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 »
Posts Categorized: Governments & Regulators
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 »
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 »
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?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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?
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 »
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?