Exchange Invest Weekend Edition 2619: From AI to Obsolescence
On this day in 1929, a mini-crash began as investors started to sell, revealing the market’s shaky foundations. For the many people playing the market with borrowed money, the day was a disaster, as margin calls wiped out their holdings. When investors sought to borrow more money, interest rates soared to 20 percent. The New York Daily News called it a “selling avalanche.”
(More) AI hypocrisy. Failed states, losing soft power & the deterioration of built-in obsolescence plus a German mega fraud retold.
From Exchange Invest 2617: March 23rd, Thursday:
Today marks 2 years since the world saw how hand brake turns in a “Fast & Furious” manner are not a good way to traverse the Suez Canal, especially when you’re in charge of the 399.94 metre, 20,124 TEU, Ever Given. Incidentally, the Ever Given is in Qingdao harbour as I type, presumably resting up before a few beers to celebrate surviving its famous shuffle of 2021.
In the broader interweb, our social media is today devoting some space to that epic moment in maritime history where the world’s supply chains, already battered by Covid briefly became more pear shaped still.
You might presume Evergreen, the company which owns the Ever Given, has been suffering since its off piste excursion blocked the fast way between the Med and the Red. On the other hand, you might have discerned that with eye popping freight rates in recent times, it’s been a bit of a bumper year.
Evergreen reported a 39.82% jump in profit - a whopping $16.25 billion for FY 2022 according to The Straits Times. With consumer goods a huge driver, one might presume Evergreen staff bow to shrines honouring Alibaba/AliExpress prior to bedtime…
The Taiwanese shipping company is thus indulging in what might be called a case of “Ever Giving” bonuses. While awards depend on individual staff performance, the average is 10-11 months’ salary as a bonus for the 2022 financial year which comes on top of an up to 50 month bonus paid last December. In other words, 5 years salary as a bonus across the 3100 staff payroll! (Annual salaries at Evergreen range between $44,745 & $171,154 according to the jobs website Comparably).
True freight rates have declined sharply in recent months so 2023 bonuses might be lower but I suspect Evergreen staff will cope, particularly as they have the last laugh 2 years on from their infamous shipping problem!
NEXT WEEK TUESDAY:
Season 17: Episode 04
IPO-VID Livestream 100
Guest: James Block
Tuesday, March 28th: 1800 UK, 1900 CET, 1400 EST
"James Block: Examining Dirty Bubbles"
Lifelong Midwesterner, James Block is a psychiatry resident at the University of Michigan, having completed an MD/Ph.D. at Wayne State University. During medical school, he started researching cryptocurrency markets and discovered red flags concerning fraud and money laundering. This research grew into a newsletter, Dirty Bubble Media, dedicated to original investigations of various aspects of the "Dirtiest Bubble of the 21st Century."
Dirty Bubble Media has exposed and contributed to the unravelling of 2 major frauds (Celsius Network and FTX) as well as exposing potential malfeasance at Signature Bank of New York.
Season 17: Episode 03
IPO-VID Livestream 099
Guest: Colin Formosa
Tuesday, March 21st: 1800 UK, 1900 CET, 1400 EST
"Colin Formosa: Maltese Money & More"
Oft occupied, frequently pillaged, permanently trading with the Levant and Europe, Malta has a rich commercial history dating back 10000 years. That is reflected in its remarkable coinage.
Secretary General of the recently established Malta Numismatic Society, Colin Formosa is a Master Mariner by education and Marine pilot by profession where he shepherds ships at the busy Grand Harbour of Valletta and the Malta Freeport (which handles circa 3 million TEUs PA).
Join us for a fun discussion of banknotes, tokens, jetons, medals, seals, dies & weights related to the Maltese Islands and beyond!
IPO-VID Livestream Podcast
In IPO-VID Episode 090: Patrick Young was joined by the former CEO of both @Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange and #DCCC, Les Male.
Enjoy this discussion and learn more about "Developing Commodity Exchanges.
Available in different podcast sources:
EI WEEKLY PODCAST
Chinese IDB Data Cut
FTX and their GUBU Loans
LME get hit with a minor warrant issue in Nickel
B3 are All In On Vermiculus
Happy 160 years to Stockholm
And there's a big Swiss Imbalance in the shareholder register
The Exchange Invest Weekly Podcast 186
Victory Or Death
20 years on from the first fintech bestseller “Capital Market Revolution!"... "Victory Or Death" is a must read book for anyone interested in the intersection of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and FinTech as part of the whole future of finance.
An excerpt from Exchange Invest 2616:
While a lot of folks are vexed about there being “No Go” on the “Co Cos” (see Matt Levine this week Money Stuff: UBS Got Credit Suisse For Almost Nothing and here), in the bourse parish this makes an interesting situation. Last time we checked in, last October 17th (EI 2482), I noted Credit Suisse was preparing asset sales and that likely meant a divestment of SiX shares.
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I had not noticed it was ‘national promote a lost cause week’ as that might explain the next headline but then again Coinbase are acutely capable of forlornly chasing fleeing horses a sound T+several post stable bolt repo: Coinbase Submits Petition To SEC Explaining That Staking Is Not Securities (Cointelegraph).
At least we can agree on this statement of the obvious: Coinbase: ChatGPT Doesn’t Meet Accuracy Requirements For Integration Into Security Review Process (Cryptoslate). In a non crypto story in a similar vein, I note somebody from the Telegraph asked ChatGPT for a stock portfolio. It’s down at least 24% after 3 months which is a giddy level of failure that at least imputes some element of organisation along the way to such a dire result. Maybe those folks behind the Cramer / Invest Cramer stock picking ETFs will consider a similar ChatGPT ETP brace?
In the spirit of agreeing with Coinbase staff today, here’s a zero brainer: Coinbase Chief Legal Officer: What FTX Did Was ‘Flat-Out Fraud’ (Decrypt). …We merely await the judge’s decision on this.
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China’s Financial Overhaul Brings More Power To The Party, With US$58 Trillion In Assets At Stake
South China Morning Post
As always, a review of interesting reading to provoke thoughts and consideration… Not sure we agree with much of it….but it’s thought-provoking!
Crypto-Linked Bank Failures Fuel Regulation Debate
Ai Hypocrites Can’t Be Allowed To Destroy Property Rights
What Happens When A State Fails
How The Biggest Fraud In German History Unravelled
The New Yorker
Why Everything You Buy Is Worse Now
'Russia Has Lost Its Soft Power': How War In Ukraine Destabilises Old Soviet Allies
Catch up on Monday for Exchange Invest 2620...
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