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Description: Plus what you need to know about interest rates.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: March 10 , 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2m7EVCV

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the Federal Reserve do to control inflation?
  • As interest rates rise, how will businesses, consumers, and savers likely respond?
  • What does this mean for investors?

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Description: The No. 1 stock of the bull market… and 39 others that soared 1,000%

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 11, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-stocks-have-soared-over-1000-in-the-bull-market-2017-03-10

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain the make-up of these top performers?
  • Which of these do you think will continue to perform well over the next year?

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Description: BEIJING — China struck $225 billion in deals to acquire companies abroad last year, a record-breaking number that signaled to the world that Chinese business leaders were hot to haggle.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 12, 2017

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/business/dealbook/china-deals-capital-controls-hollywood.html?ref=business&_r=0

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report suggest is happening now with Chinese foreign investing?
  • What does this mean for investors in North American markets?

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Description: On the eve of International Women’s Day, State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation, called on over 3,500 companies with an aggregate market capitalization of $30 trillion, to increase the number of women on their corporate boards.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Mar 8, 2017

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2017/03/08/state-street-bronze-statue/?ss=mutual-funds#190cacfc3072

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the symbolism of the statue?
  • According to the report, what impact have women had on financial performance?
  • Why do you suppose this is true?

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Description: Traders are paying “extortionate fees” of 15% to 20% to borrow shares of Snap in order to short them, according to figures reported by Simon Colvin, a research analyst at IHS Markit.

Source: BusinessInsider.com

Date: Mar 10, 2017

Link: http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/how-much-traders-are-paying-to-short-snapchat-2017-3-1001820424-1001820424

Questions for Discussions:

  • How are investors treating Snapchat?
  • Do you agree with the valuations made on the short?

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Description: Michael Brush lists three reasons to like the parent of Snapchat

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 03, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-why-snap-will-reward-investors-like-facebook-instead-of-failing-them-like-twitter-2017-03-02?siteid=nwtwk

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments presented.
  • Would you be a buyer today?

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Description: Moody’s says 14% of its retail names are sitting at the lowest level of the credit-rating spectrum

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Feb 27, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/number-of-distressed-us-retailers-at-highest-level-since-great-recession-2017-02-27?siteid=nwtwk

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the financial analysis of the industry as presented in the report.
  • How should investors evaluate these stocks today?
  • Do you foresee opportunities for mergers or a shakeout in the industry?

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Description: Ride-hailing service Lyft is seeking $500 million in funding, which would value the company between $6 billion and $7 billion, Reuters reports. By comparison, its biggest competitor Uber is valued at about $70 billion.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 23, 2017

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/What-Lyfts-Funding-Ubers-Struggles-Mean-Sharing-Economy/1015361?ecid=NL1001

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report suggest about the growth prospects for this industry?
  • Would you be an investor?

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Description: OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett used his much anticipated annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders to reiterate his wariness of high Wall Street fees and his positive outlook for the U.S. economy.

Source: NationalPost.com

Date: Feb 25, 2017

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/investing/global-investor/warren-buffetts-bottom-line-in-annual-letter-to-berkshire-hathaway-dont-waste-money-on-investment-fees

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for Buffett’s advice?
  • What would happen to market forces if a large portion of investors followed his advice?