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Description: The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dove to its lowest level since January 2018 after the Federal Reserve said that it’s no longer likely that it will hike rates again this year.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 20, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/us-treasury-yields-tick-lower-ahead-of-fed-rate-decision.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of this decision?
  • How should investors deal with it, in your opinion?
  • How will the stock and bond markets react, in your opinion?

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Description: More than 145 years after making the first pair of blue jeans, Levi Strauss & Co. is proving that investors are ready to buy into a company that wants to be known for more than just denim.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 20, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-20/levi-s-set-for-return-to-public-market-as-ipo-action-heats-up

Questions for discussion:

  • Why was the IPO so successful?
  • Do you think the valuation makes sense?

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Description: The U.S. economy, at its own peril, has been driven by cheap credit

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 20, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/when-the-us-falls-into-a-recession-a-credit-bubble-will-explode-2019-03-20?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the meaning of the term “credit cycle”?
  • Do interest rates determine stock and bond market valuations?
  • What do you think will happen in the next 12 months?

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Description: LONDON — European authorities on Wednesday fined Google 1.5 billion euros for antitrust violations in the online advertising market, continuing its efforts to rein in the world’s biggest technology companies.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 20, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/business/google-fine-advertising.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons given for the fines?
  • From a profitability point of view, is this good news for other technology firms?
  • How should technology investors view this decision?

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Description: In Shanghai’s southeastern district of Xujiahui, Colonel Sanders’s smiling visage looms over the restaurant entrance, as it does at thousands of KFC locations around the globe. But step inside, and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary KFC.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 20, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-20/yum-china-is-building-the-kfc-of-the-future?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What is motivating the firm to use AI in stores?
  • What information does this new technology provide to management?
  • Do you think the company presents a “revised” growth opportunity to investors?

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Description: Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer sits down with Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, former deputy director at the International Monetary Fund, and former chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Mar 14, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/mohamed-el-erian-joins-influencers-100000239.html?soc_src=strm&soc_trk=ma

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this interview.
  • What should investors take away from the opinions presented?

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Description: With China no longer accepting used plastic and paper, communities are facing steep collection bills, forcing them to end their programs or burn or bury more waste.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 16, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/business/local-recycling-costs.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the financial details driving the decision-making in this situation?
  • What are some likely solution-oriented scenarios that investors should consider – such as a recycling tax on products?

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Description: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is gaining traction in American politics, energizing the progressive left and roiling deficit hawks. Stephanie Kelton, who advised Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, explains the basics.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 08, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/03/01/stephanie-kelton-explains-modern-monetary-theory.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points that explain the theory and the debate?
  • What are your thoughts on the matter?
  • How should investors treat this debate?

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Description: Latest earnings calls reflect growing concerns about the economy

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 15, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-corporate-leaders-are-getting-worried-about-a-recession-2019-03-15?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for a slowdown at this time, according to the report?
  • Do you agree with the assessment?
  • What should investors do, given the information in the article?

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Description: Ensuring that girls and women, in particular, understand the basics of personal finance and economics — not just to be ready for rainy days but also to plan for a successful financial life — is critical for at least two key reasons: American women often live longer than men and more frequently manage their household’s finances.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 11, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/13/want-a-stronger-economy-support-financially-literate-girls-and-women.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the arguments presented for increasing financial literacy, particularly for women?
  • Do you think this is a social issue?