Petroleum is a derivative of decomposed dinosaurs. Or is it? The fossil fuel theory is a convenient narrative for oil producers and green politicians to push. If petroleum buyers believe that petroleum reserves are finite, it is relatively easy for producers to control pricing. However, what if petroleum reserves are not finite but are instead … Continue reading What If The Oil Supply Is Not Finite?
Vendors like Google will lift prices while they still have pricing power. If you are a YouTube Premium Family Plan member you received an email yesterday stating that plan pricing would increase from $17.99/month to $22.99/month on or after November 21st of this year. My guess is that you will see Technology companies both on … Continue reading Google Hikes YouTube Premium Prices 28%
I love Google's Pixel phones. When Android founder Andy Rubin shut down his mobile phone startup - Essential - I migrated from Essential's beautiful phones to the equally beautiful Google Pixel 3 in October 2018. Last year I upgraded to the Pixel 5 and will likely purchase the Pixel 7 within 24 months. I'm not … Continue reading I Love Google’s Pixel Phones
Meta Platforms (META) would provide the UFC an on-ramp to the metaverse. The UFC would provide META with valuable global content that could both serve as grist for META's virtual reality mill and provide META with a competitive edge in the content wars versus TikTok, Apple (AAPL), Amazon/Prime Video/Twitch (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Google/YouTube (GOOG), Microsoft/Xbox … Continue reading META & The UFC?
The Metaverse becoming reality is at least a decade away if not 20-25 years away. The Metaverse as we imagine it is one with rich graphics, hundreds of millions of users and billions of online transactions. There are two primary obstacles preventing this reality: The Metaverse suffers from poor graphics. Content companies including Meta Platforms/Facebook … Continue reading The Metaverse Is At Least A Decade Away
Google's AI leadership position will pay dividends for decades to come as natural language AI increasingly becomes part of our day-to-day lives. We are only in the first inning of AI's evolution insofar as how we interact with it on a day-to-day basis. Google's AI ingests more data and learns at a faster rate as … Continue reading Don’t Give Up On Google
Apple's (ticker: AAPL), advertising revenue playbook may look something like this two-step plan: 1.) Provide Apple customers with the ability to turn off targeted advertising via their iPhones (Apple's ATT initiative HERE); 2.) Once the competition (Meta Platforms, Snap, Google and others), has been dealt a significant advertising revenue blow, subsequently insert Apple targeted ads … Continue reading Apple’s Ad Business Is About To Get Bigger
It does not matter what the Fed does with the Fed Funds Rate at this point, the global economy is softening and is likely to get worse. Whether the Fed ultimately takes rates to 3.5% or 4.0% will have little effect on the macroeconomic backdrop (QT is a different story). More job cuts. Large Tech … Continue reading The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle
We have previously written that it would make sense for Apple (AAPL) to acquire Disney (DIS). Apple and Disney could certainly hold informal talks now, but a letter of intent, formal due diligence and the purchase agreement negotiation would all have to wait until there is a new Administration in the White House in my … Continue reading Apple + Disney
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), announced that it plans to acquire healthcare provider One Medical (ticker: ONEM), for approximately $3.9 billion. Some of the analysis we have seen misses the big picture. One Medical has approximately 180 clinics: Amazon could incorporate additional clinics into its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh locations, thereby growing the number of consumer … Continue reading Amazon’s One Medical Acquisition – Analysts Are Missing The Boat