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Description: Stock markets are shrinking and increasingly they’re a sideshow. Private equity nabs all the really juicy returns, long before the general public gets a sniff. Besides, why bother raising equity when debt is so cheap?

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 01, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-01/the-death-of-stocks-is-exaggerated-just-look-at-melrose

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key arguments presented in this report.
  • What do you think of the report overall?

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Description: Think your investments can’t go to zero? Then this is the chart for you…

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 02, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-charts-could-blow-up-every-bit-of-advice-youve-ever-gotten-about-investing-2017-08-30

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think about the advice presented in this report?
  • Which item do you consider most worthwhile to investors?

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Description: Bitcoin, the digital currency that has turned into the new “gold” among investors and traders around the world, is in for two big tests.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 02, 2017

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2017/09/02/two-big-tests-for-bitcoin/#704769884473

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the tests meant to show?
  • Do you think Bitcoin will pass them?

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Description: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett tuned 87 on Wednesday. And on the occasion, he shared a many investment tips in interviews.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com

Date: Aug 31, 2017

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/etf-investing-lessons-warren-buffett-183306500.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report suggest about Warren Buffett’s thinking these days?
  • Do you agree with his suggestions?

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Description: As the retailer’s same-store sales fell 11.5% in Q2 2017

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Aug 24, 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2wJ2oTT

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key financial reasons pushing management to close more stores.
  • Do you think this strategy is the way to go, from a financial management point of view?

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Description: Analyst downward revisions tend to beget even more such revisions

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Aug 26, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-bad-news-on-amazons-stock-price-is-only-beginning-2017-08-25

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for negativity on Amazon stock price?
  • How do you think the market will respond?

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Description: Bill Nye filed a $37 million lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company and a number of its subsidiaries on Thursday, alleging that he was deprived of $9 million in profits from his show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which originally ran from 1993 to 1998 on PBS.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Aug 25, 2017

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/arts/television/bill-nye-walt-disney-37-million-lawsuit.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the importance of good accounting practices?
  • How costly will it be for the firm to prove its side of the claim?

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Description: About three years ago, in February 2014, Andre Iguodala spent an off-day during the NBA season at the offices of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in Menlo Park, Calif.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Aug 25, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-24/the-new-off-court-play-for-nba-stars-is-startup-equity

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the changes taking place in finance and planning?
  • How do you think these changes will affect the industries involved?