Restaurants Are Scrambling for Cheap Labor in 2019

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Description: The holiday hiring crunch may be over, but finding workers won’t be much easier this year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-04/restaurants-are-scrambling-for-cheap-labor-in-2019 Questions for discussion: Summarize the operational problems facing the restaurant industry. How should management deal with these challenges? How should investors deal with the issues?

Here’s how the Apple Watch’s heart monitor works

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands? Do you think this product development changes investor’s perception of… Read more »

Opinion: Elliott Wave theory suggests an unsettling event will occur in the stock market

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Description:  I often read articles, along with the comments, to gauge the stock market’s sentiment from an anecdotal perspective. I recently noticed a quote by investor Sir John Templeton: “For 100 years optimists have carried the day in U.S. stocks. Even in the dark ’70s, many professional money managers, and many individual investors too, made… Read more »

Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost

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Description: No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way? Across Wall Street, men… Read more »

“I Hearby Confess Judgement”

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Description: How an obscure legal document turned New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine that’s chewing up small businesses across America. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 20, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-confessions-of-judgment/?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Why are small business people typically the target? How can they protect themselves from this risk? Is there a role for government… Read more »

Mark Cuban Shares the Best Advice He Ever Got

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Description:  The ‘Shark Tank’ investor also shares his top productivity and focus tips. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 28, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/323976?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What can investors learn from this interview with Mark Cuban that could help them be better investors? How would you explain Mark Cuban’s business success?

The Monopolization of America

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Description: In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about mergers and their effect on the economy? Do you agree with this assessment?

A Winter-Coat Heavyweight Gives Trump’s Trade War the Cold Shoulder

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Description: Columbia Sportswear has worked around tariffs for decades — and it says the president’s new wave of levies will not bring jobs back to America. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/business/economy/columbia-sportswear-trump-trade-war.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the firm deals with tariffs and financially related issues concerning trade?… Read more »

Dell Offers More Money to Investors to Ease Its Return to the Stock Market

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Description: Dell agreed on Thursday to improve a takeover offer for owners of a special class of shares to about $23.9 billion, hoping to quell a shareholder rebellion against a deal meant to return the computer maker to the public markets. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/business/dealbook/dell-takeover-deal.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights… Read more »