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Hybrid & Electric cars on the rise in Europe

Posted: 30 August 2020 by The Summary

Hybrid and electric car sales soared last month taking the total sales to its highest in 10 months. Total sales were down 4% from last year to 1.28 million, yet plug in hybrids quadrupled while electric vehicles more than doubled.

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Facebook’s advertising troubles

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iOS 14 will soon stop user device id tracking preventing companies from tracking data across apps. In 2019 Facebook reported 69.66bn in ad revenue, with about 98.5 percent of Facebook’s global revenue being generated from advertising. This recent change by Apple has been cause for alarm at Facebook who estimate that this change will cut revenues on iOS devices by 50%.

If this planned removal of device id tracking continues, Facebook may consider pulling back their Audience Network product which they claim would most affect small businesses which have smaller budgets and who need the highly targeted advertising


What the NASDAQ PE means

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I like tech as a sector to invest in. It has good growth potential, running costs are often low and businesses have a global audience. The recent meteoric rise in tech stocks has me worried though, and I’ve been thinking we may be due a market correction soon.

Nasdaq 100’s price earnings ratio for the past ten years has been an average of 22, while currently it sits at 36. For tech to fall back within its normal range, it would require tech companies to have at least three years of 20% annual earning growth.

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Looking beyond the vaccine

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While everyone is gambling on who will create the new vaccine, I’ve read some interesting articles about looking beyond and on how it will be distributed, stored and administered. The U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority estimated that to vaccinate the U.S they would need between 650 million and 850 million needles and syringes. Many countries have been buying reserves for a while, but the American Strategic National Stockpile held just 15 million until it started placing orders on the 1st of May.

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