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 »

Tax reform: It’s business vs. the middle class

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Description: There are a thousand fights to be had over tax reform. One of the big ones is how much should tax reform directly help businesses vs. the middle class? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 19, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/19/news/economy/tax-reform-businesses-middle-class/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom Questions for discussion: Why is tax reform so challenging, according to the report? In… 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 »

America’s Top Public Companies In 2017: A Buffett Buy List

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Description: President Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders finally found a consensus yesterday, although an unlikely one for a businessman and a Socialist: breaking up those big banks. Source: Forbes.com Date: May 02, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/corinnejurney/2017/05/02/americas-top-public-companies-in-2017/#20a7f1834ad2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What do you think of the assessments?

‘Trump Bump’ Lifts Stocks, Giving President a Win for His First 100 Days

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Description: In his first 100 days as president, Donald J. Trump may have found much of his agenda stymied, like a health care overhaul and a hotly contested immigration order. Source: NYTimes.com Date: April 28, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/business/dealbook/trump-stocks-100-days-markets.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions for discussion: What is the significance of stock market behavior during the first 100 days? What… Read more »

Opinion: The real reason for the trade deficit? Our spending habits

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Description: Martin Feldstein’s inconvenient truths about the U.S. trade deficit Source: MoneyWatch.com Date: April 28, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-real-reason-for-the-trade-deficit-us-2017-04-26?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the current trade deficit? Is it a bad thing? What has to happen for it to be reduced? What do you think will happen over the next year or so?… Read more »

Inside China’s Biggest-ever Foreign Corporate Acquisition

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Description: Food security is behind ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Syngenta. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2pWStmR Questions for discussion: How is this acquisition different from other M&A deals that have taken place in this industry? How do you think Chinese government ownership will influence the firm and the industry… Read more »

Hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones says this chart is ‘terrifying’ and should freak out the Fed

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Description: Paul Tudor Jones is a reclusive hedge fund legend who never talks to the press. Source: CNBC.com Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/hedge-fund-legend-paul-tudor-jones-says-this-chart-is-terrifying-and-should-freak-out-the-fed.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in the report. How much influence do you think Paul Tudor Jones has over investor’s perceptions of risk?

United Airlines’ bad week cost Buffett and other investors millions

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Description: United has lost $570 million in market cap this week, while Warren Buffett may have lost over $50 million on his investment Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/united-airlines-bad-week-cost-buffett-and-other-investors-millions-2017-04-13?mod=MW_story_top_stories Questions for discussion: Explain the sudden drop in stock value. Do you think this situation presents an opportunity for investors to… Read more »

Voya Financial CEO Gives Us His Best Financial Advise

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Description: We sat down with Voya Financial CEO Rodney Martin to get the advice he gives his customers about investing long term. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2nNgsbE Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Rodney Martin. Which do think is most important to investors today?