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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?
  • Do you think this model will succeed?
  • What sort of programming would you watch via this non-scripted streaming model?
  • Why does Apple have a competitive advantage?

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Description: Bitcoin had a rough weekend. Coming off a week of heavy losses, bitcoin fell as much as 10 percent and set a fresh low at $3,447.58 on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk. That was the cryptocurrency’s lowest level since September 2017. It later recovered to roughly $3,945 as of 6 p.m. ET.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 25, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/25/bitcoin-extends-losses-slides-to-lowest-since-september-2017.html?__source=sharebar%7Cemail&par=sharebar

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the fall in Bitcoin.
  • What do you see as its future?

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Description: A volatile year of trading could be coming to a head this weekend.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/watch-out-for-december-risk-liquidation-if-trumpxi-meeting-disappoints-2018-11-30

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons given for investor concern?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • What would reduce volatility in the market?
  • What should investors do, in your opinion?

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Description:  The ‘Shark Tank’ investor also shares his top productivity and focus tips.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 28, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/323976?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What can investors learn from this interview with Mark Cuban that could help them be better investors?
  • How would you explain Mark Cuban’s business success?

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Description: In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 25, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about mergers and their effect on the economy?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Dan Ives, managing director of Wedbush Securities, and Ed Snyder, co-founder and managing director at Charter Equity Research, discuss whether the market is overreacting in the sell-off of Apple.

It’s been an ‘avalanche’ of bad news for Apple, but this investor isn’t bearish on the stock yet from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/11/23/its-been-an-avalanche-of-bad-news-for-apple-but-this-investor-isnt-bearish-on-the-stock-yet.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the arguments made suggesting a market overreaction to Apple.
  • Do you agree with the assessment.
  • Is this an opportunity for investors to buy?

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Description: As volatility rocks the market, one group of stocks is sizzling — fast food.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/23/fast-food-stocks-soaring-amid-volatility-one-to-buy-and-one-to-sell.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the rise in these stock prices.
  • Do you think they are a buy at this time?

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Description: WTI falls by 7.7% to settle Friday trade at its lowest since Oct. 9, 2017

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/6-key-reasons-the-bottom-is-falling-out-of-oil-prices-on-black-friday-2018-11-23

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you agree with the assessment and the reasons given in this report?
  • What should investors do?

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Description:  From Hong Kong to Miami, private bankers are finding new ways to serve the growing ranks of the world’s wealthy.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Nov 24, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-24/the-200-trillion-gold-rush-that-has-reshaped-private-banking

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and interpret the highlights of the report.
  • What does it suggest to investors going forward, in your opinion?

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Description: Columbia Sportswear has worked around tariffs for decades — and it says the president’s new wave of levies will not bring jobs back to America.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/business/economy/columbia-sportswear-trump-trade-war.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how the firm deals with tariffs and financially related issues concerning trade?
  • How has the stock performed recently?
  • Does the current situation present a good opportunity to investors, in your opinion?