What killed Lehman

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Description:  Failings by Lehman Brothers executives and its auditor led to the bank collapse that unleashed the worst of the financial crisis, according to a report by a court-appointed investigator. Source: CNNMoney.com   Date: 03/12/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/12/news/companies/lehman_examiner/index.htm Questions for discussion: Summarize the findings in the report? Who do you believe is mostly to blame for… Read more »

How Men’s Overconfidence Hurts Them as Investors

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Description: MEN and women invest differently, a growing body of research has found. And in at least one important respect, women may be better at it. Source: NYTimes.com Date: 03/12/2010 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/business/14mark.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: How are men and women investors different from each other? What lessons are there that each gender can learn from… Read more »

Great Time to Buy (Famous Last Words)

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Description: “IT’S a great time to buy a home.” Real estate agents were saying that in 2001, as home prices were rising. They also said it when home prices peaked in 2005 — in fact, David Lereah, former chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, published a book that year titled “Are You Missing… Read more »

Madoff whistleblower blames regulators

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Description:  Harry Markopolos, independent financial fraud investigator, says SEC regulators are at fault for failing to protect investors. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report   Date: 03/02/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/03/02/n_ss_markopolos_reg.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the arguments presented that explain the fraud? Do you believe government should regulate the financial services industry more? Explain your… Read more »

Is Dell salvageable?

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Description:  Computer maker’s shares fall more than 5% after the company reports a drop in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report   Date: 02/26/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2010/02/23/f_tm_dell_hp.fortune/ Questions for discussion: Why is Dell’s stock value falling? What would management have to do in order to improve profits? Is Dell a good candidate for merger… Read more »

Just blowing the froth off?

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Description: January has been the worst month for stock investors since February last year just before markets took off on a stellar risk rally. Source: Reuters.com Date: 01/29/2010 Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60S42520100129 Questions for discussion:  Summarize the reasons given for why the stock market might be poised to advance in February or continue on its decline. What… Read more »

Investors Hope the ’10s Beat the ’00s

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Description: The U.S. stock market is wrapping up what is likely to be its worst decade ever. In nearly 200 years of recorded stock-market history, no calendar decade has seen such a dismal performance as the 2000s. Source: WSJ.com Date: 12/20/2009 Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704786204574607993448916718.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read Questions for discussion:  Summarize the highlights of the story. Do you think… Read more »

Credit card usury bill coming soon in House

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Description: Several congressional Democrats said on Wednesday they plan to introduce legislation next week to cap credit card interest rates. Source: Reuters.com Date: 11/25/2009 Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5AO4ZO20091125 Questions for discussion:  What the arguments for and against regulating credit card interest rates? Do you believe rates should be regulated? Explain your answer. What are the likely consequences… Read more »

Buffett buying Burlington rail in his biggest deal

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Description: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc will pay $26 billion to buy out Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp in a bet the nation’s largest rail company will benefit from a recovering U.S. economy. Source: Reuters.com Date: 11/03/2009 Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE5A22A720091103 Questions for discussion: Do you think this investment will turn out to be a good one… Read more »

Exxon Mobil earnings plunge 68%

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Description:  Exxon Mobil reported a 68% decline in third-quarter earnings Thursday as oil and natural gas prices tumbled from last year’s highs. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 10/29/2009 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/29/news/companies/exxon_mobil/index.htm?postversion=2009102912 Questions for discussion:  Summarize the current financial situation for the firm. Do you think investors will punish the company stock? Explain your answer. How has the stock… Read more »