SPOS #687 – The Trillion Dollar Shift With Marga Hoek

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #687 – Host: Mitch Joel. Marga Hoek wants to change the world… for the better. She believes that business for good is good business. As an international strategist on sustainable business and capital, Marga is internationally recognized as a seasoned business leader, professional speaker and writer. She recently published The… Read more »

The $30 Billion Exodus: Foreign Oil Firms Bail on Canada

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Description: Capital keeps marching out of Canada’s oil industry, with Kinder Morgan Inc.’s sale of its remaining holdings in the country on Wednesday adding to more than $30 billion of foreign-company divestitures in the past three years. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 21, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-21/the-30-billion-exodus-foreign-oil-firms-are-bailing-on-canada?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What is happening in the Canadian oil… Read more »

What’s ESG and Why Is It Suddenly So Popular?

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Description: Why the Once-Obscure Way to Invest Is Now Hot “Focus on stocks that have the greatest return” has long been the motto of most investors and, similarly, high returns have been the barometer for considering what made a corporation “successful.” Source: FinanceYahoo.com and Say.com Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/whats-esg-why-suddenly-popular-191510286.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got ‘Greedy.’

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Description: How America’s obsession with long hours has widened the gender gap. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 26, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/26/upshot/women-long-hours-greedy-professions.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues raised in this article? How should companies respond to these challenges, in your opinion?

TaylorMade CEO: Split from Adidas gave us ‘freedom and independence’

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Description: When Tiger Woods won The Masters on Sunday, it was an instant boon to everyone in business with him, directly or even indirectly, from sponsors like Nike and Monster Beverage to broadcaster CBS. Source: YahooFinance.com – video report Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/taylormade-golf-ceo-adidas-sale-gave-us-freedom-to-sign-tiger-woods-jason-day-203237110.html Questions for discussion: How much “stock value” should investors attribute to… Read more »

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 »

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?

The ETF Tax Dodge is Wall Street’s “Dirty Little Secret”

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Description: One day last September an unidentified trader pumped more than $3 billion into a tech fund run by State Street Corp. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 29, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-etf-tax-dodge-lets-investors-save-big/?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What is motivating heartbeat trades? Should traders be concerned with this issue?

KFC Aims to Keep Its China Edge With AI Menu, Robot Ice Cream Maker

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Description: In Shanghai’s southeastern district of Xujiahui, Colonel Sanders’s smiling visage looms over the restaurant entrance, as it does at thousands of KFC locations around the globe. But step inside, and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary KFC. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 20, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-20/yum-china-is-building-the-kfc-of-the-future?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What is motivating… 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 »