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Description: It is the resurgent passion of the doomsday crowd, a bet that everything will go wrong. No matter what has you worried, they say, the answer is gold.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: 06/12/2010

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/business/13gold.html?ref=business

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments presented in the article about gold as an investment at this time.
  • What strategy would you advise?

Posted by & filed under Financial analysis.

Description: With gold having run up to record prices of late, some have wondered whether the yellow metal is likely to be the next bubble? Brett Arends discusses. And Peter Lattman profiles C. Dean Metropoulos, an low-profile investor with a knack for rebuilding old brands like Chef Boyardee, Bumble Bee and Schlitz. His most recent purchase: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Source: Marketwatch.com ╨ video report

Date: 06/04/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/the-balance-sheet-recession/0F0559E5-78C2-48DE-8FE0-023DD259AE36

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments presented in this report.
  • What are your views on the merits of these arguments?
  • What advice would you suggest to financial managers and investors?

Posted by & filed under Industry Analysis, Market Analysis.

Description: Alyssa Moeder, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, talks to Barron’s Associate Editor Matt Barthel about how investor attitudes today have changed and how she addresses their needs and concerns.

Source: Marketwatch.com ╨ video report

Date: 06/05/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/investor-attitudes-in-today-market/A2BAF27E-A132-4AE8-BAB1-339217104E34

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the changes in attitude that are discussed in this report.
  • Do you agree with the analysis presented?
  • Do you agree with the advice being suggested for investors?
  • How do you think the investment industry should respond to these arguments?

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Description: To help readers navigate the legal landscape surrounding BP’s mammoth oil spill (or “oil spew,” as some argue it should more properly be called) in the Gulf Coast, I have looked into some of the law-related questions and statements that keep surfacing as the press and bloggers keep up with the crisis. I rely mainly here on an interview with Christopher B. Kende, an international insurance law specialist at the firm of Cozen O’Connor. Kende also teaches attorneys about the legal issues stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a lecturer for HB Litigation Conferences.

Source: CNNMoney.com

Date: 06/06/2010

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/04/news/companies/bp_legal.fortune/index.htm

Questions for discussion:

  • What is your view of the risk management situation in this industry today?
  • Do you think BP miscalculated their risk exposure?
  • How could they have dealt with the risk differently?
  • How should investors view the risk potential for the industry and BP in particular?

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Description: Wedding bells fill the Northern Hemisphere air for this season’s happy couples. Among the newlyweds armed with pre-nuptial agreements are numerous companies starting strategic alliances, joint ventures, and focused collaboratives.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: 06/01/2010

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/harvardbusiness?sid=Hf4bf828cb7a8e91f3cc9bd45f37e6165

Questions for discussion:

  • Evaluate the suggestions made in this report.
  • How do the suggestions in this report compare to conventional textbook thinking?
  • Why do you suppose that this line of thinking makes sense to the writer?

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Description: IT’S a $2.6 trillion mystery. That’s the amount that foreign banks and other financial companies have lent to public and private institutions in Greece, Spain and Portugal, three countries so mired in economic troubles that analysts and investors assume that a significant portion of that mountain of debt may never be repaid.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: 06/04/2010

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/business/global/06toxic.html?hpw

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the similarities and differences in the financial markets today in comparison to just prior to the global financial crisis?
  • Do you believe that this situation in Europe will precipitate a double-dip recession?
  • How should financial managers deal with the conditions that exist in their industry and respective institutions?
  • How should investors look at the situation?

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Description:  With gold having run up to record prices of late, some have wondered whether the yellow metal is likely to be the next bubble? Brett Arends discusses. And Peter Lattman profiles C. Dean Metropoulos, an low-profile investor with a knack for rebuilding old brands like Chef Boyardee, Bumble Bee and Schlitz. His most recent purchase: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report
 
Date: 05/26/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/am-report-is-gold-the-next-bubble/5B8A1CAC-3A28-4FF1-A8B2-92FB92E40558

Questions for discussion: 

  • Summarize the reasons given for stock market volatility?
  • How does this volatility relate to the current and future price of gold?
  • Do you believe a gold-bubble is forming?
  • What strategy should investors follow in this environment?
  • What strategy should financial managers follow?
  • Finally, why do you suppose PBR remains successful?

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Description:  The time to get fearful is when other people are greedy, and people are not greedy right now, according to Fox Business anchor Cody Willard, who advises taking the other side of the prevalent, extreme emotions particularly in technology.

Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report
 
Date: 05/25/2010

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/revolution-investing-dont-panic/31940285-9DF8-431B-9510-4A8E4FCBF9A3

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the advice presented to investors.
  • Do you agree with the suggestions?

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Description: Toys “R” Us is seeking to raise $800 million in stock through an initial public offering, hoping to clear some debt from its balance sheet, the company said in a securities filing Friday.

Source:  CNNMoney.com

Date: 05/28/2010

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/28/news/companies/toys_r_us_IPO/index.htm
 
Questions for discussion:

  • How does this IPO help the firm?
  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of following this strategy?

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Description:  Treasuries climbed in May, lowering 10-year yields the most since the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to a record low in December 2008 to spur the economy, on speculation efforts to contain Europe’s debt crisis will slow the global economic recovery.

Source: Bloomberg.com
 
Date: 05/29/2010

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aXJVN2j1ufUM

Questions for discussion: 

  • Explain the reasons for the fall in 10-year treasuries.
  • What does this fall suggest about current and future economic conditions?
  • What advice would you present to investors in this environment?
  • What advice would you present to corporate financial planners?