Principles of Finance

The United States has a variety of regulations to address the economic harm resulting from monopoly power in an industry. This includes the Sherman Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of 1914, and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. These acts were aimed at restricting the formation of cartels and monopolies to protect consumers and ensure competition. The article The Oligopoly Problem argued that oligopolies fall through the cracks of these regulations and leave consumers unprotected from harmful business practices where industries are highly concentrated. Read the article and respond to the following in your initial post: What are examples of firms in an oligopolistic market that abuse their power? Explain how they abuse their power and describe the impact on consumers. Do you agree with the author’s feelings about increased government oversight of such industries? Why or why not? website for article is http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-oligopoly-problem
June 21, 2017
Project 2
June 21, 2017

Principles of Finance
Review the following Evaluating Business Performance: Small Business Case Studies video:
The video focuses on profitability, liquidity, efficiency, and stability of business. Given what you have learned about ratio analysis, choose one of the businesses
from the video (Rose Chong Costumes, Anro’s Floor Maintenance, or John Osborne’s Gym and Squash Center) and identify two ratios that would be helpful for the owner of
the business to monitor. Be sure to explain what the ratio would tell the owner, and how it can be improved for the business.
Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Respond to at least two classmates who have chosen a different business owner and explain whether you
would have identified the same ratios as your classmate. What other ratios may be helpful? Do you agree or disagree with their use of the ratio? Explain.