The End Of Retail As We Know It

In some respects, technology has changed our world for the better. Our ability to access information, pay taxes, buy seemingly anything online with the click of a button has completely disrupted the past ways we as consumers and as businesses operate. The evolution of commerce is now starting to leave traditional brick-and-mortar retail businesses behind.

Stores such as Macy’s, JCPenney, and Dick’s Sporting Goods all have tough paths forward. Each store’s first quarter earnings report  read more>>

Consolidation is in the Bag

On Monday, Coach Inc. announced it struck a deal to buy rival Kate Spade & Company for $2.4 billion. The luxury handbags and accessories brand, whose sales peaked in 2013, has been looking to reverse its slumping revenue. The acquisition will add an estimated $1.5 billion annually to Coach’s top line, but more importantly, Coach will save a tremendous amount by combining the companies’ supply chains and management.

The attractiveness of luxury brands like Coach,  read more>>

A Fair Representation on Taxation

After years of rising tax rates and intensifying frustration among individuals and corporations, it appears the American tax system is finally getting the makeover it needs. President Trump unveiled a tax plan which, at its core, will grow America’s economy. By slashing corporate and individual tax rates, this plan will encourage more business be done in our great country and result in more money in all our pockets!

Under the current tax system, corporations are  read more>>

Tesla Steals the Thunder

As of Monday morning, Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. hit a new milestone as it passed General Motors to become America’s most valuable automaker. The electric carmaker also surpassed Ford Motor Co. a week earlier, and next up is Honda Motor Co. At about $51 billion in market capitalization, Tesla rise to the top has little to do with the less than 80,000 vehicles it delivered last year and is more a reflection of investors  read more>>

Snap Goes Public

A strong, healthy stock market is the most important factor for any company looking to have a successful Initial Public Offering. For Snap Inc., the parent company of the Snapchat app, this was exactly the case. Besides the fact that the post-recession bull market just turned 8-years-old, the U.S. stock market is reaching all-time highs week after week. Investors are filled with optimism and are pouring money into the market.

In its first day of  read more>>

The Unmatched Importance of the Activist Investor

There are few American businessmen more influential than Warren Buffett. He has an investing track record which speaks for itself and Yoda-like reverence within the American economy. His advice, therefore, is beneficial to all investors and business-people.

Buffett recently released his annual letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, the multinational conglomerate Buffett founded and spearheads. In it, he speaks to corporate executives, individual investors, and anyone looking for a key into the often unpredictable economy.  read more>>

The End of Consolidation on the Horizon

The big merger news coming out of the weekend was Kraft Heinz Co. making an unsolicited bid for Unilever PLC. In short time, the deal was off; Unilever rejected the $143 billion takeover offer saying it “fundamentally undervalues” the company. Meanwhile, Kraft Heinz announced it was withdrawing its bid for the international consumer products giant.

A deal this size would have been one of the largest ever; in the history of the food and beverage  read more>>

Mining M&A Poised for a Busy 2017

No need to dig deep to find activity in the mining sector. Coming off a positive end to 2016, Ernst and Young expects mergers and acquisitions in the mining sector to pick up right where they left off. The positive environment in the equity markets and strengthening investor confidence are leading drivers of the high 2017 expectations.

There are several industry-specific factors and general patters behind the M&A activity. A consolidation of commodity prices is  read more>>

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