What’s Going on in Finance Today…

 

After a two year relationship, Expedia buys Texas-based alternative vacation provider HomeAway for $3.9 billion. Expedia has been listing HomeAway vacation properties since 2014, the company expects “growth and industry leadership” for years to come, says HomeAway chief executive Brian Sharples. Get the details below or get started here.

After nine long years of litigation, Boeing pays settlement of $57 million in class action lawsuit over the bad investment options and excessive fees attributed in its current 401(k) plans. The size of Boeing’s retirement plan is second only to IBM, with $44 billion in employee retirement savings. Want to know more? Scroll down or click here.

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But First…the Finance Win and Fail of the Day

Win…

21-year old Jason Pelts managed to invest $1,500 and turn it into a $1 million portfolio. The college senior, still living at home, predicted patterns in the market and bought stock early. This finance win of the day is brought to you by moneymorning.com. Click here to see how Pelts did it.

Fail…

Whole Foods‘ quarterly sales have dropped for the first time since 2009, and third time since 2000.  They may be getting muscled out by competing grocery providers such as Walmart, Costco, Amazon and in the near future, maybe even Target. Furthermore, Whole Foods’ overpricing on some products have had a negative impact on sales. This finance fail of the day is brought to you by fortune.com. Click here to get the Whole Foods story.

 

Treasury Targets Non-Savers With New ‘MyRa’

The no-fee retirement account is intended as a starter option for the millions of Americans without a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored savings plan.

>> Matthew Heller

 

Expedia Buys HomeAway for $3.9B

The deal for HomeAway, a publicly traded provider of vacation rentals, puts Expedia in direct competition with Airbnb.

>> Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Should You Rethink Assumptions About M&A Valuations?

Can’t get the math to work on a prospective deal? You might need to reassess your hurdle rate.

>> Michael Robbins and Hubert Shen, Contributors

 

U.S. Budget Clears Way for IRS Audits of Partnerships

The new rules will shift some of the burden of auditing and dividing up the tax liabilities among partners from the IRS to the partnership itself.

>> David M. Katz

 

U.S. Worker Productivity in Q3 Better Than Expected

A slight rise in output and a fall in hours worked lead to productivity gains in the third quarter.

>> Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Small Businesses Stopped Hiring Last Month: NFIB

Nearly one third of respondents said that they could not fill positions because they could not find qualified applicants, says the NFIB.

>> Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Ex-Rabobank Traders Convicted of Libor Rigging

After a three-week trial, a Manhattan jury found the pair guilty of multiple counts of conspiracy and wire fraud.

>> Matthew Heller

 

Boeing Settles 401(k) Class Action for $57M

Boeing denied the allegations but has made a number of changes to its plan, including replacing mutual funds with lower-cost investment options.

>> Matthew Heller

 

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