Banks not named Wells Fargo are doing great

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Description: Wells Fargo is still struggling to shake off a bad reputation it earned through numerous recent scandals. Senator Elizabeth Warren told CEO Tim Sloan at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he should be fired. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/04/investing/banks-earnings-wells-fargo-jpmorgan-chase/index.html Questions for discussion: What are the concerns… Read more »

A Lot of Apple’s Overseas Cash Is Already in the U.S.

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Description: Companies don’t have to avoid U.S. markets to steer clear of U.S. taxes. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/a-lot-of-apple-s-overseas-cash-is-already-in-the-u-s Questions for discussion: Where is Apple’s “foreign” cash held? Do you think this cash would be diverted to more productive assests if the tax issues were resolved?

Bitcoin Is Plunging After Jamie Dimon Called It a ‘Fraud’

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Description: Bitcoin’s value has dropped 10% since J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon slammed the cryptocurrency Tuesday, briefly falling below the $3,800 mark on Wednesday. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 13, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/09/13/bitcoin-jamie-dimon-fraud-price/ Questions for discussion: Why did Bitcoin drop in value after the pronouncement by Jamie Dimon? Do you agree with his assessment?  

Two Big Tests For Bitcoin

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Description: Bitcoin, the digital currency that has turned into the new “gold” among investors and traders around the world, is in for two big tests. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 02, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2017/09/02/two-big-tests-for-bitcoin/#704769884473 Questions for discussion: What are the tests meant to show? Do you think Bitcoin will pass them?

As Wells Fargo’s woes mount, its board may be on the firing line

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Description: Could populist anger spur regulators to make an example of one bank’s board? Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 31, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-wells-fargos-woes-mount-its-board-may-be-on-the-firing-line-2017-08-08?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the ability of government regulators to control behaviors in this industry? Do you think the resignation or firing of the board is appropriate? What… Read more »

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 »