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Metaverse Plays

Metaverse Plays

The Metaverse is a fancy term for accessing online worlds via the Internet. Gaming environments are a prime example. Online meeting spaces (avatar meetings) are another example. We can imagine a world where buying a home or purchasing an automobile take place in a virtual environment. We believe that every Software company of size will … Continue reading Metaverse Plays

Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Hate to say we told you so, but this inflation train is moving into high gear and will remain strong throughout 2022, particularly as higher home rental prices start to flow through the Fed's home rental price surveys. Our view is that the Fed will be forced to accelerate its tapering effort to perhaps conclude … Continue reading Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology platform companies include more than Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. We contemplate a few FinTech platform companies below. PayPal (ticker: PYPL): A "Payments" platform company that re-invented itself by acquiring another payments company - Venmo - that was built on top of another platform company - Facebook. The architect that drove PYPL's strategy … Continue reading Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Tech Prediction of the Week: Amazon Will Acquire Lockheed Martin

Tech Prediction of the Week: Amazon Will Acquire Lockheed Martin

As AWS, Azure and Google Cloud compete to win the hearts of Government officials, acquiring a top-tier defense contractor would do much to gain the inside track on strategic, DoD/DHS/Govt. mega-contracts. Amazon's Arlington VA campus suggests it views the D.C./Northern VA area as more long-term strategic than does Microsoft or Google (the latter tends to … Continue reading Tech Prediction of the Week: Amazon Will Acquire Lockheed Martin

Price Inflation Caused Consumers To Shop Less, Not COVID Fears. More Automation Is Coming.

Price Inflation Caused Consumers To Shop Less, Not COVID Fears. More Automation Is Coming.

The Fed conveniently excludes Food and Energy price increases from its Core CPI calculation. Speaking personally, our grocery bill is up approximately one-third vs. last year. We wouldn't be surprised if many Americans were experiencing grocery price increases of 25-50% over last year. At some point Food (and Energy), price increases translate into consumers buying … Continue reading Price Inflation Caused Consumers To Shop Less, Not COVID Fears. More Automation Is Coming.

Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Tickers mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) In May we wrote about Amazon potentially acquiring MGM. That deal was subsequently announced and will be reviewed by the FTC (per the WSJ) under new FTC Chair Lina Khan. We recently mentioned Ms. Khan as being tough on Big Tech. The FTC's … Continue reading Big Tech Firms Will Find It More Difficult To Execute M&A

Food for Thought: WaterTech

Food for Thought: WaterTech

One of the big macro themes that I am long-term bullish on is availability of clean drinking water, especially as the global population continues to grow. Water technology companies that have the ability to treat and deliver water at the local level become increasingly strategic and valuable when one considers global population growth (Africa, India … Continue reading Food for Thought: WaterTech

Google Is Having A Heck of A Year

Google Is Having A Heck of A Year

GOOG shares are up 40% YTD. The anti-trust overhang that we were concerned about for Google entering 2021 may not be much of an issue as it appears western Europe simply wants to levy a fine rather than make on the ground changes to the AI leader. A video summary of Google I/O is below. … Continue reading Google Is Having A Heck of A Year

PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal

PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal

PayPal recently announced that it is moving core applications to Google Cloud. The PayPal Google Cloud relationship is not new (read more here). However, what is interesting to us is that Bill Ready (Google Commerce leader having joined Google in January 2020) is PayPal's former COO. Further, Google Commerce could use a boost in its … Continue reading PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal

Florida and Texas Poised To Capture Market Share As Economy Reopens

Florida and Texas Poised To Capture Market Share As Economy Reopens

As the economy reopens certain states are better positioned than others as it relates to capturing economic activity generated from live events and in-person transactions. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas hosted more than 73,000 people Saturday night for a boxing card. Texas is one of the more relaxed states as it relates to COVID restrictions … Continue reading Florida and Texas Poised To Capture Market Share As Economy Reopens