Tesla Has a Problem, and It’s Not the Model 3

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Description: With all the car-making troubles that are hounding Tesla Inc. these days — from the Model 3 bottlenecks to the furious cash burn — it’s easy to overlook the company’s SolarCity headache. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 06, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-06/hidden-by-model-3-mess-tesla-s-other-problem-is-about-to-emerge Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the financial problems at Tesla? What are… Read more »

Remington Was Turned Down by 30 Lenders After School Shooting

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Description: For Remington Outdoor Co., one of the oldest firearms makers in the U.S., not even going bankrupt is easy these days. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/gunmaker-gets-loan-from-jpmorgan-franklin-after-others-said-no Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the connection between financing and social issues facing managers? Which other industries do think might face similar… Read more »

Dow suddenly drops nearly 400 points

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Description: The “Fast Money” traders discuss the sudden drop in the Dow and what’s contributing to the post-close loss. Dow suddenly drops nearly 400 points from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 01, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/28/dow-suddenly-drops-nearly-400-points.html Questions for discussion: Why did the Dow drop? Why is there so much volatility? What do you… Read more »

Rising inflation not enough to rattle stocks, says Bessemer’s…

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Description: Rebecca Patterson, chief investment officer at Bessemer Trust, discusses the broader market and rising interest rates with Brian Sullivan. Rising inflation not enough to rattle stocks, says Bessemer’s Rebecca Patterson from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 15, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/14/rising-inflation-not-enough-to-rattle-stocks-says-bessemers-rebecca-patterson.html Questions for discussion: What is Rebecca Patterson saying about inflation concerns… Read more »

Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion for Short-Form Video Project

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Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg is trying to raise $2 billion for his new television start-up that will provide short-form content of premium quality for mobile devices. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/business/dealbook/katzenberg-television-mobile.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FVenture%20Capital&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What are the risks to investors, compared to traditional media platforms that exist today? Do you think this thinking… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is a Cautionary Tale for Technology

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Description: How about this setup for a joke: What does Toys “R” Us Inc. have in common with business software companies? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-09-21/toys-r-us-is-a-cautionary-tale-for-technology-firms Questions for discussion: What does article say about the use of debt and the consequences? What should investors and financial managers take away from this report?

This could stop Amazon’s stock rally in its tracks

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Description: Amazon needs to enact a large stock split and start paying a dividend to get the Dow keepers’ attention Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-could-stop-amazons-stock-rally-in-its-tracks-2017-04-21?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What is the concern about Amazon’s stock price as described in this article? What do you think about this argument?

Valeant shares rocket 24% as investors cheer moves to reduce debt

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Description: Troubled drug company refinanced debt, extended maturities and adjusted terms last quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/valeant-shares-rocket-23-as-investors-cheer-moves-to-reduce-debt-2017-05-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Why did the stock price jump? Do you think the current value is fair, with respect to the level of debt and revenue projections?

Puerto Rico: A Debt Problem That Kept Boiling Over

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Description: It all goes back to 1917. Congress passed a law that year making Puerto Ricans United States citizens. That same law, still on the books today, empowered the island to raise money by issuing tax-exempt bonds. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 05, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/business/dealbook/puerto-rico-debt.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the current financial… Read more »