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So let’s presume for the moment that President Trump will cause firms operating overseas to re-establish themselves, or their operations, in the United States. And let’s suppose, as well, that he mitigates the problem of companies moving to other countries. He’s apparently going to do this via a combination of lower taxes, tariffs imposed on domestic companies on goods shipped back to America, and finally using moral suasion. Indeed, we’ve witnessed most of these already during his first two weeks of office (excluding lower taxes).
So, rewind to a smaller level: you were working for one of this companies, they moved overseas, and you lost your job. You’ll get it back, right? Let’s look at the facts, thanks to the MIT Technology Review of November 18,2016. Since 1980,1/3 of manufacturing jobs have been lost. The employment base has gone from 18 million to 12 million. So, one might incorrectly assume that if ALL the companies re-located here, we’d get that base near to where it was before. However, the article points out that for every 25 jobs it took in 1980 to manufacture goods, it now takes 5 jobs. And, it costs $25 an hour to hire a worker, whereas it only costs $8 an hour to use a robot.
Thus, while bringing back companies is a good thing, it’s not going to help so much to restore lost jobs. Especially since the loss of jobs due to automation is accelerating, and moving into sectors other than industrial.
Michael Emerald, CFA
Owner Performance Business Design and Wall Street Analyst
First, I’m not an economist. Rather, I collaborate with smaller businesses to help make them perform as well as the corporations I meet with weekly. Which means I need to be in tune with the economy. We’ve witnessed an improvement in the economy, in the stock market, and in the job market for some time now. I’ll leave to the side for now the not-so-incidental factors that the growth has been languid and that unemployment figures are probably not accurate. The question I’m asking is will the economy continue to improve? I feel that the answer is yes, because the items which are causing them to improve are increasing. What are those factors? They are an increase in corporate productivity, a decrease in costs, and affordable financing.
But when we examine the underlying factors we find a few disturbing elements. For one, the increase in corporate productivity is occurring due to fewer employees working harder and longer, and, second, automation. The results of the first is a decrease in quality of life, and ultimately a decrease in lifespan, caused by increased stress and inadequate recovery. So this becomes an example of growth being bad.
Second, automation is removing jobs. And the result has been an increase in suicides, drug abuse and civil hostility caused by a disruption of the workforce. This is the same type of disruption we’ve witnessed in other industrial revolutions. So, this too becomes an example of growth being bad.
Finally, the increase in productivity and GDP growth is accruing to the wealthy more than profits have accrued in the past. Why? Because fewer employees mean fewer stakeholders. Moreover, almost unrelated, we’ve seen an increase in privately held companies, thus reducing further the number of stakeholders. So the wealthy grow wealthier but the general population stays the same or grows poorer. So, this too becomes an example of growth being bad.
Overall, then, the economy should continue to improve. But the elements fueling that growth are bad for most of us.
Michael Emerald, CFA
Wall Street Security Analyst and Owner, Performance Business Design
Performance Business Design collaborates with companies of less than $10 million to make them as successful as the publicly held corporations we meet with weekly. We do this by first measuring their business performance using our 12-Area Performance Check. Publicly held corporations typically score 70%-90% while companies of less than $10 million rarely score above 50%. We identify the weak areas and, in a series of weekly meetings, collaborate with management to improve them. The result is better business performance and higher profits. Our goal is to see performance increase 10% every two months.
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Have you been using it?
I have, love it, and I’ll share what I like about it.
- While I’m not an expert on Windows 10, I’ve noticed that if there are folders I use a lot, that I can right click on them and select “Pin to Quick Access” and anytime I want that folder, just select Quick Access from File Explorer.
- Next, when you click on the Windows icon in the lower left, there are a few alternatives for getting to your folders. Since I recommend using the Quick Access to get to most files, the icon that I find does that CORRECTLY (more on this later) is “file folder”, the tiny icon on the left once you click on the Windows icon on desktop.
- Quick Access not only keeps frequently used folders handy. It also lists all the recently used files, and I mean ALL! When you download a file from the internet, you’ll find it at the top of the Quick Access files. When you save a file, it’s there at the top of the list. And, of course, when you open a file, it’s at the top of the list. So I use the list to access frequently used FILES, as well as folders.
TAKEAWAY: Use Quick Access to access almost all of your files.
Michael Emerald, CFA
Wall Street Analyst
Performance Business Design
A recent September 2016 article in Harvard Business Review discussed the importance of analyzing and making decisions about the five aspects of a returns policy. The five aspects were:
- Monetary Leniency
- Time Leniency
- Effort Leniency
- Exchange Leniency
- Scope Leniency
The article does a great job of explaining each, and I won’t go into it here. What I will discuss, however, is the importance of bringing this up in a planning meeting to describe where your returns policy stands right now. Then, ask yourself objectively which of these areas has been problematic for you or your customers. Next, I want to see you brainstorm alternative return policies. Moving on, consider the pros and cons of each of these alternatives. Finally, devise a new returns policy based on your results.
I don’t have to tell you that business success comes at the margin, nowadays, and even something as subtle as a returns policy should be reviewed. How often? Ideally, annually. If you are small and resources are scarce, every two years sounds acceptable to me.
Michael Emerald, CFA
Consultant, Wall Street Securities Analyst
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