Week Ten Discussion Board

Understanding finance begins by reading reputable articles in newspapers/magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, US News and World Report, and other web based resources.

POST #1 Find an article that interests you and write 3 paragraphs. Your format should be:

INTRODUCTION: Briefly introduce the article (author, date) and the major financial topic it attempts to address (bankruptcy, merger, financial crisis, financial literacy, a specific company).

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS: Discuss the 3-5 points the article made about the financial topic.

CONCLUSION: What did you learn about finance and did the article address the question it posed?

Include APA CITATION at the end of the post.

POST #2 AT LEAST ONE MORE POST: Respond to another person’s post with an article or video reinforcing that post or extending the conversation. For example, you could say “Hi Cathy, I really enjoyed your post on Apple reaching $1 trillion this past week. Thank you for your research. I recently reviewed a short article which walks through the history of Apple’s financial success.Statista.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. reports a wonderful chart on the history of Apple and its successes on the way to $1 trillion. Some analysts actually believe that when Petrochina launched its IPO in 2007, it surpassed the $1 trillion mark then. Thanks! Anne

Citation: Imbert, F. (2018, August 3). The first company to reach $1 trillion in market value got crushed. Retrieved from https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/topstocks/the-firs… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

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Find article Try to find something within the last 3 months or so. and Respond to another person’s post

respond to (The article that I choose for this week’s discussion is titled GE’s move to slash dividends could put a dent in this retirement income strategy. The article was published on CNBC’s website on October 30, 2018. The article is by Darla Mercado and it discusses the major implications and repercussions on retirement due to GE’s slash on their dividend pay.

There were a number of insightful points brought up in the article that explain the aftermath of the dividend slash. The first major takeaway from the article is the actual fact that GE has announced to trim their dividend to a penny per share starting next year. This would be the second cut to their dividends in a year. After the announcement, the company’s shares started decreasing by more than 8 percent. Thus, not only is retirement planning affected but the company’s share price had a direct repercussion. The second major takeaway from the article is the benefits of having dividends as a retirement income. As stated, shareholders receive income without having to sell off their assets. The biggest benefit however comes down to the taxes. The tax benefit to dividend -paying stocks is that qualified dividends are taxed at a top rate of 20 percent, while ordinary income tax rates can run as high as 37 percent. The third major takeaway is regarding the suggestions on retirement planning. As expected one of the best suggestions is to diversify our portfolio as much as possible to mitigate the risk of such events as a slash in dividend payments. There were two other suggestions given: one should know their risk appetite and should be comfortable with flexibility. Overall, retirement requires a lot of planning and such situations should be expected in the planning stage.

In this article, I learned a little but about GE and their strategy to cut down their dividend to $0.01 per share, and how that will repercussion on the shareholders and specifically on retirement. This article answered the underlying concept of retirement planning and how unexpected situations could affect our strategy, and ultimately suggested strategies to cope with such events.

Citation: Mercado, D. (2018, October 30). Falling dividends, like GE’s, could hurt this retirement income strategy. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/30/ges-move-to-slash-dividends-could-dent-this-retirement-strategy.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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