The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

Opinion: Two ways to view Amazon’s $15 wage: a cynical move or as a surprising way to cut costs

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Description: Amazon.com recently announced that it would be raising its entry wage to $15 an hour and would lobby for a higher minimum wage at federal, state and municipal governments. Other companies have announced similar moves in recent months, including Walmart, which bumped its starting wages to $10 an hour. These are interesting developments that merit a… Read more »

Apple Salesforce deal is so big, you should have to pay more for both…

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Description: CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’ team discusses Apple’s new partnership with Salesforce to start developing technology such as voicing software together. Apple Salesforce deal is so big, you should have to pay more for both stocks, says Jim Cramer from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/24/jim-cramer-apple-is-integral-to-salesforce-package-and-vice-versa.html Questions for… Read more »

Tesla stock could fall more than 20 percent if Elon Musk ousted…

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Description: Toni Sacconaghi, senior analyst at Bernstein, discusses the impact that the securities fraud charges against Tesla CEO Elon Musk can have on the company. Tesla stock could fall more than 20 percent if Elon Musk ousted following securities fraud charges, analyst says from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 28, 2018 Link:… Read more »

Tesla could be in serious trouble if Musk were out

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Description: Shares of Tesla (TSLA) tumbled Friday, extending losses after Thursday’s news that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit accusing Tesla CEO Elon Musk of defrauding investors when he tweeted last month that he was considering taking the company private. Source: YahooFinance.com – video report Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-shares-plummeting-following-sec-lawsuit-122749623.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

The Bull Market Could Ruin Your Retirement

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Description: Big gains have padded accounts, but the downside risk is larger than ever. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 28, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-28/the-bull-market-could-ruin-your-retirement Questions for discussion: Summarize the concerns presented in this article. Do you agree with the assessment and risk perceptions? What would you advise investors?

Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

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Description: As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, with a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the fallout is increasingly manifesting itself at construction sites, factories, warehouses, offices and other workplaces. A stunning 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug… Read more »

A Silicon Valley VC Pioneer Ponders a Smaller-Is-Better Future

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Description: Kleiner Perkins is in crisis with star partner Mary Meeker leaving. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-20/a-silicon-valley-vc-pioneer-ponders-a-smaller-is-better-future?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What did you learn about the synergy between partners in VC firms? How would you describe the investing strategy of Mary Meeker in comparison to the management of the firm she is… Read more »

The Day Lehman Collapsed

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Description: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, jolting the firm’s 28,000 employees. A decade later, former employees remember the collapse and reflect on what it meant for them. Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: Sep 13, 2018 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/the-day-lehman-collapsed/64E50022-BC37-4E27-BAEF-FBBDD7786EBC.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this report. Are you… Read more »

Exclusive: Campbell Soup steps up CEO search, COO a contender – sources

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Description: (Reuters) – Campbell Soup Co’s board is drawing up a list of CEO candidates, with Chief Operating Officer Luca Mignini emerging as the top internal contender, as the company seeks to fend off a proxy challenge from Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund, Third Point LLC, people familiar with the matter said. Source: Yahoo.com – Reuters… Read more »