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Description: Tony Robbins, renown life and business strategist who has coached more than 50 million people, has dedicated himself to spreading personal finance literacy across America. And his mantra is timely: Don’t sit on the sidelines in fear or make rash decisions because of stock market volatility. As he points out: “The single biggest threat to your financial well-being is your own brain.”

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/03/tony-robbins-5-money-mistakes-investors-need-to-avoid-in-2019.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the advice presented in this article.
  • Do you think they are valid?
  • Do you think average investors can follow these guidelines?

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Description: Everything was going right for the stock market until Oct. 3. Then everything went wrong.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 31, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/31/why-this-year-suddenly-fell-apart-on-wall-street-and-whats-ahead.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What went wrong, according to the report?
  • What has happened since the start of 2019?

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Description: The Federal Reserve is propping up the market — and here’s the evidence

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Jan 05, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-investors-its-time-to-hear-the-ugly-truth-2019-01-05

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the role played by the Fed?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • Should this information influence investing decisions?

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Description: Burbank, Calif.—At Walt Disney (DIS) headquarters in this studio-filled city, Suite 3H in the original animation building holds stacks of scripts and an aerial photograph of Disneyland to the south, marked with ongoing construction projects. This is the workplace of Walter Elias Disney, re-created much as he left it in 1966.

Source: Barrons.com

Date: Jan 04, 2019

Link: https://www.barrons.com/articles/disneys-bob-iger-talks-streaming-park-plans-and-learning-from-kodak-51546599600

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Bob Iger transformed Disney in response to new technologies?
  • Do you think Disney can succeed? Explain your answer.

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Description: The holiday hiring crunch may be over, but finding workers won’t be much easier this year.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Jan 04, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-04/restaurants-are-scrambling-for-cheap-labor-in-2019

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the operational problems facing the restaurant industry.
  • How should management deal with these challenges?
  • How should investors deal with the issues?

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Description: Considering how much coverage there has been of the strengthening U.S. economy, demand for workers and a massive tax cut that has boosted corporate earnings, 2018 has been a disappointing year for the stock market overall. Investors seem to be disappointed as they look ahead.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Dec 06, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/here-are-the-sp-500s-best-and-worst-stock-performers-of-2018-2018-12-06

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the analysis presented in this article.
  • What should investors take away from it as they look ahead to 2019?

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Description:  Despite the stock market sell-off this week, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon predicts the Federal Reserve will likely still raise interest rates in December.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 05, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/dimon-says-fed-will-likely-still-hike-rates-in-december-despite-market-turmoil.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Jamie Dimon have to say about interest rates and the economy?
  • Do you agree with his assessments and interest rate predictions?
  • Do you agree a rate hike in December would be good for the world?

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Description: Omega Advisors founder Leon Cooperman on Thursday blamed the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to address the impact computerized trading has had on the broader market and how it exacerbates volatility during market swings.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 06, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/leon-cooperman-says-sec-needs-to-investigate-computer-trading-for-causing-wild-west-with-markets.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Leon Cooperman say about the recent stock market trading environment?
  • What does he recommend?
  • Do you think this will happen?

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Description: With the S&P 500 SPX, -1.65% poised to produce a bearish “death cross” chart pattern on Friday, more than half of the index’s components are already there. A death cross is when the 50-day moving average (DMA) crosses below the 200-DMA, with many chart watchers viewing that occurrence as marking the spot a shorter-term pullback transitions to a longer-term downtrend.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Dec 06, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-than-half-of-the-sp-500-components-have-produced-death-crosses-2018-12-06?mod=bnbh

Questions for discussion:

  • What does article say about the market?
  • How should investors deal with this analysis?

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor.

Source: CNN.com – video report

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands?
  • Do you think this product development changes investor’s perception of Apple as a growth stock?