Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry

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Description: Far from simplifying taxes, the bill opened up a whole range of tactics to lower the amount owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/business/tax-bill-offers-last-minute-breaks-for-developers-banks-and-oil-industry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the highlights of the tax bill, according to the report? How will investors be affected by these changes?… Read more »

Bitcoin Futures Are About To Be a Thing and It’s Sending Prices Soaring

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Description: Bitcoin prices soared as high as $10,700 Friday after the main U.S. currency trading watchdog handed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange a tentative go-ahead to offer Bitcoin futures. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/bitcoin-price-cme-cftc-futures/ Questions for discussion: Explain why the introduction of futures trading would… Read more »

How the Fall of Finance Led to French Tech’s Rise

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Description: After the financial crisis, educated French youth opted for startups instead of conventional job paths. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-28/how-the-fall-of-finance-led-to-french-tech-s-rise Questions for discussion: What does the article have to say about changes taking place in France? What are the major reasons for the change in attitudes and thinking towards entrepreneurialism and… Read more »

Stocks don’t need tax cuts to keep going strong

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Description: The stock market is at a record high. The U.S. economy has grown at a healthy clip for the past six months. So is there really a pressing need for major tax reform, as President Trump and Republicans in Congress suggest? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/28/investing/stocks-tax-reform-trump/index.html Questions for… Read more »

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

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Description: The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/republican-tax-cut.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the article have to say about the proposed… Read more »

Zimbabwe Doesn’t Have Its Own Currency and Bitcoin Is Surging

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Description: Bitcoin climbed as much as 10 percent on Zimbabwe’s Golix exchange on Wednesday after the country’s armed forces seized power. The price of the cryptocurrency in the Southern African nation jumped as high as $13,499, almost double the rate at which it trades in international markets, according to prices cited on Golix’s website. It traded… Read more »

Will Justice Department’s Lawsuit Derail Deal-Making Boom?

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Description: The Trump administration’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner not only threatens an enormous corporate deal. It also has ignited a guessing game on Wall Street about whether the booming market for mergers and acquisitions is about to be derailed. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 21, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/business/dealbook/justice-department-deal-making.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness-dealbook&action=click&contentCollection=dealbook&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Do you think the… Read more »

As U.S. Debates Ending Electric Car Tax Credit, China Aims to Expand Sales

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Description: GUANGZHOU, China — In the United States, politicians were to vote on Thursday on a proposal that included repeal of a $7,500 tax credit for buyers of electric cars. In China, auto executives from around the world were gathering to talk about ambitious plans to sell more of those vehicleshere. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 16,… Read more »

This Man Is Leading an AI Revolution in Silicon Valley—And He’s Just Getting Started

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Description: The cofounder and CEO of semiconductor and software maker Nvidia saw the future of computing more than a decade ago, and began developing products that could power the artificial intelligence era. Source: Fortune.com Date: Nov 10, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/11/16/nvidia-ceo-jensen-huang/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the financial performance of Nvidia? How has Nvidia performed in comparison to other… Read more »

Keystone Clients Are Ready to Fill It With Oil, If Nebraska Allows

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Description: TransCanada Corp. gave its strongest signal yet that it has enough demand from producers to fill the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline with oil. Now the ball is in Nebraska’s court. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 10, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-09/transcanada-profit-meets-estimates-as-keystone-xl-decision-looms Questions for discussion: What should investors consider in order to fairly evaluate the firm’s stock and future… Read more »