Investors wary of subscription model businesses as cost-of-living pressure increases

Share prices have tumbled

Kathleen Gallagher
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Over the last number of months some of the most popular stocks of 2020 and 2021 plummeted as their figures failed to impress, with Netflix, Peloton and Spotify all seeing share prices tumble.

One thing they all have in common is the subscription model. This has led experts to question whether those models can continue to succeed particularly when consumers are facing a cost-of-living squeeze and there is substantial competition sitting in the wings.  "Companies which saw high demand for services as the pandemic took hold like Peloton, Spotify and Netflix have suffered because they have not been able to hook customers in for the long haul as much, as economies have opened up and other forms of socialising have taken over," explained Susannah Streeter, senior investment and mar...

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