Month: May 2021

Treasury Wants More Consumer Spending

Treasury Wants More Consumer Spending

One news item that caught our eye this week was that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (a division of Treasury) wants banks to extend credit to those who lack credit history. Banks plan to share some consumer data with each other in order to build enough history to justify extending credit. Smells … Continue reading Treasury Wants More Consumer Spending

More Lines To Come With Price Controls

More Lines To Come With Price Controls

It is starting to feel like the 1970's with out of control fiscal spending, inflation and now gas lines. We only have gas lines in certain parts of the country today as local government officials exercised gas price controls during the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. We could very well see similar price control policies from the … Continue reading More Lines To Come With Price Controls

Inflation and Regulation Will Accelerate Adoption of Advanced Automation

Inflation and Regulation Will Accelerate Adoption of Advanced Automation

Our past two articles focused on Advanced Automation manifested through the application of broadly-defined Artificial Intelligence as applied to Enterprise Software. Continuing the Advanced Automation theme, we expect food producers, automobile producers, retailers and other operations to accelerate their adoption of various forms of advanced automation including Robotics and automated payments (think Amazon Go's cashierless … Continue reading Inflation and Regulation Will Accelerate Adoption of Advanced Automation

The AI CEO vs. The Augmented Intelligence CEO

The AI CEO vs. The Augmented Intelligence CEO

Sophisticated Quant models run billion-dollar portfolios. Autonomous vehicles are on the road. AIs write music. AIs read maps and satellite images for the military. So when may an AI realistically lead a company as CEO? If one considers a large company such as Microsoft (tkr: MSFT), CEO Satya Nadella does not spend his days writing … Continue reading The AI CEO vs. The Augmented Intelligence CEO

AI-Powered Decision Support Capability Is Only Scratching The Surface

AI-Powered Decision Support Capability Is Only Scratching The Surface

Enterprise Software applications will increasingly incorporate AI to guide users by providing them with real-time actionable information. Such applications will generate enormous value assuming they are able to effectively inform users without becoming an overly-used crutch. Think of the benefit such applications may provide employees that lack customer-specific knowledge, process knowledge, domain expertise and/or general … Continue reading AI-Powered Decision Support Capability Is Only Scratching The Surface

Federal Unemployment  Benefits Will Be Extended In September

Federal Unemployment Benefits Will Be Extended In September

We doubled down on our bet that Federal unemployment benefits will be extended beyond September 6th after listening to Joe Biden tell us that the sky is not blue. The longer these enhanced Federal unemployment benefits remain in force the longer the Labor Participation Rate will remain below 2019 levels. This will continue to impact … Continue reading Federal Unemployment Benefits Will Be Extended In September

Florida and Texas Poised To Capture Market Share As Economy Reopens

Florida and Texas Poised To Capture Market Share As Economy Reopens

As the economy reopens certain states are better positioned than others as it relates to capturing economic activity generated from live events and in-person transactions. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas hosted more than 73,000 people Saturday night for a boxing card. Texas is one of the more relaxed states as it relates to COVID restrictions … Continue reading Florida and Texas Poised To Capture Market Share As Economy Reopens

The Fed Will Not Taper In 2021. Inflation Is Not Transitory.

The Fed Will Not Taper In 2021. Inflation Is Not Transitory.

The Fed likely won't taper asset purchases this calendar year. It should, but it won't. **Purchase our Amazon Kindle book Stagflation Is Imminent: HERE We previously mentioned mid-term elections as one reason why the Fed won't take away the punch bowl. Second, the Labor Participation rate - a key economic indicator for the Fed - … Continue reading The Fed Will Not Taper In 2021. Inflation Is Not Transitory.

The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes A Significant Economic and National Security Risk

The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes A Significant Economic and National Security Risk

We have written numerous articles about the risks associated with legacy technologies from a cybersecurity perspective. It seems Colonial Pipeline got off easy in its recent ransomware cyberattack. The economic and national security impact would have been significant if an enemy state decided to corrupt Colonial's systems in such a manner so as to prevent … Continue reading The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes A Significant Economic and National Security Risk

Workers Choose To Collect Federal Unemployment Benefits Rather Than Work

Workers Choose To Collect Federal Unemployment Benefits Rather Than Work

Low wage services jobs are difficult to fill as we recently wrote (we continue to collect anecdotal data that supports our prior writing). Workers are choosing to stay home and collect Federal unemployment benefits rather than be productive. The moral hazard we warned of months ago is here. Should Biden and The Fed choose to … Continue reading Workers Choose To Collect Federal Unemployment Benefits Rather Than Work