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Nailed It – Jobs Revised Upward

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

On April 5th, investors were jolted when the non-farm payrolls report came in at +88,000 – missing expectations by a mile. However, the day before on ritholtz.com, I wrote:

“If a weak number is reported, the odds favor it will likely be revised upward in the future.”

And what happened today?

BLAM-O!!!

That’s what.

Not only did the non-farm payrolls report show +165,000 jobs for April, beating expectations, but also +114,000 in revisions for February and March. The S&P 500 blasted to an all-time high.

So, I totally nailed it. How did I do that? Easy: tax collections don’t lie. Companies go to great lengths to avoid paying taxes, squirreling away their money in the Caymans, making employees “independent contractors”, floating bonds when they have billions in the bank, etc. So, when tax collections are strong, it’s pretty much guaranteed that lots of jobs are being created.

And if you subscribed to The Daily Jobs Update, you would know all about it.


Nailed It: Jobs Blow Out

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

On Friday, the BLS reported that the economy created 236,000 jobs in February. Having predicted only 171,000 jobs, economists were surprised. However, my subscribers at The Daily Jobs Update were not because on Tuesday night, I sent them this chart (click to enlarge):

3-Year

The chart plots the growth-rate of federal withholding-tax collections – the money withheld from paychecks. The “second derivative” of the data, the slope of the chart, was clearly slanted upward since January. So, the economy was gaining momentum. The Daily Jobs Update is not free, but if you want free data, just head over the Zero Edge and stay bearish until your wife takes away your trading account.

How good is 236,000 jobs? Well, it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye. But after we deduct 100,000 or so for population growth, perhaps another 100,000 for mass legal immigration, and god-only-knows how many thousands of more jobs offshored, its no surprise the that number of people on food stamps has hit a record high. See the next post.

Nailed It: Windows 8 Flops

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Way, way back on March 5, 2012 I posted: “Microsoft Poised to Commit Suicide” in which I concluded:

“I wouldn’t hold MSFT if you put a gun to my head.”

On that day, MSFT closed at $31.80. On Friday, it closed at $26.55 – down 16.5% since my call. See the red arrows on the chart (click to enlarge):

Not only that, but Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows Division has been booted out of Microsoft.

Did I totally nail that, or what?

Nailed It: No Sweatshops in Steve Jobs Biography

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Back here, I castigated Walter Isaacson for writing an entire book about Steve Jobs without even mentioning the giant gulag of brutal Asian sweatshops that make Apple’s products.

That was in December 2011. What happened next?

KABOOM!

That’s what.

A month later, performance artist Mike Daisey’s “embellished” account of Foxconn caused a huge wave of sweatshop stories in the reluctant corporate media.

At a stroke, a decade of carefully crafted multinational propaganda was swept away. Today, everybody knows about the sweatshops. In fact, it is so mainstream now that even Saturday Night Live did a bit on it:

But don’t expect any multinationals to voluntarily give up their sweatshops. The gulag is very tightly integrated with our economy. It is part of our flesh and blood now – sort of like slave plantations were in the Old South.

It took the Civil War to exercise slavery from the South, and I don’t expect it will be much easier to exorcise the sweatshop demon. Rather, I believe we will see the system expand. This year, we signed a “free trade” deal with Colombia. In China, unions are illegal. In Colombia, union organizers are assassinated. They practically hunt them for sport down there. And that makes Colombia an ideal site for sweatshops from the perspective of the multinationals because they can have their prized “clarity” on labor costs.

So, not only is it a “race to the bottom” on labor costs and working conditions. It is also a race to the bottom on brutality and murder. If the Chinese don’t massacre some Foxconn workers soon, and restore orderly production, they may lose business to Colombia.

Yes, it is that evil.

Nailed It: OWS Out

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

During Occupy Wall Street, I wrote in “Occupy What Now?:”

“People have rushed into the streets. They are protesting like crazy. They are mad as hell. But if you ask them why, they say: “We’ll get back to you.”

I’m calling BS on this phony revolution.”

I would have written a lot more, buy my Democratic friends had such high hopes for OWS that I didn’t want to rain on their parade. Nevertheless, I totally nailed it. OWS might go down in history as the most politically ineffective movement in history.

Turns out, anarchists are bad leaders and organizers. Who knew, right?

Jay-Z is still baffled:

“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for? I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know?”

Indeed Mr. Z, indeed.

The Seinfeldian “Revolution About Nothing” came to nothing. Sure, banking reform is needed, but we didn’t need OWS to tell us that, now did we?

OWS had the complete attention of the media for a long time. They had a real opportunity to get their message out. And they totally flubbed it. The only points they made while being mocked by Steven Colbert were about “process.” Building consensus, getting money out of politics, etc. Not exactly the stuff of revolution.

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