Here is a rundown of Cheddar News' top market stories of the day.
Spotify has announced plans to cut around 6 percent of its workforce, placing the music streaming service among other tech firms that have made layoffs in recent weeks, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Google parent company Alphabet. The number of positions potentially on the chopping block is not yet clear. Many tech firms have cut between 5 and 10 percent.
FED'S FTX SEIZURE
Disgraced crypto executive Sam Bankman-Fried's fortune is rapidly dwindling, as federal regulators seized more than $600 million of his assets this month. The forfeitures are related to the federal government's criminal case against Bankman-Fried, who faces charges of fraud and conspiracy — though he has pleaded not guilty. The most recent seizure was a whopping $95 million from an account held at Silvergate Bank.
Hedge fund Citadel reported a record $16 billion in profits for clients in 2021. That is the biggest annual return for a fund manager since John Paulson made $15 billion in 2007 betting against the subprime mortgage market, and perhaps one of the biggest plays in Wall Street's history. The sky-high profits came as hedge funds overall underperformed amid 2022's bear market.
Customs and Border Protection officials are reporting a surge in egg smuggling from Mexico — with U.S. egg prices up 60 percent in December from 12 months earlier. Smugglers are risking thousands of dollars in fines just to bring eggs, which cost around $3.40 for a 30-count carton in Mexico, compared to as much as $7.37 for just a dozen in America.