Three BOTS of Artificial Intelligence

A.I.

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  • Google revealed its answer to ChatGPT: an “experimental conversational AI service” called Bard that’s currently in testing mode.
  • Microsoft (which invested in ChatGPT) announced its own surprise event scheduled for later today in order to “share some progress on a few exciting projects.”
  • Chinese tech giant Baidu confirmed it’s on track to introduce its AI chatbot, known as “Ernie Bot” in English, in March.

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DAILY UPDATE: Weekending Stock Markets and Motorsport Games Week

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Stocks ended the week subdued when a red-hot jobs report once again got investors biting their nails over what the Fed will do next—though the S&P and NASDAQ both eked out positive weeks. The tech stock rally started losing steam after several big companies reported disappointing quarterly results, with Amazon being the one investors cooled on most.

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More specifically, racing game publisher Motorsport Games (NASDAQ:MSGM) is seeing more volatility, tumbling 24.2% Friday after announcing a $4M at-the-market offering. The company entered a definitive agreement to issue and sell 232,188 shares of its class A common stock at $17.39 per share. The stock has slid $5.46 to trade at $17.50. The closing of this new offering is set for on or around February 7th with H.C. Wainwright & Co. acting as exclusive placement agent. Gross proceeds will be about $4.03M, which Motorsport Games will put toward development of multiple games, working capital and general purposes.

Still, it was the most eventful week for the stock in many months. On Monday it launched a debt-for-equity exchange to shore up its balance sheet, sending the stock lower by 8.7%. After regaining full compliance with Nasdaq listing rules, the stock jumped 714% Tuesday, moving from $2.63 a share to $21.40. After moving up another 73% Wednesday, the company then moved to convert all remaining debt in a new debt-for-equity exchange, and the stock fell 38% Thursday. Before Friday’s decline, the stock moved up an aggregate 482% in five days.

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Medical CBD: No FDA Advocacy

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The Food and Drug Administration said it can’t vouch for the safety of cannabidiol (CBD)—a nonpsychoactive compound found in marijuana and hemp plants—and because of that, it can’t regulate it. Instead, it’s calling on lawmakers to help supervise $12 CBD lavender sodas.The FDA said that CBD doesn’t fit the mold of the dietary supplements and food additives it typically monitors, such as ginseng and caffeine.

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The agency claims the science is lacking on the safety of long-term CBD use, let alone on any potential perks—like preventing diabetes or aiding sleep.

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Derived from Hemp

Congress legalized hemp four years ago, and most CBD is derived from hemp, not marijuana. As a result, CBD got kicked off the controlled substances list and got lobbed from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s desk to the FDA’s.

Mental Health Drugs: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2022/10/07/drugs-and-county-mental-health-programs/

Since then, the FDA’s been less active in regulating CBD than a teen in a ’90s anti-marijuana ad. That’s resulted in a chaotic and confusing marketplace, and CBD industry players were hoping the FDA would soon start reining it in.

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US Unemployment Benefits Fall

INFLATION STILL LOOMING?

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According to Bloomberg, applications for US unemployment benefits fell for the fourth time in five weeks, underscoring the broad resilience of the job market that threatens to keep inflation elevated. Initial unemployment claims ticked down by 3,000 to 183,000 in the week ended January 28th, the lowest since April, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 195,000 applications.

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Continuing claims, which include people who have already received unemployment benefits for a week or more, fell to 1.66 million in the week ended January 21st. The labor market, while cooling at the margins, is still tight by many measures and remains one of the key hurdles in the Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation. Even though payrolls growth has slowed and companies in technology and banking have laid off staff in recent months, demand for workers still far exceeds supply, which could put upward pressure on wages and broader prices.

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STOCK MARKET TRIFECTA: A Good January Launch for 2023

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  • The stock market just confirmed a rare trifecta of bullish indicators that suggests big upside in 2023.
  • The trifecta included a Santa Claus rally, positive returns in the first five trading days of the year, and a positive January.
  • On other occasions when the bullish trifecta occurred after a bear market, stocks were higher 100% of the time in the following year.
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FOMC: Interest Rates Up?

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DEFINITION:

According to Wikipedia, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a committee within the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), is charged under United States law with overseeing the nation’s open market operations (e.g., the Fed’s buying and selling of United States Treasury securities). This Federal Reserve committee makes key decisions about interest rates and the growth of the United States money supply. Under the terms of the original Federal Reserve Act, each of the Federal Reserve banks was authorized to buy and sell in the open market bonds and short term obligations of the United States Government, bank acceptances, cable transfers, and bills of exchange. Hence, the reserve banks were at times bidding against each other in the open market. In 1922, an informal committee was established to execute purchases and sales. The Banking Act of 1933 formed an official FOMC.

The FOMC is the principal organ of United States national monetary policy. The Committee sets monetary policy by specifying the short-term objective for the Fed’s open market operations, which is usually a target level for the federal funds rate (the rate that commercial banks charge between themselves for overnight loans).

The FOMC also directs operations undertaken by the Federal Reserve System in foreign exchange markets, although any intervention in foreign exchange markets is coordinated with the U.S. Treasury, which has responsibility for formulating U.S. policies regarding the exchange value of the dollar.

The Federal Reserve is set to announce today whether it will impose another interest rate hike, the central bank’s latest move in a months long fight that has eased inflation but risks plunging the U.S. into a recession.

The Fed [FOMC] has put forward a string of borrowing cost increases as it tries to slash price hikes by slowing the economy and choking off demand. The approach, however, risks tipping the U.S. economy into a downturn and putting millions out of work.

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And so, at a meeting in December 2022, the Fed raised its short-term borrowing rate a half-percentage point, pulling back from three consecutive 0.75% increases and signaling confidence that sky-high inflation could be brought down to normal levels.

Economists expect the Fed to continue softening its approach with a 0.25% rate hike today? The decision comes weeks after a government report showed that inflation slowed in December, marking six consecutive months of easing price increases.

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COVID PANDEMIC: Official National Emergency Ending

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President Biden plans to end both the public health and national emergencies originally declared to address the Covid pandemic in 2020 (and extended several times since) on May 11th 2023.

The White House just disclosed the plan while opposing efforts by Republican lawmakers to end the emergency declarations immediately with a bill called the Pandemic Is Over Act. The end of the emergencies will mean that many Americans will have to start paying for COVID tests, treatments, and vaccines.

It also signals a shift in how serious the government considers the pandemic to be. But, is this wise?

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GAS PRICES: Up Again!

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Gas prices are continuing to rise to start 2023, and experts say prices are “unlikely to turn around any time soon.” And, the current average for a regular gallon of gas $3.50, according to AAA.

While it’s nowhere near the record $5.01 reached in June, its far more than what the average was heading into New Year’s Day and what prices were one year ago.

And, experts say it’s possible the average price reaches $4 later this year.

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AMAZON: Launches “RxPass” Generic Drug Subscription Program

PRIME MEMBERSHIP

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Yesterday, Amazon announced the launch of RxPass: an add-on to Prime memberships that provides subscribers with access to 50 generic prescription drugs for a $5 monthly fee.

RxPass will launch immediately in most states (though not California and Texas, the most populous ones) and include generic drugs that treat common conditions like high blood pressure, anxiety, acid reflux, and hair loss. About 150 million US residents have a prescription for one of the drugs included in RxPass, according to Amazon.

But the service is not available to people on Medicare or Medicaid, and it doesn’t offer insulin.

RxPass is Amazon’s answer to the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company (which offers significantly more medications—1,100 of them) and is likely part of an effort to attract more users to Amazon Pharmacy. Amazon Pharmacy could use the boost—it launched in 2020 but ranked at the bottom of a list of which Prime perks drew members to the service, a Morgan Stanley survey found last summer.

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BANKRUPT: Genesis Global Chapter 11

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The bankruptcy of Barry Silbert’s Genesis Global may not have pummeled crypto markets like the implosion of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX did, but it features a list of top creditors with similarly large claims topping $3 billion in total.

According to Bloomberg, Genesis’s Chapter 11 filing on Thursday listed seven creditors owed at least $100 million. By far the biggest one is a $766 million claim related to customers of crypto exchange Gemini, who have money stuck with Genesis’s lending unit. FTX-linked entities have 10 claims of more than $100 million, according to a redacted list filed Saturday. 

In all, Genesis owes its top 50 creditors $3.4 billion; for FTX, that figure stands at $3.1 billion. While some of the names of Genesis’ biggest creditors have been redacted in the filing, below is a list of major names.

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“BEAR” it …. So Says Leon Cooperman?

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DEFINITION

A bear market is when a market experiences prolonged price declines. It typically describes a condition in which securities prices fall 20% or more from recent highs amid widespread pessimism and negative investor sentiment.

Bear markets are often associated with declines in an overall market or index like the S&P 500, but individual securities or commodities can also be considered to be in a bear market if they experience a decline of 20% or more over a sustained period of time—typically two months or more. Bear markets also may accompany general economic downturns such as a recession. Bear markets may be contrasted with upward-trending bull markets.

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So, If you are feeling optimistic the new year will usher in a change in stock market dynamics and shift sentiment from bear to bull-forget about it!? Leon Cooperman has some bad news for you.

The billionaire investor has been a fully-fledged bear for a while now and 2023 has done little to change his stance. “Anybody looking for a new bull market any time soon is looking the wrong way,” Cooperman said.

In fact, Cooperman thinks there’s only a 5% chance the S&P 500 sees out 2023 above the 4,400 mark (up 13% from current levels), believing the stock market is far likelier to head back down from here.

Cooperman evidently knows a thing or two about investing in bear markets, and if we’re to heed his advice, it’s best to look for ‘safe havens’ to shield from further incoming volatility. OR- Maybe not!

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CRYPTO-CURRENCY: Worth Since 2020?

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Winners Since March 2020:

Here’s how much $100 in each of the following cryptocurrencies and stocks back at the bottom of the U.S. market in March 2020 would be worth today:

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  • Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC): $405.67
  • Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH): $1,268.90
  • Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE): $4,731.19

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DAILY UPDATE: Cathie Wood, META and Index Futures

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Cathie Wood and Ark’s flagship exchange-traded fund Ark Innovation ETF (NYSE: ARKK) bought 168,989 shares of Tesla on Friday, valued at $20.68 million at the session’s closing price. The stock ended Friday’s session down 0.94% at $122.40, according to Benzinga Pro data. At one point in the session, the loss was as much as 6.4%. For the week, the stock gained 8.26%.

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Investing $1,000 in META Stock: Shares of Meta Platforms traded at $332.46 on June 4, 2021. A $1,000 investment could have purchased 3 shares of META stock. The $1,000 investment would be worth $410.94 today, based on a current price of $136.98 for Meta Platforms. This represents a loss of 58.9% in 19 months.

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European equities and US stock-index futures fell amid signs central banks will turn more hawkish and as investors focused on earnings reports from Wall Street banks.

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ChatGPT: A Microsoft Start-Up Venture!

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Microsoft is reportedly preparing for its largest startup investment in history: a $10 billion stake in OpenAI that could value the research lab at $29 billion. OpenAI is the creator of potentially groundbreaking AI tools like ChatGPT, the multitalented chatbot that can code in Python and help high schoolers cheat on English essays.

MSFT has already invested $1 billion in OpenAI, but thinks an even tighter relationship would help it better compete with Big Tech rivals like Google (which reportedly declared a “code red” over ChatGPT’s threat to its search dominance).

But Microsoft’s AI ambitions go beyond just integrating ChatGPT know-how into its own search engine, Bing. The company wants to use OpenAI’s tools in its Office suite—and it’s already experimenting with algorithms to help users craft emails in Outlook.

OpenAI was founded in 2015 as a mission-based AI research organization by a roster from Silicon Valley’s A-list, including Elon Musk. Its stated goal is to develop safe AI for the benefit of humanity. But OpenAI has plenty of critics who have called it out for ethical concerns, a lack of transparency, and abandoning its mission for profits.

According to MorningBrew, a slew of buzzy AI product releases in 2022 has startup investors forgetting they ever heard the word “metaverse.” Languishing in the prolonged crypto winter and facing an uncertain economic environment, many venture capitalists see the field as the next big thing to shovel money into their coffers.

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UPDATE: Bill Gates just hinted that he may be working on Open AI’s large language chatbot ChatGPT in collaboration with Microsoft if the reported $10 billion investment in the start-up goes through. Gates also admitted that he’s still involved with the company’s research and product plans, and said he’s watching the developments in ChatGPT “very closely.”

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MORGAN STANLEY: S&P 500 May Drop Another 22% in 2023?

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Many investors were happy to wave goodbye to 2022, Wall Street’s worst year since 2008. The S&P finished down 19.4%, while the tech centered NASDAQ shed 33.1%. The blue-chip focused Dow Jones did better, losing just 8.8% across the year. Unfortunately, a number of senior investment bankers predict 2023 could bring more stock market woes. Most recently, in fact, Morgan Stanley Chief U.S. Equity Strategist & Chief Investment Officer, Michael Wilson, said he thought the S&P 500 could drop by another 22% in 2023.

Wilson wrote in a note this week that next year’s losses could be more significant than many are expecting. According to Bloomberg, Wilson thinks a peak in inflation would be “very negative for profitability.” He added, “The consensus could be right directionally, but wrong in terms of magnitude.”

Some analysts think that when inflation peaks, the Federal Reserve will ease up on its aggressive rate hikes and the stock market will recover. But Wilson argues this is only part of the picture. He thinks falling prices would have a knock-on effect on company profits, and the subsequent drop in margins would outweigh any benefit from a change in the Fed’s stance.

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Wilson also alerted clients to the risk that companies would be caught “off guard” by a combination of falling demand and a catch up in supply. Supply chain issues, caused by a mix of COVID-19 lock downs, labor shortages, and other factors, have contributed to price increases and had a negative impact on production. If the supply chain starts to recover at the same time as recession-induced drops in consumption levels, he thinks the stock market could fall further.

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DAILY UPDATE: Elon Musk Wins but SPACS Do Not

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A judge just ruled that a group of laid-off Twitter employees suing the business over their severance compensation, have to pursue their claims individually rather than as part of a class action, according to a Bloomberg report. About 500 of the roughly 3,700 Twitter employees Elon Musk laid off since taking control of the company last year have already filed individual arbitration claims, according to Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer who filed those claims on the workers’ behalf.

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SPAC SEEKING SPAC: Money-losing companies that recently went public via SPAC are combining with other SPACs to secure more funding and stay afloat. The ultimate goal is one giant SPAC?

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SUMMER SPEAKS of “False Dawns”

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Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers is worried that investors and economists are becoming overly optimistic after year-over-year inflation cooled to 6.5% in December.

“One has to be careful of false dawns. If you think about it, the good news was inflation running in the 6’s, and that’s still inconceivably high by the standards of two or three years ago,” he told Bloomberg on Friday, adding that his forecast is still that a “recession this year is more likely than not.” 

Since March, Federal Reserve officials have raised interest rates seven times in hopes of taming inflation without sparking a recession, and all the while, economists and Wall Street analysts have debated whether they’ll be successful. Summers has repeatedly found himself in the bears’ camp. In October, he told the Financial Times that it would take “a recession” and “unemployment towards the 6% range” to ensure U.S. inflation is truly gone. 

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But the economist admitted on Friday that the latest inflation report was “good news”—and it came even though the unemployment rate was just 3.5% in December. He argued that this is evidence that wages aren’t rising too dramatically, which means the Fed may be able to change tactics soon. 

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BANKS: Bankers and the Economy

ECONOMIC PROPHETS?

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Trying to read the economy is difficult But, some of the biggest financial institutions in the US—including JPMorgan, Bank of America, and Citigroup—will release their earnings reports for the final quarter of 2022 this morning. And they’ll share precious insight into the risk of a recession as an uncertain 2023 kicks into gear.

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Why are banks considered economic prophets?

According to Morning Brew and others, it is because their tentacles touch so many aspects of the economy (from consumer spending via credit cards to business health via commercial loans), that they can see into areas single-sectors where others can not.

Banks are hurting. Goldman Sachs just launched its biggest cost-cutting efforts since the 2008 financial crisis, laying off 3,200 employees (or 6.5% of its entire workforce) this week. And it’s not the only one reducing headcount: Morgan Stanley and Citi are among the other global banks that have trimmed their workforce recently as business slowed due to the Fed’s rate hikes. Overall, big banks’ profits are expected to have dropped 15% in Q4 from the year before.

But it’s not all bad. Rising rates can benefit banks—as lenders, they make more money when they can charge higher interest to borrowers. Of course, banks also need to pay out interest to their depositors, too, but the gap between their lending profits and their depositor payouts (known as the “net interest margin”) is expected to widen—at least for now.

Consumer watch: Pay attention to how much banks have set aside to cover defaults on mortgage, auto, and credit card loans. That’ll give us a peek into how American consumers are dealing with inflation.

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PODCASTS: Digital Health + Health I.T.

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The META Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

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Meta will pay real money to settle data privacy claims

The company has agreed to pay Facebook users in the US $725 million to resolve a lawsuit stemming from that time it gave political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica access to data from ~87 million users during the 2016 election.

The settlement, which the plaintiffs say may be the largest deal in a US privacy class action ever, still needs a judge’s approval before anyone gets cash, though.

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The State of COVID-19 in the USA

UPDATE

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METAVERSE: Expert Consensus in Medicine?

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A multi-disciplinary panel of doctors and IT experts from Asia, the United States, and Europe analyzed published articles regarding expert consensus on the Medical Internet of Things, with reference to study results in the field of metaverse technology.

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IRS: Lifetime Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions

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Remember, in 2023, do not trigger the US estate and gift tax. Last year’s inflation, the highest in decades, means married couples can now hand their heirs almost $26 million tax-free, $1.7 million more than in 2022 and $2.4 million more than in 2021.

The hike in the lifetime estate-and-gift tax exemption — adjusted for price growth annually by the Internal Revenue Service — is the largest since 2018, when the amount was doubled by Republican-passed legislation signed by former President Donald Trump the prior year. As a result, the individual exemption, which is easily shared between spouses, has rocketed to $12.9 million from $5 million in 2011.

But, richer Americans may be running out of time to pass on this much wealth. The exemption is slated to be cut in half in three years, when provisions of Trump’s tax law are set to expire. While even $26 million is a drop in the bucket for the ultra-rich, the exemption’s size shows why generational wealth transfers — estimated by research firm Cerulli to total almost $73 trillion in the US through 2045 — go largely untouched by the government.

Plus, financial advisors may use loopholes and leverage to multiply the amount of tax-free money available to heirs. 

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SHORT: Tesla Stock?

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DEFINITION: Short selling involves borrowing a security whose price you think is going to fall from your brokerage and selling it on the open market. Your plan is to then buy the same stock back later, hopefully for a lower price than you initially sold it for, and pocket the difference after repaying the initial loan.

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Good news for anyone who was busy shorting Tesla

Tesla’s stock plummeted more than 12% yesterday for its worst trading session in more than two years. The proximate cause: Though the EV manufacturer sent out a record 405,278 vehicles in the last quarter of 2022, it missed analyst expectations and its own growth goal for the year.

Tesla’s brutal selloff was the continuation of a dramatic downward trend: The most valuable automaker in the world lost 65% of its value in 2022.

And while it may be easy to pin the blame on CEO Elon Musk’s fascination with his shiny new toy, Twitter, the problems go beyond a distracted boss:

  • Production has slowed down due to Covid shutdowns in China.
  • Demand has cooled for its vehicles due to lower gas prices, interest rate hikes, and increased competition.
  • It has suffered from logistical issues that were at least partially to blame for its inability to deliver all of the vehicles that it produced.

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HAPPY NEW [Recessionary] YEAR 2023?

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The Fed hikes interest rates, sending economy teetering toward a recession?

If everyone was an opinionated virologist in 2020, then 2022 turned us all into macro-economists. In an effort to fight historic inflation, the Fed raised its benchmark interest rate seven times this year, pushing it to a 15-year high. Chair Jerome Powell’s hawkish turn slowed the economy and was a major catalyst for the brutal sell-off in stocks, particularly in the tech sector. This year, Amazon became the first public company to lose $1 trillion in market value.

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EVEN HOUSING MARKETS DOWN

The U.S. housing market is experiencing its second-biggest home price correction of the post-World War II era. Macro Trends Advisors founding partner Mitch Roschelle attributed the massive correction to Americans’ uncertainty for the markets and their “uneasiness” regarding the economy. He explained on “Varney & Co.” that the “shoe to drop” would be if the nation starts to see a rise in unemployment, which could cause a “leg down” in the housing market.

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So what’s ahead for 2023? According to MorningBrew, Economists think that a recession is likely, but a few are holding out hope that the Fed can achieve a so-called “soft landing,” where it brings inflation down to normal levels without causing the economy to shrink. Recent months have brought cautiously hopeful news: Annual inflation has cooled from a peak of 9.1% to 7.1%, so rate hikes are expected to be much less aggressive next year.

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FACEBOOK & GOOGLE: A “Duopoly” in Decline?

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Facebook and Google appear to be an empire in decline.

Considered for years to be a “duopoly” over the advertising industry, they are on track to account for only 48.4% of US ad revenues this year. It’s the first time their market share has fallen below 50% since 2014, per Insider Intelligence.

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And, some suggest TikTok, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are slowly and successfully clawing away business from the duopoly.

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Omicron Sub-Variant XBB Rapidly Gaining Ground in the U.S.A.

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he emerging Omicron subvariant XBB contributes to an increasingly high number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., rivaling the sister strains BQ.1.1 and BQ.1, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Recent studies have indicated that the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster performed poorly against BQ.1.1, with even a weaker antibody response against XBB.

In late November, citing its poor neutralization effect on BQ.1 and BQ.1.1., the FDA pulled the emergency use authorization granted for bebtelovimab, a COVID-19 antibody therapy developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and AbCellera Biologics (ABCL).

The CDC estimates for the week ending Dec. 24 show that XBB has made up ~18% of COVID cases in the U.S. compared to ~11% a week ago. Meanwhile, BQ.1.1 has led to ~36% of cases unchanged from a week ago, and BQ.1 caused ~27% of cases, a decline from ~29% last week.  

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NEW: Physician Electronic-Mail Bills

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The next time you message your doctor to ask about a pesky cough or an itchy rash, you may want to check your bank account first — you could get a bill for the question.

Hospital systems around the country are rolling out fees for some messages that patients send to physicians, who they say are spending an increasing amount of time poring over online queries, some so complex that they require the level of medical expertise normally dispensed during an office visit. Patient advocates, however, worry these new fees may deter people from reaching out to their doctor and that they add another layer of complexity to the U.S. health care system’s already opaque billing process.

“This is a barrier that denies access and will result in hesitancy or fear to communicate and potentially harm patients with lower quality of care and outcomes at a much higher cost,” said Cynthia Fisher, the founder of Patient Rights Advocate, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that pushes for hospital price transparency.

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The explosion of telehealth over the last three years — driven by the COVID-19 outbreak and relaxed federal regulations for online care — prompted many doctors to adopt more robust telecommunication with their patients. Consultations that once happened in an office were converted to computer or smart phone visits. And health care systems invited patients to use new online portals to message their doctors with a question at any time, American Medical Association president Jack Resneck Jr. told The Associated Press.

“When people figured out this is cool and could improve care, you saw hospitals and practice groups saying to patients, welcome to your portal … you can ping your physician with questions if you want,” Resneck said. “We found ourselves as physicians getting dozens and dozens of these a day and not having time built in to do that work.”

The charges vary for each patient and hospital system, with messages costing as little as $3 for Medicare patients to as much $160 for the uninsured. In some cases, the final bill depends on how much time the doctor spends responding.

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FTX SCANDAL: Who is John J. Ray III?

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John J. Ray III (born January 1959) is an American attorney and insolvency professional. He specializes in recovering funds from failed corporations. He was appointed CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX in the aftermath of its November 2022 collapse.

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He previously served as chairman of Enron Creditors Recovery Corp., a company tasked with recovering creditor funds from Enron in the wake of its accounting scandal and subsequent collapse. He also worked on the bankruptcies of Nortel, Residential Capital, and Overseas Shipholding.

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PUMPERS & DUMPERS: Social Media Influencers Charged in Scheme

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DEFINITION: Pump and dump (P&D) is a form of securities fraud that involves artificially inflating the price of an owned stock through false and misleading positive statements, in order to sell the cheaply purchased stock at a higher price. Once the operators of the scheme “dump” (sell) their overvalued shares, the price falls and investors lose their money. This is most common with small-cap cryptocurrencies and very small corporations/companies, i.e. “microcaps“.

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While fraudsters in the past relied on cold calls, the Internet now offers a cheaper and easier way of reaching large numbers of potential investors through spam email, investment research websites, social media, and misinformation.

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And so, Federal prosecutors and the SEC have accused seven popular Twitter and Discord users of wielding social media to manipulate stock prices—pumping the shares and then selling off mass quantities for profit once they rose.

An additional defendant, whose Twitter handle was @DipDeity, was charged with aiding and abetting the alleged fraud for hosting a podcast that featured and promoted the seven influencers as skilled traders to follow.

Each influencer charged had well over 100,000 followers and, according to the SEC, the group earned about $100 million total in the scheme.

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PFOF: New SEC Rules Not Thrown Out Entirely!

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Yesterday the SEC proposed the biggest update to the stock trading rules book since 2005. The four proposed rules may become the magnum opus of Gary Gensler, who took over as SEC chair after the meme stock mayhem of 2021. The rules aim to get retail traders better prices by targeting a method of executing trades called payment for order flow (PFOF). PFOF works like this:

  • Brokers like Robinhood send trades to wholesalers like Citadel, which profit off the difference between the individual trader’s proposed price and the price they actually make the trade for.
  • Wholesalers pay brokers a small fee for the privilege of making the trade, and *juicy detail alert* those “small fees” make up a huge chunk of the brokers’ revenue.

Gensler has long argued that PFOF limits competition and encourages brokers to gamify risky trading behavior—like vetting your life savings on GameStop stock. The practice is banned in the UK and Canada.

But the SEC has definitely put it in the “no longer sparks joy” pile

Under the most significant rule proposed yesterday, the “order competition” rule, wholesalers would have to send most retail investors’ trades to an auction where dealers compete to fulfill them for the best price.

The wholesaler only gets to fulfill any leftover trades that no one has bid on. Some on Wall Street argue this will be the most common scenario so the rule won’t have its intended effect, but Gensler thinks auctions could save individual traders up to $1.5 billion per year.

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NUCLEAR FUSION: New Energy Source?

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Researchers have reportedly made a breakthrough in the quest to unlock a “near-limitless, safe, clean” source of energy: they have got more energy out of a nuclear fusion reaction than they put in. Nuclear fusion involves smashing together light elements such as hydrogen to form heavier elements, releasing a huge burst of energy in the process.

Unlike nuclear fission, the energy reaction we currently use, fusion does not create radioactive waste, and the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that it produces three to four times more energy.

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Scientists had a nuclear breakthrough

The Department of Energy is expected to announce today that scientists at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory successfully produced a nuclear fusion reaction with a net energy gain (meaning it produced more energy than it used).

Scientists and governments have been trying to make that happen for decades because nuclear fusion, as opposed to the nuclear fission that current nuclear plants use, has the potential to create energy to power the world without producing carbon or radioactive waste. Still, it will be a long time before nuclear fusion becomes commercially viable as a source for energy.

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DJIA Surges!

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The DJIA Briefly surged over 600 points this morning.

WHY DOW?

Inflation data showed the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% on the month of November, cooler than the expected 0.3% rise. The index rose 7.1% year over year, lower than the 7.3% Econoday estimate.

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In addition, the next meeting Fed meeting kicks off Tuesday with an interest rate decision on Wednesday. While the Fed has already heavily telegraphed a 50-basis-point hike, investors will be looking for further guidance on the Fed’s plans.

Finally, according to the CME’s FedWatch tool, traders place a 79% chance of a 50-basis-point rate hike.

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MICROSOFT: London Stock Exchange Group

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Microsoft plans to buy a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange Group as part of a 10-year partnership to migrate the exchange’s data platform and tech infrastructure to the cloud and develop its data and analytics business.

The exchange will spend at least $2.8 billion on cloud-related products with Microsoft throughout the decade-long arrangement.

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AMGEN: To Buy Horizon Therapeutics?

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(Bloomberg) — Amgen Inc. has agreed to buy Horizon Therapeutics Plc at a valuation of about $26 billion in what would be its biggest-ever acquisition, according to a person familiar with the matter. The US biotechnology giant offered around $116.5 for each Horizon share, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. The offer price is at a around 20% premium to Horizon’s closing price of $97.29 on Friday.

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Horizon rose as much as 15% to $111.70 in pre-market trading today while Amgen slipped 0.5%. But, the deal or announcement could be delayed and talks could still fall apart.

As of Friday’s close, Horizon shares had surged 24% since the company revealed on Nov. 29th that Amgen, Sanofi SA and a Johnson & Johnson unit were in preliminary talks about a possible acquisition. That pushed its market value to $22 billion, prompting Sanofi to back out Sunday, as J&J did earlier this month. Amgen has a market value of about $149 billion after rising by 24% this year.

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OIL: Prices Drop < $3?

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Despite a small bump yesterday, oil has been slumping hard, which has been nothing short of fantastic news for American drivers. US gas prices ($3.33/gallon, on average) are now lower than they were last year at this time, and seem headed below $3.

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SENATE REPORT: “Systemic Problems” Hindered US Corona Virus Pandemic Response

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A new examination by Senate Democrats of how the federal government bungled its early response to the coronavirus pandemic faults President Donald J. Trump and his administration for numerous missteps while also laying blame on “multiple systemic problems” that long predated his time in office.

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SMS Texting: Happy 30th Anniversary!

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Seattle, US – December 2, 2022: Infobip, a global leader in omnichannel communications, today announced new data from its 2022 “30th Anniversary of the SMS” survey, which sheds light on how, where and when Americans are communicating with each other.

The report was commissioned to commemorate the anniversary of the first text message, sent on Dec. 3, 1992, by Neil Papworth, a software programmer from the U.K. who had been working as a developer and test engineer to create a short message service (SMS). That very first text simply said, “Merry Christmas.” In the three decades that ensued, SMS has exploded in popularity, and today, the humble text message has emerged as the go-to form of communication for billions of people and an ever increasing number of businesses.

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METAVERSE: Dentistry and Dental Education

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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is now a reality in dentistry. A significant advancement is the use of haptic gloves that would let dental students feel virtual objects while practicing suturing or giving a nerve block – this can significantly improve the students’ technique over time and give them, for example, immediate feedback with respect to needle point insertion.

While initial costs for such systems might seem high now, the hardware is proven to be cost-effective in the long term.

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RIP: Tiantian Kullander – Crypto AMBER GROUP FOUNDER Dies

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Tiantian Kullander, the influential young founder of cryptocurrency company Amber Group, died suddenly in his sleep on Nov. 23, the company confirmed.

The group had just received a $3 billion valuation earlier this year, and was in the process of raising another $100 million—a meteoric success in which he played an integral role after launching Amber in 2017 with a group of finance insiders, including former Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley workers.

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DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: Retires after 50 Years of Service

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I first met my esteemed colleague Tony Fauci MD more than 30 years ago as a young surgical resident in Atlanta. My esteem for him has grown immensely since then. After all, he is an American physician-scientist and immunologist serving as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President

And so, upon his retirement, Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans to get their reformulated Covid boosters in his final White House press briefing yesterday. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official and the leader of the NIAID since 1984, announced recently that he’d be stepping down to “pursue the next chapter” of his career in December, 2022.

Dr. Fauci’s final plea comes as public health officials warn that a “viral jumbalaya” of respiratory infections threatens to push hospitals to the brink this coming winter.

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Quote: “My final message—maybe the final message I give you from this podium—is that, please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated Covid-19 shot as soon as you’re eligible, to protect yourself, your family, and your community.”

We should all heed his advice.

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Forget about inflation and the $125 dollar turkey this year.

Try a Test-Tube Turkey, Instead? That’ll Be $34,000

  Last year, Paul Mozdziak gave thanks that people are finally paying attention to his big idea: he wants to grow turkey meat in 5,000-gallon tanks.

An increasing number of companies are trying to grow other kinds of meat in the lab, but Mozdziak happens to “find a lot of beauty in turkeys.” His approach uses stem cells from a biopsy of turkey breast, which are grown in a warm broth of glucose and amino acids to build up muscle fibers. The potential is huge: theoretically, a single stem cell could undergo 75 generations of division in three months, forming enough muscle to manufacture 20 trillion turkey nuggets.

But such such efficiencies are yet to be met. Currently, a turkey-sized lump of white meat would require around $34,000 worth of growth serum. At Target, you can pick up a respectable frozen bird for $30-35. But the latter are intensively farmed. If Mozdziak can scale up production, as well as tweaking fat and protein ratios to make his turkey tasty, he could even win over some vegetarians at Thanksgiving.

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PUBLIC HEALTH: RSV versus COVID?

[Emergency Request]

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Children’s hospitals are asking the federal government to declare a public health emergency to help them deal with the surge of RSV cases. Infants are being hospitalized at seven times the rate of 2018.

DEFINITION: Respiratory syncytial virus, also called human respiratory syncytial virus and human orthopneumovirus, is a common, contagious airborne virus that causes infections of the respiratory tract. It is a negative-sense, single-stranded RNA virus.

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TODAY: World Pancreatic Cancer Day 2022 [November 19th]

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On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, loved ones, communities and organizations around the world unite to shine a light on pancreatic cancer and share our universal message that it’s about time we all know the symptoms!

Raise awareness on this special day as we share the facts about this disease, survivor stories and what you can do to make an impact.

READ: https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/take-action/raise-awareness/pancreatic-cancer-awareness-month/world-pancreatic-cancer-day/

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SCHWAB: Introduces Personalized Indexing

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‘Customized portfolio and tax management for a broader spectrum of investors’

The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) announced, on March 31, 2022, the upcoming launch of a new service, Schwab Personalized Indexing. Schwab touts this as a new solution that brings the power of customized portfolio and tax management to a broader spectrum of investors.

Rick Wurster, president of The Charles Schwab Corporation, stated in a press release: “Direct indexing has long been available to ultra-high net worth investors and institutions able to meet very high investment minimums. But now, thanks to technology innovations and industry developments like Schwab’s introduction of online commission-free trading, we’re able to lower the barriers to direct indexing for more investors and the advisors who serve them.” Schwab expects the new service, which is trademarked, to be available by the end of April 2022.

Key Takeaways

  • Charles Schwab (SCHW) is introducing Schwab Personalized Indexing, a direct indexing service for accounts as small as $100,000.
  • Direct indexing involves holding the individual securities in an index, allowing for greater tax management.
  • The service is expected to be available by the end of April 2022, and Schwab expects to add options and features over the next 12-18 months.

Key Features

Unlike an index fund, direct indexing involves direct ownership of the underlying securities in an index. Thus, it may offer a greater level of tax management for the investor. Within separately managed accounts, Schwab Personalized Indexing is based on a proprietary optimization process that includes daily monitoring of client portfolios and tax-loss harvesting technology. Each client account is to be optimized based on its current holdings and the potential capital gains taxes due on unrealized gains.

Available Strategies

Investors initially can choose among three index-based strategies that can be customized. These are a U.S. large cap strategy based on the Schwab 1000 Index, a U.S. small cap strategy based on the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, and an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy based on the MSCI KLD 400 Social Index. Each strategy seeks index-like returns with enhanced after-tax benefits. Schwab expects to add more strategies and features during the next 12-18 months.

Account Minimums and Fees

Schwab Personalized Indexing initially will require an account minimum of $100,000. Schwab notes that most direct indexing offerings currently on the market start at $250,000 or higher.1

Fees start at 0.40% of assets. Schwab indicates that this is less expensive than many direct indexing programs currently available to advisors and investors.

CITE: https://pressroom.aboutschwab.com/press-releases/press-release/2022/Schwab-Introduces-Schwab-Personalized-Indexing/default.aspx

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