Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry

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Description: Far from simplifying taxes, the bill opened up a whole range of tactics to lower the amount owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/business/tax-bill-offers-last-minute-breaks-for-developers-banks-and-oil-industry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the highlights of the tax bill, according to the report? How will investors be affected by these changes?… Read more »

Bitcoin Futures Are About To Be a Thing and It’s Sending Prices Soaring

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Description: Bitcoin prices soared as high as $10,700 Friday after the main U.S. currency trading watchdog handed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange a tentative go-ahead to offer Bitcoin futures. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/bitcoin-price-cme-cftc-futures/ Questions for discussion: Explain why the introduction of futures trading would… Read more »

Netflix can shake off Kevin Spacey scandal — and ‘Stranger Things’ will help

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Description: Streaming giant will survive the sexual harassment scandal as long as it remains an isolated incident, analyst says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-can-shake-off-kevin-spacey-scandal-and-stranger-things-will-help-2017-12-01 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the recent scandal has impacted Netflix profitability? Do you think the risk to investors has substantially changed? How… Read more »

‘It’s beautiful’: This Toronto startup is investors’ secret weapon to beating the market

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Description: Hedge funds pay handsomely for Quandl’s market-beating alternative data, but when does such data cross the line into privacy violations or insider trading? Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/its-beautiful-this-toronto-startup-is-investors-secret-weapon-to-beating-the-market Questions for discussion: What is meant by alternative data? Do you think there are legal issues facing investors using this service?

How the Fall of Finance Led to French Tech’s Rise

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Description: After the financial crisis, educated French youth opted for startups instead of conventional job paths. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-28/how-the-fall-of-finance-led-to-french-tech-s-rise Questions for discussion: What does the article have to say about changes taking place in France? What are the major reasons for the change in attitudes and thinking towards entrepreneurialism and… Read more »

Take that, Amazon and Walmart: Kroger sales surge

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Description: So much for Amazon and Walmart killing the grocery business. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/investing/kroger-sales-supermarket-amazon-whole-foods-walmart/index.html Questions for discussion: Explain the financial results at Kroger. What criteria should analysts be looking at in order to evaluate food retailers?

Stocks don’t need tax cuts to keep going strong

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Description: The stock market is at a record high. The U.S. economy has grown at a healthy clip for the past six months. So is there really a pressing need for major tax reform, as President Trump and Republicans in Congress suggest? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/28/investing/stocks-tax-reform-trump/index.html Questions for… Read more »

‘Angry Birds’ Hatches Angry Investors

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Description: When Rovio Entertainment Oyj went public in September, investors eager to grab a piece of the producer of Angry Birds flocked to the stock, making it Finland’s hottest share offering in a decade. These days, Rovio looks about as airworthy as a clay pigeon. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/-angry-birds-hatches-angry-investors Questions for discussion: Explain what happened to… Read more »

Opinion: Where to stash your money when this bull market makes you sweat

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Description: It’s almost getting boring: the three major U.S. stock market indexes keep hitting record highs. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/where-to-stash-your-money-when-this-bull-market-makes-you-sweat-2017-11-30 Questions for discussion: What do you think of the analysis and recommendations presented in this report? Where do you see stocks heading over the next quarter?

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

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Description: The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/republican-tax-cut.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the article have to say about the proposed… Read more »