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Starbucks' Sale Of La Boulange Highlights So Much That Is Wrong With Our Culture

This is a rant. I am ETF Monkey. Not Stock Monkey, ETF Monkey. For the most part, my goal is to write about ETFs. But today I am going to write about a stock. I am going to write about Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX). A company I like. A company I am going to try very hard to like after today. But a company that just made it a little harder for me to do so. What has made it so difficult for me? This announcement, released two days ago, June 16, 2015. In a masterpiece of "corporate speak," Starbucks announced that they are going to "close all 23 La Boulange retail (bakery cafes) locations, as well as the two manufacturing facilities that serve those locations, by the end of September 2015." In other words, pretty much everything that was actually La Boulange. What do I mean by that? La Boulange - A Brief History La Boulange was founded in San Francisco in 1999 by Pascal Rigo, a native of Bordeaux, France who later emigrated to the United States. Rigo had earlier started the …

Introduction to Foreign Stocks

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Most American investors begin their venture into the world of investing by investing in domestic stocks, in other words stocks of companies based in the USA. And this is natural, for these are the companies with which they are most familiar.

Interestingly, whether through direct investment or via mutual funds or ETFs, some portion of these investments likely involves U.S. Multinationals. These are companies based in the U.S. but who actually generate very large portions of their revenues outside the U.S. As an example, if you look at page 15 of the Coca-Cola Q1 2015 financial results, you will notice that only $5.1 billion of their $10.7 billion of operating revenues were in North America, meaning that the remaining $5.6 billion, or more than 50%, were outside the U.S.A.