The Trust’s Manager, Walter Price has over 40 years of experience of investing in technology and is based in San Francisco at the heart of the tech world. Read his latest views in Investment Insights from Silicon Valley below.
Technology leaders are paid to be visionaries. It is often their ability to innovate that propelled them to greatness in the first place. But how does this translate to an investable company and how can investors distinguish between a flight of fancy and a genuinely great idea?
This update from Silicon Valley looks at the push and pull between those companies making their own chips and those buying external chips. The implications of China’s and other nations’ regulatory crackdowns on some of the largest tech firms are also discussed.
In this latest update, attention is focused on the business of streaming, the threats faced by the industry and potential solutions. Also, space travel is more science fact than fiction now, but is it whimsical or of real benefit to the world and humanity?
It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit skilled staff. New generations of workers have a different mindset and expectations of hybrid working patterns post pandemic. Walter Price looks at how technology may be key to providing the solutions for businesses.
As the global recovery has gained momentum, high growth sectors that did well last year have pulled back, with investors worried about the potential effect of higher inflation. However, technology is a diverse sector with plenty of opportunity regardless of this changed climate.
Walter Price turns his attention to application of AI to data, how this can make processes more efficient and in turn companies more profitable. To participate cost-effectively though requires data to be in the cloud, further driving adoption of cloud infrastructure and services.
How vulnerable are the largest tech companies to being broken up? Walter Price gives his view on how likely this might be under increasing scrutiny from regulators. Also under the spotlight is technology’s lasting legacy as a result of the pandemic.
Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of stimulating the economy after the Covid-19 shock, with a new focus on green energy and infrastructure. We look at how technology may fare under the new administration and also in the face of greater scrutiny for the largest firms from regulators.
Walter Price looks at what’s emerged from earnings season, how the ‘new normal’ continues to drive tech through increased productivity and Apple hitting a $2 trillion valuation. Rounding out – what do US/China tensions on tech and security herald for the future of the internet?
We take an updated look at electric vehicles in light of new government stimulus packages around the world – all eyes have been on Tesla over the past year as its shares have risen fast. India is moving online at an incredible pace – this has piqued the interest of some of the big tech players.
Walter Price reflects on strength of technology companies through the current challenging times. He also looks at environmental factors – lockdown has given a glimpse of a potentially less polluted future. Finally contact tracing is drawing on the tech giants and US/China tensions re-emerge.
Walter Price chats about investment management under lockdown conditions. Plus, while the current environment seems to be helping some tech firms to flourish as demand for their services explodes, Walter cautions against seeing anyone as a particular winner. Finally, ‘what comes next?’
In his latest update, Walter Price looks at how Covid-19 is impacting on the technology sector – which companies are struggling, which have benefitted – and what might a recovery look like? Although now overshadowed by coronavirus impacts, there is also the small issue of a US election looming.
Against the backdrop of 2019 – where technology market leadership shifted markedly – Walter looks at the changing competitive landscape for technology companies, illusory profits for tech unicorns, and a revival in semiconductor manufacturing. He also turns the spotlight on governance in the sector.
A new ‘Tesla Gigafactory’ is on its way to Germany – what might the future look like for the car industry there. We also look how the major social platforms are approaching political advertising and, finally, how does the team separate a good idea from a good business in the evolving world of tech?
Walter Price gives his outlook on the varying levels of business confidence across the technology sector in light of mixed economic indicators and financial market uncertainty. Walter also discusses sustainability, plus the next generation of cloud-based security companies come under the spotlight.
In his latest update, Walter Price looks at some of the technology sector’s visionary leaders and how they strive to stay ahead of consumer and market trends. Walter also reviews the status of the so-called ‘legacy businesses’ and how they have fared in their transition to cloud computing.
The fourth quarter earnings season is in its final stages. It came amid a difficult backdrop: tariff negotiations with China are ongoing, the US government has only just emerged from a protracted shut-down and the global economy appears to be slowing.
Technology is disruptive. It can render old industries obsolete, and bring new industries into existence. Naturally this has frequent - and sometimes controversial - consequences for the labour market, but historically, where one industry has faded, another has often emerged to to take its place.
The shifting mobile market claimed another scalp last month as Ericsson reported a slump in profits. The Swedish telecoms equipment maker blamed rising competition and said it would continue to cut costs, but its problems are part of a wider phenomenon...
Apple’s EU tax bill Apple attracted headlines not solely for the launch of its new iPhone 7 this month, but also for an eye-popping €13bn tax bill from the European Commission. The EC ruled that the ‘sweetheart deal’ struck between the Irish Government and the US tech giant was illegal.
Investors the world over are worried about growth. Is China slowing? Is the US slowing? And if so, how severely? The technology sector may be better-placed over the long-term to deliver structural growth, but it is not immune from these concerns.
Technology was one of the clear winners in 2015, amid a generally lacklustre year for stock markets. The Nasdaq finished the year nearly 6% ahead of the wider S&P 500 index. However, the strength has been confined to a few key names, the so called ‘FANG’ companies.
Originally named for their rarity, technology ‘unicorns’ are now as common as pigeons on Wall Street. From Airbnb, Dropbox to Pinterest and Uber, there are an increasing number of companies hitting the $1bn valuation mark in the private market (the qualifying point for a ‘unicorn’).
The domestic Chinese market has been in meltdown since the Government announced short-selling restrictions. This is obviously a concern. We have around 5% of our portfolio in China, albeit in Hong Kong listed shares rather than the ‘A’ Shares market.
A June rise in interest rates now looks increasingly unlikely, with some commentators believing the Federal Reserve may defer into 2016. Nevertheless, bond markets are wobbling and the issue of interest rate rises continues to influence stock markets. The technology sector is not immune.
There is almost nothing that illustrates the pervasiveness of modern technology better than the development of the connected car. A few short years’ ago, cars were a technology-free zone, and yet now technology is promising to transform the driver’s experience and improve road safety.
There has been a notable sell-off among semi-conductor stocks this month, enough to drag the Nasdaq lower and raise fears of a wider slow-down in the technology sector. The catalyst for the share price falls was a profit warning from Microchip Technology, which cited weaker demand in China.
When the higher valued technology stocks sold off in March and April, the key to their revival or otherwise was always likely to be earnings. As it was, many of the bellwether technology groups either hit or beat consensus expectations in the April earnings season.
In last month’s newsletter, we mentioned the burgeoning trend of internet security. Major retailers have been stung by the coordination and sophistication of recent cyber-attacks and have been forced to address the holes in their security systems as a matter of priority.
Microsoft has long understood the necessity of shifting its business from its weakening core markets to newer and higher growth areas. To date, its execution has been erratic; there have been ill-judged forays into the mobile phone world, for example.