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The national outcry over systemic racism has pushed employers big and small to examine their own failings in diversity and inclusion. Today, we’ll look at why so many companies’ efforts haven’t worked — some have even made things worse — and whether this time could be any different. Plus: Some people are getting lax on masks even as COVID-19 cases rise, and we’re short on contact tracers.
Because you’re doing delivery for everything your body consumes, Instacart and Doordash just raised mega fundraising rounds (sorry, you can’t invest in them yet). Adobe wants to make sure Gen Z uses “Photoshop” as a verb, so it just launched a freaky new photo-filtering app. And travel stocks’ latest plummet has made them 2020’s case study in risk/reward.
As more people request refunds for things purchased before the pandemic, payment processors are forced to curb the flow of money to businesses and in turn to customers. Reporter Peter Rudegeair explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s not just big corporations feeling the pressure to respond to the protests against police violence around the country — small businesses are trying to figure out what to do, too. And, oh yeah, there’s still a pandemic going on. Today we’ll follow two different businesses to see how they’re managing. Plus: cops on TV, Zoom in China and annualized GDP, explained.
That recovery rally hit a hard Wall Street wall, so we’re looking at why the Dow plummeted 7% for its worst day in months. Chewy is enjoying the current puppy-palooza, but it’s more focused on its anti-Amazon tactic: customer service. And in 1 day we just saw 2 opposite approaches to doing biz in China — Zoom’s way (censor) and a scrappy podcast startup’s way (don’t-censor).
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, all other research froze. Some scientists packed it in, others pivoted to searching for a vaccine. Now, along with the rest of the economy, labs across the country are looking to reopen. Today, we’ll look at what that means. Plus: Hollywood inequality past and present, and a recap of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference.
As Congress debates a new stimulus package, high on the list of considerations is whether to reduce unemployment benefits to incentivize people to return to work. Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Davidson explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Scotts Miracle-Gro is enjoying the pimp yo’ lawn life, but we’re more focused on its other green side hustle. Grubhub was supposed to be acquired by Uber, but now it’s ditching for a European lover. And not-quite-Unicorn-of-the-Day Wave snags $30M to make virtual concerts a thing you take seriously.
Our weekend preview of upcoming IPOs, earnings reports, conference presentations, investor days, IPO lockup expirations, FDA decisions, Barron's mentions, our single stock focus - Cisco - and other key events that could impact stocks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In order to understand the structural economic racism that lead to this moment, you need to know your history. So today we head to Thomas Jefferson’s plantation to look at business strategies of slaveholders, and the legacy of those strategies today. Plus: How the National Bureau of Economic Research makes a call on what’s a recession, and the racial wage gaps at Bon Appetit and beyond.
That Uber/Grubhub deal? It’s off now that Grubhub has accepted an all-stock offering from European delivery company Just Eat Takeaway.com. Dan Kline analyzes the move, as well as Simon Property Group’s deal-terminating letter to Taubman Centers. Plus, we discuss Jay Powell’s comments about economic recovery and whether Major League Baseball will return this year.
Our top stories today: Fears of a second wave; rising infections; and vaccine deals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This is a revamped roundtable format, henceforth called Alpha TALKS, hosted by Nathaniel E. Baker and featuring: Aaron Task, VP Contributor Content and co-host Seeking Alpha's Alpha Trader podcast; Brad Olesen, VP News; Steve Alpher, Managing Editor News, co-host Alpha Trader. Content Segments (Spotify users can click on the timestamp to link to the start of the segment): Intro: a volatile week for stocks, highlighted by Thursday's dramatic sell-off (0:58); Putting the volatility into perspective (3:05); Hertz as a reflection of the speculative fervor that has shaped markets (6:24); The "Robin Hood traders" and how they are able to move markets (9:00); Seeking Alpha Content That Caught Our Eye This Week (11:53): Stephen: The Magnitude of the Recent Rally and How Bad Was Thursday? by Ploutos; Brad: Tesla tops 1,000 and Nikola goes parabolic; Aaron: Impending Chesapeake Bankruptcy A Bullish Message To Oil Investors, by Daniel Dicker and AMD: Ready For Takeoff, by Business Quant Nat: Economic Reality Sets In: This Could Be The End Of The Ever-Popular Buy-The-Dip Strategy, by Altitrade Partners Re: the "buy the dip strategy": Not all dips are equal (19:34) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Almost two weeks after George Floyd was killed in police custody, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council has come out in favor of dismantling the city’s police department. Today, we look at how reallocating cities’ large police budgets could work. Plus: Why the jobs report needed a correction, how aggregated economic data contributes to racial inequality and the problem of child care during a pandemic.
Consumers holding gift cards from retailers that have declared bankruptcy during the pandemic may have limited time to use them. Wall Street Journal reporter Aisha Al-Muslim explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chewy and Five Below both post losses in the 1st quarter, so why is Five Below’s stock the only one popping? Jason Moser analyzes the latest earnings results, and we discuss whether the Starbucks notion of a “third place” is over.
While you’re buying online, fancy furniture retailer Restoration Hardware is tripling-down on the physical world — it’s launching hotels. IBM is actually abandoning its entire facial recognition division on worries it could become a weapon of racial oppression. And put Millennials and Gen-Z aside for a sec — we just got data on what the little kids are watching (hint, we’re calling them Gen T now).
Carl Quintanilla and Jim Cramer discuss the market volatility. Stocks swinging as they try and recover from the worst day since March. Investors going straight back to reopening plays, Carnival and United Airlines among the big winners along with brick-and-mortar retailers Kohl’s & Gap. Thursday’s big sell-off was sparked by fears over reopening of the economy and thinking it could be delayed by a second wave of cases. Houston-area officials warning they’re getting close to re-imposing its stay-at-home order. And Florida breaks its record for new coronavirus cases recorded in a single day. Shares of Boeing pushing the DOW higher. The Wall Street Journal reporting it’s pulling back on its restart of production for the 737 MAX jet. Starbucks announcing it’s going to allow baristas to wear Black Lives Matter attire and accessories after backlash. The company announcing it will make 250 thousand shirts with a design that includes “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” available to workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Faber and Jim Cramer discuss the continuing pullback for stocks. Investors grappling with signs of a second wave of coronavirus cases as the U.S. economy reopens. Record spikes spanning across the U.S. in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo warning New Yorkers against triggering a second wave saying the state has received 25 thousand complaints about businesses violating rules of the phased reopening. Airline and cruise stocks tanking over fears of a second wave. Walmart announcing its partnering with e-commerce platform Shopify to expand its third-party marketplace, trying to benefit from the online shopping boom. Plus, David & Jim’s word of caution, hear what they’re saying about retail investors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thor Industries’ sales of Winnebagos over the last month show how vacations have changed. DocuSign is thriving in the corona-conomy, but we’re focused on how e-signatures are just the top of the fun funnel of its true business. And Wahed raised a fresh $25M to scale its shariah-compliant investing product, taking Islami-Fintech to 130 more countries.
An influx of cash from government stimulus checks and sweetened unemployment benefits helped push the U.S. savings rate to a record 33% in April. Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Carpenter and financial psychologist Ted Klontz discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Macy’s shows signs of life. Coupa Software posts strong quarterly results and guidance. Tailored Brands might be thinking about bankruptcy protection. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and we dip into the Fool Mailbag to discuss barriers to entry in the tele-medicine industry, as well as Google’s own offering to the video-conferencing competitive landscape.
In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Gabrielle Sierra, CFR podcast producer and host of Why It Matters, to discuss their favorite quarantine reads, beloved documentaries and television series, podcasts, and more entertainment they’re looking forward to enjoying this summer.
If there’s one lesson to take from today’s show, it’s that economists are just as confused as you are. We’ll talk with experts and analysts about what to make of the May jobs report, how much of it has to do with PPP loans and what it says about the changing state of the economy. Plus: The New York Times’ Wesley Morris calls in to talk about why the protests against the police killing of George Floyd feel different.
American unemployment fell in May, but is this really a sign of a "rocket-ship" recovery? Also, Gene Sperling, a former director of the National Economic Council, lays out his vision for a more equitable society. And, thriving on secrecy—the private fund behind well-known brands. Simon Long hosts. Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions: www.economist.com/podcastoffer 
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On this final episode of Contra Krugman after nearly five years, we analyze Krugman's horrified response to state reopenings after the lockdowns. Show notes for Ep. 225