Category: Business

2023 Week 4

Notes, thoughts and observations - Compiled weekly


Electric Vehicles

IMPACT - EVs reduce our dependency on oil

OBVIOUS - Saying the quiet part out loud: Renewables and batteries are NOT a panacea for our energy needs.


  • Tragically, Mass Dissonance™ holds no allegiance to any one nation
    • the belief that rechargeable batteries will enable us to fully electrify the transportation sector and simultaneously solve the intermittency problem that plagues renewable sources of electricity.

OPINION - Dirty business, only cleaner if you ignore the facts.

(BrianGitt) ::

  • A single electric-car battery requires digging and moving over 500,000 pounds of raw materials. The mining industry is 100% dependent on millions of gallons of diesel fuel, oils, and coolants to dig and haul raw materials.


IMPACT - Energy prices and availability impact every aspect our economy

UNDERRATED - “But I was told data is the new oil…” - AaronBobeck


  • Deep thoughts - If google disappeared tomorrow, the internet would still run. If oil disappeared tomorrow, the global ecomonomy would stop.

HOT TAKE - The real “Inconvenient Truth”

(nuclearny) ::

  • New York’s electricity mix shift 2019-2022 (including rooftop solar) shows the increase in fossil combustion due to the forced premature closure of #IndianPoint, which produced 2.5x the carbon-free energy of statewide #solar & #wind.


IMPACT - You or someone you know is going to lose their job

TAKEAWAY - Economic leading indicators in decline for several months; Reading into Eric and Jared’s leading indicators, we either are or will be shortly in a recession.


  • GDP is top layer ended 1.8% up form 0.9%
    • 88% from consumption and investmetn
      • Growth si flat in Q4, 0.6%
    • 12% from govenment spending
  • Consumption and Investment
    • Housing, Durable Goods, Business Equipment
    • 20% of economy, growth is slowing and went negative in Q4 (-3.2%)
    • Contracting for 3 quaraters
  • The 20% that drives the economy is point to a recession ahead, not a recovery in progress


  • Coincident economic data that contracted in December: -Aggregate Weekly Hours -Retail Sales -Real Personal Consumption -Industrial Production -ISM Manufacturing -ISM Services Maybe it’s just a gully.
    • Jan 18th - If you’re paying attention, coincident data fell apart in December… If you can’t see it now, you’re trying not to see it.
      • Dec 15th - If you’re paying attention, coincident data fell apart in November…


  • Coincident growth decelerated sharply in the second half of 2022, ending the year with under 1% annualized growth.

(Jared Dilian)

  • Could see another recession in 2024; interest rates could spike again
  • “Equity valuations are a function of the volatility of inflation”
    • Will have more volatility in 2023

Ad Revenue

IMPACT - Many of the free or subsidized services we enjoy are supported by ad revenue

TAKEAWAY - Online advertising is losing effectiviness and will shrink, and may take ad funded services with it.

(Adam Singer)

  • Advertising trends and where the future is headed - Consumer behaviors are changing the world quickly and the internet advertising model is rapidly losing its grip on consumers…
    • Online ads > 62% of advertising, being eroded by subscriptions, ad-blocking, online privacy requirements
    • TV > 22% of advertising, diminishing due to lack of viewership, cord-cutting, content subscriptions
    • Radio > 3.84, being eliminated by streaming audio
    • Newspaper > 3.71%, needs no explanation
    • the valuable demographics that brands pay to reach will simply not be in the ad-supported tier.
      • Those that can afford $10-20 per month will simply opt-out of commercials, leaving the remaining viewers relevant to only a subset of advertisers
  • Distribution of adv ertising spednign worldwise in 2022