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Description: Wharton’s Benjamin Keys explains why higher mortgage interest rates are discouraging home buyers, but not for long.

Source: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Apr 12, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/what-higher-mortgage-rates-mean-for-the-housing-market/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=4-13-2022&utm_content=What_Higher_Mortgage_Rates_Mean_for_the_Housing_Market

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Professor Keys believe is happening in the housing market and his reasoning?
  • What does this mean for the industry?
  • Do you agree with his understanding of things?
  • What would you advise investors in home builders and home buyers?

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Description: All eyes are on the Federal Reserve, as companies just emerging from the pandemic face a new scourge.

Source: INC.com

Date: Apr 08, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/diana-ransom/recession-supply-chain-inflation-small-business.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is inflation a problem for businesses and consumers?
  • How would the Fed reduce inflationary pressures?
  • What does this report say about the chances of avoiding a recession?
  • What should businesses do in this environment, as interest rates rise?
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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #821 – Host: Mitch Joel. Growth is the goal. Helping people develop their potential – enabling them to articulate and become the self they want to be, are capable of being, and that best serves them and others in the short and long term — is what we, as individuals and leaders, strive toward. But how do we grow? This is the question that Whitney Johnson‘s new book, Smart Growth – How To Grow Your People To Grow Your Company answers. Whitney is CEO of the tech-enabled talent development company Disruption Advisors. Along with being one of the most fascinating people that I know, she is one of the top ten business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at smart growth leadership. Whitney has worked at Fortune 100 companies, and as an award-winning equity analyst on Wall Street. She co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s late Clayton Christensen. She has coached alongside the renowned Marshall Goldsmith, selected by Goldsmith in 2017 as a Top 15 Coach out of a pool of more than 17,000 candidates. Whitney understands how companies work, how investors think, and how the best coaches coach. An award-winning author, Whitney teaches the S Curve of Learning to managers and companies as both a keynote speaker and a frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning. An innovation and disruption theorist, Whitney is also the author of the bestselling, Build an A Team and Disrupt Yourself. She also hosts the weekly, Disrupt Yourself podcast. Enjoy the conversation

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Apr 03, 2022

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-821-whitney-johnson-on-smart-growth/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas about growth as presented by Whitney Johnson.
  • Do you agree with her thinking and recommendations? Discuss.

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Description: The biggest Canadian banks more than doubled funding into highly polluting tar sands oil projects to $16.8 billion last year, according to a report by a coalition of environmental groups.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Apr 13, 2022

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/canada-banks-risk-backlash-doubling-funding-polluting-oil-projects

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research suggest might influence consumer and investor decisions about banking choices?
  • Do you think the data should alarm bankers?
  • What would you advise the banks do with this information?

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Description: Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately, a little over a week after first revealing a 9.2% stake in the company. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 14, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/14/elon-musk-offers-to-buy-twitter-for-54point20-a-share-saying-it-needs-to-be-transformed-as-private-company.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Given Elon Musk’s comments about the firm’s potential, how would Twitter be changed by a decision to go private?
  • How would the social media competitive environment change in your opinion?
  • What would you advise competitors and entrepreneurs do in this potentially new landscape?

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Description: Amazon is handling a rapidly growing number of returns that are causing a massive problem for the e-commerce giant and the planet. A National Retail Federation survey found a record $761 billion of merchandise was returned to retailers in 2021. That amount surpasses what the U.S. spent on national defence in 2021, which was $741 billion.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 10, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/10/how-amazon-plans-to-fix-its-massive-returns-problem.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key business issues related to this problem?
  • Do you think the current strategies are sufficient?
  • What would you suggest?

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Description: Anyone looking for affordable housing in central or southern Florida is in for a wild ride — and that’s why two Florida theme parks are pledging to devote around 100 acres of land to ease the housing crunch.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Apr 08, 2022

Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/08/1091586117/florida-disney-universal-theme-parks-affordable-housing

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the benefits that accrue to these firms as a result of their investment?
  • Do you think it is a good use of their capital?
  • Why is there a crisis, in your opinion?
  • What else can be done to control prices?

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Description: The city is thriving, but many who scored a deal now face rent-renewal sticker shock. Rents rose 33 percent between January of 2021 and January this year, according to an online listing site.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 08, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/realestate/nyc-rent-cost.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report illustrate about the laws of supply and demand?
  • Should government try to regulate these forces affecting rental pricing?
  • What solutions are available to owners, renters and governments?
  • What are the consequences of excessiveley high rents?

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Description: As Covid restrictions eased, rebounds in the leisure and hospitality and business sectors helped to drive a strong March jobs report.The U.S. economy added more than 400,000 jobs in the final month of the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Apr 01, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/01/where-the-jobs-are-march-2022-chart.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do the statistics tell you about which businesses were particularly hurt during Covid and are now recovering?
  • What does this report say about the economic recovery process?

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Description: Experts say increased online shopping driving growth of liquidation stores

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Apr 08, 2022

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/quick-pick-store-a-treasure-hunt-for-shoppers-1.6410353

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is a liquidation store necessary for online business operators like Amazon?
  • Who are the target customers, in your opinion?
  • How is this store different from other discounters?