3 group of Financial Management discussion questions

Jul 9th, 2015
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1: 

Click Link Below for Article:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/humana-considers-sale-of-company-1432919621

When posting your discussion response, make sure that you answer the following questions and provide a link of a site that supports what you have provided for your discussion response.  If you do not add a link along with your discussion response you will receive half of the credit for the discussion assignment.

Question 1: 

How did Humana's stock price react to news that it was exploring a possible sale of the company?

Question 2:

How would you explain this reaction?

Question 3:

According to the article, health insurers are under pressure to squeeze out costs and "mergers could help." How could mergers help squeeze out costs?

Question 4:

Do you think government regulators will oppose the sale of Humana? Why or why not?


2:

Click Link Below for Article:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/warren-buffett-re-examines-reinsurance-1435876468

When posting your discussion response, make sure that you answer the following questions and provide a link of a site that supports what you have provided for your discussion response.  If you do not add a link along with your discussion response you will receive half of the credit for the discussion assignment.

Question 1: 

What is reinsurance? What has caused Berkshire Hathaway to re-examine its reinsurance business?

Question 2:

How should a business like Berkshire Hathaway decide whether it is time to scale back one of its lines of business?

Question 3:

What is float? Why has Warren Buffett always liked insurance because of float?

Question 4:

Why do you think it has taken so long for competition to drive out high profits in the reinsurance industry?

Question 5:

Berkshire already sells car insurance to individuals over the internet, and it is planning to move into online insurance targeting small and midsize businesses. Would you buy insurance online? Why or why not?


3:

Click Link Below for Article:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/oil-prices-fall-to-3-month-low-on-china-iran-worries-1436175365

When posting your discussion response, make sure that you answer the following questions and provide a link of a site that supports what you have provided for your discussion response.  If you do not add a link along with your discussion response you will receive half of the credit for the discussion assignment.

Question 1: 

How much did crude oil price drop on Monday?

Question 2:

How would concerns about China and Greece contribute to this decline?

Question 3:

How would concerns about the United States and Iran contribute to this decline?

Question 4:

Do you agree with Dimitry Dayen, senior research analyst at ClearBridge Investments, who believes that "sub $50-$55 oil is not going to be sustainable" and that oil will hit $75 in 2016? Why or why not?



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