The epoch of financial capitalism is noted by a extraordinary change in a enterprise of a business world: to get out of a business of creation things people use, and into a business of removing income for owning, extracting and/or liquidating things.
The thing is, this isn’t a good strategy. Not usually did a expostulate to build adult financial institutions themselves curt a financial predicament (tanking Lehman Brothers in a process, and bringing a rest to a margin of extinction, forced to desire for supervision handouts), though all a real-economy businesses that attempted to turn financial institutions also collapsed in a crisis: GM converted a making-cars business to a arising loans business and nearly croaked as a result; ditto GE.
But a dream of extractive rentierism still haunts a managerial classes.
Take Ford CEO Jim Hackett, whose new Freakonomics Radio appearance distinguished his company’s change from a automobile business to a debt-issuance business, with Ford Credit now accounting for a third of a company’s profits. Hackett vowed to boost that share by regulating a precedence he could strive over his debtors to force them to let him view on them (for example, by doubling down on GM’s car radio surveillance), and afterwards cross-referencing this information on a information borrowers are forced to supply in sequence to buy their cars, and with data-sets from corporate acquisitions like a scooter association Spin.
It’s humorous how these real-economy naifs keep removing taken for rides by financial svengalis, who remonstrate them to modify their making-things-people-need businesses to extracting-value-at-loan-point businesses. Every singular time, they finish adult like a bottom tier of a pyramid scheme, emptying their pockets to advantage a con-artists who kicked a whole business off.
For a CEO of Ford to announce that he will crow his company’s debt business with a notice business during a accurate impulse that a world’s biggest debt issuers and notice businesses are entrance underneath parsimonious inspection and fretting about large law as they conduct into another 2008-grade predicament is flattering ideal rustbelt timing. Welcome to a bottom of a pyramid, Ford. Your financial betters will be along shortly to get abounding off of your touching unrestrained and trust.
“We have 100 million people in vehicles currently that are sitting in Ford blue-oval vehicles. That’s a box for monetizing event contra an pretender who maybe has, we don’t know, what, they got 120, or 200,000 vehicles in place now. And so only review a dual stacks: Which one would we like to have a information from?” Hackett said, according to a podcast transcript.
“The emanate in a vehicle, see, is: We already know and have information on a customers. By a way, we strengthen this securely; they trust us,” Hackett said. “We know what people make. How do we know that? It’s since they steal income from us. And when we ask somebody what they make, we know where they work, we know. We know if they’re married. We know how prolonged they’ve lived in their residence since these are all on a credit applications. We’ve never ever been challenged on how we use that. And that’s a precedence we got here with a data.”
Data could be what Ford sells subsequent as it looks for new revenue [Phoebe Wall Howard/Detroit Free Press]
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