Cash crunch and layoffs: Inside small businesses’ fight for survival

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Description: It’s been a tough month for Canada’s small businesses. A significant part of Canada’s economic engine, many small businesses across the country have laid off staff as COVID-19 threatens to close their doors permanently. To avoid this, Ottawa has announced a ?wage subsidy program for companies, charities and non-profits to help cover three-quarters of employees’ salaries… Read more »

The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator? Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world… Read more »

COVID-19 Will Turbocharge Legal Industry Transformation

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Description: The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is attacking the health, financial welfare, social order and political stability of nations across the globe. At a time when millions are fighting to survive illness, financial hardship, political upheaval, and other existential threats, it is difficult to look beyond the moment. The scourge of COVID-19 will pass. When, at what… Read more »

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke sees ‘very sharp’ recession, followed by ‘fairly quick’ rebound

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Description: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounded an optimistic tone on the longer-term state of the economy, predicting in a CNBC interview Wednesday that while the U.S. is facing an acute recession, it shouldn’t last. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 25, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/former-fed-chairman-ben-bernanke-sees-very-sharp-recession-followed-by-fairly-quick-rebound.html Questions for discussion: What does Ben Bernanke say is happening… Read more »

Canada’s stock market collapse is like nothing we’ve ever seen before

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Description: That doesn’t mean the stock market should be shut down until Covid-19 panic has passed Source: Macleans.ca Date: Mar 27, 2020 Link: https://www.macleans.ca/economy/canadas-stock-market-collapse-is-like-nothing-weve-ever-seen-before/   Questions for discussion: How does the current drop in stock values compare to other times of crisis? What should investors do at this time, in your opinion?

The World Catches a Dangerous Virus of the Mind

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Description: The coronavirus is more than a health menace. It’s a wealth destroyer that the global economy will have to live with for many months to come. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-28/the-world-catches-a-dangerous-virus-of-the-mind?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about what was known about the coronavirus a month ago and how people… Read more »

The Dow just crashed 3,000 points — here is why it happened

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Description: A press conference with President Trump on Monday afternoon sent an already crashing market right on through a trapdoor. Source: YahooFinance.com – video report Date: Mar 16, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/the-dow-just-crashed-3000-points-here-is-why-it-happened-203917420.html Questions for discussion: What triggered the 3,00 point drop? Why are credit markets so critical to a quicker economic and stock market recovery? What… Read more »

David Rosenberg: Stop looking to 2008, this crisis is more like 9/11

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Description: After that shock it took about 18 months for bond yields and equity markets to bottom Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Mar 18, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/david-rosenberg-stop-looking-to-2008-this-crisis-is-more-like-9-11?video_autoplay=true Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by David Rosenberg? What do you think about his assessments and projections? What would you advise investors today?

Regeneron Surges After Identifying Coronavirus Antibodies

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Description: Regeneron said it could produce ‘hundreds of thousands’ of does per month by the end of the summer if trials of its cocktail coronavirus treatment prove successful. Source: TheStreet.com Date: Mar 17, 2020 Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/regeneron-surges-after-identifying-coronavirus-antibodies Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the pharmaceutical effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus?… Read more »

Is Boeing Done For? What Charts Say After 64% Fall

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Description: Shares of Boeing (BA) – Get Report have become a disaster. Shares have declined 10% on Thursday and have fallen more than 60% from its highs. Source: TheStreet.com Date: Mar 12, 2020 Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/trading-boeing-ba-stock-coronavirus Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the stock decline and why recent borrowing activity is a prime concern for investors? What would… Read more »