Insider Trading and Stock Option Grants: An Examination of Corporate Integrity in the Covid-19 Pandemic

“…In the first quarter of 2018 alone, with the new tax law fully in force, American corporations bought back a record $178 billion in stock.21 During this period, the market hit record highs. When a corporation buys stock, it should…

Real versus Fictitious: The Pandemic Closing In on the World of Finance

“The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching the contradictions of the present economic arrangements to the limits. The system survived inflating financial assets and feeding on inequalities. The divide between the real economy and the sphere of finance cannot be left unchecked…

As the pandemic continues, the rich are getting richer than ever before — and economists are getting concerned

“If the COVID-19 pandemic has produced winners and losers, then young Canadian billionaire Tobias Lütke is definitely a winner. Since the start of the pandemic in March, the 40-year-old CEO of Ottawa-based e-commerce company Shopify Inc., has watched his personal…

Stock buybacks have totaled $5.3 trillion over the past decade — has that contributed to U.S. pandemic failures?

“…Authors William Lazonick, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts and the president of the Academic-Industry Research Network, and Matt Hopkins, a Ph.D. student at SOAS University of London and a senior researcher at the Academic-Industry Research Network,…

Big Pharma Wants to Pocket the Profits From a COVID Treatment You Already Paid For

… “In an April 30, 2020 letter from Representatives Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Representatives requested “an appropriate accounting of the taxpayers’ investments. … to ensure patients and…

Top US companies lay off thousands of workers while rewarding shareholders amid coronavirus pandemic

“Some of the largest companies in the U.S. have rewarded their shareholders amid the coronavirus pandemic after firing thousands of employees. Companies like heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar, denim-maker Levi Strauss, toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker, furniture manufacturer Steelcase and World Wrestling Entertainment have…