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Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton


Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • Food Fights

    Published 11 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    A day after oil prices spiked, they turned around and plunged. The net effect was small: +$2.49 on Friday, -$2.87 on Monday (although at this…

  • Tragic Comedy

    Published 08 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    There were two tremors today, but the one that was expected is likely the one which will have bigger long-term effects. The unexpected tremor was…

  • It's A Big Graveyard

    Published 06 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    For some time now, the markets have been 'whistling past the graveyard,' impressively ignoring and/or shrugging off a fair pile of news that ought definitely…

  • The Fed's Latest Word On Inflation

    Published 05 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As I look with ever more confusion at the equity market, I am thankful that my expertise after all is in the bond market. Sure,…

  • Disciplined or Delusional?

    Published 04 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    If you feel as if this comment has become a little less regular over recent days, it is because it has. Partly, that is because…

  • Take Me Out - Going To The Ballgame

    Published 01 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The day before Employment is often a quiet day, and today it also happened to be the Yankees' home opener.[1] Had it not been quarter-end…

  • When Velocity Feels Like Acceleration

    Published 29 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Continuing the list of exciting news that equity investors consider to be bullish, today the debt of Portugal and Greece were downgraded by S&P, and…

  • Deranged, Faithful, or Phony?

    Published 28 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Happy days are here again! Well, perhaps not. Over the weekend riots in London's Trafalgar Square highlighted the fact that unrest over government cutbacks is…

  • The Least-Ugly Sister

    Published 24 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It's good to be the least-ugly sister. American markets powered ahead again today, despite ongoing tensions in Europe and very bad economic data. Stocks rallied…

  • Ask Not For Whom The Toll Toils

    Published 23 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The good news about housing is that it has fallen so far that a contraction in that sector doesn't have the same impact it once…

  • Taking A Punch

    Published 22 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Many things have happened since I last wrote, on the day of CPI. Libya declared a cease-fire. Libya immediately violated its own cease-fire. A number…

  • Still More Regime Change?

    Published 17 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    A second surprise higher on inflation was the most significant event of the day from the standpoint of U.S. investors. It also was completely ignored.…

  • Cracking The Containment Vessel on Inflation?

    Published 16 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    ...and now, I'm supposed to be a nuclear engineer? Financial engineering is in some ways similar to nuclear engineering, which is one reason we use…

  • America The Irrelevant

    Published 16 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It is a bit bewildering as a predominantly U.S. analyst to spend every day analyzing events in different parts of the world. Of course, the…

  • Surrounded

    Published 14 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The American economy and markets are now beset East as well as West. Battle still rages in Libya and Saudi troops moved into Bahrain as…

  • Dreams and Nightmares of Debt

    Published 10 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The stock market fell, fairly hard. The S&P ended the day down 1.9%, just a smidge above the lows from late Feb although the actual…

  • The High And Flighty

    Published 09 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Wednesday was another day without any scheduled economic releases of note; it was not, though, a day which needed it since there were some interesting…

  • General Versus Specific

    Published 08 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Stocks jumped 0.9% in what has become a rather normal response to a decline: an aggressive, almost in-your-face rally with (often) little provocation other than…

  • Where Is The Breaking Point?

    Published 07 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    A small aftershock is rippling through EU bond markets these days. Today Moody's downgraded Greece 3 notches to B1, citing lagging tax collections and "implementation…

  • Core Inflation And Hard-Core Unemployment

    Published 06 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The Employment data released today are relatively clearer than the data we have seen over the last couple of months. When we're discussing economic data,…