Google's customer-facing payments execution is confusing. One must drill down to understand the difference between Google Pay, G Pay and Google Wallet. Further, Google's strategy for each of its FinTech apps differs by geography. Google's confusing positioning is surprising to us given that we have the utmost respect for Bill Ready who leads Google's Payments … Continue reading Google Pay, G Pay, Google Wallet, Oh My!
It is only logical that the leading smartphone company (Apple) and the leading AI company (Google) are increasingly designing more of their own silicon which is optimized for each company's respective products and services. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, AVGO, GOOG, INTC, QCOM, SWKS Think of the iPhone and Google's Pixel phone. Every feature, every application, … Continue reading Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon
Broadcom agrees to acquire VMware for $61 billion As we wrote previously, we believe this acquisition is a strategic blunder on the part of Broadcom (AVGO). Broadcom's acquisition of VMware (VMW) is essentially a "bet the company" type of acquisition given the amount of purchase consideration ($61 billion) and also given the fact that the … Continue reading Broadcom Agrees To Acquire VMware
Prior to the 2008-2009 Financial crisis, stock buybacks were typically used by management teams to offset options dilution and to acquire undervalued company shares. Today, companies primarily use stock buybacks to goose the value of CEO options packages as well as to goose the value of shares held by CEOs and large institutional holders. The … Continue reading The Stock Buyback Scam
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
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 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
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
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.
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