Alibaba Debut Makes a Splash

Description: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA +38.07% , China’s largest e-commerce company, on Friday became a publicly traded technology powerhouse, launching a blockbuster share offering in New York that drew attention world-wide.

Source: WSJ.com – video report

Date: Sep 19, 2014

Link: http://www.wsj.com/video/ratings-pro-alibaba-looks-stronger-than-facebook/9A9B4058-603D-4DE0-AD85-1ACBE286EE76.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is motivating purchasers of the Alibaba IPO?
  • How would you evaluate the risk and opportunities for growth?

Who’s getting rich off the stock market?

Description: The United States is enjoying one of the best stock market surges in its history. But the phenomenal gains in recent years are going mostly to white, college-educated individuals who are already pretty well off.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 18, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/09/18/bull-market-makes-the-rich-richer.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Who is the typical stock market investor?
  • Why do you think this is the case?
  • Do you think everyone should be invested?

Tesla Breaks the Auto Dealer Cartel

Description: It was not entirely surprising that Nevada last week ponied up $1.3 billion in tax breaks to win the business of Tesla Motors. TSLA +0.87% State officials for decades have struggled to diversify an economy based on gambling and tourism, and the prestige of attracting the high-end electric-car company’s massive new lithium battery factory was too great to resist.

Source: WSJ.com

Date: Sep 16, 2014

Link: http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/john-kerr-tesla-breaks-the-auto-dealer-cartel-1410907919-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwNzExNDcyWj

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why do suppose states require purchases of new vehicles from dealerships?
  • Why would Tesla want to be able to sell directly to buyers?

The Government Keeps Helping People Buy Failing Cold Stone Creamerys

Description: Would you loan someone money to buy a Cold Stone Creamery franchise if you knew that more than a quarter of those loans default? If you’re the U.S. government, the answer is yes.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: Sep 16, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-16/franchises-the-government-keeps-helping-people-buy-failing-brands#r=nav-fst

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why do you suppose the SBA loans continue to be made?
  • Why would entrepreneurs participate in such risky franchise setups?

Lululemon is no longer a downward dog

Description: Is the worst over for yoga apparel maker lululemon after its sheer pants debacle? Perhaps. The stock is up on solid results, but the company faces tough competition from Under Armour, Nike and Athleta.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 11, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/09/11/investing-the-buzz-lululemon-athletica-chip-wilson-nike-under-armour-gap.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think the worst is over for Lululemon stock holders?
  • How can more competition be interpreted as a “good thing” for the industry?

A deep look at poverty in Asia

Description: Interview with Shang Jin Wei, Chief economist with Asia Development Bank.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: Sep 11, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/Video/player.aspx?vid=438737

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe the level of poverty discussed in this report.
  • How are governments and businesses dealing with the need to generate wealth?
  • Do you think globally operating businesses are unethical if they pay Asian workers rates that would be a fraction of those paid in America or Europe?

Food trucks and college business majors: A most delicious match

Description: Entrepreneurial undergraduate business students across the country are increasingly trying to break into the crowded market, whipping up cheesy potato latke sandwiches, waffles, burgers, and everything in between.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 10, 2014

Link: http://fortune.com/2014/09/10/food-truck-business-majors/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why do you suppose these entrepreneurs chose their respective businesses?
  • Which business seems to be the most demanding?

AES powering the world

Description: Interview with CEO Andres Gluski and perspectives on the electricity generating business around the word.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: Aug 21, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/Video/player.aspx?vid=429528

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the electricity generating business as described by Andres Gluski.
  • Has the firm performed well from an investor’s point of view?
  • What risks are associated with this business for investors?
  • Would you buy into the company?

Starbucks to test new store designs

Description: Starbucks announced it will introduce two types of retail locations. An upscale roastery and tasting room for its rare Starbucks Reserve line, and smaller, alternative stores for speed and convenience.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Sep 05, 2014

Link: http://for.tn/WmfXTc

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe and explain Starbucks’ new strategies.
  • Do you think they will resonate with consumers?
  • What other industries think of customers in similar terms?

Young Americans Hate Cash

Description: American adults under age 30 hate cash so much that 51 percent of them will use plastic, even for purchases amounting to less than $5. That’s according to a survey released on Wednesday by CreditCards.com.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: August 27, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-27/plastic-beats-cash-among-young-adults#r=hpf-s

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this report say about changing attitudes towards alternatives to cash?
  • Why do you think these trends are growing?

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