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Description: A global disease outbreak isn’t the kind of risk that many investors were trained to react to.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 6, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/business/coronavirus-stock-market.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has the stock market fallen in recent weeks?
  • Why are investors uncertain about the future?
  • What do you think are likely scenarios over the next six to twelve months?

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Description: What a week for the U.S. stock market. In addition to plunging into a correction, defined as a decline of at least 10% from a recent high, the major benchmarks endured their worst week since the financial crisis.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://grow.acorns.com/super-tuesday-market-sell-off-and-other-money-news-in-the-week-ahead/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest is happening in the stock market and the reasons given?
  • Do you think this has been a “normal” correction? Explain your answer.
  • What would do about investing today?
  • What advice is presented in the article?

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Description: Grant Baldwin is a popular keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and speaking coach. He’s also the creator of the popular podcast, The Speaker Lab (which I’ve had the pleasure of being a guest on), and the online course Booked and Paid to Speak, through which he has trained thousands of speakers. He just published a new book, The Successful Speaker (along with Jeff Goins), where he has documented the exact system that helped him land over 400 paid speaking gigs across 46 different states over the last decade. Grant has been a good friend for many years, and this business of speaking is something that is near and dear to my heart. Regardless of whether or not you want to be a professional speaker, your ability to stand up (with confidence) in front of an audience and tell a commanding story is critical for every executive’s success. This book will help. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Mar 01, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/grant-baldwin-on-how-to-be-a-successful-speaker-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Grant Baldwin say about communications and building a public speaking business in particular?
  • Develop a business plan outline that you could imagine yourself following including the topic of expertise and how you would go about finding audiences?

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Description: The coronavirus outbreak is turning one luxury treat reserved for special occasions into a meal bargain hunters can afford.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 5, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-05/virus-makes-luxe-lobsters-so-cheap-that-sellers-face-fatal-blow?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reasons for the drop off in business?
  • How can the industry deal with this problem?

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Description: For Zev Bernard, who sells baseball and softball equipment on Amazon, February tends to be one of the busiest times of the year, with athletes, coaches and fans gearing up for the new season. Opening day for Major League Baseball is in late March.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 29, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/29/amazon-sellers-scramble-to-keep-products-in-stock-amid-coronavirus.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How are supply chains affected and what impact is this having on business operations and profitability?
  • What can managers do about the problem?
  • Should supply chains be re-evaluated, as a result of recent experiences?
  • Do you think any will be changed?
  • Which businesses would benefit and which would be harmed if dramatic changes were made going forward?

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Description: As technology companies continue to look for areas of growth, Africa is emerging as an area of opportunity. And Big Tech has taken notice. Companies such as Twitter, Google and Microsoft are all attempting to establish a presence in fast-growing African economies. Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, who also runs mobile payment company Square, announced

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 6, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/03/06/why-companies-like-microsoft-and-google-are-betting-big-on-africa.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about economic development in Africa and the role played by foreign investment?
  • Why is infrastructure development so critical to that development?

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Description: NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. stock market is likely to rack up solid gains this year, but it’s vulnerable to a correction if the effect of the coronavirus outbreak worsens or the U.S. presidential race rattles investors, according to strategists in a Reuters poll.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 26, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/26/business/26reuters-usa-stocks-poll.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about why the stock markets around the world are jittery?
  • Which key factors are influencing future profits?
  • What are the key items that will significantly influence a change in the current investor behavior?

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Description: Twitter’s user growth has been plateauing for years, as social media users gravitate toward newer platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. But among the countries included in our forecast for Twitter user growth, seven of the top 10 are in Asia-Pacific—a regional trend also evident with Facebook and to some extent, Instagram.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/asia-pacific-drives-twitter-growth-as-other-regions-plateau?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about growth of Twitter usage and the reasons given?
  • How important a factor is anonymity, in your opinion?

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Description: Whether you’re a novice e-commerce entrepreneur or a veteran in the space, it’s a good idea to continuously set new, higher sales goals. Greater sales translate to greater benefits for your company.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346616?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest are the ways to improve online sales?
  • What other suggestions would you suggest?

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Description: A lot of companies are saying, ‘Why bother with Canada? We’re going elsewhere,’ analyst says

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 26, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-teck-frontier-future-oilsands-1.5475658

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reasons for the collapse of the Teck Frontier project?
  • How will this decision affect other businesses in Canada?
  • What do you think Canada should do with oil and gas resource development?