What Higher Mortgage Rates Mean for the Housing Market

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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… Read more »

Inflation Hits a 40-Year High–And Businesses Ponder the R-Word

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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… Read more »

Canada’s biggest banks risk backlash by doubling their funding for highly polluting oil projects

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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… Read more »

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion, so it can be ‘transformed as private company’

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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:… Read more »

Disney and Universal will build affordable housing in Florida, where need is acute

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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… Read more »

The New York Dream of Cheap Rent and No Roommates? It’s Over.

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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… Read more »

Here’s where the jobs are — in one chart

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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… Read more »

Liquidation store ‘treasure hunt’ grows in popularity, helps online stores like Amazon

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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?

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

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Description: As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/technology/intel-chip-shortage.html? Questions for discussion: What are the direct economic benefits due to investments in these plants? What are the factors of production needed in order to set up these plants? Given… Read more »

GameStop’s stock is on fire once again and here’s why

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Description: Investors in GameStop are back on board a volatile roller coaster more than a year after the so-called “meme stock” phenomenon nabbed headlines in early 2021. While GameStop’s recent highs are not nearly as close to the surge last year (when its stock hovered around $400 a share at one point), experts have said the company’s… Read more »