“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 »

This 23-year-old is the only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange

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Description:  Lauren Simmons is both the youngest and only female stock broker currently working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. This 23-year-old is the only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/06/13/lauren-simmons-is-the-only-full-time-female-trader-at-the-nyse.html Questions for discussion: Why do… Read more »

Apple Will Stop Reporting iPhone Unit Sales; Forecast Underwhelms

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Description:  Apple Inc. gave an underwhelming forecast for the key holiday period suggesting weaker-than-expected demand for pricier new iPhones. The company further stoked concerns by saying it will stop reporting unit sales of its most-important product. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-01/apple-holiday-forecast-misses-analysts-estimates-shares-fall Questions for discussion: Why did Apple share value fall?… Read more »

Start-Ups Ask, ‘Are We Making Money for Saudi Arabia?’

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — When John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal set out to raise money this year for their first venture capital fund, Unusual Ventures, industry peers advised them to go after the easy money — sovereign wealth funds like those managed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which have become major investors in Silicon… Read more »

Here’s what triggered the Sears death spiral into bankruptcy

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Description: Can’t blame suppliers for wanting to get paid ASAP from a dying Sears Holdings Corp. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-triggered-sears-death-spiral-bankruptcy-193728587.html Questions for discussion: Why did Sears fail? How much blame rests with the management of Eddy Lampert and his hedge-fund takeover?

7 Things Warren Buffett Says About the Stock Market

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Description: Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B) CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffetthas always been generous in sharing his time and his investing philosophy. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Oct 12, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/7-things-warren-buffett-says-stock-market-174444524.html Questions for discussion: Summarize Warren Buffett’s current thinking about investing in the stock market? Which item in this report do you think is most important for investors… Read more »