How Uber and Lyft Compare, in Four Charts

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Description: Uber and Lyft have competed for riders and drivers across North America. They raced each other to go public. They even filed paperwork for their initial public offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the same day late last year. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 11, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/business/dealbook/uber-vs-lyft-ipo-financials.html Questions for discussion: What do… Read more »

Mohamed El-Erian says rally could last another year or two

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Description: Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser of Allianz, said the Federal Reserve made a “massive U-turn” to become more dovish in recent months. Other global central banks have followed suit. For that reason, El-Erian thinks that the current bull market could go on for another one or two more years. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date:… Read more »

This is the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for stocks, market analyst warns

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Description: “We’re back to the levels as if the December decline never happened and I think what’s interesting is what’s pushing that is the Fed has decided to not hike for the rest of 2019 and only once in 2020. Now that is a double-edged sword, that’s a canary in the coal mine,” Sanchez said… Read more »

McDonald’s announced 2 deals in a week. Here’s why investors should care

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Description: McDonald’s took nearly 20 years to step back into mergers and acquisitions. But now it has returned to dealmaking, as it looks to build on its tech-heavy strategy with calculated digital investments. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 03, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/03/mcdonalds-announced-2-deals-in-a-week-heres-why-investors-should-care.html Questions for discussion: Why should investors care, according to the report? How should investors respond,… Read more »

Opinion: Investors’ widely-held beliefs about ETFs and index funds may be wrong

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Description: An analysis of mutual fund stock trades over the past two decades has thrown into question the rationale that has sent everybody and her grandmother stampeding into low-cost index funds and exchange traded funds. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 03, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/investors-widely-held-beliefs-about-etfs-and-index-funds-may-be-wrong-2019-04-03?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: What is the essence of the research findings and… Read more »

Digital Ad Spending 2019 – China

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Description: Despite China’s economic slowdown—due in part to weaknesses in consumption and a trade war with the US—total media ad spending will increase 14.6% in 2019. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Mar 28, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/china-digital-ad-spending-2019?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does this report tell investors interested in Chinese online businesses? Would you be buying today?

These stocks are seen as a good bet when interest rates fall

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Description: The Federal Reserve’s policy reversal on interest rates has driven benchmark yields to the lowest levels in more than a year. For stock investors, the falling rates environment is now favoring one particular sector: consumer staples. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 27, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/27/these-stocks-are-seen-as-a-good-bet-when-interest-rates-fall.html Questions for discussion: Why are consumer staples favored… Read more »

Apple’s move into banking raises the bar for fintech, traditional credit cards

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Description: Thanks to Apple, the iPhone is hardly used as a phone at all. The same thing may very well happen to our wallets — forcing established credit card companies to change the way they do business. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 26, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/26/apples-move-into-banking-raises-the-bar-for-fintech-credit-cards.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What are the competitive advantages… Read more »

Lululemon surges to record high after ‘near flawless execution’

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Description: Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU.O 14.13%) shares soared to a record high on Thursday after the maker of upscale yogawear topped fourth-quarter estimates and its forecast eased concerns of decelerating sales. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/lululemon-surges-to-record-high-after-near-flawless-execution-1.1236152 Questions for discussion: Explain the current valuation for the firm? Do you think the… Read more »

This time, an inverted yield curve suggests the stock market has already peaked, some analysts say

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Description: 3 of past 7 recessions have seen stocks peak before recession takes hold Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Mar 29, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-time-an-inverted-yield-curve-suggests-the-stock-market-has-already-peaked-some-analysts-say-2019-03-28?mod=MW_home_top_stories Questions for discussion: Explain the thinking behind the different market predictions for the coming year. Explain what you think is going to happen?