon’s stock rally in its tracks

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Description: Amazon needs to enact a large stock split and start paying a dividend to get the Dow keepers’ attention Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-could-stop-amazons-stock-rally-in-its-tracks-2017-04-21?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What is the concern about Amazon’s stock price as described in this article? What do you think about this argument?

The Barbarians Are at Etsy’s Hand-Hewn, Responsibly Sourced Gates

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Description: The ur-Brooklyn online craft marketplace is under pressure to start acting more like a conventional, shareholder-focused company. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-18/the-barbarians-are-at-etsy-s-hand-hewn-responsibly-sourced-gates Questions for discussion: What does this article say about the company and its management? What do you think of the future financial possibilities are for this company?

From Meg Whitman To Taylor Swift: Meet The 60 Richest, Most Successful Self-Made Women In America

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Description: Forbes’ third annual tally of America’s 60 most successful self-made women has a new number one, two new billionaires, a transgender woman who climbed back into the ranks after a one year absence and five newcomers. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers who made their fortunes in everything from makeup and… Read more »

Snap Inc’s Shares Are Plunging After Its Q1 Earnings Report

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Description: It didn’t hit analysts’ expectations. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: May 10, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2r19CMH Questions for discussion: What are the key financial numbers investors are using to evaluate the stock value? Do you think this company’s financial performance will improve as did Facebook?

Valeant shares rocket 24% as investors cheer moves to reduce debt

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Description: Troubled drug company refinanced debt, extended maturities and adjusted terms last quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/valeant-shares-rocket-23-as-investors-cheer-moves-to-reduce-debt-2017-05-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Why did the stock price jump? Do you think the current value is fair, with respect to the level of debt and revenue projections?

Apple Gives Corning $200 Million to Invent Better Phone Glass

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is seeding the next generation of American-made glass for its iPhones and iPads, and its investments may have the side benefit of helping the company win favor in Washington. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/technology/apple-corning-phone-glass.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the relationship between the… Read more »

PrivateBancorp Holders Approve $4.9 Billion CIBC Takeover

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Description: PrivateBancorp Inc. investors approved a $4.9 billion takeover by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce after the Toronto-based lender sweetened its deal twice to win over shareholders. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-12/privatebancorp-holders-approve-4-9-billion-cibc-takeover-offer Questions for discussion: Why is this a good deal for both parties? What are the risks going forward?