Inflation is Crushing Consumer Confidence

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Join Downtown Josh Brown and Michael Batnick for another round of What Are Your Thoughts? On this week’s episode, Josh and Michael discuss the biggest topics in investing and finance, including:

►Ukraine – Oil and Natural Gas prices spike on Russia concerns.

►Inflation – U.S. households are spending an additional $276 a month due to higher inflation across the board.

►Sentiment Implodes – Consumer sentiment has absolutely fallen off a cliff in February.

►VC is Red Hot – “Valuations of VC-backed companies continued their dizzying climb.”

►Mega Deals – $2.6 trillion of merger deals announced in the U.S. in 2021, up 76% from the prior year.

►Gambling – We’re teaching children to gamble and root for teams to cover the spread rather than be fans of the sport.

►Crypto vs Stocks – Could a massive crash in crypto cause a correction in the stock market?

►Gifting Stocks – What is the best stock/investment gift for a newborn today?

And much more!

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