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?

Just How Much Is a Medical Miracle Worth?

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Description: Years of costly treatments could give way to pricier one-shot cures like Spark Therapeutics’ blindness drug. But insurers aren’t ready. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: April 06 , 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-06/just-how-much-is-a-medical-miracle-worth Questions for Discussions: Summarize the various pricing models presented in this report. What are the ethical and social considerations involved? How should the players decide… Read more »

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space

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Description: COLORADO SPRINGS — Standing against the backdrop of his New Shepard rocket booster and a full-scale mock capsule for carrying humans into space, Jeff Bezos revealed on Wednesday that he was selling about $1 billion in Amazon stock a year to finance his Blue Origin rocket company. Source: NYTimes.com Date: April 5, 2017 Link:… Read more »

Who Needs Nuclear? Toshiba Is Developing A New Zero-Carbon Power

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Description: It’s tough to blame Toshiba for letting Westinghouse fail. The subsidiary was an intractable mess, facing $6 billion in cost overruns on four half-built nuclear power plants in South Carolina and Georgia. Source: Forbes.com Date: Mar 27, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2017/03/30/who-needs-nuclear-toshiba-already-working-on-new-zero-carbon-power-source/#14b8f77319c4 Questions for Discussions: Explain the risks to investors for Toshiba’s decisions. Do you think… Read more »

Eli Lilly loses NAFTA challenge brought against Canada

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Description: A NAFTA tribunal has refused to question Canadian judicial interpretations of domestic patent law. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 27, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/legal-post/eli-lilly-loses-nafta-challenge-brought-against-canada Questions for discussion: Explain the decision? Why is it important to the investors?

Why Lower Oil Could Drive Gold Higher

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Description: With crude back on the move again, the stalled gold-to-crude ratio may be poised to resume the upward trend. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Mike McGlone has more on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 20, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-03-20/why-lower-oil-could-drive-gold-higher-video Questions for Discussions: Explain the relationship between oil and gold, according to the… Read more »

Loonie is 10% cheaper versus the U.S. dollar: BMO’s Jack Ablin

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Description: Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, joins BNN’s Catherine Murray for a look at why he believes Canada’s loonie still has plenty of room to run up and his latest views on the market. Source: BNN.ca- video report Date: March 17 , 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/loonie-is-10-cheaper-versus-the-u-s-dollar-bmo-s-jack-ablin~1080904 Questions for Discussions: What is Jack… Read more »