Description: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and virtual meetings, this is what’s top of mind for venture capitalists. Source: INC.com Date: Oct 21, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/matt-cooper/raising-your-next-round-heres-what-youll-hear-from-venture-capitalists-today.html Questions for discussion: What are the reasons for concern, as explained in the article? What do think of this assessment? What should investors do, given this information?
Posts Categorized: Financial Planning
Description: Wall Street’s top matchmaker for megadeals sees a wave of corporate takeovers coming with a worrying implication for the workforce: a jump in job losses. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 16, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-16/goldman-warns-of-more-job-losses-with-jumbo-mergers-on-the-rise?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Summarize Goldman’s view of the near future. What does this mean for investors?
Description: For some small-business owners, watching their larger peers file for bankruptcy may do little to ease fears about their own financial solvency. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 08, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/08/ruby-tuesday-files-bankruptcy-here-are-options-for-struggling-firms.html Questions for discussion: What are the alternatives to bankruptcy, as illustrated in the article? In your opinion, should more debt holders… Read more »
Description: New York (CNN Business)People are flocking to America’s biggest pizza chains in the pandemic, and that should be great news for Domino’s. But just as Covid-19 has people buying more pizza, it has led to higher costs for everything from cleaning supplies to worker pay. Ingredient costs have also fluctuated: The company said cheese… Read more »
Description: Many banks restarting job cuts put on hold during early days of pandemic Source: Bloomberg.com/FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/fp-street/cibc-cuts-portfolio-managers-traders-in-drive-for-5-reduction/wcm/561ea7e5-db46-49e8-bf6e-c9b4cc365c8e/ Questions for discussion: What does this retrenchment mean for the industry? Why is it happening?
Description: Forget Thanksgiving Day. The start to the holiday shopping season could be October 10, or 10/10/2020, according to Keith Jelinek, managing director in the retail practice at global consultancy Berkeley Research Group. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 16, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-holiday-shopping-season-could-start-on-10-10-2020-with-retailers-hopeful-that-consumers-will-turn-out-early-11600197849?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the basis for these notions of an earlier start… Read more »
Description: Startup ‘camels’ prioritize sustainability by balancing growth with cash flow. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Apr 07, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347659?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What is the fundament difference between growing a unicorn versus a camel? What are the financial recommendations for start-ups and the reasons given for those choices? Do you agree with these suggestions?
Description: Mark Hoplamazian says it’s difficult balancing employee needs and shareholder interests. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/39141639-c068-453b-8ab0-4cb9d01d019e?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=ceo-daily&utm_content=2020040111am Questions for discussion: What can financial managers learn from this interview and the actions taken by Hyatt? What general guidelines should financial management follow in large and small firms?
Description: (Bloomberg) — The global credit machine is grinding to a halt. The $2.6 trillion international bond market, where the world’s biggest companies raise money to fund everything from acquisitions to factory upgrades, has come to a virtual standstill as the coronavirus spreads fear through company boardrooms. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 26, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-26/coronavirus-chaos-brings-corporate-debt-market-to-its-knees… Read more »
Description: How American Apparel came back from the brink of death Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/16/american-apparel-has-a-new-online-retail-store-following-bankruptcy.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the history of the firm focusing on the key issues that affected its rise and fall? Do you think the firm can rise again? What would you advise management?