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Good morning. On this day in, well, we honestly have no clue what year, the One Ring was destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, leading March 25 to be celebrated around the world as Tolkien Reading Day.

Let the anniversary of the One Ring’s destruction inspire you to use today to try and let go of anything that may be weighing you down, or consuming your thoughts, or letting you understand the speech of evil creatures, or extending your life indefinitely, or allowing you to manipulate the wills of other beings, or transporting you into the wraith-realm.

Sam Klebanov, Neal Freyman, Jamie Wilde, Abby Rubenstein














*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 3:00am ET. Here's what these numbers mean.

  • Markets: Stocks closed out a wild week of ups and down on an upswing yesterday, with the markets overcoming continued concerns about the banking industry.
  • Stock spotlight: Activision Blizzard got a boost after UK regulators said they no longer believed that Xbox-maker Microsoft buying the company would hurt competition in the console gaming market. By narrowing the scope of their investigation, they removed one hurdle standing in the way of the deal closing.


LA mansion owners race to sell as tax looms

Houses in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles Lena Wagner/Getty

If you’re in the market for a 12-bedroom near your celebrity crush, now might be the best time to put in an offer. High-end homeowners in Los Angeles are racing to sell their properties before a so-called mansion tax kicks in on April 1.

What’s with the tax?

LA residents voted to pass the additional real estate sales tax on luxury properties last November. Proceeds will go toward expanding the supply of affordable housing in the city and helping people at risk of homelessness.

  • Sellers will pay a 4% city tax on transactions over $5 million but under $10 million.
  • Homes that go for $10 million or more will be taxed at 5.5%.
  • The city expects the measure to raise $672 million for its housing programs.

Mansions hit the market

The impending tax prompted many homeowners to hurriedly pitch a “for sale” sign in their front yards to avoid steep payments later. For example, the seller of this $44.5 million listing with serious amenities (wine cellar, spa, sauna, and movie theater) could be on the hook for over $2.4 million if it fails to sell by next Saturday.

Some sellers are offering steep discounts to attract buyers: The owner of a 260-acre undeveloped tract in Bel Air is willing to slash $2 million off the price for anyone who’s ready to close a deal before April 1.

Industry not pleased

The fiercest resistance to the tax came from folks in the real estate business; particularly, realtors and developers.

  • Real estate agent Emil Hartoonian told The Hollywood Reporter he expects luxury homes to fall in value, as they’ll be sold at a discount to offset the tax.
  • Critics say the tax could inhibit new construction since the extra costs will also be imposed on commercial and multifamily developments.

But proponents note the tax will affect only 4% of homes in LA and could help fix its housing crisis. (Beverly Hills is its own incorporated city and not impacted by the change.)

Big picture: LA is home to over 69,000 unhoused people, and the city consistently ranks as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.—SK



Some heroes still wear capes


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Tour de headlines

Earth from space NOAA/NASA EPIC Team

A “city-killer” asteroid will pass by Earth today. Although this type of asteroid gets its unfriendly name because it’s technically big enough to wipe out a city (it’s somewhere between 131 and 328 feet in diameter), astronomers say there’s no need to fear a Don’t Look Up-type disaster. Instead, the asteroid, known as 2023 DZ2, will float harmlessly by us about halfway between the Earth and the moon at roughly 17,400 miles per hour. NASA says the benign flyby presents a good opportunity to measure and learn about the asteroid.

The US and Canada reached a deal on asylum-seekers. President Biden traveled to Canada to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the pair announced an agreement to try to address the use of a popular unofficial border crossing between New York and Quebec. Previously, migrants who made it across the border at unofficial crossing points without getting stopped were able to stay in Canada to seek asylum., but the new policy—in effect today—calls for people without US or Canadian citizenship to be sent back to the US within 14 days of crossing the border without permission.

Everyone’s moving money around. Regulators around the globe have been working overtime to keep the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank from spiraling into a full-blown banking crisis, but depositors are still wary of keeping their money in institutions that suddenly look a lot less stable than they used to. In the US, ~$550 billion has been yanked out of smaller and regional banks and put into large banks and money market funds in the weeks since SVB and Signature imploded, a recent estimate by JPMorgan determined.


Why Deutsche Bank isn’t like Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank office Daniel Roland/Getty Images

Is it even a Friday in March 2023 if a bank’s stock isn’t tanking over concerns of a default?

German giant Deutsche Bank kept the streak alive yesterday when its shares sank 8.6%. What sparked the sell-off? A Thursday night jump in the company’s credit default swaps, which act as insurance for bondholders against default risk.

Coming less than a week after Credit Suisse was forced into a humiliating takeover by rival UBS, Deutsche Bank’s stock drop sparked some worries that it could be the next iconic European lender to crumple.

But hold your comparisons. While both banks have been in restructuring mode, Deutsche Bank has successfully steered its ship into calmer waters. It’s just come off its most profitable year since 2007, and it hasn’t seen a recent outflow of deposits like Credit Suisse had.

Which is why the sell-off befuddled many Wall Street experts. Citigroup analysts called it an “irrational market” and suggested that “media headlines” could be spooking depositors.​​

Bottom line: Analysts are using “irrational” to describe the market post-SVB collapse, but maybe the better word is “hangry.” Make one wrong move, however small, and it’ll snap at you.—NF



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‘Hey, ChatGPT, book me a table for two at B-dubs’

OpenAI logo with plugs connected Hannah Minn

Call ChatGPT Pennyworth, because it can now order groceries for select users on Instacart, book travel on Expedia and Kayak, and make restaurant reservations on OpenTable. The artificially intelligent tool’s creator, OpenAI, added support for a wide variety of plug-ins yesterday—multiplying ChatGPT’s use cases by roughly one gazillion.

The update doesn’t just pad ChatGPT’s personal assistant resume. It also connects the AI tool to real-time info from the web.

  • Previously, when a user asked ChatGPT to write an essay about Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber, for example, ChatGPT could only reference the information it was originally trained on.
  • But now, it can look up and use the latest tea circulating online.

In addition to the apps already mentioned, ChatGPT ChatGPT can now sync up to FiscalNote, Klarna, Milo, Shopify, Slack, Speak, Wolfram, and Zapier. OpenAI is also hosting two plug-ins for the Chatbot to use, one that allows ChatGPT to browse the web and another to interpret the coding language Python.

One example of how that all comes together: ChatGPT could find a recipe by browsing the web and add its ingredients to Instacart.

Looking ahead…the new functionality is only available for select users at the moment, but once OpenAI works out any v1 issues, it’s planning a wider rollout. It’ll also add more plug-ins.—JW



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The fictional band Daisy Jones & the Six Lacey Terrell/Prime Video

Stat: The fictional 1970s band Daisy Jones & the Six is finding real musical success in 2023. Songs from Aurora—the real album recorded to go with the Amazon Prime series based on the novel that invented the fake band—have been streamed 30+ million times. The band’s Fleetwood Mac-style jams hit No. 1 on iTunes, and it’s become the first band from a scripted series to rise to the top of Billboard’s emerging artists chart (take that, Partridge Family).

Quote: “Peanut butter…a liquid has no definite shape and takes a shape dictated by its container.”

The TSA has once again waded into the sticky debate over whether or not peanut butter is a liquid, and it’s maintaining its unpopular stance that your Skippy is in a fluid state. The agency reiterated its unsolid opinion after podcaster Patrick Neve tweeted, “I tried to take peanut butter through airport security. TSA: Sorry, no liquids, gels, or aerosols. Me: I want you to tell me which of those things you think peanut butter is.” But, despite the internet’s quest for nut butter justice, you’ll still need to put it in your checked baggage or those travel-sized containers.

Read: The internet loves bad news—and that’s bad. (The Atlantic)


What else is brewing

  • No No. 1 seed teams are left in the men’s March Madness tournament after Alabama and Houston were knocked out last night.
  • The Los Angeles school district has reached a deal with the union that represents its 30,000 support workers, agreeing to raise salaries one day after the end of a three-day strike that shut down all its schools.
  • Gordon Moore, the Intel co-founder whose vision of the future power of computer chips was known as “Moore’s law,” has died at 94.
  • Paul Rusesabagina, whose heroics inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda, will be released from prison today. He was convicted of terrorism in 2021 after criticizing Rwanda’s government.
  • A wolverine was spotted outside its normal roaming range for the first time in three decades.


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Open House

Welcome to Open House, the only newsletter section that is desperately motivated to sell. We’ll give you a few facts about a listing and you try to guess the price.

Luxury mansion in Brentwood, LAIkon Advisors

Today’s mega mansion is a roughly 16,700-square-foot property in LA that boasts a 10-foot-wide fireplace and a 70-foot-long infinity pool. And as you may have heard, LA’s about to enact a mansion tax, so the current owners are in a time crunch to sell. Amenities include:

  • 7 beds, 11 baths
  • Kobe Bryant-themed basketball court
  • Bunch of inside walls covered in living moss

How much for this Brentwood bargain?


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Written by Neal Freyman, Abigail Rubenstein, Sam Klebanov, and Jamie Wilde

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