Cut in half: This retailer’s stock fell fast

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Description: Shares of women’s apparel retailer J.Jill (JILL)plunged 50% Thursday after the company warned that sales would flag. The company said stores open at least a year may fall between 3% and 5% in the third quarter, and earnings would miss forecasts. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 13, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/12/investing/jjill-retail-sales-plunge/index.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

The New Off-Court Play for NBA Stars Is Startup Equity

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Description: About three years ago, in February 2014, Andre Iguodala spent an off-day during the NBA season at the offices of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in Menlo Park, Calif. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 25, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-24/the-new-off-court-play-for-nba-stars-is-startup-equity Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the changes taking place in finance and planning? How do you… Read more »

How Brooklinen Went From Kickstarter to $20M in Sales

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Description: How Brooklinen Went From Kickstarter to $20M in Sales Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: May 23, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-05-23/brooklinen-s-rise-from-kickstarter-to-20m-in-sales-video Questions for discussion: Describe the financing strategies used by management from start-up to the current level of sales. Do you think the company made any errors in judgement or should consider other methods to… Read more »

Kinder Morgan Canada to Price IPO at C$17 in Canadian Debut

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Description: Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is expected to raise C$1.75 billion ($1.3 billion) in its initial public offering after setting the price of its shares at C$17 each, below the previous range, according to terms of the deal. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 17, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-24/kinder-morgan-canada-said-to-price-ipo-at-c-17-in-canadian-debut Questions for discussion: How should investors evaluate this IPO?… Read more »

This could stop Amazon’s stock rally in its tracks

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Description: Amazon needs to enact a large stock split and start paying a dividend to get the Dow keepers’ attention Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-could-stop-amazons-stock-rally-in-its-tracks-2017-04-21?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What is the concern about Amazon’s stock price as described in this article? What do you think about this argument?

For Non-Tech Companies, if You Can’t Build It, Buy a Start-Up

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Description: Companies announced $3.6 trillion worth of deals in 2016, a decline of 16.6 percent from the previous year. Still, it was the third biggest year on record for mergers and acquisitions globally, after 2015 and 2007. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 02, 2017 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/02/business/dealbook/mergers.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FInitial%20Public%20Offerings&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What does the report say about M&A?… Read more »

Warren Buffett’s 17 Year Old Stock Predictions Come True

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Description: His 1999 thought on annual returns were on point. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 22, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2gec1Cj Questions for Discussions: What were Warren Buffett’s predictions? Why do you think he was able to be so accurate? Do you think a 6% return is “fair” return to investors?