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Is it Time to Fully Embrace Cap and Trade?

Guest Writer: Teresa Leatherow Environmental impacts, particularly carbon emissions, have long since been a concern of both government and business. Recent mentioning of possible implementation of a United States cap-and- trade program may be the answer to years of debate on this topic. Economic rationale for a carbon price is stronger than it ever has ...

Secret Refund for Pitt Students: $52 in 10 Minutes

As tax time rolls around yet again, most of us either file our own taxes online or hand everything over to our parents and let them deal with the headache. Regardless, there is usually some sort of stress tied to tax season. I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad as you think ...

Investors, Square, and “Ratchet” IPOs

Jason Taylor “Ratchet” may not be a familiar term in business, but it has a dramatic effect on the common stock sold by a company after issuance. A Ratchet IPO “allows an investor to have his or her percentage ownership remain the same as the initial investment” (Full Ratchet). As such, whenever a company releases ...

Oracle’s Backlash Over Recent Winter Break Policy

  Connor Walsh JPM Securities’ Patrick Walravens recently cut his rating on shares of Oracle from Market Perform to Market Underperform citing many developments he referred to as disturbing, specifically mismanagement.2 A string of unpopular decisions has not only negatively impacted external relationships with Oracle’s customers and shareholders, but a recent policy designed to regulate ...

Japan’s Stagnant Economy and Mishandled Gender Reform

David Robinson Japan has fallen into its second recession in as many years, which seems to be a trend it has fallen into since the bursting of its bubble economy. Of further concern is how its population is aging while shrinking. It is commendable Japan has managed to keep its unemployment rate at roughly 3%, ...

Can We Trust Car Companies?

Eileen Carrera Millions of Americans lose their lives to car accidents every year, but what if a fraction of these deaths were not “accidents”? What if companies like General Motors are somewhat responsible for some of these deaths? John Rawls developed a theory of justice as fairness. There is a need for society to cooperate ...

Ethics on Wall Street

Gabrielle Freedman The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is beginning to take steps into the process of cleaning up the bad behavior and culture that is prominent on Wall Street. With the many recent scandals that have occurred, the general public’s trust in the financial industry is progressively diminishing. William C. Dudley, president of ...

Is Chipotle on the Decline?

Lauren Berry In her article “Chipotle Reaches Awkward Age,” Julie Jargon describes the stunted sales that Chipotle is currently facing, which they never before had to worry about. She credits this decline to slower sales growth, difficulty recruiting workers, problems obtaining ingredients, and attacks from critics. With many new competitors entering the fast-casual dining industry, ...