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Microsoft’s acquisition of video game maker Activision Blizzard has turned a lot of heads. While Blizzard makes many famous video games – Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft – the firm has been declining for years. Headlines have focussed on sexual harassment within the firm. Yet Blizzard’s problems extend beyond culture. Thanks to what gamers call “profit tunnel vision” and “greed”, the firm has alienated loyal players, killed its standing among gamers, and seen many talented developers resign. ...
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The US tech giants – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Tesla (FANGMANT) – have been the engine room on the stock market the past 10 years. Thanks to swelling earnings and margins, these companies have marched ever higher and carried the global share market with them. In 2021 the S&P 500 returned 28.7%. Yet FANGMANT, which takes 27% of the S&P's weight, generated a 40% return. Excluding the FANGMANT, the return of the S&P would have been a lower 24.9%. FANGT Stocks Have Fallen ...
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