Mohamed El-Erian joins Influencers with Andy Serwer

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Description: Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer sits down with Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, former deputy director at the International Monetary Fund, and former chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Mar 14, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/mohamed-el-erian-joins-influencers-100000239.html?soc_src=strm&soc_trk=ma Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this interview. What… Read more »

As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

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Description: With China no longer accepting used plastic and paper, communities are facing steep collection bills, forcing them to end their programs or burn or bury more waste. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 16, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/business/local-recycling-costs.html Questions for discussion: What are the financial details driving the decision-making in this situation? What are some likely solution-oriented… Read more »

Modern Monetary Theory explained by Stephanie Kelton

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Description: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is gaining traction in American politics, energizing the progressive left and roiling deficit hawks. Stephanie Kelton, who advised Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, explains the basics. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/03/01/stephanie-kelton-explains-modern-monetary-theory.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points that explain the theory and the… Read more »

How China’s Economic Slowdown Is Rippling Around the Region

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Description:  How China’s Economic Slowdown Is Rippling Around the Region Source: MarketWatch.com and WSJ.com – video report Date: Feb 2, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/video/how-chinas-economic-slowdown-is-rippling-around-the-region/89AF83D6-4A39-4FD7-982F-534892258A73.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about the impact China’s economic slowdown is having and the reasons given. What is the suggested impact of a return to normal growth? What… Read more »

Amazon abandoning NYC headquarters is a cautionary tale for big tech

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Description:  Amazon’s (AMZN) abandonment of its proposed HQ2 location in New York City is a cautionary tale for tech companies looking to open offices in new cities, several members of the tech community told Yahoo Finance. Source: Finnance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-long-island-city-lessons-163016646.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about management’s strategic… Read more »

How a dovish Fed could put stock market on path for a ‘late 90s style meltup’

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Description: Fed’s recent moves have echoes of Greenspan in ‘95 and ‘98, says analyst Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-the-powell-put-could-unleash-one-last-stock-market-meltup-2019-02-08 Questions for discussion: What are the historical similarities guiding the predictions presented in this article? What do you think will happen?

Inside Wisconsin’s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn

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Description:  A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-06/inside-wisconsin-s-disastrous-4-5-billion-deal-with-foxconn?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about the deal. Do you think the criticism… Read more »

The Financial Crisis Put a Chill on Big Bank Deals. That Ended Thursday.

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Description: Two banks announced the industry’s biggest merger in a decade on Thursday, signaling bank executives’ growing confidence that the regulatory constraints imposed after the 2008 financial crisis have begun to loosen. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/business/dealbook/bbt-suntrust-bank-mergers.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the regulatory environment and this merger?… Read more »

For Emerging Markets, China’s Shift to Consumer Goods Is a Blow

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Description:  Bulls see cheap stocks poised for a rebound. But one big thing has changed since the last boom. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 01, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-01/for-emerging-markets-china-s-shift-to-consumer-goods-is-a-blow?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented. Do you agree with the assessment? What would you advise investors?

Big Pharma’s Drug Studies Are Getting a NASA-Style Makeover

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Description: A third of development costs comes from clinical trials. Novartis wants to make them cheaper and faster. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/big-pharma-s-drug-studies-are-getting-a-nasa-style-makeover?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the approach being developed to reduce and control expenses? Why do you suppose it is only now being considered by these drug companies? Should investors… Read more »