Thomson One and Workarounds with the New Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Update

Thomson ONE‘s full features are available only with the outdated Internet Explorer (IE) browser. This makes staying up-to-date on the latest browser workarounds critical to accessing this collection of company information, SEC filings, and analyst reports. Continue reading for details regarding this year’s Chromium-based update to Microsoft Edge.

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CBD and THC: green light for investment

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A recent article in Bloomberg News instantly grabbed my attention.  Joe Montana, quarterback extraordinaire and football icon, now a venture capitalist, just participated in a $75 million funding for a company that sells marijuana products in stores throughout California.  Taking a risk on a controversial investment, Joe is positioned to win in an industry which he hopes can make a “serious impact on opiod use or addiction”.  In fact, cannabis related products could help football players or others in high impact, injury prone professions. This industry includes growers and retailers as well as medical and recreational products.

Like Joe, investors seem sweet on cannabis derived products that provide health and wellness benefits. But where is this industry headed as a business investment? How great is the risk? What are the opportunities? the library has a number of resources that can help to answer these questions.

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Thomson One Work-Around for Microsoft Edge

Thomson ONE only works with full functionality in Internet Explorer (IE), and within that, it only works properly in versions IE8 and below. For those of you familiar with this resource, this isn’t anything you haven’t heard before. Compatibility issues continue with Thomson ONE in the latest iteration of the Windows browser, Microsoft Edge. As has been the case before, there is a work around which you can find detailed below.

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Are You Certified??? Certification Programs for Bloomberg or Thomson One!!!

Many students and potential employees like certifications for Bloomberg or Thomson One. This demonstrates that the student has an understanding of how to use these expensive programs before coming on board.  The learning curve for using these products on the job is greatly reduced.

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Bloomberg, available at Lippincott Library or Huntman Hall, currently offers two certificates.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is a self- paced, 8 hour introduction to finance using 70 Bloomberg terminal functions.  This provides a good foundation for undergraduates or people new to finance.  It covers four topics:  Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities. The format is interactive video sessions. There is no cost for this certificate if you use the Library Bloomberg terminals.  You can sign up for a web-based session at a discounted price of $149.00.

BESS is also self-paced and is recommended for individuals with more experience in Finance and Bloomberg.  Again, there is no cost when using the Library Bloomberg terminals.  Sessions are based on written materials.

Once in Bloomberg, just type BMC<GO> or BESS<GO> to get started.

Both classes require that you take quizzes in order to get the certificate.

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Thomson One Investment Bank also offers a certificate program.  Click here for general information.  Once you have viewed the materials for the modules, request a token to take the exam.  The exam comprises 30 questions.  You have 60 minutes to complete the test.  If you don’t pass the first time, you are allowed to take the test a second time.  It is encouraged that you use Thomson One while taking the test.  This is free to students at Universities which subscribe to Thomson.

Remember that Thomson One only works with IE.  Please refer to these postings for further information.

Thomson One and Compatibility:  Internet Explorer Issues 

Thomson One Compatibility and Chrome or Firefox.

Clean Energy by the Numbers: Data Sources

WRIBusNeedsAccording to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Convention, “Never before have the risks of climate change been so obvious and the impacts so visible.” We could add that never before has there been such an interest in sources of information for climate change, energy use and “clean” (non-polluting)  technology.

 

 

In a previous blog post, Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy.  Are there any Alternatives? we described several  resources for  Penn students that cover clean technology. Here are some additional data sources on clean technology that may prove useful.

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Welcome to the Club!

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As a Wharton MBA, you have joined the first collegiate business school and a larger rank of professional business students globally. Who else is in the club?  What is the MBA presence in the world?  What does the MBA education industry encompass?

In recent years, the MBA degree has faced criticism from scholars and the press questioning its value, partially based on the number of MBAs that graduate each year.  The Atlantic published an article titled “There Are Officially Too Many MBAs” , and the Financial Times asked the question “Is an MBA worth the cost?”.

Beyond the number of MBA programs available, changing technology also has the potential to disrupt the MBA industry.  Wharton’s own Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich looked at the impact of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and specifically “SuperText” technology on the MBA degree and broader higher education in their report “Will Video Kill the Classroom Star?  The Threat and Opportunity of Massively Open Online courses for Full-Time MBA Programs”. Continue reading

Parsing Business School Rankings

US NewsIn March 2014, the Wharton Business School Community (University of Pennsylvania) was happy to learn that the School’s full-time MBA program was ranked first in the U.S. (along with Harvard and Stanford) by US News.

Since the first ranked list of 20 programs appeared in Business Week in 1988, there has been a proliferation of ranked lists. In addition to full-time MBA programs, there are now rankings of MBA programs world-wide, evening/part-time MBA programs, executive MBA programs, undergraduate business programs, and executive education. Continue reading