What Analysts Are Missing About The Economy- By NEIL SISKIND

Analysts are used to a business cycle ending with growing demand chasing less resources (i.e. inflation) resulting in higher interest rates, and, thus, slower growth or even recession.

Some analysts fear this process is in place, but will take a year or so to play out, provided that the Fed does not go too far, too fast.

Other analysts see no recession coming soon, or any significant slowdown at all in the near future, because their training and experience leaves them with a void in thinking. Inflation is not persistent and wages and prices (tariffs aside) may not create upward pressures enough to push the Fed onward and upward.

What these latter analysts fail to realize is that, even though GDP and earnings outlooks are solid, and inflation is low, the Fed has already made a significant dent and doesn’t need to go much higher in order to induce a slowdown. But, this an opinion; this is my opinion versus theirs’. So, let’s talk facts. On a factual basis, these analysts fail to recognize that price and/or wage inflation, or even “significant” rate hikes, do not need to occur before a slowdown can occur. In modern economies, where liquidity drives asset growth, such as trading of houses as assets, and companies use profits and debt to buy back stock instead of raising wages and creating more consumer demand, and companies use debt for acquisitions and to fund loss-leaders to gain scale- instead of for capex, any notable withdrawal of liquidity- such as we have already seen- even if such withdrawal eventually ceases (if the Fed stops hiking), is enough to sink an economy built on debt- as opposed to one that is built upon demand from growing wages, stronger consumers, and resulting higher prices by businesses with pricing power, and then higher interest rates. It just does’t work this way anymore.

Where, in the past, the withdrawal of liquidity can slow wages and prices, in the modern economy, which is a structurally weak economy, rising interest rates and removals of liquidity have a faster and deeper affect on the economy than a mere slowing of prices and wages would. Asset values and risk capital can immediately disappear as cash and bonds offer less risk with near equal returns, and as corporate and consumer debt from previously low rates and high liquidity can’t be paid back as easily, and as risk capital fast disappears because investors are not willing to buy corporate loan and debt instruments.

This is exactly what happened in 2007 and 2008. Risk capital became more costly and everyone ran for the exits on assets- because that’s where the capital flowed to.

This is why the yield curve is flattening again as the Fed remains hawkish. The yield curve is flattening because many investors believe that we are about to slow down … significantly, because liquidity is being withdrawn

The Fed has been targeting asset prices and financial instability, not wage and price growth- because there isn’t any. The Fed is getting what it wants- but it may regret what it wished for.

So, let’s talk tariffs. Higher interest rates can’t get prices lower if those higher prices are based on tariffs, rather than on demand and higher wages. So, if new tariffs are implemented, companies will earn less, or consumers will pay more, and/or demand will decline (which means companies will earn less). The Fed can’t help maintain price stability if the tariffs take hold because it’s a policy issue, not a demand issue; so, if the Fed pushes rates higher due to price inflation on consumers from tariffs, it sure would do us a world of hurt.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
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Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
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The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Lies In The Media About Snapchat 

Snap, like Twitter, has spent less time and resources to get more and more users, and has decided to make more money from existing customers- like any other smart business would do.

Unlike the claims in the fake news from the financial media, Snap isn’t trying to get more revenues from customers because they have lost customers. Snap has chosen to have less customers and make more money … instead of being like Facebook and just growing users and fake accounts and bad actors on its platform just so it can say it is growing- and then sell advertisers on fake or questionable data.

Gee- they’re actually trying to run a clean, profitable, honest business … what do ya know …?

Is The Fed Really Fighting Inflation? Probably Not – By NEIL SISKIND

Isn’t the credit/lending bubble what the Fed is really fighting here?

The inflation concern due to low unemployment is just a red herring to prevent panic based on the truth- financial instability and bad loans. This is what is causing conflicts within the FOMC between hawks and doves and the confusion in markets about why the Fed is hiking so much with little inflation in sight? Higher wages is not wage “inflation”- in a pejorative sense. It’s o.k. for wages to rise modestly. If you can borrow money at 1% or 2% and lend to a company or for a real estate development at 7% or 8% … or in the case of consumer loans, at 12% or 14% … it’s worth the risk, and what the Fed is really scared about … as it should be, since this is what Greenspan and Bernanke missed … too many bad loans and risky behaviors. Easily-achieved yield spreads is probably why this time stocks are leading credit downward, where it is usually the opposite. The credit side is so easy to play at zero/low rates; borrow short- lend long.  It’s easier to borrow money at 2% and lend it out at 7% (especially if it’s secured, and particularly if it’s secured at a low LTV) then it is to borrow money and create equity, or make successful capital investments; seemingly, this is how investors have been seeing it … and the Fed has had enough of it. The Fed isn’t against rising prices and wages within a fair range … it’s called economic growth. What the Fed fears are unadvised loans on bad assets or to weak borrowers, and bad equity investments, all encouraged by irresistibly cheap money- with the ultimate fear, of course, being systemic risk. Credit and lending risks lead to asset bubble risks.

Watch the yield curve. It will invert in 2019- and the only thing that will cause it to re-steepen is not growth prospects- it will be the growing deficit as tax revenues decline … and then your tax rates may rise.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Are Snap’s Spectacles The Future For Developing Online Content?- By NEIL SISKIND

The Spectacles product has not generated a lot of buzz. Sales in the past have been very weak. Yet, Snap continues to invest in and grow this product. Why?

It’s likely due to the convergence of 6 factors:

  1. Live programming being a vital aspect of online entertainment going forward;
  2. reality TV being a large part of the entertainment landscape;
  3. Snap and other companies desire to create original content;
  4. unique technology with IP protection to prevent competitors from knocking-off ideas;
  5. desire of consumers to always be Internet enabled and online; and
  6. hands-free Internet and technology use

Users can use Spectacles to video their lives and activities in real time in a hands-free way, while on the move, and have viewers watch it on that person’s Snapchat feed. This can be done for fun, for entertainment, or to build a brand as a personality and an influencer to engage in commerce through advertising or product sales. Users can also chat live in real time with other users as each broadcasts their respective real-time activities to each other’s Snapchat feed’s while mobile. So, it’s like hands-free Facetime, and it can involve multiple users at once (i.e hands-free, mobile group chats).

People with ambitions of producing and creating more sophisticated real time reality or even fictional content can also do so using their Spectacles.

If you strip away all the other services that Snap provides and for which it has become known, the Spectacles business of creating unique and original content, live and hands- free, for consumption over Snapchat, could, in and of itself, be a huge entertainment and communication business. If it catches on and many users want to create their own TV channel to broadcast their activities and lives “live”, it could be a big standalone business, or the IP and service could be acquired by a larger communications, entertainment, or even retail business that wishes to tap into the live entertainment genre for advertising, sales, product placements, reaching audiences in real time, etc.

Perhaps, best of all, the IP and patented product can’t be easily knocked-off by Instagram or any other company, which, as of now, have no hands-free way to stream content live to their websites. Even if a company develops its own version of wearable cameras, it would not change the fact that Snapchat’s content, using its own cameras, would be original content. Plus, Snap is already ahead of the pack in this process … and we all know how important the first mover advantage is in tech.

If Snap has become resigned that it needs to create defendable IP through unique products and original content in order to succeed in the media space, Spectacles could be the answer to both of those missions.

Now- these are “my” assessments of Spectacles. Snap, itself, will explain that Spectacles will help enhance offline environments with AR to create a more entertaining experience- with more purposeful uses, beyond entertainment, in the future.

So- there are lots of good reasons and uses for Spectacles.

 

 

Here’s What’s Happening In Stocks- By NEIL SISKIND

Years ago, American workers, unwittingly, exchanged wage growth for lower product prices from China. If prices rise, companies will eat the costs and have less profit, or pass them through to customers- requiring higher wages, or else it will cause demand destruction. Companies can’t afford to have lower profits from eating costs, or from raising wages. They have too much debt. They want the lower prices, and the stagnant wages, and the lower interest rates- but those parties are over, leaving a red sea behind. Crashes always come down to excess debt.

One investment strategy now is to find companies with little debt, ones that can, thus, withstand margin compression, and that have low historical P/E ratios due to recent stock declines.