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I am learning a lot from Zoom webinars. Thursday night I attended one hosted by the Ridgefield, CT library. The subject was the impact of AI in health sciences, presented by an IBM PhD researcher. The library will host another fireside chat on July 14, “How to Strengthen Our Democracy in Troubling Times”. Unfortunately, there is not time to implement new mobile voting solutions for the November 3 election. Too bad. The need becomes more clear each day. If disabled people voted at the same rate as those without disabilities, an estimated 2.3 million more people would cast their ballots. Georgia was a disaster, disenfranchising a lot of votes. Paper ballot problems popping up in other states. Is Internet mobile voting perfect? Compared to what? That should be the response. I have stayed up late to watch the numbers come in every election day for the last 50+ years. Not this time. They will be counting paper ballots for days. 

We took a poll at the beginning of the Zoom session and 67% of the attendees said they believed Internet voting could strengthen our democracy. A poll at the end of the Zoom session showed 93%. Bob Reby and I will be doing a second Zoom fireside chat on the subject of voting hosted by the Ridgefield Library on July 14. Details and how to register will follow. You can watch a video excerpt from our prior fireside chat here.

As of Friday’s close, Tesla market capitalization continued to climb and was at $186 billion. It finished at just above $1,000 per share. Zoom reached a market cap of $69 billion, and Uber was unchanged at $56 billion. The five giant tech company market caps marched past their already meteoric level by another $200 billion. All five companies are global, but to put their massive valuation into perspective, it now represents 24% of the market cap of the U.S. S&P 500. Shareholders are happy but government regulators and politicians are ramping up the discussion about new regulations and anti-trust hearings. I believe pressure on big tech will continue to mount. There is a push to remove liability protections which made a lot of sense in the mid 1990s when the Internet was a baby, but perhaps not now. I have included a few other stocks I follow in the list this time. Boeing is so important to not just the airlines but also space and defense. The cruise industry projected 32 million passengers were set to travel on cruise ships in 2020, up from 30 million in 2019. Almost nobody is cruising right now. Will they come back? I think so, but nobody knows.

Note: My father gave me the following investment advice many years ago, “Don’t give any and don’t take any.” Wise man. I am not recommending buying or selling any of the stocks, crypto, or indexes I comment on. 

MAGFA Market Cap (06/19/20 4:30 PM EDT)
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S&P 500 5/31/2020$25.240  
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Bitcoin (thousands)$9,323  
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Royal Caribbean$11.6$12.8-$1.2