Articles by Anthony Ahlegian

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  Ten big drug companies that have spent billions of dollars racing each other to find breakthroughs on diseases like Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have formed a pact to cooperate on a government-backed effort to share their resources and accelerate the discovery of new medicines. Microsoft Corporation announced on Tuesday that…

Apple builds new networks to offer more

Apple Inc., the world’s second-largest information technology company by revenue after Samsung Electronics, is strategically laying the groundwork to become an even larger provider of content to customers.             The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Apple is stitching together a network of Internet infrastructure that will give the company more control over the distribution…

Business Basics: Private Equity

Private equity refers to company ownership by a specialized investment firm. This specialized investment firm will typically establish a fund, and use the fund to buy multiple businesses. The goal of private equity firms is to sell each one of the businesses they buy within a few years at a profit.   Private equity firms…

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80: This is the percentage of stake that 21st Century Fox Inc. will reportedly take in YES Network, according to the Chicago Tribune. Twenty-First Century Fox currently has a 49 percent stake in YES Network. This deal is expected to close by the end of the first calendar quarter, and financial terms have not been…

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AT&T Inc. continues to look into possible acquisition in Europe, specifically U.K.-based Vodafone Group PLC. This move has been scrutinized by European regulators recently. This is due to the revelations that the U.S. collected large amounts of data on phone and Internet communications about European leaders.   Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. plans to…

Full Disclosure: Pre-Grammying

This past week, lots of news surrounded the Grammys, specifically the Grammy nominees. This attention is great for the artists that are in the spotlight, as it encourages their popularity, exposure and record sales. However, managers and executives of record labels continue to seek ways to boost profits in an ever-changing market and industry.  …

Business Basics: Operating Leverage

Operating leverage is the relationship between a company’s fixed and variable costs. Fixed costs for a company are the costs that do not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Variable costs are the costs that vary depending on a company’s production volume. They rise as production increases…

Imgur popularity rises among Millenials

Internet users of this generation have the opportunity to express themselves like never before. A great example of this is Imgur, a website that acts as a photo-sharing hub and browser for pictures and short animated clips, technically called by their Internet file name “GIFs.” Imgur has become increasingly popular due to its ability to…

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Fiat has completed its buyout of Chrysler, making the U.S. business a completely owned subsidiary of the Italian carmaker. The completion of this acquisition represents Fiat becoming the world’s seventh largest automaker. Fiat’s long-term plan to cut losses in Europe depends on its ability to deepen ties with Chrysler. Amazon.com Inc. is in the early…

Smart cards that have curbed fraud in Europe to be used more by U.S. retailers

Over the holiday season, a massive data breach hit Target Corp. that affected 40 million credit and debit card accounts. A computer-based attack compromised the credit card data, representing one of many recent incidents exposing the risk of fraudulent credit card purchases. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Target’s Chief Executive Gregg…

Stock slang

I came across an article this week that shed light on the “alphabet soup of stocks.” Many stocks can be broken into categories that denote how they perform during various times of the year or business cycle periods. There are also slang terms that are used in the financial industry to describe and categorize stocks.…

Business Basics: Medicare vs. Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid are public heathcare programs that were created in 1965, and are both funded by taxpayers. Medicare exists to help the elderly cover long-term health expenses. Medicaid is designed to help low-income Americans afford healthcare. These eligibility requirements are the main differences between the two. Medicare is available to all U.S. citizens age…

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1.35  This is the loss in billions of dollars that Deutsche Bank incurred this past fourth quarter. This loss suggests that a new phase of banking cleanups are taking place in Europe. This also may be a precursor to other European lenders absorbing financial hits. The bank is facing an array of government investigations into…

Having social savvy

Advances in technology and media have created new and effective ways for us to communicate and foster relationships with each other. Emailing has become a prevalent tool in the business setting, as well as in the academic setting. Even more so, social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have seen increased use by companies.…

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House of Representatives and Senate negotiators announced a budget agreement this past Tuesday. This was done as a rare bipartisan act, and was designed to avert another government shutdown. The budget agreement, modest in scope, is also designed to bring a dose of stability to Congress’ fiscal policy-making over the next two years.   Five…

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43  This is the market capitalization in billions of dollars between Discovery Communications Inc. and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. This is relevant amidst recent news that Discovery is considering a bid for Scripps, the owner of cable channels HGTV, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and a majority of the Food Network. 2.75 This is the amount…

Business Basics: Insurance

Insurance is a form of risk management that is primarily used to protect against the risk of a devastating loss. An insurance company collects insurance payments, or premiums, from customers to pool their risks. This makes insurance payments more affordable for those who buy insurance, or insureds. Purchasing insurance involves assuming a guaranteed and known…

General Motors has image makeover amidst U.S Treasury selling last of shares

This past week included two major highlights for General Motors Co. The first highlight is that the U.S. government sold its last shares of GM, stemming back from the shares acquired in the government-led bankruptcy of GM in 2009. The second highlight is that GM has named its first female CEO, Mary Barra, smashing a…

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Interest Rates An interest rate is the cost of borrowing money, expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. In a more basic portrayal, interest rates are the primary yardstick for measuring how much money lenders will get for loaning money to you. The stated interest rate on a loan, or the nominal rate, doesn’t…

Everything you want to know about the Twitter IPO

This past week, Twitter Inc., an online social networking and microblogging service founded in 2007 and headquartered in San Francisco, has been in headlines for its recently released plan to raise $1 billion through a public offering. Last Thursday, Twitter released its S-1, or initial public offering (IPO), that it filed with the Securities and…

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105 This is the amount in millions of dollars that Potbelly Corp., a popular sandwich shop with 288 locations, raised in an initial public offering on the Nasdaq Stock Market late last week. Potbelly will use the proceeds to pay a dividend to existing shareholders and eliminate its debt.   13.5 This is the percentage…

Full Disclosure: Stake in scholarship

If you could invest in anything, what would it be? Would you be surprised if I mentioned you are already currently investing in one of the most important investments you will ever make? I believe there is much potential to benefit from my current largest investment, my education. American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and…

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s chief executive in Asia, Scott Price, announced earlier this week that the company is considering acquisitions in China. Wal-Mart has revamped its practices and legal compliance in the region.   Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker by shipments, has announced recently that it expects a record operating profit of between…

Feature report: Lofty levels of U.S. stocks cause investor warning

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some investors have warned that stocks are moving into dangerous territory. While the resiliency of the markets has prompted many market analysts and Wall Street strategists to hold back on their negative forecasts, many investment fund managers have shown evidence that they are seeing “slimmer pickings” in U.S.…

Full Disclosure: Crystal ball for closure

The theme of my column this week is this week’s hot news: the government shutdown. I have decided to give some “full disclosure” this week on my forecast for how the government shutdown will tie into business, specifically focusing on how corporate America, U.S. treasuries and the stock exchanges may be affected. I used insight…