TaylorMade CEO: Split from Adidas gave us ‘freedom and independence’

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Description: When Tiger Woods won The Masters on Sunday, it was an instant boon to everyone in business with him, directly or even indirectly, from sponsors like Nike and Monster Beverage to broadcaster CBS. Source: YahooFinance.com – video report Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/taylormade-golf-ceo-adidas-sale-gave-us-freedom-to-sign-tiger-woods-jason-day-203237110.html Questions for discussion: How much “stock value” should investors attribute to… Read more »

Netflix looks like Amazon in its early years ahead of its earnings, market watcher says

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Description: Netflix is set to report earnings after the bell Tuesday. BK Asset Management’s Boris Schlossberg says investors only care about one thing and it has him seeing flashbacks to Amazon’s early years. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/16/netflix-looks-like-amazon-in-its-early-years-ahead-of-its-earnings-market-watcher-says.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the assessments made about Netflix and why it is reminiscent of Amazon,… Read more »

Why No One Wants to Invest in Currency Hedge Funds Anymore

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Description: Currency-only hedge funds were once a hot corner of the investment world. From 2000 to 2008 the tally of currency funds tracked by the BarclayHedge Currency Traders Index almost tripled, to 145. Now they’re looking more like an endangered species, with just 49 in operation. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-16/why-no-one-wants-to-invest-in-currency-hedge-funds-anymore?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions… Read more »

Stock market at ‘risk of a melt-up, not a meltdown’, warns BlackRock’s Larry Fink

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Description: BlackRock Inc. BLK, +3.25%  Chief Exeuctive Larry Fink says that with stocks knocking on the door of records, a surge to the upside appears more likely than a market collapse. That is because so many investors still have lots of cash to put to work, the head of the world’s largest asset manager told CNBC in a Tuesday interview…. Read more »

Alan Greenspan says economy will start to fade ‘very dramatically’ because of entitlement burden

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Description: Economic growth won’t last as the U.S. labors under the burden of growing entitlement programs and weakness around the world, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/12/alan-greenspan-says-economy-will-start-to-fade-out-because-of-growing-us-entitlement-burden.html Questions for discussion: What does Alan Greenspan say about the economy that should concern investors? Do you… Read more »

Disney’s $6.99-per-month streaming immediately makes it a value winner over Netflix for families

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Description: For Disney, the price is the story. Disney announced pricing for its new streaming service on Thursday, and it’s surprisingly low: $6.99 per month and $69.99 annually (or $5.83 per month). The service won’t include any advertisements. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/12/disneys-6point99-per-month-price-immediately-makes-it-a-value-winner.html Questions for discussion: Why is pricing so critical in… Read more »

Opinion: As Apple’s stock rides high, 7 reasons investors should worry

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Description: Dig a little into Apple’s business and you’ll find plenty of problems Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-apples-stock-rides-high-7-reasons-investors-should-worry-2019-04-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: What are the concerns expressed in this article? Do you think they are valid? What would you do as an investor at this time?

What a Deutsche Bank Merger Could Mean for Germany

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Description: A deal with Commerzbank could be a solution, but it could also make things a lot messier. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-04-12/what-a-deutsche-bank-merger-could-mean-for-germany?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What is driving the merger? Do you think it is the solution?

How Uber and Lyft Compare, in Four Charts

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Description: Uber and Lyft have competed for riders and drivers across North America. They raced each other to go public. They even filed paperwork for their initial public offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the same day late last year. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 11, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/business/dealbook/uber-vs-lyft-ipo-financials.html Questions for discussion: What do… Read more »

Mohamed El-Erian says rally could last another year or two

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Description: Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser of Allianz, said the Federal Reserve made a “massive U-turn” to become more dovish in recent months. Other global central banks have followed suit. For that reason, El-Erian thinks that the current bull market could go on for another one or two more years. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date:… Read more »