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General Motors (GM) said earlier this week that it’s planning to double its revenue by 2030, and America’s biggest carmaker knows exactly where it has to go to make that happen.
What does this mean?
Carmakers the world over have been rushing to make electric vehicles (EVs) for an increasingly eco-conscious customer, and GM is no different: the company pledged in June to spend $35 billion on EVs by 2025, as well as to stop making traditional cars completely by 2035. It reckons that shift will boost its EV revenue from $10 billion in 2023 to $90 billion in 2030.
And it’s not stopping there: GM thinks it’ll earn $80 billion from its other new businesses too, including self-driving cars and subscription services like breakdown cover. Put it all together, and the company’s hoping to hit $280 billion in sales by the end of the decade.
Why should I care?
For markets: Investors are digging GM.
GM’s stock is up 40% this year versus the US stock market’s 20%, and that rally might not be over anytime soon. For one thing, the introduction of subscription services will boost the firm’s profits, since they boast higher margins than cost-heavy car sales do. And for another, the push toward EVs will appeal to an investor base that’s investing more and more in sustainable companies.
The bigger picture: GM’s taking Tesla’s lead.
GM sold 10 times more cars than Tesla last year, but it’s still valued at 10 times less than the EV market leader – mostly because Tesla is treated as a high-growth tech company rather than a carmaker. GM, then, is reportedly trying to rebrand as a “tech-enabled mobility" firm, and it started by introducing a new in-car software platform on Thursday. But since it could take years to compete with Tesla on its own turf, GM’s planning to move into robotaxis and self-driving delivery services in the meantime – both areas Tesla hasn’t tried yet.
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Data out on Thursday showed UK house prices jumped by the biggest monthly increase in almost 15 years in September, as the country’s commuters swap queues for views.
What does this mean?
A world where you don’t have to schlep into the office is a world where you can work from anywhere, and Brits certainly haven’t let that opportunity pass them by – so much so that the average UK house price climbed 1.7% in September versus the month before. That brings the average cost of a house to a record £268,000, or $365,000.
The market still has plenty going for it too, even if the government has done away with the tax breaks it rolled out last year. Rock-bottom interest rates have made sure it’s cheap to take out a mortgage, a shortage of properties is keeping prices high, and homebuyers still have lockdown money tucked away that they’re itching to spend.
Why should I care?
The bigger picture: London’s overrated.
London used to be the place to set up shop in the UK, but it looks like it’s falling out of favor: house prices in the capital were only 1% higher than they were in September 2020, compared to the country’s 7% rise overall. That makes sense: this new era of remote working has driven plenty of former city slickers elsewhere in search of more space for less money.
For markets: There’s no such thing as a sure thing.
Still, there’s one major factor putting the British housing market at risk: high inflation could dent homebuyers’ buying power. That’s certainly something investors think is a clear and present danger, with data out on Wednesday showing that inflation expectations are at their highest since 2008. And if the Bank of England decides to limit price rises by raising interest rates, it would suddenly cost more to get a mortgage, and demand might slip even more.
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