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BUS 425 Sp13 WSJ HW 1 Wall Street Journal -Homework #1 Overview: As we begin our study of Advanced Personal Financial Management, we have to keep in...

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BUS 425 Sp13 WSJ HW 1 Wall Street Journal - Homework #1 Overview: As we begin our study of Advanced Personal Financial Management, we have to keep in mind that there are many aspects to Personal Finance : Investments, Debt Management, Insurance, Tax and Estate Planning, and Retirement Planning. Here are two very different articles that deal with Investments and Insurance. Assignment: Read the following articles and answer the questions below. The document should be in a Microsoft -compatible Word format. Answers to the questions should be a minimum of three to five (3-5) sentences each . Assume that your reader already has an understanding of the article. How to access the articles : Each title has a link to the article. Some of the links may only provide a preview of the article. If you have a WSJ subscription: you can log-in and quickly access the full article. If you do not have a WSJ subscription : you can search for the article on the library website (I recommend using the advanced search and limiting the options to find the article in a timely manner). Article #1 TOPICS COVERED: Valuation, Competition, Profit margins, Technology Title: Apple's Power Within Reporter: Rolfe Winkler Date: 12/08/2012 Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323316804578163733429534650. html Question 1: How much has Apple's share price dropped since it peaked in September? Why might this drop be related to the fiscal cliff? Why would Apple's stock be more affected by the fiscal cliff than the stock of the typical firm? Question 2: Why is the question of whether Apple is a hardware or a software company relevant to its valuation? Question 3: What does it mean when a product is "commoditized?" What does the term "secret sauce" mean when used to describe the iPhone ? Question 4: Dell and HP are companies that produce computers but do not seem to have the advantages from scale or manufacturing expertise. Why does Apple differ from these companies? Question 5: What role does Google play in the drop of Apple's stock? Explain.
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BUS 425 Sp13 WSJ HW 1 Article #2 TOPICS COVERED: Insurance, Regulation, Reserve Requirements Title: Insurers Add Reserve Power Reporter: Leslie Scism Date: 12/03/2012 Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323401904578155191984992264. html Question 1: What change did state regulators approve for life insurance companies in the U.S.? Question 2: Why would New York and California vote against the change? Question 3: Why does the change only apply to new policies and not existing ones? Question 4: Why have insurance companies lobbied in favor of the change? Question 5: Should insurance companies be allowed to set their own standards without any interference by regulators? Justify your answer.
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1) Share price of Apple has dropped by approx. 22%, which is a quiet significant reduction
in the share price of the company. As the base of the Company is Uncle Sam and
maximum of the...

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