Category Archives: Tooling & Retooling America

Micro-Tasking – the new workforce Artificial intelligence is creating

Micro-Tasking – the new workforce Artificial intelligence is creating

While this time it really seems like it could happen, the dire threats of the elimination of the human workforce isn’t anything new: WHEN the first printed books with illustrations started to appear in the 1470s in the German city of Augsburg, wood engravers rose up in protest. Worried about their jobs, they literally stopped […]

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Tematica’s Take on Mnuchin’s Reforms and Growth Prospects

Tematica’s Take on Mnuchin’s Reforms and Growth Prospects

There are several drivers of a company’s business as well as the price of its shares, assuming it is publicly traded. We described many of these in Cocktail Investing: Distilling Everyday Noise into Clear Investment Signals for Better Returns, but a short list includes new technology, regulatory mandates, the overall speed of the global economy […]

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The Retail Worker — the real victim of the Connected Society

The Retail Worker — the real victim of the Connected Society

  A new class of unemployed workersAs more and more retail workers lose their jobs, a new class of unemployed and underemployed workers is emerging in America that’s larger and more geographically far-reaching than the coal industry Trump has vowed to revive.What does this class look like? Nearly half are women, about 17% are Hispanic […]

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Data or Divination?

Data or Divination?

You’ve probably already learned that on Wednesday the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee increased its Fed Funds rate to 0.75 – 1.0 percent. The markets were concerned that we would hear a much more hawkish tone from the Fed, which would have implied a possibly faster pace of rate hikes. Chair Janet Yellen’s prepared speech coupled […]

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The “re-internship”: a new definition of Tooling & Retooling the American Workforce

The “re-internship”: a new definition of Tooling & Retooling the American Workforce

  In the crosshairs of low workforce participation levels, hiring managers that are complaining they can’t find qualified workers, stagnant wages and an educational system that is stagnating at a time when federal, state and local budgets are being cut sits the Tooling & Retooling investment theme.  In order to remain competitive on the global stage, workers […]

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Coding now a “blue collar” job? Evolution of the Ride

Coding now a “blue collar” job? Evolution of the Ride

WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only […]

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JOLTS Jars with Mainstream View of Jobs

JOLTS Jars with Mainstream View of Jobs

Yesterday the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly JOLTS report (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary), revealing further details on labor market conditions in December. Despite all the post-election euphoria, the number of job openings actually declined by 4k and has dropped 130k since September. While the number of new hires rose 40k, the […]

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Self driving cars  — a job killer of unprecedented levels

Self driving cars — a job killer of unprecedented levels

The focus of the self-driving, driverless, or autonomous car and its impact typically surrounds the consumers’ acceptance of the concept and when, how and yes, if the adoption curve will ever trend upwards, let alone take on the proverbial hockey stick curve upwards. As we’ve mentioned here in Thematic Signals many times recently, we’ve ruled out […]

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