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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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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Starbucks: More Than A Coffee Shop

Starbucks: More Than A Coffee Shop

This month Starbucks (SBUX) celebrated the 40th anniversary since Howard Schulz started with a packed coffee store in Seattle. That coffee store has since grown into a manifestation of the American Dream. Howard Schulz is now running for the Presidency with thousands of coffee stores across the globe. The company exceeded revenues of $10.7 billion last year. They have 16,850 Starbucks in 40 countries. They […]

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The Big Four: Dominating The Stock Market

The Big Four: Dominating The Stock Market

As of last week, the Big Four (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) have a combined market cap of $3.2 TRILLION which represents over 15% of the $20 trillion US economy. In 1997, shares of Amazon (AMZN) & Apple (AAPL) traded below $2 per share. Facebook (FB) & Google (GOOGL) hadn’t even been started. It was the dawn of the Internet Era. The following year, Google […]

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Stocks & Dating Apps: Industry Spotlight

Swipe right if their annual returns on stocks are higher than 20%. Led by Match.com, Zoosk, and Tinder, online dating stocks is revolutionizing how we define relationships. Newfound dating apps might not be the perfect match for everyone. But they have generated billions in revenue and grown to become some of the app store’s top-grossing apps. The Rise of Online Dating Stocks In 1959, the […]

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Investing In The Commercial Space Race

Investing In The Commercial Space Race

One small step for man, one giant leap for… our economy? Space travel use to be exclusively a competition between national governments. In recent years commercial space race has heated up dramatically. A direct result of the industries shift from sluggish government programs into the hands of private and public companies. Let’s use our financial fluency tools to take a closer look at this industry’s […]

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Breaking Down International Cryptocurrency Regulation

Breaking Down International Cryptocurrency Regulation

What is happening with cryptocurrency? After a historic rise in the past year, cryptocurrency markets took a dive this past week. Why? More and more countries have put forth regulations. Cryptocurrency’s recent founding and name recognition have made it a target for regulators. This is largely due to its potential as an unregulated and universal medium of exchange. A large part of achieving financial fluency […]

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Tech Stocks: Why They Hate Net Neutrality

Tech Stocks: Why They Hate Net Neutrality

You may have read some of the headlines or seen the trending hashtag #FreeTheInternet. Tech stocks are hardly promoting the hashtag on their website but everyone’s talking about net neutrality. It may be a hot topic, but few people actually understand the true consequences of the proposed regulation repeal. What is net neutrality? In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed regulation. This regulation forced […]

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How To Invest In The Age of E-Commerce

How To Invest In The Age of E-Commerce

Black Friday has come and gone. Another historic year of sales is in the books. So that has left many curious about how to invest after the recent numbers… Transfer of Power Retail store sales continue to decline this year. E-commerce giants like Amazon (AMZN), Alibaba (BABA), and Shopify (SHOP) threaten to put brick-and-mortar stores out of business. In 2016, foot traffic on Black Friday […]

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