1) 2019: The Year of Moon Missions, marijuana and mega-hub airports
From groundbreaking moon missions to growth in the legal-cannabis market, 2019 will be year of new highs. Here's what to watch out for in the year ahead. Economist.com video above published Dec 20, 2018.
2) Tech IPOs Poised for Another Big Year
For tech IPOs, 2018 was a year of big deals and a year of global deals. There were more billion dollar technology IPOs than ever before and activity was largely driven by non-U.S. companies. Learn more from the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division about what is driving activity and what we expect for the year ahead. Goldman Sachs video above published Dec 14, 2018.
The Week: NASDAQ Composite +4.0% | S&P 500 Index +2.9% | DJIA +2.8%
The market's underlying new reality: roughly 85% of all trading is on autopilot--controlled by machines, models, or passive investing formulas, that move in unison and blazingly fast--wsj.com: The Herdlike Behavior of Computerized Trading.
Nobody Has Any Clue How To Trade "Bewildering" Market--zerohedge.comThe Long View:
A Look Back: Amazon's ad platform growing 'very rapidly' said WPP CEO a year agoPASSIVE ATTACK. My magazine piece on the roots of the index investing revolution, and what the future might hold. https://t.co/Bc5JOstDwj pic.twitter.com/DGd6EQyMOq— Robin Wigglesworth (@RobinWigg) December 20, 2018
Fox Business video above published Jan 26, 2018: then WPP CEO Martin Sorrell's (retired in April, 2018) prescient outlook for the markets in 2018, the U.S. economy, President Trump’s presence at the World Economic Forum, and the future of advertising.
4) ICYMI Tech News:Quant investors face test of faith in 2019 https://t.co/mvPpTz8oYN— Finance News (@ftfinancenews) December 21, 2018
Google search engine, Amazon's Alexa has the potential to become a dominant gateway to the internet, so the company is pressing ahead with Alexa, built upon AI and machine learning. “By controlling that gateway, you can build a super profitable business,” said Kartik Hosanagar, a Wharton professor studying the digital economy--reuters.com.
Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to--Google repeatedly pushes the web in a proprietary direction to improve its services on Chrome making Microsoft's adoption of Chromium a loss for the open web--arstechnica.com.
More than half of top 50 shows on Netflix, by one measure, are owned by others like Disney, NBCU, and WarnerMedia, which are planning rival streaming services--recode.net.
The rise of China’s tech sector: the digital great game--Many Chinese tech firms also relied in their early phases on funding by foreign investors, a blatant breach of Chinese law-- lowyinstitute.org.
Facebook's terrible year just got worse ... The social media giant is under fire for whether it does enough to safeguard user data--cnet.com.
2018 was the year of 5G hype. The 5G reality is yet to come--WashingtonPost.com.
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