The Year When Everything Started To Fall Apart – Investment Watch

by Michael

It amazes me that so many individuals nonetheless can not perceive what is occurring.  2022 was supposedly going to be a yr when America entered a brand new golden age of prosperity, however that didn’t occur.  As a substitute, it was an entire and utter catastrophe.  Inventory costs fell by probably the most that we’ve got seen since 2008, the cryptocurrency trade got here aside on the seams, inflation soared to absurd heights, and residential gross sales simply stored declining all all year long.  Certainly, 2022 represented a significant turning level.  Individuals have already collectively misplaced trillions of {dollars}, and lots of consultants are telling us that 2023 will probably be even worse.

We warned over and over that the occasion on Wall Road would ultimately come to a really bitter finish, however most individuals didn’t need to hear.

Properly, the occasion has now ended, and the inventory market losses that we’ve got witnessed over the previous 12 months have been absolutely staggering

As of closing time on Friday night, the Dow Jones Industrial Common fell by practically 3,500 factors because the begin of the yr, a 9.4 p.c drop.

The S&P 500 was additionally down by 957 factors this yr, with the tech-heavy index falling by virtually 20 p.c, capping off a brutal yr for the tech trade.

In the meantime, the Nasdaq sunk by greater than 5,600 factors, a practically 34 p.c decline in 2022.

Greater than a 3rd of the whole worth of the Nasdaq is already gone.

Simply take into consideration that.

In fact some shares had been hit a lot more durable than others.

Tesla is down about 70 p.c from the height, and Elon Musk “has become the first person ever to lose $200 billion from his net worth”

Tesla CEO and Chief Twit Elon Musk has grow to be the primary individual ever to lose $200 billion from his internet price, in accordance with a Bloomberg report.

Musk, 51, beforehand grew to become the second individual ever to amass a fortune of greater than $200 billion in January 2021, after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Musk has now seen his wealth drop to $137 billion following a current drop in Tesla shares.

Musk noticed his fortune peak in November 2021, hitting $340 billion, and held the title of the world’s richest individual up till final month. Musk was in the end toppled off the throne by Bernard Arnault, the CEO of French luxurious big LVMH.

You need to give him credit score for holding up so nicely below the circumstances.

200 billion {dollars} is an amount of cash that’s so massive that it’s virtually unimaginable.

Fb additionally bought monkey-hammered over the course of 2022.  At this level, Fb inventory has fallen over 64 percent from the place it was final January…

On the final day of buying and selling this yr, Meta’s inventory was down greater than 64 p.c in comparison with January, with costs sinking from over $338-per-share to now $120-per-share.

The corporate has misplaced greater than $600 billion in valuation because it spend billions to make its controversial leap to digital actuality with its Metaverse, with the efforts persevering with to return up brief.

Maybe Fb shouldn’t have put a lot effort into banning and censoring hundreds of thousands of their finest customers.

What an extremely silly factor to do.

Once I go on Fb lately, it simply feels so extremely lifeless.

There are nonetheless just a few diehard customers hanging round, however general it’s only a pathetic hole shell of a social media platform at this level.

Talking of implosions, 2022 was an absolute catastrophe for the cryptocurrency trade.  The next abstract of what we witnessed over the previous 12 months comes from Zero Hedge

Amongst all of the chaos and downfall of many crypto exchanges and main enterprise capital corporations, the most important losers are crypto traders. If the burn of the bear market was not sufficient, hundreds of thousands of crypto traders who had their funds on FTX misplaced their life financial savings in a single day.

Terra was as soon as a $40 billion ecosystem. Its native token, LUNA — now generally known as Terra Basic (LUNC) — was one of many prime 5 greatest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. With hundreds of thousands of consumers invested within the ecosystem, the collapse introduced their funding to zero inside hours. After the Terra collapse, crypto traders misplaced their funds on a collection of centralized exchanges and staking platforms like Celsius, BlockFi and Hodlnaut. Crypto traders additionally misplaced considerably within the nonfungible token market, with the worth of many standard collections down by 70%. General, crypto traders are among the many greatest losers of the yr.

The entire worth of all cryptocurrencies exceeded 3 trillion {dollars} on the peak of the market.

Now the full worth of all cryptocurrencies has fallen to lower than 1 trillion {dollars}.

Hopefully you bought out earlier than the crash occurred.

2022 was additionally a yr after we skilled very painful inflation.

Meals costs, power costs and automobile costs all went fully nuts, and lots of in contrast what we had been going via to the Jimmy Carter period of the Nineteen Seventies.

However this shouldn’t have been a shock to any of us.  Beginning in 2020, our leaders completely flooded the system with new money and the scale of the cash provide absolutely exploded.

Growing the scale of the cash provide so dramatically was inevitably going to trigger costs to go haywire, and anybody that thought in any other case was simply not being rational.

In a determined try to struggle the inflation monster that they helped to create, officers on the Federal Reserve aggressively raised rates of interest all through a lot of 2022.

Consequently, we now discover ourselves within the midst of another horrifying housing crash.  House values at the moment are steadily receding all around the nation, and residential gross sales have been falling month after month.

House gross sales have already fallen by greater than a 3rd.

How a lot decrease can they presumably go?

I don’t know, however we’re being warned to brace ourselves for extra exhausting occasions forward.

In reality, even the IMF is publicly admitting that “the worst is yet to come”

“The worst is but to return, and for many individuals 2023 will really feel like a recession,” the IMF stated in October, noting the slowdown “will probably be broad-based” and will “reopen financial wounds that had been solely partially healed post-pandemic.”

If solely they knew.

We aren’t simply heading into a short lived financial downturn.  Finally, the whole system is beginning to crumble throughout us, and the years forward are going to be incredibly challenging.

Our leaders have been making mistake after mistake for many years, and now we get to pay the worth.

So buckle up and maintain on tight, as a result of 2023 shouldn’t be going to be nice in any respect.

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