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Coronavirus: Meltdown As Virus Spreads

Coronavirus: Meltdown As Virus Spreads

What Happened Last Week? New cases of coronavirus were discovered around the world. More unsettling information from healthcare specialists was announced. Multiple countries declared the virus a pandemic; and one Bloomberg Opinion argues that coronavirus is here to stay: like the common cold or influenza. This sent the public into a panicked frenzy, purchasing face masks and other basic essentials. WeWork issued a work from […]

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Fico: It’s Failure, Evolution & What It Means

Fico: It’s Failure, Evolution & What It Means

What started out as Fair, Isaac and Company, FICO, the analytics company and their omnipotent FICO Score has come to dominate many parts of our life. Want a mortgage? FICO. How about a car loan? FICO. Maybe refinance that student debt? FICO. The list goes on and on. But what exactly is a FICO Score, where do they come from and more importantly, do they […]

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Merger: A Sprint to 5G

Merger: A Sprint to 5G

In 2018, Sprint and T-Mobile announced a merger, to form a new company. This new company would be at a whopping $146 billion. Ownership of the new company would be split three ways. Deutsche Telekom would own the majority – 42%. SoftBank Group is eager to make-up for its WeWork Snafu and currently holds 27%. The remaining 31% will remain publicly traded. Two years later […]

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Managing Debt: Over-levered & Under-saved

Managing Debt: Over-levered & Under-saved

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz states “having a plan on how you’ll pay off the debt can keep you focused on what it will take to attain ‘financial freedom’”. THE CURRENT DEBT SITUATION Did you know that total household debt balances increased by $193 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, and now stand at $14.15 trillion? To put things into perspective: balances have grown $1.5 trillion higher […]

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Disney Stock On Stream With Comcast Bidding War

Disney Stock On Stream With Comcast Bidding War

In June of 2017, The Walt Disney Company also known as Disney (DIS) gathered with its board of directors to discuss the growth of two new business segments: direct-to-consumer and international, particularly seeking to expand the distribution of new streaming products, services, and offerings. A lot (not so quietly) has happened since then. Disney established a foothold in the direct-to-consumer marketplace by acquiring a 30% […]

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Tax Grants Gone Wild: Musk vs. Bezos

Tax Grants Gone Wild: Musk vs. Bezos

In 2014, Elon Musk secured $1.3 billion in tax grants from the state of Nevada to open a battery plant, this caught the attention of Jeff Bezos. Bezos grew green with envy over Musk’s ability to pit five states against each other in the form of tax incentive packages. As a result, Bezos couldn’t help but question why it was regularly accepting comparatively minuscule incentives. […]

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Tesla Stock: Musk’s Biggest Rocket

Tesla Stock: Musk’s Biggest Rocket

Tesla (TSLA) stock has gained 112% this year, boosting the company’s market value higher than that of General Motors Co (GM), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Volkswagen AG… COMBINED! There is much speculation as to whether Tesla represents the future of electric vehicles or is over hyped – leaving many to question whether Tesla’s stock is driven by record revenue & fourth quarterly profit in […]

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Retirement Accounts 101

Retirement Accounts 101

The concept of saving for retirement is not addressed as early as it should. In fact, with all the alarming data, it is something that should be on the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. While most employers offering 401(k) plans to their employees, you should also be making contributions to a self driven retirement plan early in your career. Especially when you’re earning less money! What […]

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Private Equity at The Arcade

Private Equity at The Arcade

Private Equity Puppet: Dave & Buster’s Edition In late January, the Private Equity behemoth known as KKR disclosed a 10% stake in Dave & Busters (PLAY). Is this a case of Barbarian’s At The Arcade, where KKR makes radical changes to the company through a hostile takeover? Time will tell. KKR is typically known as a management friendly Private Equity firm who passively buy stakes […]

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Juul Goes Up In Altria Smoke

Juul Goes Up In Altria Smoke

THE RISE OF JUUL E-cigarette start-up, Juul Labs exploded in popularity with its initial 2015 launch. It is the highest-selling and fastest growing e-cigarette on the market. In 2017, it generated $224 million in revenue. In 2018 that figure rose to a cool $1 billion, no big deal. However, what was once praised as Silicon Valley’s $38 billion darling, now faces an uncertain future amidst […]

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