Industry Focus (Podcast)

From the shoes on your feet to your daily dose of caffeine, many consumer and retail companies are giving people the opportunity to add a flair of customization to the products they buy, generating growth and brand loyalty in the process.

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Index funds are one of the hottest products in the world of investing. Here’s why they’re so popular, and why investors are choosing index funds over traditional mutual funds.

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Twilio is up 400% from where it priced shares when it went public in June -- there are a lot of reasons to like the cloud communication company, but can the company keep growing fast enough to justify the valuation?

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For the first time since the Great Recession, OPEC has agreed to cut production – but things might not be what they seem.

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These money-saving tips can take some of  the sting out of skyrocketing healthcare costs. 

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Over 30 million Americans lack access to high-speed, broadband internet connections due to the prohibitive cost of connecting rural households, but AT&T wants to leverage the country’s existing utility infrastructure to service this large market. Meanwhile, we provide an update on the volatile situation at Viacom.


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ITT Tech’s bankruptcy could mark the beginning of the end for for-profit colleges and universities.

Colleges and universities that are designed to make a profit could soon be a thing of the past, as federal regulators have begun zeroing in on the industry’s habit of exploiting students. The last example of this is ITT Tech, which recently filed for bankruptcy after losing access to federally backed student loans.

In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, The Motley Fool’s Gaby Lapera and John Maxfield discuss the latest developments in the for-profit education space.

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Several companies are reportedly interested in buying Twitter. Do any of the rumors make sense, and how should Twitter shareholders feel?

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Exxon Mobil’s oil reserves have been barely marked down at all, despite the two year downtown, is the SEC right to be suspicious or is Exxon truly an outlier?

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Hit or miss data, delays, and contentious debate preceded the FDA's green-lighting of the first drug to target the cause of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman wowed industry followers yesterday with the highly-anticipated Karma drone, which investors hope will present the company with a new multi-billion dollar opportunity. But consumer drones are just a small part of the story for this emerging technology.

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Not all banks mistreat their customers, the trick is to identify and avoid the ones that do.

The recent revelation that Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), the nation’s third biggest bank by assets, systematically defrauded customers from 2011 to 2015 could leave people wondering how to choose a good bank. That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Industry Focus: Financials.

Tune in to hear The Motley Fool’s Gaby Lapera and John Maxfield discuss the latest updates in the Wells Fargo case, as well as the things to look for (and avoid) when choosing a bank. 

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We break down what features to expect with the iPhone 7 and what we know about pre-orders so far.

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A bevy of deals have been announced recently, is this a sign that oil & gas’s fortunes are about to change?

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Unraveling the ins and outs of Medicare, including what it covers, what it costs, and what stocks move higher or lower because of it.

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Coca-Cola and PepsiCo may dominate the headlines, but the No. 4 beverage company has made its mark in this fast growing niche. Meanwhile, billionaire investor Bill Ackman has made Chipotle his next project.


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Wells Fargo opened 2 million unauthorized accounts for unwitting customers.

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Companies love to include equity grants in employee compensation, but how does it impact investors?

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There’s more to valuing stocks than P/E ratios and net income.

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Revealing the difference between small molecule drugs and biologics and illustrating why cash and equivalents is the most important line item on biotech balance sheets.

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School is in session on Industry Focus as we provide a 101-style overview of important investing topics. First up: return on invested capital with real world examples from Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods Market, and Marriott International.

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We run through a Fool U class on how to spot disruptive companies and a few caveats to keep in mind as you look.

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This traditionally "Red" state is leading the way with wind power generation, and that has big ramifications for investors.

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Americans are spending more money on their pets than ever before and that's good news for people investing in these pet stocks.

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McDonald’s and Wal-Mart -- the two biggest names in their respective industries. Steve Easterbrook and Doug McMillon -- the two men who have risen through the ranks over two decades and now hold the reins at each company. Facing major headwinds, we look at these massive businesses and how their CEOs are leading them into the future.

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 As school starts up, make sure your money can make the grade.

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We talk about one of the toughest decisions an investor faces -- when to sell a stock.

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Driverless car technology will be available to any automaker that wants it by 2019 – here’s what investors need to know.

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An EpiPen pricing debacle, an unexpected FDA rejection, and a sticker-shock inspiring M&A deal led to wild moves in Mylan N.V., Portola Pharmaceuticals, and Medivation this week.


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BAMTech currently provides the streaming infrastructure for the MLB, NHL, WWE, and even HBO -- Disney and ESPN will soon be the latest names to join that list. We also revisit the drama surrounding Viacom and the fight for control of the company.


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If one stock recommendation is good, how about four? Everybody likes a good stock recommendation. In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, The Motley Fool's Gaby Lapera and John Maxfield talk about four stocks that they like right now. Listen in to hear about two industries that seem to offer opportunities for bargain hunters, as well as one popular stock that's seen its price cut in half over the past year.


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Following this week's survey of the payment landscape on the Financials show, we do a deep dive into payments and services company Square.

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The devil is in the details when comparing Canadian and U.S. Oil Stocks. 

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Insurers and Washington clash over Obamacare profitability and marijuana advocates get dealt a big blow by the DEA on this week's Industry Focus Healthcare.


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Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, and J.C. Penney investors must be smiling as all four companies have enjoyed 20% share price gains since reporting their second quarter results last week. Adam Levine-Weinberg joins Industry Focus to break down the earnings and what the future holds for major department stores.


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Every month trillions of dollars of transactions move around digital networks between consumers, merchants, and banks. Payment processors are the companies that make all that commerce possible, and in 2016, the business of payment processing is good.

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Several key execs have stepped down from their posts at Alphabet subsidiaries in the past few months. We explain why investors shouldn't worry too much.

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Earnings season is upon us and some of the oil & gas industry’s top names are announcing plans to increase production in spite of stubbornly low oil prices.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo came up short in a key lung cancer trial, causing shares to plummet. Should investors panic?

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In the past week, two major companies have written large checks to buy into what they believe represents the future of their businesses. Time Warner inked the first deal as it paid over $580 million for a 10% stake in Hulu. And just days later, Wal-Mart announced its $3.3 billion acquisition of

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If you thought earnings season was coming to a close, think again. Earnings season for high-yield business development companies is just beginning.

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Chris Hill joins the podcast to talk about HBO's Silicon Valley and the different aspects of the tech start up world it explores.

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Popular culture is replete with examples of evil oil executives – but is their reputation deserved?

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The doctors on TV make it look like curing disease is simple and that the hospital industry is exciting, but the reality is far different than the fiction. Also, how one big challenge for charity paid off with a new advance in researching a deadly disease.

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Our latest theme week combines pop culture and investing as we look at the business behind cable news networks via HBO’s “The Newsroom”. And taking a page from Michael Lewis, we discuss lesser known companies that can deliver for shareholders like the Oakland A’s surprised baseball fans in his 2003 book, “Moneyball”.

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Pop songs might blend into the background of your morning drive – but do they have hidden messages about personal finance?

Tune in to hear Jason Moser, Mark Reeth, and Gaby Lapera weigh in on pre-nuptial agreements, budgeting, and conspicuous consumption.

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Apple and Facebook released their quarterly results this week. We run through the headline numbers and dig into each company's report.

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Oil Producers have business models that make them unique on Wall Street, here's what you need to know. 

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These been-there-done-that leaders are at the helm of four different emerging companies that investors should be paying attention to.

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We welcome special guest Rana Pritanjali to give us the latest insights on Unilever, the $1 billion buyout of Dollar Shave Club, a future without Game of Thrones, and more.

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On this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Financials, The Motley Fool’s Gaby Lapera and John Maxfield discuss second-quarter bank earnings.

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Stock market darling Netflix has had a rough 2016 so far and the company’s recent earnings report didn’t make things any easier for the streaming giant. Simon Erickson hops on the podcast to talk through the numbers and how he’s thinking about the business.

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Elon Musk is going all-in on a carbon free future.

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What you should know about Juno Therapeutics' recent cancer trial stop and restart. Also, we help you prep for biopharma's second quarter earnings deluge.

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With year after year of declining soda sales, increasingly health-conscious consumers seem ready to give up these sugary drinks, but industry leaders Coca-Cola and Pepsi have plenty up their sleeves to deliver another century of success.

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Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN ) may be the largest international bank no one really talks about. With a branch network nearly three times larger than Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) and about $1.5 trillion in assets in geographies that include Spain, the UK, and Latin America, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s most complex retail banking institutions. 

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We break down the biggest tech public offering so far in 2016, messaging service Line, and discuss why it’s such an interesting IPO.

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Government investigations, Forbes articles, and Twitter arguments abound – but what do Tesla Motors' competitors think of the fateful accident?

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Exploring how healthcare companies create demand for their products. What’s legal, what’s not, and what are the key takeaways for investors? Joining in on today’s discussion is Brian Feroldi, a Motley Fool healthcare writers who spent more than a decade working in the industry.

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We welcome Seth McNew to detail his experience at the opening ceremony and tour of UA Lighthouse, the company’s newest manufacturing facility in Baltimore, which features some of the high-tech initiatives that Kevin Plank believes will lay the foundation for his company’s future success.

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Even though the Federal Reserve has been in existence for over a century, it remains a point of political contention. What is it about the Fed that makes it so controversial? And what does history tell us about the institution’s founding as well as its performance over the first century of its operation?

Roger Lowenstein, author of America’s Bank, which tells the story of the Fed’s establishment, speaks to these issues on this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Financials.

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We examine the online dating space and its market share leader, Match Group.

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The downturn in oil has forced companies to become even more efficient - and that means they require a lower oil price to make profits.

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We compare Biogen's and Celgene's current valuations and consider what might be in store for Gilead Sciences now that its new hepatitis C drug is approved.

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We talk value investing in tech to follow up our P/E episode on growth investing. Analyst John Rotonti explains some key metrics he looks at and discusses a few companies he really likes in the tech space.

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Volkswagen’s price tag to settle its emissions cheating scandal are now over $15 billion, but is it possible that the worst is behind the German auto maker?

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Digesting how the U.K. decision to exit the EU could impact healthcare stocks here and abroad.

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Is Sin City losing its edge? Special guest Seth McNew gives us a firsthand account of the evolving economy and landscape in Las Vegas as companies look to opportunities outside the smoky casino floor.

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Last week’s vote in the United Kingdom to separate from the European Union is the most important thing to happen on the global stage since the end of World War II, rivaling only China’s moves in the 1970s and 1980s to participate actively in the global economy.

In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, The Motley Fool’s John Maxfield and Gaby Lapera put the vote in historical perspective and explain why it has hit stock prices so hard. Then, Dan Caplinger and Gaby follow-up with investing strategies for the economic dip.

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We wrap up interns ask week with a question Peter Lynch would love and a discussion of how to "invest in what you know."

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Land rig counts that drill for oil & gas have risen 3 weeks in a row, is this the first sign of a turnaround in the sector?

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Insurers can make or break drug developers, politicians can derail profits, and tax inversions are dead in the water -- should investors avoid healthcare stocks?

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The theme for this week of Industry Focus brings Motley Fool’s summer interns into the studio to learn more about different industries and companies. Minashsha Lamisa wants to know: “What are the potential effects of the recent Orlando tragedy on the gun industry?”

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It’s interns week on the Motley Fool’s Industry Focus: Financials edition podcast, a special week when this summer’s most Foolish interns have the chance to pepper host Gaby Lapera and analyst Jay Jenkins with all the financial industry related questions they’ve been thinking but never had the chance to ask.  

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We run through Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, explain the details of the deal and whether or not it makes sense.

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Explaining diabetes, its various treatment options, and what the future may have in store for this disease.

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Major U.S. automakers trade at historically low valuations despite huge sales success and spectacular profits. How can this be? The Motley Fool’s John Rosevear and Sean O’Reilly dive in.

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Coinciding nicely with National Bourbon Day, we look at the latest developments in the alcohol industry from a spin-off at Constellation Brands to the incredible growth of new “beer” categories and a controversial offering from SodaStream.

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There’s more to a fund than just its name. Here’s how to do deep due diligence into the mutual funds in your retirement account.

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The video game industry is booming thanks to strong consumer demand, the rise of Esports, and the franchise extensions into other forms of media. Analyst David Kretzman joins us to talk about some trends to watch and his favorite company in the space. 

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Elon Musk’s pet project SpaceX is still a private company, but would you invest in it if the situation was otherwise?

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What cancer drug companies came out ahead at this weekend's ASCO conference and a closer look at Biogen's recent disappointment.

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With massive, multi-billion dollar valuations, unicorn start-ups Uber and Lyft are locked in an intense, sometimes controversial, race to become the ride of choice for users all over the world. We look at the stories behind each company and how their expansion plans are pushing them into complementary industries like delivery and driverless cars, often with the help of industry incumbents. 

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Understanding the ins and outs of individual retirement accounts can give your retirement savings a jump-start. 

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We discuss the P/E ratio and what it implies. Premium analyst Simon Erickson joins the show to explain how some Fools’ mentality towards the metric is different than most investors.


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Tune in to hear why Petrobras and Vale, two Brazilian energy companies that seem to be bottoming out, might not be worth the potential upside amidst seemingly endless corruption scandals.

Also, our analysts look at the most important points from OPEC’s meeting this week, and why 2015 clocked the lowest level of oil finds we’ve seen in six decades.


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Investing gurus are snapping up shares in healthcare companies, but investors should do their own research before buying too.

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From mental competency hearings to billionaire family trusts and rebelling management, Viacom has become the stage for a very public, very ugly dispute between ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone, his daughter, and the company’s CEO and Board of Directors. But what about the company’s long-term business prospects?

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This episode we go inside Apple’s supply chain, explain the contract manufacturing model that the company uses, and highlight a few manufacturers to show how many different pieces go into the iPhone.

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It’s found in the ground and winds up in your gas tank – but who makes money making this process happen?  

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Walking investors through drug discovery, development, and approval and how to profit at each stage along the way.

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For over 20 years, Chipotle has prided itself on fresh, quality ingredients sourced from only the best vendors – in other words, “food with integrity”. Asit Sharma joins Industry Focus to discuss the company’s suppliers, its high standards, and some of the growing pains Chipotle has encountered adapting its supply chain to work for over 2,000 restaurants.

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How interest rates have shaped stocks and the economy since the Great Depression.

If you want to understand the last century of finance, it helps to have a general idea about the trend in interest rates since the 1930s. Not only does this explain the spectacular bull market that began in 1982 and ended when the technology bubble burst in 2000, but it also helps one understand why and how the U.S. economy grew so rapidly during this stretch.

In this episode of Industry Focus: Financials, The Motley Fool’s Gaby Lapera and John Maxfield kickoff lifecycle week by discussing how and why interest rates have gone full circle since the Great Depression.



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Wearables industry expert and long-time fan of the Fool Ramon T. Llamas joins us to talk about his team’s work at IDC, what’s going on in the smartwatch and fitness wearables markets, and some trends to watch in the next couple quarters.

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Shell Oil is feeling the strain of its massive debt load, and just announced plans to do something about it.  


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Peter Lynch once said “never invest in any idea you can’t illustrate with a crayon.” Does that hold true in the highly scientific world of biopharma? Find out in this special edition of Industry Focus: Healthcare with Motley Fool healthcare analysts Kristine Harjes and Max Macaluso.

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From the apparel industry to your local grocery store, metrics like inventory turnover can tell investors a lot about a company and its operations. But in the words of one of the most well-run retailers today, should management treat inventory as “fundamentally evil”?

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After a very difficult first quarter, it’s time to reevaluate the online marketplace model.

On this Financials edition of The Motley Fool’s Industry Focus podcast, host Gaby Lapera and analyst Jay Jenkins go beyond the headlines in their discussion to explain why these problems are much more than a short term speed bump. 

How did these companies get to this low point? What will it take for them to turn it around? Is it ever a good idea to make puns about something as boring as banking? To find out the answers to these questions and more, listen now.

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Inspired by a Seinfeld clip, we dive into the topic of write-offs and the different forms they take. A special thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Listeners can get a free 30 day trial at

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Tesla’s sky high valuation prices the company for perfection; is this warranted or should investors beware?

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