BofA’s ‘Three-Ring Circus’ Posts Worst Showing in Dow Average

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Description:  Bank of America Corp. is on track to be this year’s worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average as concern about mounting mortgage losses and a global economic slowdown weighed on the second-biggest U.S. lender. Source: Businessweek.com Date: 12/30/2011 Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-30/bofa-s-three-ring-circus-posts-worst-showing-in-dow-average.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in the report. Is… Read more »

Sachs: How Reaganomics toppled the U.S.

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Description:  Economist Jeffrey Sachs says the policies of the Reagan administration led to the destruction of the American middle class. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 12/23/2011 Link:  http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2011/12/22/n_opinion_jeff_sachs.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the arguments presented by Jeffrey Sachs favoring greater government involvement in the economy. What are the items you agree with and those… Read more »

The super rich just don’t get it

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Description:  Wealthy financiers are trying to turn the Occupy movement into a rich vs. poor debate. What they still don’t understand is that Americans don’t hate the rich. They hate the rich in finance. Source: Fortune.com Date: 12/23/2011 Link:  http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/12/22/jamie-dimon-rich/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions and ethical issues expressed in this report? What is… Read more »

What would make Caterpillar add jobs

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Description:  Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman explains what the company needs to hire in the near and long-term. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 12/13/2011 Link:  http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2011/12/13/n_cat_ceo_adding_jobs.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What are the challenges facing the firm? How do these issues relate to your understanding of the state of the economy? What should companies, governments and… Read more »

Whole Foods shareholder’s big payday

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Description:  When things looked bleak for Whole Foods in 2008, private-equity retail specialist Leonard Green & Partners gave the natural foods retailer a $425 million cash injection, gobbling up preferred stock that was later converted to nearly 30 million shares. Source: Marketwatch.com Date: 12/13/2011 Link:  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/whole-foods-shareholders-big-payday-2011-12-13?dist=afterbell Questions for discussion: Summarize the financial analysis presented in… Read more »

Investing after the Arab Spring: Unfinished business

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Description:  The ongoing revolutions across the Middle East would seem to be good news for markets. But so far they’ve scared most foreign investors away. Source: Fortune.com Date: 12/13/2011 Link:  http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/12/13/investing-middle-east-north-africa/?iid=SF_F_Lead Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions expressed in this report? What would your advice be to investors at this time?

Sentiment Looks Too Rosy for Stronger Stock Rally

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Description:  Stocks like to climb a “wall of worry,” according to Mark Hulbert, who says the positive readings on various investor-sentiment surveys suggest it will be tough for stocks to build on recent gains. Laura Mandaro reports. (Photo: AP) Source: Marketwatch.com – video report Date: 12/08/2011 Link:  http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/sentiment-looks-too-rosy-for-stronger-stock-rally/1BFCFC60-F0CA-4FEA-9D1A-99C1B0FD903C Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented… Read more »

Is the Global Economy Doomed?

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Description:  Economist and author Peter Schiff stops by Mean Street to discuss events in Europe and the global economy. (Photo: Reuters)   Source: Marketwatch.com – video report Date: 12/08/2011 Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis presented in this report. Do you agree with the opinions presented? What would you advise investors do today?