Archive for the ‘Investment’ Tag

Whiskeys have to age for years, so how do distilleries make money?   Leave a comment

WHISKEY-2Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/02/24/world/iaw-whiskey

Summary: Sellers hope to maximize profit. So what incentives do distillery owners have to start their business if they can only make a profit after 20 years? Marketplace tackles this question and the history of selling whiskey in this podcast.

Original Air Date: March 7, 2016

Length: 5 minutes 42 seconds

Posted June 30, 2016 by noorul94 in Incentives, Production costs

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Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing   Leave a comment

textbooksLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/03/353300404/episode-573-why-textbook-prices-keep-climbing

Summary: Something strange is going on in the textbook market. The price has steeply increased over the past decade–and they’re only getting higher. There is a disconnect between the chooser (the professors) and the buyers (the students). Technically, the professor is the consumer, and they’re spending their students’ money. The podcast offers the opposite: high school textbooks, where costs are kept low because the books are paid for by the schools.

Original Air Date: October 3, 2014

Length: 14 minutes 56 seconds

Discussion Question/ Prompt: Propose a solution to the rising textbook price problem. (Example: a price ceiling? professor awareness of prices? incentives for lower prices?)

Why IBM Is Paying $1.5 Billion To Lose A Business   2 comments

UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21:  The IBM 'Power6' chip displayed at a product launch in central London, U.K., Monday, May 21, 2007. IBM introduced servers with its Power6 processor, a chip that lets users boost computer performance or reduce energy use, stepping up competition with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc.  (Photo by Graham Barclay/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/why-ibm-paying-15-billion-lose-business

Summary: IBM has fell 7 percent off its stock price this week. IBM is selling its chip making company to GlobalFoundries for $1.5 billion over the next three years. It would sound unconventional, except when looking to the future. IBM will be receiving chips for the next ten years from GlobalFoundries. Deals like this are exceedingly rare, but IBM has realized truth: it would be more costly to shut down than to sell, and they may be saving money in the end.

Original Air Date: October 20, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 22 seconds

Prompt / Discussion: Discuss how this type of deal differs from collusion.

We’re Short America   Leave a comment

We bet against this.

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/01/21/378851598/episode-597-were-short-america

Summary: The Planet Money team investigates the less popular side of the Stock Market called shorting. In this podcast the team examines the high-risk high-reward nature of shorting stocks while making an interesting bet of their own against America.

Original Air Date: January 22, 2015

Length: 20 minutes

Posted March 24, 2015 by ndelmonaco1 in Finance, Planet Money

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How Stuff Gets Cheaper   Leave a comment

stuff cheaperLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/11/28/366793693/episode-586-how-stuff-gets-cheaper

Summary: The Planet Money team looks at how some things get cheaper over time. The podcast hosts visit a company called Monoprice, whose job it is to find out ways to make things cheaper–in other words, a lot of detective work.

Original Air Date: November 28, 2014

Length: 14 minutes 11 seconds

Prompt: Write a brief letter to Monoprice with your thoughts on their job. Is it efficient? Is it cost-productive?

Free Money   Leave a comment

free moneyLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/11/07/362060876/episode-581-free-money

Summary: This podcast discusses arbitrage (free money), using the example of used textbooks. Arbitrage (free money) is a risk-free way to buy low and sell high. You can find one thing that’s selling for two different prices, and exploit the mistake.

Original Air Date: November 7, 2014

Length: 14 minutes 29 seconds

Prompt: Imagine you find an opportunity like the one discussed in the podcast. Write an outline of how you would go about this discovery, and what your plan of action would be.

Discussion Question: A woman in the podcast said their practice was immoral. Do you agree or disagree? Is what these two men are doing wrong? Use economic thinking in your discussion.

How The Tough Economy Changes Young People’s Lives   Leave a comment

tough economy changes youngLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/how-tough-economy-changes-young-peoples-lives

Summary: Many people are still feeling the after-effects of the Great Recession, especially young adults. Young adults still have a higher than average unemployment rate, and are not hitting traditional milestones–such as living alone, starting careers, buying their first home–and have been described as a generation that has “failed to launch” due to the poor economy. Everything that is happening to this generation is happening later in life as they work to launch themselves as independent, self-supporting adults in the harsh economic environment.

Original Air Date: September 16, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 36 seconds