Why the Private Sector Still Isn’t Hiring

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Description: CEOs don’t want to increase employment until they know the recovery is real—and it won’t be until they hire. Source: Businessweek.com Date: 01/13/2011 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_04/b4212022530815.htm Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the reluctance of businesses to hire more employees? How does this decision affect cash flow and budgets? How does this decision affect… Read more »

Apple’s Overture to Blackstone CFO May Presage Deals

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Description: Apple Inc.’s approach to Blackstone Group LP Chief Financial Officer Laurence Tosi about becoming finance chief may be a sign Steve Jobs is ready to pick up the dealmaking pace. Source: Businessweek.com Date: 01/07/2011 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-01-07/apple-s-overture-to-blackstone-cfo-may-presage-deals.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons Apple is expected to go looking for acquisitions. Do you think Tosi… Read more »

Madoff victims could soon get billions

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Description:  Madoff victims might finally get their hands on their stolen billions. The court-appointed trustee trying to recover Madoff’s loot has brought dozens of lawsuits but so far hasn’t been able to compensate victims. That might soon change. A court hearing is set for Jan. 13 that could unlock more than one-third of the $20… Read more »

World bankers brace for 7 percent drop in bonuses: Reuters poll

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Description:  From Wall Street to the City of London to Hong Kong’s Central District, bankers are bracing for bonuses to be down 7 percent on average from a year ago, and higher salaries will only partially cushion the hit, a Reuters/IFR global poll shows. Source:  Reuters.com Date: 12/21/2010 Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BK66Z20101221 Questions for discussion: Summarize the… Read more »

digits: Steve Jobs Jabs at Competition

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Description: On yesterday’s earning call, Apple CEO Steve Jobs issued a string of criticisms about Apple’s rivals from Research in Motion and Google to unnamed companies making seven-inch tablets. Plus: what analysts have to say this morning about Apple’s growth overriding concerns. Peter Kafka and Jennifer Valentino-DeVries discuss on Digits. Source: Marketwatch..com  – video report… Read more »

Facebook employees must pay big to cash out

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Description:  Although Facebook isn’t yet public, employees and other insiders have been able to cash out some of their equity through private stock-sale deals. But the company is trying to dump cold water on that rapidly heating up market: Facebook recently began charging employees a $2,500 fee if they sell their private stock. Source:  CNNMoney.com… Read more »

After the Financial Meltdown, Where’s America’s Outrage?

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Description:  Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times noted that 49% of people surveyed had a negative view of Goldman Sachs. Financial companies are busily trying to rebuild their reputations by, among other things, running lots of advertisements touting their lending activities, but numerous reports show that banks are cutting credit lines to both… Read more »

Druckenmiller to Shut Fund After 30 Years as Stress Takes Toll

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Description:  Hedge-fund icon Stanley Druckenmiller is quitting the business after three decades, telling investors he’d been worn down by the stress of trying to maintain one of the best trading records in the industry while managing an “enormous amount of capital.” Source: Businessweek.com   Date: 08/18/2010 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-18/druckenmiller-to-shut-fund-after-30-years-as-stress-takes-toll.html Questions for discussion: What are the reasons… Read more »

Wall Street resumes hiring

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Description:  CNN’s Maggie Lake talks to a high-powered headhunter, who says Wall Street hiring is bouncing back.  Source:  CNNMoney.com – video report    Date: 08/06/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/08/06/n_wall_street_hiring.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: How do you interpret the increase in hiring on Wall Street? Do you believe there is a correlation between Wall Street activity and the economy in… Read more »

The Big Interview: Sheila Bair

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Description:  FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair talks to WSJ economics editor David Wessel about the financial-regulatory legislation pending in Congress, the current health of the banking business and what it’s like to be the sole woman among a band of powerful men. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 06/25/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/the-big-interview-sheila-bair/3505E1E8-BE42-4D21-8896-429459517801 Questions for discussion:  Summarize… Read more »