Raising Your Next Round? Here’s What You’ll Hear From Venture Capitalists Today

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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?

Goldman Warns of More Job Losses With Jumbo Mergers on the Rise

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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?

Ruby Tuesday joins list of companies seeking bankruptcy protection. What to do if your own business is struggling

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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 »

The pandemic lifted Domino’s sales. But that’s not the full story 

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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 »

CIBC cuts portfolio managers, analysts, traders in drive for 5% reduction in staff

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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?

The holiday shopping season could start on 10/10/2020 with retailers hopeful that consumers will turn out early

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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 »

Forget Unicorns. Startups Should Be Camels.

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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?

Hyatt CEO on coronavirus: “The most challenging period of time in my professional life”

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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?

Global Credit Market Seizes Up as Coronavirus Halts Bond Sales

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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 »

How American Apparel came back from the brink of death

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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?