Sprint and T-Mobile Have a $27 Billion Problem to Solve

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Description: To get their merger past regulators, they have to show that consumers would be better off with three big carriers rather than four. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 03, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-03/sprint-and-t-mobile-have-a-27-billion-problem-to-solve Questions for discussion: What are the issues that complicate this merger? What are the pros and cons? Do you think it will be… Read more »

Grumpy Investors Can’t Find Anything to Look Forward To

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Description: The stock market is forward-looking. That’s a problem when there’s not much to look forward to. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/24/business/stock-markets-inflation-earnings.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the concerns facing investors, according to the report? Do you think investors are losing confidence in further market appreciation?

Time Warner C.E.O. Testifies That AT&T Merger Is Needed to Battle Silicon Valley

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Description: WASHINGTON — Time Warner’s chief executive, Jeffrey Bewkes, vigorously defended his company’s $85.4 billion merger with AT&T on Wednesday, saying the deal was necessary to confront “tectonic changes” in entertainment caused by internet competitors like Netflix and Amazon. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 19, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/business/time-warner-att-merger.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the arguments in… Read more »

Facebook is the worst of the Big Tech stocks

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Description: Can Mark Zuckerberg assure investors — and Congress — that Facebook is going to make some big changes? Wall Street has punished Facebook’s stock since the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Facebook (FB) is down nearly 10% this year. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Apr 09, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/09/investing/facebook-stock-mark-zuckerberg-cambridge-analytica/index.html Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the… Read more »

A chart of technology stocks suggests they may collapse in a regulatory-driven sell-off similar to tobacco and banks

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Description: Washington’s increased scrutiny of technology giants could spell trouble for their stocks, if history is any guide. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 09, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/09/bank-of-americas-hartnett-warns-tech-may-end-up-like-tobacco-banks.html Questions for discussion: What do the charts say about the effect of increased government regulations on stocks? What risk is there for tech stocks, in your… Read more »

It’s Time To Regulate Big Tech, Says VC Who Helped Create It

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Description: In his new book Unscaled, Hemant Taneja says the era of regulation-free growth is coming to an end, and entrepreneurs need to adapt. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 07, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40554409/its-time-to-regulate-big-tech-says-vc-who-helped-create-it?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=4&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04092018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues presented in this report that investors should be concerned with. What does this mean for growth projections of compamnies… Read more »

The case for big business in America

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Description: Big companies are under the microscope. A spate of mega mergers and the growing power of online giants like Amazon and Facebook have spurred calls for greater oversight of large corporations and stricter enforcement of antitrust rules. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Apr 07, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/07/news/economy/big-business-atkinson/index.html Questions for discussion: What are the basic arguments presented in… Read more »

Bourbon, America’s native spirit, is caught in the cross hairs of Trump’s trade war

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Description: America’s beloved liquid spirit is caught in the cross hairs of Washington and Beijing’s trade battle. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 07, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/bourbon-americas-native-spirit-is-caught-in-the-cross-hairs-of-trumps-trade-war.html Questions for discussion: How have the threats over tarriffs and trade affected this industry? How should investors handle the stocks affected by the current climate? How might… Read more »

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

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Description: Big corporations — giant retailers and health insurance companies — are teaming up to become your doctor. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 07, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/health-care-mergers-doctors.html Questions for discussion: What is happening to the business of medical practice? Why is this happening? Is this a good thing, in your opinion? Should governments intervene?