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Description: Economist Mohamed El-Erian said he finds Monday’s rally in stock futures encouraging because the optimism is fueled by positive developments around the coronavirus.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 06, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/06/coronavirus-el-erian-encouraged-by-mondays-rally-on-medical-news.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key recommendations made by El-Erian.
  • Do you agree with this line of thinking or the criticism made during the interview?
  • Do you think the “landscape” has changed?

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Description: Tom Bradley: When someone tells you that oil is dead, don’t believe them

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Apr 09, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/coronavirus-crash-next-oil-boom?video_autoplay=true

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain why oil will rise again, according to the theory presented in the article?
  • How should investors approach this sector at this time?

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Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg has nearly 50 years of entertainment experience and a massive war chest. Neither of those things guarantee success for his new mobile video service.

Source: INC.com

Date: Apr 03, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/matt-haber/quibi-mobile-video-jeffrey-katzenberg-startup.html?utm_source=incthismorning

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the business model will work?
  • How would you improve chances for success?
  • Who will be the primary target audiences, in your opinion?
  • Do you think this business presents a good investment?

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Description: Tesla posted a video to its YouTube channel that shows Tesla engineers working on designing ventilators out of mainly Tesla Model 3 parts. It’s pretty amazing to see how many existing Tesla parts can be repurposed into assembling a ventilator.

Source: InsideEVS.com

Date: Apr 05, 2020

Link: https://insideevs.com/news/408057/tesla-making-ventilators-from-model-3-parts/

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the publicity from this article and video enhance the Tesla brand and public relations?
  • What does it say about Tesla management?
  • What does this article say about the flexibility of engineers to solve manufacturing problems?

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Description: Commodities index ‘will go miles and miles’ toward telling us if we are headed for tough times, says Kimble

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Apr 04, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/market-bottom-or-very-tough-times-ahead-heres-what-one-chart-watcher-is-keeping-his-eye-on-2020-04-03?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the indicator and what is the basis of this analysis?
  • Do you agree with the interpretation of this indicator, as suggested in this article?
  • Which indicators do you think should be used?

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Description: Mark Hoplamazian says it’s difficult balancing employee needs and shareholder interests.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Mar 31, 2020

Link: https://fortune.com/videos/watch/39141639-c068-453b-8ab0-4cb9d01d019e?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=ceo-daily&utm_content=2020040111am

Questions for discussion:

  • What can financial managers learn from this interview and the actions taken by Hyatt?
  • What general guidelines should financial management follow in large and small firms?

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Description: The coronavirus pandemic has thrown global markets into turmoil, causing double-digit daily swings and making it difficult to find a safe store for your money.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Apr 01, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/01/investing-advice-where-to-find-investment-opportunities-in-a-downturn.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key recommendations made in this article.
  • Do you agree with this line of thinking?

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Description: It’s been a tough month for Canada’s small businesses. A significant part of Canada’s economic engine, many small businesses across the country have laid off staff as COVID-19 threatens to close their doors permanently. To avoid this, Ottawa has announced a ?wage subsidy program for companies, charities and non-profits to help cover three-quarters of employees’ salaries for businesses that have seen their revenue drop by at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19 as well as a $40,000 interest-free loan where $10,000 can be forgiven if certain conditions are met.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Apr 03, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/cash-crunch-and-layoffs-inside-small-businesses-fight-for-survival-1.1417234

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the financial situations facing businesses and the relief offered by the government.
  • How are these relief programs being received?
  • What do business owners want to see from government?
  • How bad do you think the outcome for business will be, in six months from now?

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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 29, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator?
  • Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world collaborated on the project?
  • What is the marketing and prestige value to a firm in producing an inexpensive ventilator for global sales?
  • Is there something ethically wrong with the “profit model” when it comes to health related products and services, in your opinion?

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Description: The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is attacking the health, financial welfare, social order and political stability of nations across the globe. At a time when millions are fighting to survive illness, financial hardship, political upheaval, and other existential threats, it is difficult to look beyond the moment. The scourge of COVID-19 will pass. When, at what cost, and what its lasting impact will be are open questions.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 24, 2020

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2020/03/24/covid-19-will-turbocharge-legal-industry-transformation/?fbclid=IwAR0-EJddxnWMDJ_nyO2zQ8eSwOFmbJH86D5n4fUts3A065nQyhcdTBYRXSM#5daf3a091195

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how business practices will change after Coronavirus passes?
  • Why will some business environments resist the move towards radical changes?
  • Do you agree with the assessments and predictions?