This Fed Could Not Be Any Less Transparent- By NEIL SISKIND

This Fed would have us believe it is operating in accordance with its dual mandate of price stability and maximum employment. It has said as much.

The Fed, though, has a third mandate ever since the financial crisis: Stability of the financial system.

Chairman Powell, in his December 19th testimony, clearly said that he is not concerned about inflation- in prices or in wages- but the Fed continues to raise interest rates.

The Fed would have us believe it feels compelled to get interest rates to a point of neutral, where it is neither accommodative or restrictive. Not true. The Fed wants credit and risk to tighten- to be restrictive on the economy. Former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley, made it plain in an interview with Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hays on December 20, 2018, that he believes that the Fed wants to slow the economy- period. Chairman Powell’s comments on the lack of inflation and intent to raise rates, confirms this.

Chairman Powell has failed to articulate one area of concern which makes the continuation of raising rates seem logical- not even any inflation concerns. But raising them as the stock market crashes so that he has cushion if he ever needs it, is not believable; prudent- but not believable.

Here are some comments Chairman Powell has made in the two most recent Fed meetings:

  • No asset class is too pricey
  • There’s little wage inflation and wage growth is not necessarily inflationary
  • Corporate debt is concerning, but not obscene
  • Price inflation is about 2%, at best, and has been stuck there
  • It’s not the Fed’s job to ensure financial stability
  • Labor markets are tight but wage growth doesn’t cause inflation
  • The U.S.-China conflict is not a big concern
  • No comments at all on home prices

The Fed would have us believe it is moving rates higher so that if and when there is an economic downturn, it will have bullets in its gun (or arrows in its quiver) to re-stimulate the economy by cutting interest rates. This is not true. No Fed would hike into slowing GDP growth and a sinking stock market just so it can cut if it needs to “someday”, while it purports to see little inflation or economic that it can articulate (aside from some concern about Italy’s problems).

Some might argue that this is exactly the time to hike rates- while the economy is strong and can withstand it- even if the stock market doesn’t like it. But, with no inflation, and expectations by everyone of lower GDP and heightening global stresses in the coming months, raising rates as cushion for a slowdown without the ability to point to any foreseeable risks, is a bit theoretical and intangible- and this Chairman was supposed to be avoiding theory to the detriment of pragmatism and data dependence. Moreover, it’s not so much that the economy is strong as much as it is that the Fed will not admit any weakness. Powell is trying to have it both ways- raise rates and have people accept it as prudent without acknowledging any troubles- and it’s not working.

This does not mean that the Fed is wrong for hiking interest rates, it just means that it is not being transparent about the growing and foreseeable risks as it does so. The Fed has elected to perplex people, over alarming us.

The Fed has had one agenda with regard to its rate hikes- to slow the economy by tightening credit and deflating asset prices built on debt and risk. No other story line it presents holds up to scrutiny.

This Fed is choosing jawboning and its third mandate over transparency in order to get credit to tighten itself without actual rate hikes, if possible, and get people to stop making and taking speculative loans and investments. This, along with the lack of transparency and a complete understanding of the Fed’s intentions, are causing significant volatility and declines in stocks and in homes. But, the Fed may be fine with that if it can do one thing that matters most- prevent another financial crises due to continued extensions of cheap credit, more bad loans, and more asset inflation.

The Fed has recently expressed some dovishness as asset prices have declined, having much to do with people’s concerns that asset price declines will affect the “real economy”. If this proves true, the Fed may be near done with its hiking cycle. If this does not prove to be the case, per the data, the Fed may either decide to continue with hikes until the economy slows- or it could remain dovish, since assets prices and credit may come under control. We’ll see.

 

 

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 8 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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The Fed: Americans Forget About Good Old-Fashioned Jawboning- By NEIL SISKIND

The more that Chairman Powell promises more rate hikes, the tighter credit becomes. This tighter credit, even without actual hikes, can help slow the economy and prevent the Fed from having to even act- or enable it to act to a lesser degree than projected. Let the Fed do its job.

 

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 8 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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Whistling Past The Fed- By NEIL SISKIND

“The big miss” following the last Powell speech was by the public – not by the Fed. People spent so much time trying to decipher Chairman Powell (some getting him right, some getting him wrong) that they ignored his clear statement that, regardless of whether there are future hikes, the “hikes to date” have not yet fully hit the economy. So, while investors want to know if there will be future Fed hikes that would hit company margins, or compress stock multiples, or encourage investment alternatives (such as cash or Treasuries), they overlook that it will be growth and earnings that will be the primary catalysts for weaker stocks from what the Fed has already done! Earnings, ultimately, are the primary drivers of stock prices. Investors should worry less about if future hikes will happen than what existing hikes will cause. If they focus on the former, they may overlook the perils ahead from the latter. Even if you think the Fed turned dovish, it doesn’t mean that growth and earnings won’t be declining further- which would mean that stock prices are too high, regardless of what the Fed does next … because of what its already done.

If you want to see if and how Fed hikes will affect your stocks- best to look at the ones they’ve already done- and what those will do.

 

 

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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The Big Miss On The Fed- By NEIL SISKIND

“The big miss” was by the public – not by the Fed. People spent so much time trying to decipher Chairman Powell (some getting him right, some getting him wrong) that they ignored his clear statement that, regardless of whether there are future hikes, the “hikes to date” have not yet fully hit the economy. So, while investors want to know if there will be future Fed hikes that would hit company margins, or compress stock multiples, or encourage investment alternatives (such as cash or Treasuries), they overlook that it will be growth and earnings that will be the primary catalysts for weaker stocks from what the Fed has already done! Earnings, ultimately, are the primary drivers of stock prices. Investors should worry less about if future hikes will happen than what existing hikes will cause. If they focus on the former, they may overlook the perils ahead from the latter. Even if you think the Fed turned dovish, it doesn’t mean that growth and earnings won’t be declining further- which would mean that stock prices are too high, regardless of what the Fed does next … because of what its already done.

If you want to see if and how Fed hikes will affect your stocks- best to look at the ones they’ve already done- and what those will do.

 

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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Do Low Interest Rates And Excess Liquidity Actually Cause “De-flation”, Rather Than “In-flation”?- By NEIL SISKIND

Low interest rates and excess liquidity lead to excessive borrowing by real estate developers. More units- especially condominium units- are built. This leads to more supply, and, eventually, due to principle of supply and demand, lower values, lower sales prices, and lower rents. It may take some time and the withdrawal of liquidity until that occurs. One may argue that it is, therefore, the withdrawal of liquidity, and, thus, the lack of liquidity, and not liquidity itself, that causes the deflation. Perhaps- but it is the liquidity and fiscal stimulus, itself, that creates the environment and the supply that is necessary for the subsequent deflation upon a withdrawal of stimulus. Thus, liquidity is a primary component, and cause of, deflation. Excessive liquidity forces imbalances upward, which, sooner or later, result in imbalances to the downside when the buyers disappear, while the assets remaining in existence.

This process applies to all hard assets which experience growth in value as the result of the investment of capital derived from excess liquidity that causes supplies to rise beyond demand, and/or values to disconnect from fundamentals.

But … no … I’m not just talking about withdrawals of monetary stimulus as the cause of asset to crash and bubbles to pop. It’s not that low interest rates just, ultimately, “lead to” deflation (upon withdrawal of the stimulus)- low interest rates and monetary stimulus actually “causes” deflation.

Here is an even more direct and immediately occurring correlation between the addition of liquidity and monetary stimulus to an economy through low interest rates (or other monetary tools, such as quantitative easing), and deflation, where withdrawals of liquidity and ensuing corrections and popping of asset bubbles are not necessarily necessary to a deflationary result: When interest rates are low, companies borrow capital to grow; in this day and age, growth means gaining “scale”. Growth, in the modern economy, requires “scale”. “Scale” helps companies to reduce input costs, and, thus, consumer prices. Scale has become so vital to growth for two reasons: First, because of a combination of the diminished importance of locality and relationships to sales because of the ability to reach a single point of purchase for all items at all times (i.e. the lack of geographic limitations on e-commerce), which brings me to the second reason, the Internet and the need for retailers (and B2B companies) to get consumers and customers to their websites, instead of to competitors’- and then keep them there forever- and that requires heavy marketing and best prices. The companies that offers this online can destroy any competitors. So, the companies that reach the most scale the fastest, in any industry, win. Once “scale” is achieved, it is very hard for third and fourth place companies to compete. Just look at Amazon and Facebook and how they have destroyed competition in their respective spaces because they scaled the largest. “Scale” is achieved through aggressive and expansive marketing programs to attract customers, or through the use of loss leaders (without, or together with, aggressive marketing programs), to attract new customers, or through mergers and acquisitions. These actions can be funded with equity or with debt. “Scale” results in price deflation.

Companies’ sizes and large scale (along with globalized workforces) and the resulting lowest prices, allow companies in industries to depress competition, as only a select number of companies in industries obtain the scale that attracts consumers and customers- and attracts the consumers and customers that helps increase “scale”. It’s a self-fulfilling loop. Consequentially, a small number of very large companies come to control labor markets and are able to keep wages in check throughout the industries and the overall economy. Liquidity and scale cause wage inflation to get suppressed by two forces- a global workforce, and a rise in bargaining power. In the former case, pressures are dispersed, in the latter, they simply disappear with “take it or leave it” type propositions.

The Internet led to endless needs to “scale”- and scale, due to our desire for the lowest prices in exchange for a fair wage, destroyed capitalism.

These are the reasons why, despite all of the liquidity in the system for the past ten years, inflation keeps undershooting. The capital is flowing to non-traditional channels, ones not classically used to measure inflation pressures and economic risk to an economy from too much money chasing too few resources. The capital is flowing to assets, to funding loss leaders, and to marketing initiatives, resulting in bubbles, disconnects between incomes and home prices, and scale and monopoly-like companies. The Fed’s so-called “dual mandate” becomes a challenge for the Fed as it sniffs-out financial dislocations (which many feel is also part of its mandate to manage), but raising rates slowdown jobs and wage growth- which already, at least the latter, are too weak- especially in light of home prices. The Fed is hesitant to identify, or point a finger at, or provide an opinion on asset prices or “bubbles”- or target them, at least not officially. Thus, the situation does not mean that the economy is not at risk. 2007 and 2008 prove that, notwithstanding low inflation, the economy is at great risk, perhaps greater risk, from asset dislocations and bubbles than from other kinds of inflation, such as prices and wages.

In the modern economy, monetary stimulus does not flow from the Fed, to banks, to companies, to capex and investment, to employment, to wages, to higher consumer prices. It flows direct form the Fed, to banks, to real estate investors, and to businesses that invest in scale initiatives, to revenue-driven tech businesses, and to share buybacks. So, when the Fed withdraws liquidity, assets crash, yield curves invert because growth- which is from assets and low (or no) margin growth investments, rather than the way it was in days of yore, where liquidity led to inflation and to company pricing-power and the potential for prices, and, thus, stocks to rise- disappears.

This new paradigm is the cause of the so-called “conundrum”, where the Fed raises rates and people panic because assets can quickly crash, as opposed to the economy having a slow orderly decline in employment and wages while product prices remain elevated until the inflation dissipates. It’s simply a more boom and bust model, as opposed to balancing and re-balancing, where costs rise and fall to compensate and balance-out other rising and falling costs. Think of it like a see-saw. In the past, you had two equally-weighted children whose balances of power shift, as one grows and then the other grows, and one develops a strategy, and then the other a counter-strategy. But, now, the economy and liquidity has become more like a boulder being dropped on one side and then removed off by a crane, and then dropped again, and then removed again.

So, the outcome of monetary stimulus and excess liquidity is that there can be, and in the modern economy is, immediate producer and consumer price deflation, immediate wage suppression and deflation, and temporary asset inflation, followed by eventual asset deflation.

Historically, debt capital has been used for innovations, productivity, and paying for the best talent- and increased home values were a by-product of rising wages in a community (often mortgaged by local, rather than national and international, banks, or private “hard money” lenders). In the modern economy, debt capital is used for: Revenue growth at the expense of margins (temporarily, for profitable companies, and permanently, for modern-economy/technology companies that have the goal of being acquired) through marketing and loss-leaders; asset speculation; and excessive stock buybacks.

The more monetary stimulus we get, the more that asset supplies and scale grow, the lower that those asset values, product prices, and wages sink- later …

… or sooner.

 

 

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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Chairman Powell & Alan Greenspan’s Deadly Errors- by NEIL SISKIND

The Fed Chairman and Alan Greenspan- probably Janet Yellen, too- look at consumer and business spending, wholesale and retail prices, and employment (among other things) to determine inflation and inflation expectations. But, when they see inflation, they fail to weigh consumer debt and low wages heavily enough against the inflation picture. When they raise interest rates, they fail to account for higher interest rates plus higher gas prices (which, themselves, can lead to higher interest rates, or at least be a factor in such) being too cumbersome for heavy personal balance sheets and stagnant incomes. Moreover, neither Chairman adequately addressed- and hardly address- housing prices, especially as to how they are connected- or should be connected to wages. Vast housing price growth in a society that lacks equally or faster income growth is entirely inappropriate, and economically dangerous.

These factors, combined, led to the great recession. The lack of wage growth and growing consumer debt should have led to higher interest rates sooner. Again, like then, we have a Fed raising its target rate while never speaking of the high housing prices and the consumer debt that is allowing for the higher retail spending and continued home buying (now slowing).

Should the Fed keep its Fed funds target rate low and slow down it’s quantitative tightening program? I’m not suggesting this. Low rates can’t persist forever or asset bubbles and other bubbles will emerge and grow. But, to suggest that incomes are doing okay and housing is fine, and that spending will rise sans excessive consumer debt as gas prices rise and incomes stagnate is either ignorant or just psycho-babble intended to try to keep markets stable as rates rise. If these are in fact Jedi mind games being played by Chairman Powell- he should look to how that played out for Mr. Greenspan- and develop a better strategy.

Chairman Powell wrongly believes that he has reached stability in the economy through monetary policy because low wages are causing low inflation rates as spending persists, interest rates rise, gas prices are elevated, and homes are unaffordable.

That’s success? This is stability?

Incomes, incomes, incomes … it’s the incomes, stupid. More accurately, it’s the debt to income ratios … stupid. And it’s the incomes to home prices ratios … stupid. Consumer spending is 70% or so of the economy. How can that continue without wage increases, and how can home prices rise as incomes don’t? And how can spending continue as interest rates and gas prices rise while incomes stagnate? … stupid.

 

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

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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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