Ralph Lauren CEO Stepping Down

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Description: Stefan Larsson had strong disagreements with Ralph Lauren and decided to step down Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Feb 02, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2jHEsWG Questions for Discussions: How should investors regard the change in leadership and the reasons given? Do you think a change in leadership can reinvigorate this iconic brand?

Who’s Going to Be a Billionaire? The Biggest Winners of Snap’s I.P.O.

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Description: One of the more reliable paths to becoming a billionaire over the past 20 years has been to build a dominant technology company and then to take it public. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/business/dealbook/snapchat-ipo-billionaire.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: What information stands out in the descriptions of who benefits from this IPO? According… Read more »

Snap’s IPO to Be Haunted by Twitter and GoPro

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Description: Snap Inc. has gone to great lengths to distance itself from comparisons to Twitter Inc., the last big social media public offering. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 03, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-03/snap-s-ipo-to-be-haunted-by-twitter-and-gopro Questions for discussion: What are the similarities between Snap’s IPO and those of other social media? Would you be a buyer?

Ashton Kutcher Is a Really Successful Venture Capitalist

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Description: Michael Kelso is long gone. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Jan 25, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2jqkz9R Questions for Discussions: Is there a common thread in the investments Ashton Kutcher has made over the years that explains his investment thinking? Why do you suppose he has been so successful in making these early investment entries… Read more »

Trump calls U.S.-Mexico trade one-sided — and here’s the reality

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Description: WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Is a 1994 trade deal with Mexico really as one-sided as President Donald Trump claims? Does Mexico benefit much more than the United States? A close look at trade between the two countries shows the answer is not cut and dried. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Jan 27, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-calls-us-mexico-trade-one-sided-heres-the-reality-2017-01-26 Questions for… Read more »

2017 Is Shaping Up as a Volatile Year for Markets

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Description: The world’s most famous measure of volatility in financial markets is flashing a sign akin to boredom — languishing around levels that prevailed before the global crisis. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 26, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-26/2017-is-shaping-up-as-a-volatile-year-for-markets Questions for discussion: Summarize the arguments presented in this report. Do you agree with the assessments and recommendations?

Elon Musk’s surprising secret weapon: Trump?

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Description: Trump meets with tech execs Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Jan 20, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/20/technology/elon-musk-trump/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom Questions for Discussions: What does this article say about the connections between these tech-giants and government? Do you think the new administration will be a boost to the tech-sector?

Trump’s inauguration is set to unleash a cascade of stock-market anxiety

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Description: The dollar, Russia, China, Mexico are just a few of the risks of a Trump presidency as Wall Street awaits inauguration Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Jan 20, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-inauguration-set-to-unleash-cascade-of-stock-market-anxiety-2017-01-19 Questions for Discussions: Summarize what the article says about this transition period and risk perceptions. Do you agree with the assessments?