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Description: Big companies are under the microscope. A spate of mega mergers and the growing power of online giants like Amazon and Facebook have spurred calls for greater oversight of large corporations and stricter enforcement of antitrust rules.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Apr 07, 2018

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/07/news/economy/big-business-atkinson/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the basic arguments presented in this report?
  • Do you agree with this sentiment?

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Description: America’s beloved liquid spirit is caught in the cross hairs of Washington and Beijing’s trade battle.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 07, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/bourbon-americas-native-spirit-is-caught-in-the-cross-hairs-of-trumps-trade-war.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How have the threats over tarriffs and trade affected this industry?
  • How should investors handle the stocks affected by the current climate?
  • How might companies respond if tarriffs are raised?

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Description: With all the car-making troubles that are hounding Tesla Inc. these days — from the Model 3 bottlenecks to the furious cash burn — it’s easy to overlook the company’s SolarCity headache.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Apr 06, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-06/hidden-by-model-3-mess-tesla-s-other-problem-is-about-to-emerge

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the financial problems at Tesla?
  • What are the solutions?
  • How should investors respond to this report?

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Description: Vanguard founder Jack Bogle has been around the block. The 88-year-old investing titan, who is basically the father of passive investing, says this renewed regime of volatility in stocks is uncanny.

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Apr 07, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bogle-says-hes-never-seen-a-market-this-volatile-to-this-extent-in-my-career-2018-04-05

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Jack Bogle say about the current level of volatility?
  • What should investors do?

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Description: Big corporations — giant retailers and health insurance companies — are teaming up to become your doctor.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 07, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/health-care-mergers-doctors.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening to the business of medical practice?
  • Why is this happening?
  • Is this a good thing, in your opinion?
  • Should governments intervene?

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Description: Enough. President Trump took aim at Amazon yet again.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/29/technology/trump-tweets-about-amazon-taxes/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the attack against Amazon?
  • How should investors deal with this environment?

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Description: President Donald Trump may be “obsessed” with Amazon, but that doesn’t mean the company will face any meaningful action from the president, Deutsche Bank says.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/as-trump-takes-down-amazon-with-tweet-deutsche-bank-calls-presidents-bluff.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the analysis presented in this report and the reasons for buying the stock.
  • Do you agree with the assessment?

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Description: For Remington Outdoor Co., one of the oldest firearms makers in the U.S., not even going bankrupt is easy these days.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/gunmaker-gets-loan-from-jpmorgan-franklin-after-others-said-no

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the connection between financing and social issues facing managers?
  • Which other industries do think might face similar financing problems?

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Description: The Nasdaq on Tuesday nearly erased all of Monday’s powerful 3.3%, tech-driven rally

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 27, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dows-surge-belies-fact-that-stock-market-is-on-the-brink-of-an-absolute-breakdown-2018-03-26

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the condition of stock markets?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Bitcoin futures have entered into a contango market, suggesting further agony for the cryptocurrency.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/as-bitcoin-goes-bust-one-classic-market-signal-is-pointing-to-more-pain.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is a contango market?
  • Do you agree with the assement presented in this article?