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 »
Posts Categorized: Governments & Regulators
Description: SAN FRANCISCO — Most big banks have tried to stay far away from the scandal-tainted virtual currency Bitcoin. But Goldman Sachs, perhaps the most storied name in finance, is bucking the risks and moving ahead with plans to set up what appears to be the first Bitcoin trading operation at a Wall Street bank…. Read more »
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®ion=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?
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®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the arguments in… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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?