Villanova Students Meet Daily Table

Today was the semi-annual Villanova School of Business Bartley BriefCase Challenge. The event is held each semester for our junior business majors and involves their analysis of a Harvard Business School case. If you would like to learn more about it, here is a post I wrote a couple of years ago that describes how the … Continue reading Villanova Students Meet Daily Table

If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

In 10 to 20 years there could be no smokers left in many markets, according to analysts at Jefferies Financial Group. Governments and tobacco companies are on the same side in this shift, as more countries adopt smoke-free targets and companies push smokers over to reduced-risk products (RRP) such as vaping and oral nicotine. It's … Continue reading If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

The Secret to Happiness? It Doesn’t Really Surprise Me…

A recent study out of Cambridge University offers some insight as to what the key to happiness may be. The study surveyed 5,000 people during the past year and found the following: those who lost their jobs during the pandemic were the the most likely to be unhappy the next unhappiest group were those working … Continue reading The Secret to Happiness? It Doesn’t Really Surprise Me…

WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

I've briefly mentioned Godwin's Law before, an Internet adage which asserts that "as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes more likely. (Wikipedia) I was thinking about that today as I was reading a few stories in the Wall Street Journal. After reading the articels I would then … Continue reading WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

First U.S. Test of Universal Basic Income Seems to Pass with Flying Colors

Nearly three years ago I wrote about how the city of Stockton, CA was undertaking the first U.S. experiment on using Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a way of alleviating the effects of poverty. In February 2019, using donated funds, Stockton launched a small demonstration program, sending payments of $500 a month, for 18 months, … Continue reading First U.S. Test of Universal Basic Income Seems to Pass with Flying Colors

Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades  is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

Three Cheers for the Ivies

Here was the heading in a Wall Street Journal story today: The Ivy League Is Still on the Sidelines. Wealthy Alumni Are Not Happy. followed by this sub-heading: Billionaire Joe Tsai’s rebuffed offer to fund a lacrosse ‘bubble’ is one sign of how pressure is mounting on the conference that never returned to the field. … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Ivies

My Two Cents, Wait Four Cents, Wait $10,000, Wait $7 Thoughts on Gamestop and Robinhood

Earlier this week, I had a former student send me an email asking me what I thought about the Gamestop and Robinhood controversies that have been in the news. I'm far from being an expert on the markets, so as you read my response below, take everything I say with a grain of salt  In … Continue reading My Two Cents, Wait Four Cents, Wait $10,000, Wait $7 Thoughts on Gamestop and Robinhood

This Does Seem Problematic

Adam Grant, best-selling author and professor at the Wharton School of Business, posted the following tweet earlier this week: https://twitter.com/AdamMGrant/status/1353349753011122176 That seems to be a pretty big discrepancy. But I have to admit, I don't know what the differential should be. Was 21X the right number, or was that too high, or even too low? … Continue reading This Does Seem Problematic

My Favorite Moment from the Inauguration Ceremonies

There were many highlights from the past couple of days of inauguration ceremonies, including the performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Amanda Gorman. But I think my favorite was a simple tweet from President Joe Biden: https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1351918910199631872