The Barbarians Are at Etsy’s Hand-Hewn, Responsibly Sourced Gates

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Description: The ur-Brooklyn online craft marketplace is under pressure to start acting more like a conventional, shareholder-focused company. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-18/the-barbarians-are-at-etsy-s-hand-hewn-responsibly-sourced-gates Questions for discussion: What does this article say about the company and its management? What do you think of the future financial possibilities are for this company?

From Meg Whitman To Taylor Swift: Meet The 60 Richest, Most Successful Self-Made Women In America

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Description: Forbes’ third annual tally of America’s 60 most successful self-made women has a new number one, two new billionaires, a transgender woman who climbed back into the ranks after a one year absence and five newcomers. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers who made their fortunes in everything from makeup and… Read more »

Apple Gives Corning $200 Million to Invent Better Phone Glass

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is seeding the next generation of American-made glass for its iPhones and iPads, and its investments may have the side benefit of helping the company win favor in Washington. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/technology/apple-corning-phone-glass.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the relationship between the… Read more »

Bloomberg

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Description: The media mogul says most of his fortune will go to his foundation – viewing personal philanthropy not as a threat to democracy, but a way to get things done. Steve Kroft reports. Source: CBS.com – video report Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/bloomberg/ Questions for discussion: What information presented in this report helps… Read more »

Inside China’s Biggest-ever Foreign Corporate Acquisition

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Description: Food security is behind ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Syngenta. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2pWStmR Questions for discussion: How is this acquisition different from other M&A deals that have taken place in this industry? How do you think Chinese government ownership will influence the firm and the industry… Read more »

Opinion: One of Warren Buffett’s favorite stocks is now selling at a big discount

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Description: Rarely do you get the chance to buy one of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett’s favorite stocks on sale. But that’s the case now with Wells Fargo. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-of-warren-buffetts-favorite-stocks-is-now-selling-at-a-big-discount-2017-04-20?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis and advice. Do you agree? 

United Airlines’ bad week cost Buffett and other investors millions

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Description: United has lost $570 million in market cap this week, while Warren Buffett may have lost over $50 million on his investment Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/united-airlines-bad-week-cost-buffett-and-other-investors-millions-2017-04-13?mod=MW_story_top_stories Questions for discussion: Explain the sudden drop in stock value. Do you think this situation presents an opportunity for investors to… Read more »

Ralph Lauren Is Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

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Description: Including its flagship store in NYC. Source: Fortune.ca- video report Date: Apr 05 , 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2nYLziQ Questions for Discussions: What does this report say to investors? Do you think the financial adjustments are sufficient to allow the firm to recover and grow again one day? Would a merger make sense?

Just How Much Is a Medical Miracle Worth?

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Description: Years of costly treatments could give way to pricier one-shot cures like Spark Therapeutics’ blindness drug. But insurers aren’t ready. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: April 06 , 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-06/just-how-much-is-a-medical-miracle-worth Questions for Discussions: Summarize the various pricing models presented in this report. What are the ethical and social considerations involved? How should the players decide… Read more »

Who Needs Nuclear? Toshiba Is Developing A New Zero-Carbon Power

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Description: It’s tough to blame Toshiba for letting Westinghouse fail. The subsidiary was an intractable mess, facing $6 billion in cost overruns on four half-built nuclear power plants in South Carolina and Georgia. Source: Forbes.com Date: Mar 27, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2017/03/30/who-needs-nuclear-toshiba-already-working-on-new-zero-carbon-power-source/#14b8f77319c4 Questions for Discussions: Explain the risks to investors for Toshiba’s decisions. Do you think… Read more »