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?

Dow Jones vs. S&P 500: What’s the difference?

Description: What sets the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 apart? CBS MoneyWatch contributor Ray Martin breaks it down as the two stock market indexes continue to reach new highs.

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: July 31, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/dow-jones-vs-s-p-500-whats-the-difference/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the differences between these measures of stock market activity.
  • Which do you think is the better measure of the economy and market conditions?

Big-box stores may see dark days ahead

Description: Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) gained dominance by offering everything from groceries to children’s toys, often putting smaller, local stores out of business in the process. Now, it’s the revenge of the smaller retailers.

Source: CBSNews.com

Date: July 19, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-there-dark-days-ahead-for-big-box-stores/?tag=nl.e713&s_cid=e713&ttag=e713&ftag=TRE4cf7aca

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in retailing today that is reflected in the issues facing Walmart and Target?
  • Do you think changes to management will have a positive effect on these firms?
  • What would you recommend these firms do as the marketplace continues to evolve?

Investors like Amazon 3D phone chatter

Description: The only thing cooler than a 3D phone? A drone delivering it to you. Amazon stock enjoyed a nice pop after announcing (via YouTube) that it will unveil a new product — likely a 3D phone — on June 18.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/06/06/investing-the-buzz-amazon-3d-smartphone-drone-delivery.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the reasons provided in this report for Amazon stock price moves.
  • Do you think Amazon stock is over-valued?

Solar Roadways funding nears $2 million

Description: In the United States alone, there are roughly 4 million miles of roads. What if, instead of becoming lined with potholes, those roadways were generating solar energy under our wheels? What if the 4,360 square miles of surface parking lots in the United States could also be put to good use collecting solar energy? It’s a compelling idea and one that’s quickly catching on.

Source: SmartPlanet.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/solar-roadways-funding-nears-2-million/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing this product as road surface?
  • Do you think this product will succeed?
  • What are the obstacles the firm will have to surpass?

A Growing Challenge for Germans Who Live by Bread Alone

Description: SCHOPFHEIM, Germany — On Sunday mornings, the line at the backdoor of Fritz Trefzger’s bakery snakes through the courtyard as customers wait for their chance to step into the inner sanctum of his kitchen.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: June 03, 2014

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/europe/a-rising-challenge-for-germans-who-live-by-bread-alone.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_AGC_20140605&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article say about small business and changing social behaviors?
  • Do you think that Fritz Trefzger’s approach to confronting competition will grow in popularity?

Abercrombie makes losing money stylish

Description: Controversial retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is not doing well. It’s losing money and sales are declining. But it didn’t do as badly as Wall Street expected. So the stock is surging. That’s silly.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 29, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/05/29/investing-the-buzz-abercrombie-and-fitch.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why is the stock rebounding?
  • Do you think it is a good buy today?

Top 5 reasons why your CEO just got a big fat raise… and 5 reasons why you didn’t

Description: WASHINGTON — Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging.

Source: NationalPost.com

Date: May 27, 2014

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/05/27/the-ceo-of-your-company-just-got-a-huge-raise-you-didnt-heres-why/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the overall explanation provided in this report for the wide gap in pay.
  • Do you agree?
  • Should anything be done about the gap?
  • How do you think this situation affects motivation of those directly employed?

Protesters: Double minimum wage!

Description: Fast food workers are on the streets again, demanding employers double their federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/05/15/fast-food-protests.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the arguments surrounding the minimum wage issues?
  • What do you think the government should do?

Live broadcast from your smartphone

Description: Mobil is an Israeli company that’s developed an app that allows users to broadcast live from their smartphones.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 15, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/05/15/tech-mobil-app-israel-wbt.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How can this app enhance the marketing power provided by social media?
  • Do you think this app will open up new programming by entrepreneurs?
  • What sort of programming do you think is likely to be launched with the growth of this app?

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