Bourbon, America’s native spirit, is caught in the cross hairs of Trump’s trade war

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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 »

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

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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?

Trump vs. Amazon: Let’s set the record straight

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Description: Enough. President Trump took aim at Amazon yet again. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/29/technology/trump-tweets-about-amazon-taxes/index.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the attack against Amazon? How should investors deal with this environment?

Ignore Trump’s Amazon bashing and buy the stock on any weakness: Deutsche Bank

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Description: President Donald Trump may be “obsessed” with Amazon, but that doesn’t mean the company will face any meaningful action from the president, Deutsche Bank says. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/as-trump-takes-down-amazon-with-tweet-deutsche-bank-calls-presidents-bluff.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in this report and the reasons for buying the stock. Do… Read more »

The stock market is on the brink of an absolute breakdown

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Description: The Nasdaq on Tuesday nearly erased all of Monday’s powerful 3.3%, tech-driven rally Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Mar 27, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dows-surge-belies-fact-that-stock-market-is-on-the-brink-of-an-absolute-breakdown-2018-03-26 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the condition of stock markets? Do you agree with this assessment?

As bitcoin goes bust, one classic market signal is pointing to more pain

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Description: Bitcoin futures have entered into a contango market, suggesting further agony for the cryptocurrency. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/as-bitcoin-goes-bust-one-classic-market-signal-is-pointing-to-more-pain.html Questions for discussion: What is a contango market? Do you agree with the assement presented in this article?

Here’s why the stock market took the China tariffs so hard

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Description: The stock market plunged Thursday in a broad selloff that analysts pinned largely on President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would impose tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Mar 22, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-why-the-stock-market-took-the-china-tariffs-so-hard-2018-03-22 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points in this article. How do you see markets moving… Read more »

Beg, Borrow or Steal: How Trump Says China Takes Technology

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Description: For years, American companies have complained that the Chinese government finds ways to get them to hand over their most valuable trade secrets. Those companies — which usually complain anonymously, fearing Chinese retribution — have found a sympathetic ear in the Trump administration. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 22, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/business/china-trump-trade-intellectual-property.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

What Larry Kudlow thinks about trade, taxes, stocks and recessions

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Description: Trump’s possible new top economic adviser hates tariffs Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Mar 13, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/13/investing/larry-kudlow-trump-national-economic-council/index.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what does Larry Kudlow says about trade, taxes, stocks and recessions. What do you think will happen to these items in the near future? What should investors do?

Opinion: These two stock market patterns add up to trouble for investors through Election Day

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Description: Election results end uncertainty and could spark a rally Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Mar 13, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-hard-proof-for-why-the-stock-market-could-be-lower-in-november-2018-03-13 Questions for discussion: Explain the arguments presented. Do you agree with this assessment? What do you think will happen?