Teetering tech
A darling asset allocation faces a reckoning

And we thought November would be about the election.

Layoffs have slammed Big Tech–formerly a darling of many investors’ portfolios–as some of the sector’s biggest names have cut thousands of employees due to market contraction, along with speculative bubbles bursting.

After at least a decade of expansion, tech companies have been rattled by inflation, along with a slowdown in advertiser spending. In recent weeks, the “FAANG” stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google) have, essentially, been de-fanged.

Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX (left); Elon Musk, owner of Twitter (center), and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta / Facebook (right).

Facebook parent Meta laid off 11,000 workers, while Amazon also slashed 10,000 employees. Twitter, now owned by billionaire Elon Musk, laid off half its workforce earlier this month, and a steady stream of resignations have followed. Alphabet (Google) might be next, and Netflix already underwent a correction earlier this year as it’s subscriber base plateaued.

In the cryptocurrency space, marketplace FTX (which prepared to IPO as recently as February) and related company Alameda Research unraveled with astonishing speed. Flows of money between a tangled web of FTX-related entities are at the heart of whether the exchange misappropriated customer funds, and calls are mounting for increased regulation.

Before a deal was drafted in Congress to avert it, a planned US Freight rail strike could have costed the US economy $1 billion in its first week. Shares of the Swiss giant managing nearly $1.5 trillion have collapsed 65% this year.

Volatility is sure to continue

Even outside the tech space, the markets continue to show signs of turbulence. Inflation may be slowing, but even a more dovish Fed will still have to continue rate hikes, and the fight to control prices could drift into 2024. Stock market predictions for next year run the gamut from bullish to bearish, and everything in between.

Disruptions abound, here and elsewhere. Abroad, the war in Ukraine continues to cause international energy and supply chain instability. Back home, a rail strike loomed domestically, and though an agreement now appears in the works, the impact on the US economy could have been much as $1 billion in the first week alone.

Financial institutions seem stronger and more shored up than during the 2008 crisis, but some recent events serve as an all-too-eerie reminder. Aside from FTX, in the more traditional banking space, Swiss giant Credit Suisse faces a billion-dollar profit shortfall, causing a weeks-long stock price collapse. This was spurred by speculation that the bank, long embroiled in worrisome scandals, could face a troubling liquidity crisis.

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