Lithium Prices Are Soaring and What This Means for The Electric Vehicle Market

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Lithium Prices Are Soaring and What This Means for The Electric Vehicle Market

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Lithium Prices Shoot Up, Disrupting Plans for Electric Car Manufacturers
Car manufacturers are finding it increasingly pricier to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) as the costs of procuring lithium, one of the main components found in every commercial EV battery, has shot up almost 280 percent since the start of the year.

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Lithium prices shot up disrupting plans for electric car manufacturers. Car manufacturers are finding it increasingly pricier to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) as the costs of procuring lithium has shot up almost 280% since the start of the year. According to estimates by Benchmark Minerals, lithium carbonate prices could increase production costs of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells by at least 16%, hiking costs for electric vehicles.


Build Back Better Could Reposition U.S. as Global EV Powerhouse
Stay on top of the revolutions reshaping the auto world — from EVs to self-driving technology — by signing up for Hyperdrive’s newsletter here.

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The Build Back Better plan could reposition the U.S. as a global EV powerhouse. One contentious piece of it is the electric vehicle credits. As it is written now, BBB would raise the credits to consumers buying EVs to up to $12,500 from $7,500 — with no limit on the number of cars that would be eligible per manufacturer. If all of it gets through the Senate, it will be one of the most aggressive EV incentives in the world and definitely the greatest largesse for plug-in buyers in any major auto-producing nation, says Bloomberg's David Welch.


FTC Challenges Nvidia’s Deal for Arm Holdings
The Federal Trade Commission sues to block the U.S. chip supplier’s proposed takeover of the chip-design specialist, arguing the deal is anticompetitive.

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The FTC on Thursday sued to block U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp.’s proposed landmark takeover of semiconductor-design specialist Arm Holdings, arguing the chip-industry deal is anticompetitive. It represents the latest action by regulators to stop a blockbuster chip deal. If the deal were allowed, the combined firm could stifle next-generation technologies, including ones used to run data centers and driver-assistance systems in cars, the FTC alleges.


Here’s Another Reason Why Nvidia Could Keep Growing at a Terrific Pace | The Motley Fool
The graphics specialist is recording strong growth in this budding market.

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Nvidia's GeForce NOW, its cloud gaming service, has more than doubled its membership in the past year to over 14 million subscribers. It is worth noting that GeForce NOW had nearly 10 million subscribers in March this year, and increased to 12 million by the end of September. Video games market data provider Newzoo estimates that the cloud gaming market could hit 23.7 million subscribers in 2021 and generate $1.6 billion in revenue. Nvidia's current GeForce NOW subscriber base indicates that it is already commanding close to 60% of the cloud gaming market.


Charlie Munger says Costco will eventually be a huge internet player, posing a big threat to Amazon
Charlie Munger said big-box retailer Costco has the potential to eventually go head to head with e-commerce giant Amazon.

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Charlie Munger says Costco will eventually be a huge internet player and go head to head with Amazon. He believes Costco will eventually be a huge internet player because people trust it and they have enormous purchasing power. The membership-only retail chain benefited from last year’s lockdown-induced panic buying of household items and groceries. Costco has also invested in building its e-commerce business. In March 2020, Costco made a $1 billion acquisition of Innovel Solutions, which provides last-mile delivery services.


Elon Musk exercises more options, sells another $1 billion of Tesla stock
After a weeklong lull, Elon Musk has sold another $1 billion worth of Tesla Inc. stock, continuing a nearly monthlong selloff that is expected to continue.

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Elon Musk has sold about 10.1 million shares worth about $10.86 billion since Nov. 8. On Thursday, Musk sold another $1 billion worth of Tesla Inc. stock, after a weeklong lull. Assuming Musk intends to sell 10% of his shares, he’s more than halfway there. Before the sales began, his 10% stake amounted to about 17 million shares so, after Thursday’s sales, he has about 6.9 million shares to go.


Biden Announces Renewed Effort to Combat COVID-19, Promises No Lockdowns or Additional Mandates
President Joe Biden announced on Dec. 2 a number of measures that he hopes will help combat COVID-19 ...

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President Joe Biden vowed to try not to force areas to lock down or have additional mandates, after two cases of the Omicron virus variant were detected in the United States. Instead, Biden and his administration are extending the mask mandate on airplanes, trains, and public transportation into March 2022, helping to launch hundreds of new vaccine clinics and forcing all inbound international travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within one day of departure, regardless of vaccination status or nationality.


Omicron Variant Threatens More Disruption in Real Estate
Economists warn that the housing market’s trajectory may depend on how this new COVID-19 strain plays out in the U.S.

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New fears over the omicron variant could drive mortgage rates lower. They also might press on demand for what has been a rebounding office sector, real estate economists and analysts suggest. Economists warn that the forward trajectory of the housing market may be heavily dependent on the variant as more becomes known about it. If omicron is shown to be a larger threat, officials could reintroduce policies to curb the rate of infections, which could delay homeowners from listing their homes.


Despite Low Mortgage Rates, America’s Housing Market Keeps Many First-Time Buyers on the Sidelines
Affordability constraints in the still-competitive real-estate market are making it harder for first-time home buyers to lock in deals.

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There’s been a rebound in home-buying demand in recent weeks, as evidenced by mortgage application data. But first-time buyers aren’t behind the surge. The latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, for the week ending Nov. 26, showed that overall mortgage applications dropped 7.2% on a weekly basis. But loan applications for mortgages meant to purchase homes increased by 5.1% week-over-week. As home-price appreciates at a double-digit pace, buyers of newer, pricier homes continue to dominate purchase activity, while the share of first-time buyer activity remains depressed.


‎The Compound and Friends: The Gang Launches a Crypto Index on Apple Podcasts
‎Show The Compound and Friends, Ep The Gang Launches a Crypto Index - Dec 3, 2021

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Even if you think that Bitcoin is not the king in 10 years, that's where the money is going, says Michael Batnick. It's not just institutional demand for crypto that's coming in a big way, it's the venture capital money that is absolutely flooding into the space to build things based on it. That's why he's fairly confident that the cryptocurrency space will be bigger in the future than it is today. However, he's much more confident that it will crash first between now and before getting bigger in the future (34:43).

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