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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM products?

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped in Hawaii and production flourished.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/synbiotech-showed-the-real-future-of-silicon-valley-biology.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest is happening in this field?
  • What should businesses people and investors consider?
  • What sort of new products do you think are likely to be introduced in the near future?

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Description: Stocks and bonds produce similar results over the really long-term, new research shows

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-explosive-discovery-about-stock-and-bond-returns-will-shake-your-views-on-investing-2019-09-27?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about risk and investments in stocks and bonds?
  • What would you advise investors at this time?

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Description: Wells Fargo named Charles Scharf, chairman and CEO of Bank of New York Mellon, as its new chief executive officer and president on Friday, effective Oct. 21.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/27/wells-fargo-names-bny-mellons-charles-scharf-as-ceo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the problems facing the bank and its new CEO?
  • Do you think Charles Scharf is a good choice?
  • Do you think he can “fix” things?

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Description: Would you pay $500,000 … for a bag? In 2019, a diamond-encrusted Birkin handbag made of crocodile, from the French luxury brand Hermes, sold for half a million dollars. The Birkin consistently shatters sales records at auction, selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But experts say the bag cost just $2,000 at its inception in 1984. Here’s what happened in between, elevating the Birkin from an expertly-crafted leather accessory to the ultimate status symbol and collector’s item.

Inside the intense world of Birkin bag collectors, who pay up to $500,000 for one bag from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 24, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/09/24/birkin-bag-collectors-pay-thousands-for-one-bag.html /2019/09/24/birkin-bag-collectors-pay-thousands-for

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the communication strategy directed at customers?
  • How is this a luxury brand?
  • Does a “Birkin bag purchase” qualify as an “investment”? Explain.

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd.’s big earnings miss and lower forward guidance has the shares tumbling more than 20 per cent to a four-year low early Tuesday.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Sep 24, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/blackberry-posts-second-quarter-net-loss

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the drop in share value.
  • What would you advise management to do at this time?
  • How should investors deal with the current status of the firm?

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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Sep 25, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-weekly-listen-airbnb-ipo-and-facebook-acquires-mind-reading-wristband-company?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the highlights in this podcast that would interest marketers and investors?
  • Do you see potential problems for any firms mentioned?

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Description: There’s a mistaken notion that women are more emotional than men when it comes to finances, says Pauline Yan, a portfolio manager in Toronto, Canada, who has a personal finance blogabout women and investing. It’s time to dump that idea, she says. “Every market crash has been caused by men having a lot of emotions,” Yan said.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 25, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/25/want-to-invest-like-warren-buffett-you-need-to-recognize-your-emotions.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say to investors about emotions?
  • Do you agree with the advice for managing emotions?
  • What would you advise?

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Description: Market gains have been driven by macro factors, putting stocks on shaky ground

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-stock-market-selloff-could-spark-an-economic-recession-says-bny-mellons-liz-young-2019-09-20?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the concerns, as explained in the article?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • What would you advise investors do today?

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Description: Why would Ren give his company’s most valuable IP—source code, hardware design, production technology, testing methods, the whole ball of wax—to an American company, in effect creating a new competitor? Well, first of all, because he’s correctly come to the conclusion that U.S. concerns over the security of the Huawei ecosystem are not going away. Those concerns did not begin with Trump, and they will not end with him.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/20/huawei-5g-intellectual-property-offer-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the situation facing the firm and the global industry.
  • What do you think of the offer?
  • Do you think it could happen and if so, which American firm would fit best?