Bitcoin extends losses, slides under $3500 to lowest since September 2017

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Description: Bitcoin had a rough weekend. Coming off a week of heavy losses, bitcoin fell as much as 10 percent and set a fresh low at $3,447.58 on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk. That was the cryptocurrency’s lowest level since September 2017. It later recovered to roughly $3,945 as of 6 p.m. ET. Source: CNBC.com –… Read more »

The Monopolization of America

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Description: In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about mergers and their effect on the economy? Do you agree with this assessment?

It’s been an ‘avalanche’ of bad news for Apple, but this investor isn’t…

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Description: Dan Ives, managing director of Wedbush Securities, and Ed Snyder, co-founder and managing director at Charter Equity Research, discuss whether the market is overreacting in the sell-off of Apple. It’s been an ‘avalanche’ of bad news for Apple, but this investor isn’t bearish on the stock yet from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

Fast-food stocks are soaring amid the volatility, here are one to buy and one to sell

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Description: As volatility rocks the market, one group of stocks is sizzling — fast food. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/23/fast-food-stocks-soaring-amid-volatility-one-to-buy-and-one-to-sell.html Questions for discussion: Explain the rise in these stock prices. Do you think they are a buy at this time?

The $200 Trillion Gold Rush That Has Reshaped Private Banking

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Description:  From Hong Kong to Miami, private bankers are finding new ways to serve the growing ranks of the world’s wealthy. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 24, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-24/the-200-trillion-gold-rush-that-has-reshaped-private-banking Questions for discussion: Summarize and interpret the highlights of the report. What does it suggest to investors going forward, in your opinion?

A Winter-Coat Heavyweight Gives Trump’s Trade War the Cold Shoulder

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Description: Columbia Sportswear has worked around tariffs for decades — and it says the president’s new wave of levies will not bring jobs back to America. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/business/economy/columbia-sportswear-trump-trade-war.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the firm deals with tariffs and financially related issues concerning trade?… Read more »

Banks are ready to tighten lending if the yield curve inverts

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Description: The banking industry is telling the Federal Reserve that a flattening yield curve could squeeze their businesses. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Nov 13, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/banks-ready-tighten-lending-yield-curve-inverts-210834687.html Questions for discussion: What are the banks’ concerns in terms of the spread? What should investors do, given this situation?

Buffett’s big bank bet explained using a simple measure of stock market value

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Description: Everyone is concerned about an overvalued stock market. And they should be. You don’t reach a full decade of a bull run without asking the reasonable question about stock values. A simple explanation that Warren Buffett once gave for knowing when the market is overvalued doesn’t present a full-throated endorsement of market bargains being… Read more »

Walmart’s focus on lower prices, e-commerce pays off as costs rise and tariffs loom

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Description:  Walmart reported 43% e-commerce growth and U.S. same-store sales growth of 3.4% in the third quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmarts-focus-on-lower-prices-e-commerce-pays-off-as-costs-rise-and-tariffs-loom-2018-11-15 Questions for discussion: Summarize and interpret the reported financial results at Walmart. What explains these results? How should investors treat this information?

Dell Offers More Money to Investors to Ease Its Return to the Stock Market

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Description: Dell agreed on Thursday to improve a takeover offer for owners of a special class of shares to about $23.9 billion, hoping to quell a shareholder rebellion against a deal meant to return the computer maker to the public markets. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/business/dealbook/dell-takeover-deal.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights… Read more »