Board Games From the ’80s Are Rebooted for Generation X

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Description: Updated favorites are sweet nostalgia for parents—and they just might separate today’s teens from their smartphones. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 21, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-21/board-games-from-the-80s-are-rebooted-for-generation-x?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: Do you think this strategy of rejuvenating older board games and hobbies will succeed? What favors trying? How is Kickstarter helping this industry?

At Wal-Mart, moving the needle on e-commerce

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Description:  The retailer’s global e-commerce chief, Neil Ashe, sits down with Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky in Las Vegas to talk struggles and strategy. Source:  Fortune.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2014 Link: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/01/07/at-walmart-moving-the-needle-on-e-commerce/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for Discussions: What does this report say about Wal-Mart’s ecommerce strategic thinking? What are the financial issues facing the firm as… Read more »

Target-Date Funds’ Risky Balancing Act

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Description: Over the past decade, target-date funds have become a half-trillion-dollar industry by seeming to answer several of a typical investor’s prayers all at once. Source: Businessweek.com Date: Oct 17, 2013 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-17/target-date-funds-may-face-losses-when-interest-rates-rise#r=nav-fst Questions for Discussions: What are target-date funds? Do they remove the necessary financial planning to manage a fund? Do you think the… Read more »

Pearson Buys 5% Stake in Barnes & Noble Nook

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Description:  Jon Erlichman and Cory Johnson report on Barnes & Noble Nook’s not so merry Christmas. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg) Source:  Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 28, 2012 Link: http://bloom.bg/12UHLfR Questions for Discussions: Explain the logic of the investment by Pearson. How would a deal with B&N affect cash… Read more »

J.P. Morgan shares slump after $2 bln trading loss

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Description: Bank’s loss is embarrassment for CEO, fodder for regulators Source: Marketwatch.com Date: May 11, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jp-morgan-shares-slump-after-2b-trading-loss-2012-05-11?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for the loss. What do you believe this event will mean for the company, management, and regulators?   CT:   Financial Analysis, Company Analysis, Industry Analysis, Management Issues, Governments & Regulators – Investing… Read more »

MGM bid deadline passes, most bids yet to come

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Description: First-round bids for the debt-ridden MGM studio were due Friday afternoon, but most of the bids are expected to trickle in through the weekend, sources familiar with the matter said. Source: Reuters.com Date: 01/15/2010 Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1517371220100116 Questions for discussion:  Which of the possible bidders would enjoy the greatest degree of synergy with MGM? Given… Read more »

Bove: ‘2010 a great year for banks’

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 Description:  Banking analyst Dick Bove thinks that this year will be a boon for battered banks. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 01/04/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2010/01/04/mkts_dick_bove_2010.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion:  Do you agree with the analysis and predictions presented by Dick Bove? Explain your thinking. Would you be a buyer or seller of the banks? Explain… Read more »