You’ll Never Guess Which Company Is ReinventingHealth Benefits

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Description: Frustrated with insurers, some large companies — including a certain cable behemoth — are shedding long-held practices and adopting a do-it-yourself approach. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 31, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/health/comcast-health-insurance-employees.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Do you believe these changes will reduce costs for companies? What is motivating companies to try different insurance models?

Elon, What Were You Thinking?

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Description: A detailed look at the ill-fated plan to take Tesla private. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 31, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-elon-musk-flow-chart/?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Do you think the flow chart is an accurate portrayal of events? How do you think investors will perceive Elon Musk and Tesla, going forward?

Inside Elon Musk’s Reversal on Taking Tesla Private

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Description: When Elon Musk declared this month that he wanted to take Tesla private, his board was caught off guard. Barely three weeks later, the chief executive told the board he had changed his mind. Tesla would be staying public, after all. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/25/business/elon-musk-tesla-private.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Why did… Read more »

The Small Firm Working on Dell’s $21.7 Billion Deal

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Description: It’s a $21.7 billion proposal to return the world’s largest privately held technology company to public markets. The deal features a who’s who of big names — Michael Dell, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Silver Lake — alongside one that’s not so well known: Discern Analytics Inc. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 24, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-24/big-name-21-7-billion-dell-deal-tapped-small-firm-for-scrutiny Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Elon Musk Details ‘Excruciating’ Personal Toll of Tesla Turmoil

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Description: Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” he said. “It was excruciating.” Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 16, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/business/elon-musk-interview-tesla.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing the firm and its management. What do… Read more »

Teva’s generic EpiPen approved in the U.S., with perfect timing

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Description: The new product should help protect against shortages and offer a lower-cost option, the FDA said Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Aug 16, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tevas-generic-epipen-approved-in-the-us-with-perfect-timing-2018-08-16 Questions for discussion: Explain the rise in stock price of Teva and fall of Mylan, given no pricing or sales estimates have been released yet for the new product? Do… Read more »

Tesla’s shares drop as Musk gives bizarre earnings call

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Description: CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal speaks about Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk’s recent lashing out at analysts. Tesla’s shares drop as Musk gives bizarre earnings call from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 03, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/teslas-shares-drop-as-musk-gives-bizarre-earnings-call.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues faced by CEOs at public meetings with analysts? Do you think… Read more »

A family was billed $937 for a baby’s ointment—and that’s more than most Americans can afford

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Description: In an incident recently reported by Vox, a one-year-old named Margot managed to tie a hair around her toe, causing it to swell and bleed. Her parents Bradley and Becky Sroka became concerned when Band-aids didn’t suffice, so they sought help. Since it was a Saturday, their pediatrician’s office was closed and Bradley’s doctor’s office… Read more »

Tesla Has a Problem, and It’s Not the Model 3

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Description: With all the car-making troubles that are hounding Tesla Inc. these days — from the Model 3 bottlenecks to the furious cash burn — it’s easy to overlook the company’s SolarCity headache. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 06, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-06/hidden-by-model-3-mess-tesla-s-other-problem-is-about-to-emerge Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the financial problems at Tesla? What are… Read more »

Remington Was Turned Down by 30 Lenders After School Shooting

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Description: For Remington Outdoor Co., one of the oldest firearms makers in the U.S., not even going bankrupt is easy these days. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/gunmaker-gets-loan-from-jpmorgan-franklin-after-others-said-no Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the connection between financing and social issues facing managers? Which other industries do think might face similar… Read more »