The SPACs just keep coming. EV manufacturer Lucid Motors plans to IPO via Michael Klein's Churchill Capital. Zero revenue and a $24 billion proforma valuation. I find it fascinating that "sober" investors such as Fidelity and BlackRock participate in these bubble deals. Link HERE. Another SPAC listing will take place when Apex Clearing completes its … Continue reading SPAC-Mania, Bitcoin and The Fed
The Fed would have us believe "There's nothing to see here," (to quote Frank Drebin), as it relates to inflation. Consumer spending funded by government debt is of inferior quality as compared to spending funded by increased production. In January Americans spent their debt-funded government checks that were mailed out at the end of December. … Continue reading Long Rates Continue To Climb As Inflation Persists. Nothing To See Here.
MicroStrategy (tkr: MSTR), founder and CEO Michael Saylor has consistently promoted Bitcoin for the past year plus. There is hardly a business network nor crypto-dedicated YouTube channel that hasn't had Mr. Saylor on to promote Bitcoin as MSTR has stockpiled more of the digital currency than any other public company. So what about MSTR's core … Continue reading Is Michael Saylor Running A Software Company Or A Bitcoin Fund?
More than a decade after the initial Tech media buzz digital wallets are enjoying adoption largely driven by stimulus check processing and more recently the cryptocurrency craze. The pace of innovation is accelerating as digital wallets incorporate equity trade execution, cryptocurrency transaction capabilities and more. Many will know of PayPal / Venmo, Square's Cash App, … Continue reading The Cryptocurrency Craze Is Driving Digital Wallet Innovation and Adoption
Gold prices ought to have climbed higher given the amount of money printing that took place in 2020 and that is likely to continue. What happened? Additional debt-funded "stimulus", QE and accompanying asset inflation should have pushed gold prices higher. After all, gold is a safe haven. What gives? (view a chart of the spot … Continue reading Where Is The Gold Rally?
FOMO is stronger than ever given social media, the 24-hour news cycle and various fintech apps that facilitate equity trading. FOMO ("Fear Of Missing Out"), is stronger than ever, especially among the retail trading community. Retail traders are flush with cash coming off of 2020's Federal Government issued checks and enhanced unemployment benefits. Technology has … Continue reading FOMO Is Stronger Than Ever
From Bubble valuations to zombie companies to Cleantech, 2021 is likely to deliver more of the excesses of 2020. Barring a negative event out of left field, it will take a meaningful interest rate hike and/or corporate tax increase to derail the asset bubble of 2020 that bled into equities, fixed income, home values, lumber, … Continue reading 2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue
Were I to go to market with an Enterprise Software product portfolio I would stress our CyberSecurity capability in all product marketing efforts. It doesn't matter what the core product offering is - CRM, HRMS, POS, Payroll - CyberSecurity must be baked into the offering. To make CybeSecurity an afterthought is to risk losing revenue … Continue reading CyberSecurity As A Competitive Differentiator
We compared a number of Fintech apps in the Google Play Store. Square's Cash App ranked #7 (See our analysis for Fintech rankings). Venmo failed to rank in the top 600. Recent Cash App user reviews from the same Google Play Store analysis suggest Cash App is frequently hacked. View our analysis by clicking the … Continue reading Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem
More precisely - "will central banks allow decentralized digital currencies to exist over the long-term?" The short answer is we do not know for sure, but there certainly is an incentive for the Federal Reserve and other central banks to want to tame any currency that falls outside of central banks' sphere of control. Central … Continue reading Will The Federal Reserve Allow Bitcoin to Exist Long-Term?