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Steve Cohen Says 4-Day Workweek Enabled by AI, Explains Golf Investment

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  • A four-day workweek is inevitable thanks to artificial intelligence, according to billionaire hedge fund boss Steve Cohen.
  • Cohen said that belief is partly why he made a big investment in golf. 
  • “That should fit into a theme of more leisure for people, which means golf rounds will go up,” Cohen said.

A four-day week is coming to the work place, according to hedge fund giant Steve Cohen.

Cohen, the CEO and chairman of Point72 Asset Management, told CNBC on Wednesday that the growing adoption of artificial intelligence will eventually help enable a four-day workweek.

“My belief is a four-day workweek is coming,” Cohen said. “You know, between the advent of AI, generally, we hear from people that Fridays are just not, people are not as productive on Fridays, and so I just think it’s an eventuality.”

While it’s “hard to know” when a four-day workweek will arrive for the majority of the working population, Cohen said investing in experiences will likely be the best way to benefit from the major theme of Americans working fewer hours.

“Anything around, you know, I would say leisure, travel, experiences, all that type of that stuff, if people have more time,” Cohen said of the investment implications from a four-day work week. 

Cohen himself has made major investments in the sports world. Aside from his 95% ownership stake in the New York Mets, Cohen recently joined a group of investors that are committed to investing about $3 billion into the PGA Tour.

“That should fit into a theme of more leisure for people, which means golf rounds will go up, and you know, interest,” Cohen said. “I guess courses will be crowded on Fridays.”

While Cohen expects a four-day workweek to eventually become reality, it probably won’t for his employees or anyone else employed by investment firms. That is, unless the stock market also decides to adopt a four-day workweek.

“If they’re taking off Friday and they have a portfolio, that’s a problem, ok, if the markets are open,” Cohen said of investment managers. “So, forget, forgetting us, ok. I mean, the vast majority of people will get an opportunity, I think at some point to have a three-day weekend.” 

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