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 »

Amazon shares close at record high

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Description: The online retailer’s stock finishes up nearly 30% as investors see the company becoming a powerhouse of the post-recession economy. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 10/23/2009 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/23/news/companies/Amazon/index.htm?postversion=2009102318 Questions for discussion:  Do you think investors are correct in their assessment of future online sales and profits at Amazon? Do you think some categories of merchandise or… Read more »

New highs, but now a big test.

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Description: Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Google, IBM and Intel are among the heavy-hitters due to open their books, giving the rally its first big challenge in weeks. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 10/11/2009 Keys: Finance (p558), Economy (p66) Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/11/markets/sunday_lookahead/index.htm?postversion=2009101107 Questions for discussion:  Explain why financial information released this week by these firms will likely influence… Read more »

How Yahoo is betting its cloud will pay off

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Description: There was a day when information technology personnel toiled behind the scenes to make their corporate computing infrastructure work. But in the Internet era, those experts increasingly are getting starring roles in corporate computing leadership rather than being supporting cast members. Such is the case for Shelton Shugar, Yahoo’s senior vice president of cloud… Read more »