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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 29, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator?
  • Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world collaborated on the project?
  • What is the marketing and prestige value to a firm in producing an inexpensive ventilator for global sales?
  • Is there something ethically wrong with the “profit model” when it comes to health related products and services, in your opinion?

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Description: The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is attacking the health, financial welfare, social order and political stability of nations across the globe. At a time when millions are fighting to survive illness, financial hardship, political upheaval, and other existential threats, it is difficult to look beyond the moment. The scourge of COVID-19 will pass. When, at what cost, and what its lasting impact will be are open questions.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 24, 2020

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2020/03/24/covid-19-will-turbocharge-legal-industry-transformation/?fbclid=IwAR0-EJddxnWMDJ_nyO2zQ8eSwOFmbJH86D5n4fUts3A065nQyhcdTBYRXSM#5daf3a091195

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how business practices will change after Coronavirus passes?
  • Why will some business environments resist the move towards radical changes?
  • Do you agree with the assessments and predictions?

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Description: We need to embrace change and rethink virtual meetings. Here’s how to promote a positive remote culture.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Mar 27, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/347939

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about managing virtual meetings?
  • When do you think they can be more productive that face-to-face meetings?

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Description: Pacific Gas & Electric and California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a deal Friday for the nation’s largest utility to emerge from bankruptcy triggered by massive liabilities from wildfires.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 20, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/20/pge-reaches-bankruptcy-deal-with-california-governor.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the implications for Californians going forward?
  • How will management decisions be affected as a result of the deal?

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Description: Control what you can control: how you react to difficult situations.

Source: Entrepreneur.com – video report

Date: Mar 24, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/348087?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key suggestions for dealing with emotions and stress?
  • Do you think people can learn to exercise these suggestions?
  • Do you think they can be carried forward to a time after the coronavirus has faded away?
  • What are you doing to manage your emotions?

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Description: Shares of Canadian banks have been crushed along with the rest of the market, and that has sent their dividend yields up from the 3.5 per cent level to more than six per cent.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Mar 25, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-bank-dividends-are-safe-despite-headwinds-analysts-say-1.1412314

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the connection between bank profits and dividend payouts?
  • How do lower interest rates help banks and borrowers?
  • Why is there confidence that banks will continue to pay out dividends?
  • What would cause this confidence to erode?

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Description: As the government continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 epidemic, US consumers and news organizations have rediscovered one of the things that made social media so valuable: Democratizing information about a fast-moving global story brings to light important narratives that official sources may miss, ignore or suppress.

Source: e-Marketer.com

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/why-tech-companies-can-regain-consumer-trust-as-coronavirus-crisis-continues?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the highlights presented in this report?
  • Do you agree that brands that are viewed as a source of greater trust will benefit after this crisis has passed?
  • What does this mean for managers, investors?

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Description: The coronavirus is more than a health menace. It’s a wealth destroyer that the global economy will have to live with for many months to come.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 25, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-28/the-world-catches-a-dangerous-virus-of-the-mind?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about what was known about the coronavirus a month ago?
  • How did people interpret and deal with this information?
  • Why do you think people behaved as they did?

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Description: Investors glued to their screens as stocks tumble day after day. Central banks around the world injecting trillions of dollars into the financial system. Talk of bailing out out entire industries.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/banks-nearly-took-down-the-economy-in-2008-now-the-industry.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the ability of banks to help businesses and consumers deal with the economic strains caused by the Coronavirus?
  • How important will the behavior of bankers over the next year be if the industry is to redeem itself in the publics mind?

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Description: Day after day we’re hearing about the industries that are being negatively affected by the coronavirus outbreak, but one firm thinks video game publishers are positioned to outperform the broader market in the midst of Covid-19. Yahoo Finance’s tech editor Dan Howley joined Dan Roberts and Seana Smith to discuss to break it all down.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/video-game-publishers-positioned-outperform-205919128.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are video firms getting a bump from the Coronavirus?
  • Do you think this boost in interest will last long after the virus subsides and social behavior returns to normal?