Restaurants Are Scrambling for Cheap Labor in 2019

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Description: The holiday hiring crunch may be over, but finding workers won’t be much easier this year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-04/restaurants-are-scrambling-for-cheap-labor-in-2019 Questions for discussion: Summarize the operational problems facing the restaurant industry. How should management deal with these challenges? How should investors deal with the issues?

Here’s how the Apple Watch’s heart monitor works

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands? Do you think this product development changes investor’s perception of… Read more »

Whatever Apple’s Tim Cook decides to do with video ‘could explode’: Discovery CEO

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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?… Read more »

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 »