If you're looking for (or need) a short-notice bear narrative for a market high on AI optimism and generalized tech rhapsody, regulatory risk will always work. I've penned some version of this story on so many occasions I can't even remember all of the antagonists. Suffice to say they reside on both sides of the proverbial pond (i.e., both the US and the EU are pursuing various cases against big-tech), and hail from both sides of the political spectrum (Democrats are after the monopoly profits

Join institutional investors, analysts and strategists from the world's largest banks: Subscribe today for as little as $7/month

View subscription options

Or try one month for FREE with a trial plan

Already have an account? log in

Leave a Reply to Mr. LuckyCancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

5 thoughts on “Regulators

  1. Coming from the background as a CEO of non profit organizations, I always find it interesting when free market personnel extol stocks with a huge moat – which means they don’t face much competition?

  2. Don’t overlook the Florida bill, just proudly signed by Ron DeSantis, which seeks to force social media companies to only allow people 14 & over to use their sites.

    This is a bipartisan concern, which the parents in our office roundly endorse.

    But poor Meta will have to figure out how to enforce it. That might cut into margins! That’s unacceptable!

    And to think that just a few years ago we all were ridiculing and criticizing China’s efforts to limit the time younger people could spend on gaming sites. Maybe they were on to something?

    1. Some years ago I remember watching a stark portrayal of the Wannsee conference in Germany where the Nazis were seeking to forge the “Final Solution” to eradicate the Jews. Careful minutes were taken at this meeting and all copies were destroyed as the participants departed … all except one, and it was this transcript upon which the movie and a book were based. The thing that struck me hardest were the “work-arounds.” A few of those in attendance had dear Jewish friends, one committee member was actually part Jewish and so forth. The problem was how to kill all the Jews but not ones important to the Reich and/or its leaders.

      Fast forward to today and the under 14 problem at Facebook and others. My main retirement gig is to serve as a reviewer of business case studies submitted to various publishers. A month or so ago I got a very nice case highlighting the struggle at Facebook, in particular, arising from proposals to cater to kids. An impression I got was that the argument about this topic was a key reason for the departure of COO Sandberg. At first, to avoid having to include children in the customer base Zuckerberg tried to open a revenue path using the so-called meta-verse. After billions in losses it became clear that this strategy was not going to solve the growth problem. So now kids are back on the table as the easiest way to to make a lot more money. But there are many problems with this direction, some ethical, some logistical, some operational, and so forth. Watching the struggles the company is having trying to find a possible win-win for the kid market is much like watching a re-run of Wannsee. Enter DeSantis with his mighty monkey wrench. This can only be fun to watch.

  3. I sorta think this is important. Bipartisan and, from what I hear, very popular with parents with kids in middle school and those on both sides.

    “Investors” will probably shrug it off and reassure themselves that the legal challenges will stretch out for years, But … how long will companies want to be seen in the courts fighting something so popular with parents?

NEWSROOM crewneck & prints