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Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton


Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

  • You Get What You Pay For

    Published 29 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    I am not sure if it is encouraging that Fed officials are not singing from the same hymnal, or frightening. On the one hand, the…

  • Building Blocks Of The Future

    Published 27 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Volume is starting to be a real concern. While the bond market rallied (2.52% on the 10y note), inflation markets and stocks fell (-0.6%), and…

  • Please Rewind

    Published 24 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Blockbuster video declared bankruptcy on Thursday, and today the CEO vowed that he would evaluate "every single store" in the chain. I think we just…

  • A House In Every Garage! And Some Will Have Two!

    Published 22 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Bonds extended the rally slightly (2.55% on the 10y note), while equities took a small breather (-0.5%). Stocks only retraced back to the top of…

  • Why Does Expansion Feel So Much Like Recession?

    Published 20 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The technicians will be happy with today's price action in equity markets. The movement of the S&P clearly above the summertime highs will clearly signal…

  • Accumulating Incongruities

    Published 16 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    It seems that every day these days I am befuddled by something new. Today's unusual experience was that professional economists actually did a great job…

  • What Is Bad About The Top Of The Hill

    Published 14 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Bonds rallied again today, with the 10y note yield down to 2.66%. Stocks were higher for most of the day - again, at the same…

  • What Is The Duration Of Gold?

    Published 11 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    On Friday, the U.S. inflation market rallied further. Inflation-linked bonds were well-bid as zero-coupon inflation swaps rose 5-7bps across the board. Considering that nominal yields…

  • One More Week At The Beach Perhaps

    Published 09 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    When did we decide to extend August into September? Late-summer trends have persisted now well past Labor Day. Bonds are the biggest surprise, with the…

  • Hard To Flunk When You Have The Answer Key

    Published 07 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    As expected, the passage of the long holiday weekend served to sober up financial markets after the exuberant finish to last week. In the sobering-up…

  • The Last Blistering Blast

    Published 03 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    As the last blistering blast of the summer season blows itself out both literally and metaphorically, heading into the long Labor Day weekend, the stock…

  • Being Negative Might Be A Positive

    Published 31 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Preliminary: My column from yesterday didn't get posted in some of the places it usually does. If you missed it, and if you care, you…

  • Digging Holes And Filling Them Back In, Indeed

    Published 30 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Ordinarily, when I come back after a week or two of vacation I feel mentally refreshed and I feel as if I have a clearer…

  • Cue The Panic

    Published 19 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Well, the economists kept their streak going; they have now under-forecasted claims for 18 of the past 21 weeks (including revisions). That is impressive. For…

  • The 'Real Feel' Inflation Rate

    Published 17 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    In today's comment, I would like to talk about inflation as it is measured, inflation as it is perceived, the difference between the two, and…

  • Economists And Martians

    Published 14 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    It was Friday the 13th, but nothing particularly spooky happened. As far as I know. I suppose there was one little spooky thing that happened…

  • Oh Rats

    Published 11 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Foreword: I need your help! Please read to the bottom of the post and participate in the poll: the bigger the sample, the better! .…

  • Anti-Ants

    Published 09 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    As we look to Tuesday, it is easy to recognize that the FOMC meeting is the signal event of the day. It may also be…

  • Thoughts Provoked

    Published 04 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Bonds set back (2.95% 10y notes), and stocks rallied (0.6%), on the marginally unimpressive news that the ADP employment indicator was +42K rather than +30K…

  • A Lonely Majority

    Published 02 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Ah, August. The dog days of summer are here, signaled by the declining probability that anyone you call today will actually be in the office…