Articles by Anthony Ahlegian

Columns: Senior column

Thank you to all of the editors and members of The Carroll News staff for the many memories made and lessons learned, all made possible during my time writing and editing for our collegiate newspaper in the Business and Finance section. It has been ultimately a pleasure to work beside and with the group of…

AIS project engages students

      Last week on Wednesday, April 23, the Accounting Information Systems, or AIS, class at JCU taught by accountancy professor Amanda English had its operations day for a class project that English created last semester with the intent of utilizing a real world illustration of the topics taught in class.   The project uses a…

Full Disclosure: Full Disclosure

      One of the few things that has remained constant over my time writing for The Carroll News is my understanding of what my column title, “Full Disclosure,” has represented. I originally titled my column in this fashion because I wanted it to be a source of transparent, unbiased, encompassing and relevant information.…

Viacom resolves with Google over YouTube

  The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Viacom Inc., an American global mass media company that owns cable networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, resolved its copyright litigation with Google Inc. over Google’s YouTube video site.   “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important…

Lucky Numbers 3/20/14

9: This is the amount in millions of dollars that British retailer Primark said it would begin paying in long-term compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh on April 2013 – the deadliest garment industry disaster ever. Primark is one of more than two dozen retailers whose clothes were made…

Full Disclosure: Full Disclosure: Burger ring, ring

  Burger King Worldwide Inc. recently announced that they are releasing an application that will allow customers to pay for their meals with their smartphones.  Upon first notice of this news, I became interested in just how competitive the fast food industry is. The recent strategic move by Burger King shows that they want to…

Hot Topics 3/20/14

  Retail food prices in the U.S. on groceries such as coffee, meat and vegetables are expected to rise as much as 3.5 percent this year, as years of drought in states such as Texas and California drive up prices for many agricultural goods. This would be the biggest annual increase in three years. General…

Business Basics: Mutual Fund

  A mutual fund is an investment vehicle managed by finance professionals.  The fund has shares, or units, for the public to buy as an investment.  This is how the fund raises its money. The money is invested by the finance professionals into a chosen and balanced portfolio of securities such as corporate stocks, commodities…

Hot Topics 2/27/14

    Netflix Inc. has recently agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to have direct access to their broadband network. Netflix’s intent is to ensure that its movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers. The financial impact of the deal for Netflix is not clear. This marks the end of Netflix holding out on…

Telecoms fight against web traffic rules

        As growth in Web services has continued to explode, demanding high usage of data in the process, global telecommunications companies are battling more intensely with technology firms over the regulations of how Internet traffic is handled. The friction has been building up and coming to light this week at the Mobile…

Lucky Numbers 2/27/14

    19: This is the amount in billions of dollars that Facebook Inc. has agreed to pay for mobile-messaging service WhatsApp. This represents the largest amount ever paid for a technology startup. WhatsApp will operate independently of Facebook, and WhatsApp’s founder, Jan Koum, will join Facebook’s board.   200: This is the amount in…

Full Disclosure: G-20 Summit Review

    This past weekend, finance ministers and central bank governors of the world’s biggest economies, known as the Group of 20 or G-20, met in Sydney, Australia to have an annual meeting regarding the discussion of topics significant to the global economy. I will review one of the key topics discussed during this meeting…

Business Basics: Lien

    A lien is a creditor’s conditional right of ownership, or security interest, against a debtor’s property that disallows its sale or transfer without paying off the creditor. In a contractual arrangement, a lien is the right of a contracting party to take possession of a specific asset of the other contracting party, in…

Lucky Numbers 2/20/14

  767: This is the amount in millions of dollars that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has recently asked a judge to approve as the settlement amount to pay off a $1.2 billion bankruptcy claim with Freddie Mac. This claim is one of the biggest that remains against Lehman Brothers from when it filed for Chapter…

Hot Topics 2/20/14

  The six largest U.S. banks, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group, Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley, collectively had their insiders sell $26 million of stock in January, the busiest start to the year since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal.   The Federal…

Business Basics: Liquidity

  Liquidity is a measure that represents an ability to pay short-term expenses. Liquidity also represents having a large number of assets that specifically can be converted to cash easily, such as blue chip and money market securities.   When used in the context of a company, liquidity is a measure that allows an investor…

Full Disclosure: Cable changes

    Big news recently has been the announcement of the potential purchase of Time Warner Cable, the United States’ second-biggest cable company, by Comcast Company, the biggest cable company in the U.S. Since this news came out last week, many Americans have been speculating on what changes may occur to their cable services if…

Bitcoin confidence being tested by hackers

    Bitcoin, a virtual currency that was introduced in 2009, has gained popularity and faced challenges over the past several months. Another form of money in today’s digital age, the perils and promises of Bitcoin as a digital currency have been observed recently in the marketplace. Bitcoin is a type of alternative currency known…

Lucky Numbers 2/13/14

  477: This is the amount in thousands of subscribers that Sprint Corp. added in the last three months of 2013. This is a sign that Sprint is beginning to cut back on its subscriber losses. These performance results are encouraging towards Sprint’s desire to acquire the smaller T-Mobile US Inc. 35: In response to…

Hot Topics 2/13/14

Video camera maker GoPro recently announced plans for an initial public offering, or IPO, of stock. GoPro has built its popularity with its action cams that are small, weatherproof and mountable, offering excellent video quality and battery life. GoPro won’t reveal its financial statements until a later date.   McDonald’s Corp. opened its first restaurant…

Full Disclosure: Olympic impact

  The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games have brought a lot of attention to Russia, specifically Sochi, over the past week. I recently came across an article in the International Business Times that aimed to forecast and analyze the economic impacts of this year’s Winter Olympics on the surrounding area of Sochi, Russia. The article…

Business Basics: Collateral

  Collateral is property or other assets that a borrower offers a lender to secure a loan. Collateral can be seized by the lender to recoup their losses if the borrower stops making the promised upon loan payments.   Examples of situations where collateral may be used are when an individual needs a loan to…

Twitter reports slow growth of active users

    Twitter Inc. recently released its first earnings report as a public company. While some of the data was encouraging to Twitter’s revenue generating performance, the data that sits at the core of their business model was disappointing. Two major takeaways from the earnings report were that Twitter’s revenue is increasing, but user growth…

Super Bowl savvy

In case you turned off the big game early this past Sunday, or aren’t a football fan, I want to be able to provide you with a recap of a memorable commercial from this past Sunday. In the spirit of marketing, I also want to provide you with a history of Super Bowl advertising.  …

Lucky Numbers

  514: This is the amount in billions of dollars that the projected budget deficit will be in 2014 according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report that came out on Tuesday. This is the lowest level during President Barack Obama’s presidency, and is well below the $1.4 trillion deficit in 2009 that followed heavy…