About

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Alan Fleisig is a writer, musician, graphic designer and avid cyclist, not necessarily in that order. A native New Yorker, I have worked extensively in finance, tech, and the arts, and have both deep and broad experience writing and designing both B2B and B2C corporate/commercial communications, marketing collateral and advertising.

Over the past few years, I have written and had produced over 110 web video and motion graphic scripts for diverse clients including ADP, Bloomberg, Broadridge, CVS, Cuna Mutual, Forbes Insights, Google, MCCI, Thomson Reuters and RR Donnelly, among others.

I also have many years’ in-house, agency, service bureau, and freelance experience writing presentations, advertising copy, annual reports, brochures, newsletters, shareholder reports, press releases, long- and short-form marketing collateral, websites, mini-sites and other web content for clients including SAP, Google, MetLife, CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust, Grubb & Ellis, Nuveen Investments, Morgan Stanley, Cowen & Company, CVS, Roche, Genentech, the Mayo Clinic, IMS Quintiles, the McGraw-Hill Book Company, Columbia University, the Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management, and many others.

 

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16 responses to “About

  1. Congratulations, finally after writing on others blogs for years- you have a blog of your own. Use it wisely and have fun.
    xo

  2. Glad that you are writing for yourself now. Go be the brilliant man I know you to be for all to see.
    Much luck and kick out the jams!

  3. Leonard Fleisig

    Well, well, well, at least one of us photographs well. Very nice photo! Is that Italy?
    Good luck with the blog.

    • Top picture: The ancient town of Eze, actually, overlooking Cap Ferrat, on the border of France and Italy. (Above the summit of the Col d’Eze of Paris-Nice fame for you cyclists.) Picture 2 is the shoreline of Long Island Sound taken from Southold on the North Fork of Long Island.

  4. Paul & Joan Fleisig

    Good luck with blog, and other endeavors.
    some questions:
    1) Did you see the NYT op-ed letter of resignation from the AIG commodities trader? Why is AIG in commodities trading?
    a) Where did all the Enron traders go?
    b) What was the role of commodity traders
    in the run-up of prices for oil, grains, and
    industrial metals?
    c) Why did hedge funds buy grain elevators?
    d) How did Morgan Stanley get to control
    15% (at least) of the fuel oil in the north-
    east.
    2) What is the impact of electronic trading on
    the markets?
    3) How do hedge funds make money?

  5. I hope to go into more depth on some of these things. But:

    1. Yes. A cousin of mine is an accountant at AIG, but he doesn’t like to admit it. A handful of people at several large firms had the ability to place too many bad big bets. There were lots of victims, including people who worked in other divisions of major financial players. The guy strikes me as a bit of a whiner, but also a stand up guy who’s going to give the retention money away.

    a. The ones that didn’t go to jail all got jobs with other financial service businesses.

    b. Commodity traders artificially drove up the prices of commodities in a largely unregulated marketplace. Notwithstanding the recession, oil prices, for instance, today are about where I believe they should have “organically” been if there hadn’t been a bubble.

    c. Don’t know.

    d. See (a) and (b).

    2. Electronic trading is the market equivalent of the 24-hour news cycle. It keeps everybody up too late, it grossly exaggerates the upside and downside of any story, and in the end, hasn’t really served any social good, except marginally by lowering the price of trades for some retail investors.

    3. The old fashioned way: They steal it. Seriously, though, what they do is make markets in things it would be illegal to make markets in if they were not playing with the money of so-called “qualified investors.” They seem to me to have a tendency to invest in highly volatile, often distressed asset classes, and derivatives and currencies. Bad joojoo was afoot when the investment banks started buying hedge funds in the middle years of this decade. This just added fuel to the fire by making the capital resources of the investment banks available to their newly acquired hedge funds.

    In short, I think that was the crux of the problem. In my “glory” days in investment banking, no one bank was big enough to make an enormous bad deal on its own initiative; if a deal was really enormous enought to cause a catastrophe, it would typically have to be syndicated, so several different firms would have to sign off. With nearly all restrictions as to the size of investment banks and banks being lifted, and the restrictions barring banks from acting as investment banks and vice versa were rescinded, the stage was set for the current disaster. IMHO, Too big to fail really meant “so big they’re bound to fail.”

  6. 1. Don’t think AIG was in Commodities trading, they wrote swaps and insurance polices for a lot of transactions, including commodities. Risk officers did not or would not calculate the risks of those swaps.
    Enron traders are at UBS and Sempra, My supermarket is next to the Sempra trading floor in Stamford.

    Commodity traders in NYC and Chicago trade raw materials, Corn wheat, oil, sugar,coffee, lumber, tulips, silicon valley real estate (just kidding on the last two!)

    US steel, Con edison, Kellogs go to these markets to buy their raw materials to make the stuff we consume. Enron tried to create a live market for power and natural gas, it was abused and books were cooked. Cooking the books was the real crime, investors were not informed of the problems with Enron

    C. hedge funds are supposed to buy assets to balance risk for their customers. Buying a grain elevator may be a hedge against surpluses of grain and low prices. Full grain elevators make more money than empty.

    D. The Northeast has no diversity of energy. Heating oil being the only viable means of heat in the Northeast. Lack of rail transport prevents Coal from getting up here. Natural gas has been difficult to get into the northeast. Many towns and cities have prohibitions on propane, too dangerous in the crowded northeast. That leaves heating oil, most heating oil is brought in by barge to the major NE ports or made at the few NE refineries that produce heating oil, which is used 6 months of the year. Nimby’s and Enviromentalists have fought any additional gas pipelines in the Northeast, Yankee gas in Connecticut was not accepting new customers for a while.

    Your Cousin had nothing to do with the Swaps at AIG, just to set the matter straight. 98% of the company is profitable, a few idiots in Wilton, CT and London literally bet the company on risky derivatives.

    Markets always take advantage of weaknesses: Enron took advantage of California’s insane desire for electricity, yet no power production, new power palnts in California are fought like jihad. Merrill took advantage of an energy system with no competition and no diversity.

  7. Update: the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) just bought the Sempra trading floor. RBS is a bank using Her Majesty’s TARP pounds. CEO has a platinum parachute.

    Why do Refinery fires always happen just a few days before memorial day? and Why does Iran always fire missiles this week as well?

    I do not believe in Coincidence.

  8. Alan,

    you need a better description of yourself in your portfolio page. A brief description of what you do well, in the first paragraph.

    A copy of your CV, with phone numbers and email obfuscated (mike “dot” lastname “AT” email DOT com) so you don’t get spam and calls about car warranties.

    See what happens when you Google “financial writer” or whatever your title is. I’m not a Google expert, but this will drive more traffic to your site.

    Mike

  9. I read the blog you maintain . I like it very very much. Please keep writing this.

    • Thanks, Rusnit, for your words of encouragement. It means the world to me for people to appreciate the blog. I will try to keep it up.

  10. austropithicus from bikeforums

    Hi Alan,

    Long time no chat. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I have an unpaid internship if you know anyone that might be interested. 😀

  11. Hi Alan,

    I found your blog while searching for a New Yorker cover from the 1980s featuring “The A. Fleisig Paper Box Company” on Canal Street. Anyone? (My dad, Arnold Fleisig, is turning 80 soon and he is NOT easy to buy for.) Your blog caught my eye since I am a Fleisig who is married to an Irish person. I’m also a writer, musician, brand-new blogger, artist and cyclist, although not necessarily in that order. I feel pretty certain that I pursue all of the above at a lower level than you, but I do my best. No finance, alas. (Math phobia.) I look forward to reading your blog. Nice to know there are more Fleisigs out there.

    Stefanie Fleisig O’Connor

    • Hey, great to meet you. I have at least one copy of that New Yorker. I can dig it up and send you the date if that helps in your search.

  12. Thank you so much! I would appreciate it. Meanwhile, my mom informed me that Arnie does not like tchochkes and would prefer not to make holes in the walls of his study, so I guess a framed cover is not the best option. Did I tell you he was difficult? But I’d still love to get a look at that cover.
    Thanks again.

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