May 2, 2017

05/02/2017: The power of a quarter trillion dollars

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Turns out Apple may have more than a quarter of a trillion dollars in cash. With a stockpile that you can practically see from space, what does one do? We'll discuss the exact powers that amount of money gives the electronics giant. Afterwards, we'll look at why property insurers had the worst set of quarterly profits in more than 20 years, and then examine the National Urban League's annual report on equality in America.

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What Apple’s big pile of cash allows it to do

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05/02/17: Mixing business with liberal arts

May 2, 2017
With a weak GDP report last month and a "meh" April jobs report, how will the U.S. economy end up faring in the second quarter? David Kelley, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, gives us his optimistic take on what's in store. Afterward, we'll talk about the decision from Angie's List to be purchased by an outfit called IAC, and then explore a new effort to incorporate liberal arts courses into business programs.

Turns out Apple may have more than a quarter of a trillion dollars in cash. With a stockpile that you can practically see from space, what does one do? We’ll discuss the exact powers that amount of money gives the electronics giant. Afterwards, we’ll look at why property insurers had the worst set of quarterly profits in more than 20 years, and then examine the National Urban League’s annual report on equality in America.

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