In the past year, we’ve seen a lot of CEOs talk about the “gift economy” that’s helping them save more money than ever before.
That’s partly due to new financial products and services that make it easier for businesses to save and invest, and it’s partly because consumers are taking advantage of digital innovations like Uber and Airbnb.
In the midst of the recession, though, many companies have struggled to recover.
The latest numbers from the Federal Reserve indicate that business investment is down across the board, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is down almost 3 percent in 2017.
That means that business spending is down more than twice as much as it was before the recession.
Some economists are calling this a “recession gift economy.”
“The gift economy is really important because it’s the kind of thing that gets companies to reinvest and spend,” says David Kocieniewski, a professor of business economics at Columbia University.
“It’s the gift economy that allows companies to raise the kinds of investments that will get them to return the value to shareholders.”
Companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Netflix have become a boon to the gift economies that help them create more money for investors.
The companies that have enjoyed the biggest boosts to their fortunes over the past two years include Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple, and their stocks have doubled since 2017.
Amazon’s stock jumped by nearly 80 percent during the Great Recession, while Apple’s stock has risen more than 40 percent.
Netflix, meanwhile, has more than doubled its value in the last three years, from $19.3 billion to $64.2 billion.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ company also announced last week that it plans to add an additional 500,000 jobs in 2017 and has promised to invest $200 billion in the U.S. over the next decade.
Netflix has also seen its stock climb by more than 200 percent over the last two years, thanks to a lot more content, including original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.
Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook all have very high dividend yields.
That gives them a lot to invest in, but it also means that their stock prices are not really trading at the same level as other stocks.
The “gifting economy” has been credited with driving the stock market rally that has catapulted Amazon and Apple to new highs.
In 2016, the stock of Amazon and its peers jumped more than 500 percent, while those of Facebook jumped by more the same amount.
That makes it the most valuable company in the world at the moment, thanks largely to the generosity of its investors.
But Amazon, as well as other big tech companies like Apple and Google, have been struggling with stagnant sales and slowing growth for years.
The big tech CEOs have been touting their gift economies to boost their bottom lines, and they have also been criticized by critics for not doing enough to diversify their businesses or take on more debt to help them grow.
As a result, they have had to cut jobs, cut spending, and reduce other forms of spending to try to compete.
The gift economy also is causing some problems for consumers.
The recent economic slowdown has also meant that the average price of a home has been falling, which is good for homebuyers, but not for most businesses.
“You’re paying more for the same thing,” says Dan Mather, an economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a think tank.
“But it’s also getting less of the things that are making consumers happy.”
Mather says that when he was at his former company, a financial services firm, he used to get his kids to bring in the gift boxes and buy them their favorite toys.
Now, he says, he’s getting them the same toys they used to bring home.
Consumer confidence is also dropping, as a result of the downturn.
“The fact that people are getting discouraged, they’re having trouble getting their bills paid, they feel less secure about their finances,” says Mather.
“And then you’re seeing more of a drop-off in demand for the things you love.”
Amazon and Netflix are among the companies that are seeing a lot fewer consumers coming to the stores to buy new things.
The recession has made it easier to store and shop online, but Amazon has also struggled to keep up with demand for its video streaming service, Prime Video.
As its popularity dwindles, Amazon has been struggling to stay relevant, and has had to offer more deals to lure new customers.
Netflix is also struggling to compete with Amazon in streaming video, as Netflix has more content available in its own streaming service than Amazon does.
Netflix’s stock is down about 70 percent this year compared to 2016, and its dividend yield is about 12 percent, which means that it’s still paying a dividend to shareholders that’s nearly half of what it would have been in the past.
But its stock is still one of the best performing stocks on Wall Street, according to