Wall Street is facing a summer of hell, and it could be just getting started

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Wall Street’s hellish summer is here

Wall street bull in the sun

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A week ago, I wrote that Wall Street is “heading into a summer from hell.” Well, it looks like that hellish summer came early.

Since I wrote that piece, the market has done almost nothing but fall, posting the worst trading days since the early weeks of the pandemic. And while the sell-off is ugly, it’s clear this isn’t over.

The market is quickly retreating to where it was before the pandemic — and the stimulus-infused mega rally — started. And thanks to more than a decade of monumentally low interest rates, many investors think that even the current level is inflated.

In the piece, I called out the tech industry, which has been riding the wave of a strong economy for years and is finally facing its first real setbacks and (in some cases) layoffs.

“The kiss of death for tech is when tech starts talking profitability — then the tide goes out and you’ll figure out who’s been swimming naked,” Justin Simon, a portfolio manager at Jasper Capital, told me.

But that’s not all. Last week, bread-and-butter retailers Target and Walmart reported earnings that fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. These consumer behemoths admitted that they are starting to feel the burn from inflation and other economic pressures.

As I said in my story, “This summer, the market is melting, and investors big and small are going to get burned before it’s over.”

Read Linette’s full story here:

Airbnb hosts hit by summer slowdown

Florida shore house

Airbnb host Brian Morris’ Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, rental, where revenue for July is projected to drop $12,000 from last year.Brian Morris

In May 2021, when domestic travel and the short-term-rental market were booming, travelers kept Airbnb properties in high demand. Today, it’s a different story.

There is no shortage of theories about the slowdown. Some say overseas travel is siphoning traffic from domestic trips, while others believe that record-high gas prices have made guests less willing to hop in the car. One thing is certain: Vacation rentals are taking a big hit.

While watching their bookings drop, many hosts are getting thrifty to shelter themselves from the current market climate.

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The former prosecutor defending Leon Black

Prosecutor Danya Perry next to Leon Black and Ronan Farrow, in front of corkboard collage of Andrew Cuomo and Schneiderman 4×3

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Former prosecutor Danya Perry stood up to Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman. Now she’s defending billionaire Leon Black against rape accusations.

Perry’s defense of Black, the former CEO of Apollo Global Management, might seem incongruous with her past. But interviews with several dozen people who know her paint a picture of a woman who has operated in Black’s circles for a long time — and repeatedly made controversial choices based on what she believes is right.

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Is Miami still the next Silicon Valley?

Miami, Florida

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During the pandemic, the tech industry fanned out across the US — and the geographically liberated workforce ended up in new places like beachy Miami.

But now, the US tech sector is on tenterhooks. Markets are crumbling, startup valuations are cratering, and tech firms are announcing layoffs daily.

The industry’s uncertain future raises the question: Can Miami become the new Silicon Valley — or will it become a cautionary tale about placing all your bets on a bubble?

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35 Under 35: The future of the EV industry 

From left Weimin Wang, Sandhya Srinivas, Esther Unti, and Vartan Badalian

Vartan Badalian; Sila Nanotechnologies; Lucid; Sandhya Srinivas; Savanna Durr/Insider

The electric-vehicle industry is a competitive space. The cars are critical, sure, but so are batteries, supply chains, fleet management, and charging infrastructures. These companies are complex operations that are dependent on razor-sharp talent to make it all run smoothly.

Insider has vetted the market and identified 35 people under the age of 35 who we believe are most likely to advance in the industry.

From cofounders and CEOs to engineers and scientists, the rising stars of the EV industry have a bright future ahead.

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