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Description: Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a once in a generation inventor that has fundamentally changed how humans buy stuff and interact with the internet.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Feb 03, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-is-stepping-down-heres-why-amazon-stock-isnt-crashing-230652383.html

Questions for discussion:

    • From a managerial point of view, explain why Amazon stock is basically unaffected by the news of Jeff Bezos’ decision to step down.
    • From a marketing point of view, where do you think Amazon is headed under Andy Jassy’s leadership?

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Description: GameStop shares have soared 1,700 percent as millions of small investors, egged on by social media, employ a classic Wall Street tactic to put the squeeze — on Wall Street.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 27, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/27/business/gamestop-wall-street-bets.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are shares of GameStop rising?
  • How do hedge funds stand to lose?
  • What does this experience illustrate about the stock market?
  • Do you think this publicity is good for the market?

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Description: “The [iPhone] supercycle — it’s not just hype, it’s reality. And it’s starting to play out,” Wedbush’s Dan Ives told Yahoo Finance. “I believe six to nine months from now we’re looking at a $3 trillion market cap for Apple.”

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Jan 28, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/apple-could-hit-3-trillion-214245529.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for predicting Apple’s future stock price?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • Would you advise investors to buy, hold or sell Apple at this time?

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Description: Finally, there is a new crop of pandemic relief for small businesses. You just have to know where to look for it.

Source: Inc.com

Date: Jan 28, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/elizabeth-gore/where-to-look-for-hidden-relief-funding.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How should small businesses look at these funding opportunities as part of their overall approach to planning?
  • What other sources should they consider?

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Description: The head of Canadian online trading platform Wealthsimple Financial Inc. said there’s no plans to curb or throttle investors’ ability to trade in certain securities.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Jan 29, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/wealthsimple-ceo-sounds-alarm-on-investors-who-don-t-know-what-they-re-doing-1.1556189

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about current buying behavior and industry thinking?
  • What do you think the industry should do, if anything?

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Description: eMarketer senior analyst at Insider Intelligence Jasmine Enberg discusses when travel (and travel advertising) will recover and some good and not-so-good examples of how travel advertisers are running campaigns. She then talks about whether Twitter can make a space for healthy conversations, our expectations for WhatsApp, and the significance of social platforms ending the year looking more alike than ever.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Jan 28, 2021

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/will-travel-advertising-recover-do-social-platforms-look-too-similar-what-will-happen-whatsapp?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this podcast related to the travel industry?
  • What does this mean from a financial perspective?
  • What should investors consider?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #759 – Host: Mitch Joel. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is this: the brands that are either purely digital or the ones with a strong digital component felt much less pain. Look no further than the value of a company like Amazon or the incredible rise of Shopify. Watching so many entrepreneurs turn their small businesses into something more “digital” is a sight to behold. Scott Devine and his business, Scott’s Bass Lessons, is a great case study. We’re about to hear my many worlds collide in this episode, so I hope that you will stick with it and enjoy the ride. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Scott’s Bass Lessons. I love the way Scott Devine plays the bass, teaches the bass, and his mini-documentaries and interviews. He’s inspiring. It turns out that I am not alone. But that’s just one small part of what makes Scott unique. He’s best known for his online bass school, Scott’s Bass Lessons. SBL (for short) isn’t just the biggest online school for bassists, it’s the biggest online school for any instrument (put aside institutions that teach multiple instruments). Scott prefers to call it the “Netflix for bass players.” And in the last decade, he’s built the company into an operation with nearly 25,000 students/customers. What moved him from gigging to teaching? How does he keep his students so engaged online? Scott is a real triple-threat when it comes to music (he can play, teach, and market his business). I’ve been a fan since of his since I first started watching his videos, and his journey is a fascinating one that has led to millions of views and millions of fans and followers and a growing business. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 24, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-759-scott-devine-on-building-a-thriving-online-business-no-gimmicks/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the entrepreneurial online journey taken by Scott Devine as he built his brand?
  • How has online business development changed since he started?
  • How has social media affected online business development?
  • What does this mean for investors?

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Description: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discern that financial markets are full of juice at the moment, with the S&P 500 SPX, -0.12% ending Thursday at its fourth record high of the young year and up 72% from the lows of March 2020. The last 12 weeks have seen the largest inflows to stocks ever, according to Bank of America.

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Jan 22, 2021

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-another-sign-that-markets-have-gone-nuts-and-everyone-is-chasing-everything-11611315309?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights warning investors to be wary.
  • Do you agree with this analysis?
  • What would you advise investors at this time?

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Description: GameStop (GME) was temporarily halted for trading due to volatility after the stock jumped a whopping 70% on Friday in an apparent crush on short-sellers. The stock resumed trading in the afternoon and was up around 35%.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Jan 22, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/gamestop-halted-for-trading-after-70-jump-in-apparent-short-squeeze-192635040.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the reasons for price changes.
  • What does this report say to investors about risk assumptions?
  • Do you think these events will influence future investors’ decisions?

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Description: Procter & Gamble’s quarterly earnings, announced Wednesday, showed what many already knew: the pandemic has been profitable for companies with strong brands focused on home cleaning products and other core necessities, as consumers spend more time at home.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Jan 21, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/359785/pgs-cfo-predicts-profits-from-pandemic-related-c.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121171&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about P&G financial performance during the pandemic and the reasons given?
  • As an investor, do you believe the future will be as described in the report?
  • What does this mean for investments in P&G stocks and other competitors in the same category?