Big Six go six-for-six as BMO hikes dividend and plans buyback

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Description: Bank of Montreal has made it a clean sweep for Canada’s Big Six lenders in dishing out dividend hikes and share buybacks. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Dec 03, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/big-six-go-six-for-six-as-bmo-hikes-dividend-and-plans-buyback-1.1690652 Questions for discussion: How have Canadian bank shares performed, according to the report? What explains the overall performance? What would you… Read more »

Elle magazine says it will ban fur from its publications worldwide

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Description: Lifestyle and fashion magazine ELLE announced Thursday it is banning fur from all pages of its publications in a move to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes. Source: NPR.org Date: Dec 02, 2021 Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1061053897/elle-magazine-ban-fur-from-publications Questions for discussion: What are the implications of this decision and the publicity from it on the various industries and… Read more »

Mohamed El-Erian says the Fed’s inflation screwup will ‘go down in history’ — but he’s using these 3 stocks to take advantage

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Description: If a prominent economist is right, the Federal Reserve’s reaction to skyrocketing inflation is “going to go down in history as one of the worst inflation calls.” Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Nov 25, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mohamed-el-erian-says-feds-223000705.html Questions for discussion: What are the arguments over the Fed’s decisions? What do you think about the understanding and… Read more »

‘It’s like Gamestop’: Mortgage expert on risk of housing correction

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Description: Prices in red-hot Canadian housing markets could be at risk of a “significant” correction amid extreme valuation and policy uncertainty heading into the new year, according to one of the country’s best known mortgage experts. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov 25, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/it-s-like-gamestop-mortgage-expert-on-risk-of-housing-correction-1.1687056 Questions for discussion: What is helping to inflate… Read more »

How Americans’ Appetite for Leather in Luxury SUVs Worsens Amazon Deforestation

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Description: An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers. Source: NYTimes.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/climate/leather-seats-cars-rainforest.html Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and social… Read more »

Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming

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Description: Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/17/bill-gates-terrapower-builds-its-first-nuclear-reactor-in-a-coal-town.html Questions for discussion: What are the business implications for this new technology? What sort of headwinds can the industry expect and how should they deal with… Read more »

Bitcoin’s biggest upgrade in four years just happened – here’s what changes

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Description: The first bitcoin upgrade in four years has just gone live. It is a rare moment of consensus among stakeholders, and it’s a big deal for the world’s most popular cryptocurrency. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 14, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/14/bitcoin-taproot-upgrade-what-it-means-for-investors.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain the upgrade and why it would contribute to… Read more »

How NFTs Create Value

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Description: Summary.   How much could a cluster of pixels possibly be worth? More pointedly, why is it worth anything at all? The explosion of NFTs and their accompanying marketplaces have left many baffled, incredulous, and deeply skeptical. But while NFTs may be fetching.. Source: HBR.org Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://hbr.org/2021/11/how-nfts-create-value?ab=hero-main-text Questions for discussion: Explain the… Read more »

This 26-year-old Canadian CEO is taking his autonomous truck company public in US$5B deal

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Description: Alex Rodrigues knows all about automation. It’s a fascination that began back when he was a kid in suburban Alberta, building his own working robot in the seventh grade. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov 01, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/this-26-year-old-canadian-ceo-is-taking-his-autonomous-truck-company-public-in-us-5b-deal-1.1680604 Questions for discussion: How will this technology change the transportation industry, from an operating… Read more »

Cheap Used Planes and Deep Pockets Help Airline Startups Take Flight

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Description: The pandemic devastated industry earnings but created opportunities for rich entrepreneurs. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 28, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-28/ample-workers-cheap-used-planes-fuel-a-boom-in-airline-startups?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the ideas behind investment and use of capital? How can investors use this information in search of more opportunities? What are some other examples of industries… Read more »