Business & Finance

Boler School acquires Bloomberg Terminal

  John Carroll University has some good news for its students in the Boler School of Business. In addition to providing its students with an outstanding education, they are now providing them with a tool that many business majors will use in the business world. More specifically, the school has recently acquired a new Bloomberg…

Boler Business Once again, the U.S. is a big importer of oil.

  In the first three months of 2016 and since the U.S. lifted its forty-year ban on crude oil exports, U.S. crude shipments to foreign buyers have stalled.   Additionally, imports into the U.S. jumped to a three-year high in what looks to be a reversal of a year-long decline in the amount of foreign…

Foxconn makes $3.5 billion deal with Sharp

The Apple iPhone transformed the technology industry by promoting the smartphone and creating a mobile future.   To continue to do this, the company needs a Taiwan-based factory operator called Foxconn, or  Hon Hai Precision Industry Company.   Employing thousands of workers in mainland China, Foxconn discovered a way to assemble an iPhone at a…

Ford recalls cars for safety reasons

  Ford Motor Company recently issued three recalls for safety reasons. The first recall was the sports utility Lincoln MKC’s and Ford Explorers 2015 and 2016 model year, according to Bloomberg. A defect in the engine has caused the engine block to overheat. Two cars reportedly had under the hood fires leading to the recall,…

The problem with raising the minimum wage

  A minimum wage in the United States was established in 1938 at $0.25 per hour. When adjusted for inflation, this would be $4.23. The minimum wage now has increased substantially to $7.25. In California, the plan is to raise the minimum wage to $15 by the year 2022. The has been talk of doing…

Chipotle expands to burger market

In the past several months, Chipotle has been making the headlines for the all the wrong reasons due to multiple E. coli incidents.   Now, Chipotle hopes that this new announcement will appear as good news for the public. On March 31, Chipotle stated that they are making plans to open a burger market called…

Canadian investment in U.S. is sparked in 2016

      In a predominant shift in the economic relationship between Canada and the U.S., Canada is, for the first time on record, a creditor to the United States.   Since 1990, the amount of assets held by U.S. interests in Canada is exceeded by the amount of assets held by Canadian interests in…

Boler Business: Money basics and common cents advice

    It does not matter if you are a broke college student or a CEO of a company–you need to be money smart. Learning how to control your cash flow is one of the most central lessons in life. No matter what major you intend to pursue or what career you choose, becoming wise with…

Apple to introduce new and smaller gadgets next month

Apple Inc. is expected to unveil a new iPhone, iPad and possibly some extra perks. At Apple’s last event, which was six months ago, the company announced the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, an expansion of Apple Watch designs and updates to iOS.   For this upcoming Apple event, the current speculation is that Apple is…

Jobless claims hit new low in U.S.

  It can often be difficult to gauge the current state of the American economy.   In this election season, political rhetoric from both sides would make one believe that the economy is in shambles and that unemployment is skyrocketing.   This political discourse can easily be observed in popular opinion through the lens of…

Apple’s response to FBI demands after San Bernardino shooting

  On Dec. 2, 2015, a married couple opened fire on their coworker’s holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. In this attack 14 individuals lost their lives and upwards of 20 others were wounded. The attackers were cornered by the authorities and died in a gun battle.   This event…

Boler Business : seven major income tax changes in 2016

    Tax time is nearly upon us again, and 2016 will bring some tax changes you need to know about before you complete the required tax forms this year.   By learning about them before the new year is already a quarter of the way done, and before making a payment, it would be…

Fandango purchases Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster

      Ticket-selling service Fandango, owned by cable giant Comcast Corporations, is diversifying its online movie offerings agreeing to acquire the digital movie businesses Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. Entertainment.   This agreement will be bringing two Hollywood studios together online. Comcast bought Fandango in 2007, while Warner Bros.…

T-Mobile boosts sales and expects growth in 2016

  The third largest wireless provider in the United States, T-Mobile, has posted stellar number in the fourth quarter of 2015 according to Bloomberg.   T-Mobile’s accomplishments in 2015 were quite remarkable in a market that is overfull with wireless provider companies. Its fourth quarter earnings, released Wednesday, Feb 17, beat initial projections.   In…

How to navigate the stock market

    When trying to determine how the overall health of the stock market, it is important to look at the right indicators. Certain stocks are very influential on the market, and others are not so important.   Many people fear a stock market crash, but don’t follow the market to have any way of…

Boler Business : the top MBA programs in the US for 2015

    In the last decade, business schools have been referred to as a two-year job interview, because for more than 100,000 dollars and two years of study, MBAs are allowing college students to gain access to vast alumni networks, top-tier internships and the best jobs. Potential employees that have obtained an MBA  have also…

Boler Business : How to improve your productivity in seconds

  Everyone occasionally experiences a slump during the day, perhaps because they had to wake up early and walk on the slushy sidewalks, had three classes back-to-back or will be out of their room for ten hours.   Whether in the classroom, in the office,  or any working environment, anyone can advance their productivity in…

Chipotle continues to rebound slowly from E. coli scandal

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. experienced some fallout with the public when customers became sick after eating their food at multiple locations.   There were 60 reported cases of customers contracting E. coli from food at the fast-casual restaurant beginning at the end of October 2015.   To make matters…

Is the U.S. headed for a bear market?

After a poor economic start to the beginning of the year, many U.S. economists are speculating that stocks will crash within the first half of the year, and the country will spiral into a recession.   This surprises me greatly because the end of 2015 seemed to forecast success with no end in sight. It…

Five stocks worth investing in 2016

  2016 is looking to be another volatile year for the stock market. With the uncertainty in China and questions about the Fed moving to raise interest rates many are unsure with how they should invest. Many may suggest a watch and wait strategy in this bearish market, but if you pick the right stocks…

Upwrapping the truth behind Obama’s healthcare plans

  Since President Barack Obama’s initial start to developing a healthcare program in March of 2010, the purpose of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been to ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare.   This would involve providing subsidized healthcare for individuals who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.   Medicare covers…

Super Bowl ads went financial this year

  This year, the Super Bowl showed advertisements that went beyond the typical beer, cars and snack corporations. Financial services companies stepped up their advertising to cater to the changing preferences of millennials.   According to Bloomberg, at least six financial brands purchased airtime for the television spectacle that attracted more than 111.9 million viewers…

Boler Business : Why the American middle class is constantly struggling

      Fifty-seven percent of Americans say the country is doing poorly, according to the Bloomberg.   These days, Americans are skeptical that life will get much better for their kids.   The Washington Post reported that this month found that 56 percent of Americans think the next generation will be worse off than they…

Why now is the best time to study abroad

    There has been a lot of talk lately in the news about interest rates, fiscal and monetary policy in the United States. The FOMC will be increasing the Federal Funds Rate this year.   The new year has ushered in new waves of legislation that are arguably good or bad, depending on who…

A shortage of skill places the United States under pressure

      Last week, Bloomberg reported the global skills gap is widening, especially in the United States.   The global skills gap refers to the difference between the skills that the work forces, particularly students recently out of college, possess and the desirable skills that employers are looking for.   In Bloomberg’s article, “the metric…