🕤 Apple's Metaverse Coming This Spring?
Jobs Market Still 🔥
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MARKET VIBE CHECK
2023 off to a decent start! Stocks and Crypto both up for the week. Things didn’t look so great Monday through Thursday, but Friday the jobs report came out and it was a double shot espresso for the markets [more on that below].
Now we just need every week in 2023 to do the same.
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BUSINESS-Y NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW
🔥 ECONOMY KEEPS ADDING JOBS: Recession vibes are in the air, but the economy keeps adding jobs! The jobs report came out on Friday (January 6th) and it was strong. 223k jobs added in December. Total of 4.5 million new jobs added in 2022. [Learn More: CNBC, Market Watch: Is a Soft Landing Possible?]
😕 No Fed Pivot in 2023: The Federal Reserve minutes were released on Wednesday (January 4th). JPow and his crew think interest rates are still too high (duh). That means we’re going to see high interest rates for a while. Money Printer staying in storage for 2023. [Learn More: Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance]
😔 More Tech Layoffs: Amazon is laying off 18,000 corporate workers. Salesforce is laying off 8,000. StichFitch is cutting 20% of salaried employees. Sucks to hear people getting laid off. Over the last year, more than 150,000 tech employees have been laid off. With tech stocks getting crushed and high interest rates sticking around, things might get worse.
But why is this happening? Because tech companies hired too many people during COVID. [Learn More: A Short Video From Me, Axios]
🤖 ChatGPT is coming to BING and EXCEL: Microsoft is one of the biggest investors in OpenAI (the company that made ChatGPT). Now Microsoft is planning to incorporate ChatGPT’s magic into Bing and Excel. If Microsoft turns Bing into a ChatGPT-eque search engine, I might not use Google ever again. The Excel + ChatGPT combo might be even better. I never thought Google would have any real threat, but this might be it. [Learn More: The Information [paywall], Great Twitter thread by my buddy Trung]
🍎 Apple’s Metaverse coming soon?: Apple's long-rumored mixed reality headset might finally be coming this spring. Just like every Apple product, it’s going to cost way too much money. The rumored price tag is $3,000! [Learn More: Bloomberg, The Information]
Chart of the Week
Price of eggs have skyrocketed. Thankfully prices might finally start coming down
MEME OF THE WEEK:
Nadella is coming for everyone
And that does it for another newsletter. I’m still experimenting with the format and the content. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!