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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?

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Description: It’s finally starting to dawn on people that the coronavirus is a real crisis, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers after a horrific day on Wall Street. Cramer said with so many people panicking, it’s time to stop buying the averages and circle around high-quality, recession-proof stocks that can weather this storm.

Source: TheStreet.com

Date: Mar 16, 2020

Link: https://www.thestreet.com/jim-cramer/cramers-mad-money-recap-march-16

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Jim Cramer say about investing in today’s stock market?
  • Which companies do you think will be most affected by the Coronavirus and which do you think will be pretty much unaffected?
  • Does the current market situation present a good buying opportunity, in your opinion?

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Description: Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, which will require thousands of people to work from home. Experts say the key to successful remote work is to have open lines of communication with managers, and to act like you’re working in an office.

Source: YahooFinance.com

Date: Mar 16, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/working-from-home-successfully-takes-effective-communication-and-embracing-the-outfit-mullet-170903118.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about good practices for remote working?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  • Do you think this experience will lead to more remote working arrangements after the crisis is over?

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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: eMarketer.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 a brand that is viewed as a source of greater trust will benefit long after this crisis has passed?
  • What does this mean for managers, investors?

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Description: Regeneron said it could produce ‘hundreds of thousands’ of does per month by the end of the summer if trials of its cocktail coronavirus treatment prove successful.

Source: TheStreet.com

Date: Mar 17, 2020

Link: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/regeneron-surges-after-identifying-coronavirus-antibodies

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the pharmaceutical effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus?
  • What are the benefits to the first company that develops and distributes a treatment?
  • How do you think the global experience with this virus outbreak will change our behaviors in the future?

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Description: Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort will close beginning Monday through to the end of March.

Source: TheStreet.com – video report

Date: Mar 12, 2020

Link: https://www.thestreet.com/markets/disney-florida-paris-theme-parks-coronavirus

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are Disney operations particularly vulnerable to concerns over the Coronavirus scare?
  • What can be done to mitigate lost business?

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Description: eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco discuss how digital adoption has made it possible—or not—for people to work, study and entertain themselves from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Who doesn’t use the internet? Do people spend more time watching Netflix or YouTube? And which platforms get the most social media attention? They then talk about Spotify Kids, faster same-day delivery and Sling TV losing customers.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Mar 12, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-working-and-studying-from-home-shines-a-light-on-digital-usage?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in the discussion.
  • Are you surprised by anything said?
  • What do these items mean for business managers?