How the Fall of Finance Led to French Tech’s Rise

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Description: After the financial crisis, educated French youth opted for startups instead of conventional job paths. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-28/how-the-fall-of-finance-led-to-french-tech-s-rise Questions for discussion: What does the article have to say about changes taking place in France? What are the major reasons for the change in attitudes and thinking towards entrepreneurialism and… Read more »

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

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Description: The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/republican-tax-cut.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the article have to say about the proposed… Read more »

Zimbabwe Doesn’t Have Its Own Currency and Bitcoin Is Surging

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Description: Bitcoin climbed as much as 10 percent on Zimbabwe’s Golix exchange on Wednesday after the country’s armed forces seized power. The price of the cryptocurrency in the Southern African nation jumped as high as $13,499, almost double the rate at which it trades in international markets, according to prices cited on Golix’s website. It traded… Read more »

David Rosenberg: Fifteen reasons why investors should love Japan

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Description: Things are starting to look up in the Land of the Rising Sun Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 02, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/investing/david-rosenberg-fifteen-reasons-why-investors-should-love-japan Questions for discussion: Of the reasons listed, which three do you think have the most merit? Do you agree with his assessment and thinking?

Black Monday anniversary: How the 2017 stock market compares with 1987

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Description: The 2017 rally isn’t a rerun of the 1987 pre-crash runup Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 19, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-the-stock-market-stacks-up-on-30th-anniversary-of-1987-crash-2017-10-19?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the comparison? What do you think investors will do about the attention paid to this very public discussion?

Opinion: 12 things you can learn about investing from Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler

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Description: Tren Griffin notes that the economist is also a skilled professional investor Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 09, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/12-things-you-can-learn-about-investing-from-nobel-prize-winner-richard-thaler-2017-10-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What are the most useful ideas presented in this article for investors to weigh? What is your opinion of this field of economic theory as a tool for investors?

Opinion Journal: The Paris Climate Con

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Description: Business World Columnist Holman Jenkins Jr. on why the pact is mainly about subsidies, not environmental progress. Photo credit: Getty Images. Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: June 01, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/opinion-journal-the-paris-climate-con/AF124BBD-86EB-40A7-A6D5-185AB8F6CC03.html Questions for discussion: What does Holman Jenkins Jr. say about the agreement? Do you think the decision to withdraw reduces the influence or… Read more »

The Question Isn’t Why Wage Growth Is So Low. It’s Why It’s So High.

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Description: One of the economy’s biggest mysteries is this: The labor market is the strongest it has been in a decade, yet wages are rising barely faster than inflation. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 26, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/upshot/the-question-isnt-why-wage-growth-is-so-low-its-why-its-so-high.html?ref=dealbook&_r=0 Questions for discussion: What does this article say about how and why wages rise? What might the current… 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 »

Puerto Rico: A Debt Problem That Kept Boiling Over

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Description: It all goes back to 1917. Congress passed a law that year making Puerto Ricans United States citizens. That same law, still on the books today, empowered the island to raise money by issuing tax-exempt bonds. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 05, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/business/dealbook/puerto-rico-debt.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the current financial… Read more »