Author: Courtney

One Major Blow to the Blue Apron IPO

In its June 11, 2017, article, Business Insider quipped, “Blue Apron’s IPO is a missed opportunity for Whole Foods.” Not anymore. On Friday, June 16, 2017, Amazon ($AMZN) announced its acquisition of Whole Foods ($WFM) for $13.7 Billion dollars. The meal kit industry has two simple components — a subscription service and good food. While Amazon Prime, its subscription service, has no signs of slowing down with over 80 million members;  Blue Apron’s subscription service is showing signs of strain.  On the other hand, Whole Foods has mastered the art of food. Separately, Amazon and Whole Foods have tried...

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National Donut Day: there’s billions of dollars in these donuts

National Donut Day didn’t initially start an excuse to get free donuts.  In 1938, it was a holiday established to celebrate the women who served soldiers donuts on the front lines during World War I. To celebrate this sweet holiday, check out these freebies: Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away one classic donut with the purchase of any beverage. Krispy Kreme is giving away one free donut in any flavor. Tim Hortons is offering a free doughnut when you mention National Doughnut Day. Are donuts really a billion dollar business? America runs on Dunkin’s coffee Friend of The Ivy Investor,...

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United Airlines: Expect Turbulence

The general practice of overselling flights caught up to United Airlines this week, and it has been nothing short of a circus.  Around 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 9, 2017, Dr. David Dao boarded United Flight 3411, a sold-out flight traveling from O’Hare International Airport to Kentucky.  Minutes later, Dr. Dao was dragged through the aircraft’s aisles on his back by Chicago Department of Aviation security officers.  This scene was caught on video, circulated online, and became an epic public relations disaster.   Please fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride Initially, passengers were told that...

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Five reasons why I won’t be Snapping up Snapchat

Snap, Inc. (the parent company of Snapchat) is scheduled to be available for purchase by the public on Thursday, March 2nd. Although this is probably the most anticipated initial public offering (IPO) since Facebook, I’m skeptical. Here are five reasons why I won’t be snapping up Snap[chat]. Snap is not a camera company To its 150 million active users, Snap is a technology and social media company with two products, Snapchat and Spectacles. Snapchat, Snap’s flagship product, is a dynamic ephemeral photo and video social media platform. Spectacles are sunglasses that connect directly to Snapchat to capture video from the...

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Top Three Reasons to Contribute to your 401(k)

There has been a recent push to ditch the 401(k) for its sexier cousin, the Roth IRA. Keep in mind, sexy doesn’t always get the job done. I helped my mom retire after bankruptcy only using her 401(k). Before I get into the top reasons to contribute to your 401(k), what’s a 401(k) plan? A 401(k) is an employer sponsored retirement plan where the employee contributes a portion of their salary and selects their investments from the plan’s investment options. Many of the 401(k) rules also apply to 403(b) and 457 plans. You are taxed unless Congress says you aren’t...

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