Behind the GM strike: Declining productivity at U.S. operations – Reuters analysis

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html Questions for discussion: How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM… Read more »

As Silicon Valley faces a tech reckoning, biologists point to the next big opportunity

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped… Read more »

Opinion: This explosive discovery about stock and bond returns will shake your views on investing

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Description: Stocks and bonds produce similar results over the really long-term, new research shows Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-explosive-discovery-about-stock-and-bond-returns-will-shake-your-views-on-investing-2019-09-27?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: What does the research say about risk and investments in stocks and bonds? What would you advise investors at this time?

Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo names BNY Mellon’s Charles Scharf as CEO

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Description: Wells Fargo named Charles Scharf, chairman and CEO of Bank of New York Mellon, as its new chief executive officer and president on Friday, effective Oct. 21. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/27/wells-fargo-names-bny-mellons-charles-scharf-as-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What are the problems facing the bank and its new CEO? Do you think Charles… Read more »

Inside the intense world of Birkin bag collectors, who pay up to $500,000 for one bag

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Description: Would you pay $500,000 … for a bag? In 2019, a diamond-encrusted Birkin handbag made of crocodile, from the French luxury brand Hermes, sold for half a million dollars. The Birkin consistently shatters sales records at auction, selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But experts say the bag cost just $2,000 at… Read more »

Blackberry plunges to 4-year low in first five minutes of trading on earnings miss, outlook cut

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd.’s big earnings miss and lower forward guidance has the shares tumbling more than 20 per cent to a four-year low early Tuesday. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 24, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/blackberry-posts-second-quarter-net-loss Questions for discussion: Explain the drop in share value. What would you advise management to do at this time? How should investors… Read more »

The Weekly Listen: Airbnb’s IPO and Facebook Acquires ‘Mind-Reading Wristband’ Company

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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more. Source: eMarketer.com – podcast Date: Sep 25, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-weekly-listen-airbnb-ipo-and-facebook-acquires-mind-reading-wristband-company?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the highlights… Read more »

Want to invest like Warren Buffett? You’ll need to recognize your emotions, not ignore them

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Description: There’s a mistaken notion that women are more emotional than men when it comes to finances, says Pauline Yan, a portfolio manager in Toronto, Canada, who has a personal finance blogabout women and investing. It’s time to dump that idea, she says. “Every market crash has been caused by men having a lot of emotions,”… Read more »

A stock-market selloff could spark an economic recession, says BNY Mellon’s Liz Young

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Description: Market gains have been driven by macro factors, putting stocks on shaky ground Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 20, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-stock-market-selloff-could-spark-an-economic-recession-says-bny-mellons-liz-young-2019-09-20?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: What are the concerns, as explained in the article? Do you agree with this assessment? What would you advise investors do today?

Huawei’s Big Offer: CEO Daily

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Description: Why would Ren give his company’s most valuable IP—source code, hardware design, production technology, testing methods, the whole ball of wax—to an American company, in effect creating a new competitor? Well, first of all, because he’s correctly come to the conclusion that U.S. concerns over the security of the Huawei ecosystem are not going… Read more »