China’s Tech Crackdown Means Economic Decline

Imagine you’re running a marathon. You’ve led the whole race. But a strong runner is coming up on your right. The finish line approaches.

Suddenly, there is a loud “crack.” The other runner has been shot in the head. You win.

This is essentially what has happened to the Chinese tech sector in recent months. The Chinese government has cracked down on major companies like Alibaba, Didi Chuxing, and Meituan. It has also regulated its substantial ed tech sector out of existence.

China used to be the US’s leading competition in technology. Now it looks like an also-ran.

Leaders of Alibaba and Didi angering Xi Jinping is one reason for the crackdown. Another appears to be China’s desire to refocus from software to hardware. The Party seems to think microchips, batteries and advanced materials are critical to economic leadership, while consumer software is a distraction.

One problem: semiconductors and most other manufacturing industries are a lot less profitable than software companies like Alibaba or Didi. And all of China’s net job growth since 2012 has been in services, not manufacturing.

Even with that growth, well educated Chinese youth often struggle to find decent jobs. Severely curtailing one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy will only make it worse.

China has lost sight of what those microchips and batteries are supposed to do: run software! They are not ends in themselves.

What’s more, the threat of sudden crackdowns will make it harder for all Chinese companies to raise money and grow. Maybe the hammer is landing on tech now, but investors will wonder, “Who’s next?”

More on China:

HOW CHINA’S TECH INDUSTRY DIES

CHINA’S TECH ELITE IS RUNNING SCARED

CHINA IS CRUSHING ONE OF ITS MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES

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New Data Shows Big Drop in AMC Fails to Deliver

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just released new fails to deliver data for the second half of July. It shows that fails to deliver in shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., dropped substantially in the last two weeks, but remain elevated.

In the first half of July, AMC had over 3.5 million fails to deliver. Here is the raw data from the SEC from July 1st. The fails to deliver are the number right before the company name:

20210701|00165C104|AMC|3519354|AMC ENTMT HLDGS INC CL A COM S|56.68

The most recent data, from July 30, show a significant decrease:

20210730|00165C104|AMC|160233|AMC ENTMT HLDGS INC CL A COM S|38.13

Let’s back up for a second: what are fails to deliver and why do they matter? Fails to deliver occur when a trade in a stock doesn’t clear properly. Sometimes the cause is benign, but AMC’s fails to deliver have been large and persistent.

Such a pattern is often associated with the illegal practice of naked short selling. Naked short selling involves selling shares without actually borrowing them first, pushing down the price artificially.

Perhaps recent moves by the SEC, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC), and others to reduce fails to deliver and prevent illegal trades are having an effect.

That said, AMC’s fails to deliver remain 238 times larger than those of Amazon (671 on July 29th, the most recent date available). Amazon has a market cap nearly 100 times AMC’s. AMC’s fails to deliver are 351 times the size of Apple’s (456 on July 30), the largest stock in the market.

Trading in AMC stock still looks fishy. Regulators may be making progress but there’s still a long way to go.

More on AMC:

AMC HAS 35,000 TIMES THE FAILS-TO-DELIVER OF AMAZON

AMC ON THE THRESHOLD LIST: STRONG EVIDENCE OF NAKED SHORT SELLING

HOW AMC CRAZY IS YOUR STATE?

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How AMC Crazy Is Your State?

After an incredible 17-fold rise this year, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. has become one of the hottest stocks in the market. But which state is the craziest for this meme stock?

It turns out my home state of New Jersey is #1 in the country for searches of “AMC” as a proportion of all searches, per Google Trends data from the last 12 months. Kansas, the company’s home state, is #2. (The darker the state, the more AMC crazy it is.)

Play around with the map at the link above and see where your state ranks!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

More on AMC:

HOW SHORT SELLERS COULD EVADE THE NEW NSCC RULES

AMC HAS 35,000 TIMES THE FAILS-TO-DELIVER OF AMAZON

SHORT SELLERS LOSE $44 BILLION IN 30 DAYS

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‘They Gotta Go’: Gravano on the Castellano Hit

Gambino family boss Paul Castellano had a problem: he couldn’t get hot water in his shower. The mansion he had built on Staten Island’s Todt Hill was so large that water cooled in the pipes before it could reach the bathroom.

The contractor he got to help him was a rising star in the Gambino family: Salvatore Gravano. Gravano had his men wrap heating coils around the pipes, and the problem was fixed.

Castellano couldn’t have known that the man who fixed his shower would one day murder him.

On this fascinating episode of the Our Thing podcast, Gravano breaks down how the notorious murder of Castellano, the most high profile crime boss in the country, happened. Castellano would be killed outside the exclusive Sparks Steakhouse on Manhattan’s 46th Street. The hit was planned meticulously for months and the shooters even obtained walkie talkies to communicate outside Sparks.

As the day of the murder approached, Gravano and Gambino consigliere Frankie DeCicco hid in the maid’s quarters of an associate’s home in Staten Island, practically under Castellano’s nose. And their scheming went beyond killing Castellano. Should John Gotti, who would become boss after the hit, not cooperate with them, they would kill him as well.

“This is a do or die hit.”

Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano

On December 16, 1985, a group of men in white jackets and distinctive fur hats began to approach Sparks. Castellano and his driver, Tommy Bilotti, pulled within a few feet of Gotti and Gravano on the narrow Manhattan streets. But they never noticed Gotti or Gravano, who directed the hit and was also there as a backup shooter.

Uniforms, radio communications, reserve forces: the hit had a military precision. Castellano and Bilotti were quickly shot to death, making John Gotti the boss of the Gambino family.

In this podcast, Gravano portrays Gotti as a reckless loudmouth, even as the late Gotti no longer has any chance to defend himself. It’s hard to know how accurate his account is, but it’s certainly entertaining!

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How Short Sellers Could Evade the New NSCC Rules

The National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC), which handles a huge percentage of all stock trades, may soon increase capital requirements for firms 25-fold:

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED RULE CHANGE
Currently, NSCC requires each Member to maintain a minimum Required Fund Deposit amount of $10,000. NSCC proposes to increase each Member’s minimum Required Fund Deposit amount to $250,000.

This change could make it more difficult for hedge funds to engage in naked short selling, a generally illegal practice that allows them to drive down a company’s share price without ever actually having any shares. There is substantial evidence that such sales have artificially driven down the share price of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. among others.

But there may be ways around this new rule, and I’m sure the hedge funds are scrutinizing them at this very moment. From law firm Norris Mclaughlin:

After a period of consolidation from the 1980’s through 2010, seven SEC-registered clearing agencies remain, of which NSCC is both the oldest and the biggest.

One wonders, however, whether the size of the proposed increase will cause some, especially smaller, less active Members to leave the NSCC and seek other, alternative trading systems to close transactions.

So, the increase in required capital may not be big enough to dissuade the large firms from continuing to trade as they have. And smaller traders may leave to other, friendlier venues.

The SEC may need to make more comprehensive rules to stamp out illegal short sales. And as it happens, they’re looking for public comments on the rule now here.

Let the voice of the people be heard!

More on AMC:

AMC HAS 35,000 TIMES THE FAILS-TO-DELIVER OF AMAZON

AMC ON THE THRESHOLD LIST: STRONG EVIDENCE OF NAKED SHORT SELLING

EXPLOSIVE CLAIMS IN LAWSUIT AGAINST ROBINHOOD

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Why Jim Chanos Is Dead Wrong About AMC Holders

Jim Chanos, Founder and President of the Kynikos Associates hedge fund, has some harsh criticism for holders of AMC and other meme stocks:

What I see on Reddit, Twitter and elsewhere is the exact opposite. The communities have a strong determination to hold and often find the position deeply personal. One very popular Reddit post I saw said that hedge funds killed her father, in that her father fell into despair and substance abuse after the financial crisis, which hedge funds had a hand in:

For many AMC holders, it’s personal. And I don’t doubt the same is true for holders of other meme stocks.

Do they also want to make money? Sure. And I’m also pretty sure that Chanos didn’t start his hedge fund in order to save starving kittens.

In fact, this personalization of the position could be a liability for meme stock holders. As someone who invests for a living, I urge all investors to view an investment as an investment only. It helps you make clearer decisions.

In the future, I suggest listening to this song when you read Chanos’ tweets:

More on AMC:

AMC HAS 35,000 TIMES THE FAILS-TO-DELIVER OF AMAZON

SQUEEZES IN AMC AND OTHERS ARE KILLING OFF SHORT SELLERS

EXPLOSIVE CLAIMS IN LAWSUIT AGAINST ROBINHOOD

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Why I just invested in eyerate, the best online review tool

If you run a retail business, you know what a royal pain online review sites can be. Get one unreasonable customer, and all of a sudden their bad day is turned into your business nightmare. An angry one star screed torpedoes your average and you’re left to rebuild, bit by bit.

But what if you could capture ten times as many positive reviews from your happiest customers, cheaply and easily? And at the same time, you could motivate your employees to give the best service ever?

Well, you can. EyeRate, an innovative software startup from the Sacramento area, has created an incredible tool that both generates awesome reviews and motivates employees.

Here’s how it works:

1) Customer gets a haircut (or any other service).

2) Afterward, the customer gets a text message “You just saw Sarah. How was your experience? Rate us 1-5.” (Customer info pulls from the POS, so no need to enter anything.)

3) Customer texts back 5.

4) Customer is automatically prompted to post the review to Google, and does so with a single click.

5) Sarah gets a cash reward (usually $5-10 each time), which is automatically processed by EyeRate. The business owner doesn’t have to do anything.

By prompting happy customers to review you, EyeRate generates an average 10x increase in positive reviews for its clients. If a customer rates you less than a 4, the customer has the option to post OR share their feedback privately with the business owner and the message is forwarded to leadership to followup.

Where would you rather spend your scarce marketing dollars: expensive Google or Facebook ads with questionable usefulness? Or motivating your employees to provide great service and capture the awesome reviews, building your brand online and making your foot traffic skyrocket?

95% of consumers check online reviews before deciding which store to go to. Online reviews are also critical to your position in Google search. This is the where you will make or break your business.

I just invested in EyeRate, and the company is growing at warp speed for a reason: it produces reliable, massive increases in revenue for its customers that far exceed its modest monthly fee. Competitors like Podium and BirdEye can prompt a customer for a review and aggregate the data, but they can’t handle payments to employees, which is how you motivate them to give great service and ask for reviews.

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ONE OF THE HOTTEST TECH STARTUPS IN THE WORLD CALLS HOBOKEN HOME

WHY I JUST INVESTED IN GAUGE, THE BEST WAY TO SELL YOUR CAR

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Dunkin Donuts: The Definitive Top 3

Where I live in Northern New Jersey, Dunkin Donuts is an institution on par with the Giants or the Catholic Church. And since I’m willing to accept even the hardest jobs in the service of you, my readers, I decided it was time to clear something up.

What are the best donuts at Dunkin Donuts?

I conducted an extensive research program at my local shop. And I’m happy to announce I’ve identified the definitive top 3:

Number 3: Apple Crumb Donut

Gooey apple jam gushes out of this pillow of sugar as you bite into it. Not quite sure what the crumbs are, but they’re a great texture contrast. Don’t ask any questions. Just eat it.

Number 2: Old Fashioned Donut

I used to think it was boring. No. Classic. Its simplicity and straightforward flavor is the Platonic ideal of a donut. Dunk this in coffee, if you want to fully experience life.

Number 1: Double Chocolate Donut

Boston kreme used to be my true love, but now I’m cheating with double chocolate. Don’t tell anyone.

Its dense, cakey middle absorbs iced coffee beautifully. Together with the satisfying crackle of the chocolate frosting, you’re well on your way to a glorious diabetic coma.

What are your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IS IN…NEW JERSEY?

NYC’S KING OF SUGAR: POSH POP BAKESHOP

THE BEST BAKERY IN NYC (IT’S NOT LEVAIN)

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Use this link to save 5%! I’ll also get 5% of however much you spend, at no cost to you.

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My wife and I have gotten organic produce shipped to our house by Misfits for over a year. It’s never once disappointed me. Every fruit and vegetable is super fresh and packed with flavor. I thought radishes were cold, tasteless little lumps at salad bars until I tried theirs! They’re peppery, colorful and crunchy! I wrote a detailed review of Misfits here.

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Squeezes in AMC and Others are Killing Off Short Sellers

In 2021, stock in heavily shorted AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. has increased more than fifteen fold. Short sellers have lost billions in it and other meme stocks like GameStop, and seem to be becoming more gun shy about short selling in general.

I came across an interesting research note today on this subject from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management:

…when short sellers abandon their short positions due to some event in the market, this can create a self-propagating circle — if there is less shorting, then there is less lending income for investors with long positions. These long investors now need to be compensated with a higher return to continue holding the stock, and this higher return dissuades short sellers from initiating short positions. This results in a cascade, where fear begets fear: When short sellers see their peers hesitate to initiate short positions, they refrain from shorting, thus propagating the cascade to the point where all short sellers pull back from the market.

Seeing your peers implode could beget fear as well.

If hedge funds are becoming increasingly afraid of shorting stocks, they will likely want to close out the short positions they have. They have to buy the stock to do that, and that demand could drive prices higher.

Were I them, I’d cut my losses and move on.

More on AMC:

AMC HAS 35,000 TIMES THE FAILS-TO-DELIVER OF AMAZON

SHORT SELLERS LOSE $44 BILLION IN 30 DAYS

HEDGE FUNDS LOSE $12 BILLION ON AMC AND GAMESTOP

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Use this link to save 5%! I’ll also get 5% of however much you spend, at no cost to you.

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My wife and I have gotten organic produce shipped to our house by Misfits for over a year. It’s never once disappointed me. Every fruit and vegetable is super fresh and packed with flavor. I thought radishes were cold, tasteless little lumps at salad bars until I tried theirs! They’re peppery, colorful and crunchy! I wrote a detailed review of Misfits here.

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AMC Has 35,000 Times the Fails-to-Deliver of Amazon

Investors in AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. have long tried to draw attention to the possibility of illegal naked short selling in the company’s shares. One common sign of naked short selling is “fails to deliver,” or trades that are not closed out.

So I found it interesting that AMC has fails-to-deliver 35,000 times as large as those of Amazon, one of the largest stocks in the market, based on the latest SEC data.

Fails to deliver can happen for a variety of reasons, some of them benign. But they can also happen when a trader sells short shares he doesn’t own, also known as naked short selling. The shares aren’t delivered because they never existed.

The example with Amazon may be particularly dramatic, but AMC’s fails to deliver are still about 9 times the size of Apple’s, whose market cap is 150 times greater than little old AMC’s.

Here is the raw data from the SEC’s latest report. The number right before the company name is the fails to deliver:

20210701|00165C104|AMC|3519354|AMC ENTMT HLDGS INC CL A COM S|56.68

20210701|023135106|AMZN|100|AMAZON COM INC;COM USD0.01|3440.16

20210701|037833100|AAPL|406167|APPLE INC;COM NPV|136.96

This is nothing new for AMC. Indeed, it has had so many fails to deliver for such a long time that it has repeatedly featured on a special “threshold list” maintained by the NYSE.

It seems highly likely to me that something fishy is going on here. But will the SEC act?

More on AMC:

AMC ON THE THRESHOLD LIST: STRONG EVIDENCE OF NAKED SHORT SELLING

EXPLOSIVE CLAIMS IN LAWSUIT AGAINST ROBINHOOD

SHORT SELLERS LOSE $44 BILLION IN 30 DAYS

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