The Australian federal budget is set to have a negative effect on local stocks – the ASX is tipped to open firmly lower at 10am local time.
There are fears the budget will lead to higher inflation, as Standard and Poors issued a negative outlook for Australia.
Yesterday the ASX closed down 1.1 per cent as US inflation jitters sparked US falls.
GLOBAL INFLATION FEARS
Concerns about rising inflation have loomed over markets for much of this year as the US economy has heated up.
Fears about a sustained jump in inflation have weighed on growth stocks, including those in the tech sector, for much of the year,.
The Australian dollar is higher at US78.45c.
Overnight, investors around the world retreated from stocks as a selloff in technology companies spread to other sectors of the market.
WHAT IS INFLATION?
Inflation occurs when prices rise, decreasing the purchasing power of your dollars. In 1980, for example, a movie ticket cost on average $2.89. By 2019, the average price of a movie ticket had risen to $9.16.
Don’t think of inflation in terms of higher prices for just one item or service, however. Inflation refers to the broad increase in prices across a sector or an industry.
Though it can be frustrating to think about your dollars losing value, most economists consider a small amount of inflation a sign of a healthy economy.
A moderate inflation rate encourages you to spend or invest your money today, rather than stuff it under your mattress and watch its value diminish.
Meta responsible for a massive data leak
Meta responsible for a massive data leak as Irish regulator imposes fine
Irish regulator, the Data Protection Commission, has fined Meta $275 million dollars for breaching rules to protect user data.
An investigation found Meta’s Facebook was guilty of allowing sensitive user data to be accessed from the platform. After being downloaded it was later uploaded into an online hacker forum.
Users throughout 2018 and 2019 were most at risk of their private personal data being accessed and shared.
Meta admitted tools it had created to allow people to find their friends using their phone numbers was to blame. The function was removed from the platform soon after the breach was discovered in 2019.
Worldwide, the investigation also found that data was scraped from 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries. This included over 32 million records pieces of information form users in the U.S. and 11 million in the UK.
Even though the data is three or more years old, it may still be of use to cybercriminals keen to impersonate people to procure credit cards, mobile phones and make other online purchases.
This is yet another example of social media platforms being unable to adequately protect their users by devising and implementing preventative pre-emptive security measures.
While governments attempt to hold social media platforms like Meta accountable for the content they allow on their platforms and their lax data security measures, it remains to be seen whether the platforms will actually pay the fines being imposed. Moreover, will the fines result in any genuine change?
META scales back its New York office
Social media giant Meta has opted to scale back its presence in New York, as the company tries to reduce costs through a slowing online ad market.
The company revealed it will be subleasing a small portion of its facilities at a commercial tower at Hudson Yards.
A statement from the company says:
“The past few years have brought new possibilities around the role of the office, and we are prioritising making focused, balanced investments to support our most strategic long-term priorities and lead the way in creating the workplace of the future.”
In October, Meta issued a weaker-than-expected forecast for the fourth quarter and indicated revenue will drop for the period.
As well, the company revealed it was laying off over 11,000 workers, taking steps to become a leaner and more efficient company.
Crypto’s Kraken slashes 30 percent of workforce
One of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, Kraken, is laying off about 30% of its headcount, more than a thousand people.
The company’s co-founder and CEO Jesse Powell says the cuts are being made “in order to adapt to current market conditions.”
Powell wrote in a blog post that slowing growth, prompted by “macroeconomic and geopolitical factors,” had muted customer demand.
“We had to grow fast, more than tripling our workforce in order to provide those clients with the quality and service they expect of us,”
“I remain extremely bullish on crypto and Kraken.”
Crypto exchanges have been buffeted by withdrawals and regulatory scrutiny after the implosion of FTX, which is now spreading to other crypto exchanges.
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