A couple of good spin-off links
Jeff Matthews doesn’t like Uber
John Huber likes Tencent a lot
Some interesting statistics from the US bond markets
Maersk and Amazon are clashing to control the container industry
Is cloud computing already a legacy technology?
Time to do another “travel series” post after the last Tripadvisor post a few months ago.
GDS – The business
The so-called “GDS” (short form of Global Distribution System) is one of the oldest “platform business” I know about.
Basically (and as far as I understand it), it is a real-time repository of available airplane seats, hotel rooms and rental cars from different suppliers (airlines, Hotels etc.). This repository can then be accessed by travel agents, OTAs etc. in order to book these offers for their ultimate clients. The GDS charge money both for access to the system and transactions. The added value comes clearly from the fact that they act as a single interface to many different back-end systems on the supplier side.
Nice portrait of legendary trader & Hedge fund manager Stanley “Druck” Druckenmiller
An alternative perspective on the multitude of crypto currencies
How to name a new (hedge) fund
Prof. Damodaran updates his Tesla valuation and wonders about the debt financing
Interesting thoughts on product pricing and gross margins
Wexboy with a portfolio update
One story which is currently making the rounds is that of Warren Buffett’s huuuuuuuuuuge cash pile or “war chest” at Berkshire.
Bloomberg had an article in May about the 86 bn “war chest” , and then 2 days ago Bloomberg said that his “cash pile” is now close to 100 bn USD.
Speculations are rampant what he could do with it for instance:
As mentioned a few days ago, ALD SA has been IPOed by parent SocGen on June 16th. SocGen sold ~23% of the stock and remains majority shareholder. The first question of course is: why did they do this ?
The official reason was the following:
The IPO confirms the strategic nature of ALD within Societe Generale group. It will allow ALD to accelerate its development and become a leader in a rapidly changing mobility space.