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Michael Ashton

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  • Know When To Walk Away

    Published 24 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Occasionally (and this seems like an excellent occasion) it is worthwhile to step back and, rather than considering the investing attributes of the market, ask…

  • Time-out! New Rules!

    Published 18 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    It is always important to remember that when you are investing or trading, while the rules appear to be clearly spelled out they may be…

  • To Get Those Twenty, They'll Destroy The Market

    Published 17 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    A decline on Friday and on Monday? The equity market selloff threatened to enter a new phase, as stocks fell on Friday in fear of…

  • Never Complain. Never Explain.

    Published 14 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The key news of the day, of course, was that NBC canceled long-running show Law & Order after 20 years. The leaves NBC with only…

  • Never Happened!

    Published 12 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Well, the stock market is back to where it was pre-Thursday, with the S&P rallying some 1.4% today on again-lower volume. There was, for the…

  • Rattlesnakes At The O.K. Corral

    Published 10 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The weekend finally produced something of substance, although how much substance is clearly still open to question. It has been called an "all-in" bet by…

  • Buy On The Sound Of Cannons?

    Published 06 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The old saying is that you should "buy on the sound of cannons, sell on the sound of trumpets." I think that adage applies, however,…

  • No Pleasing Some Folks

    Published 04 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    There is just no pleasing some people! Greece finally gets a package of a decent size...okay, so it's not very likely that the deal will…

  • Some Second Guessing?

    Published 01 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    There seems perhaps to be a little bit of second-guessing going on at the moment. Although the Chicago Manufacturing index was stronger-than-expected at 63.8, and…

  • Where To Hide?

    Published 28 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The water is getting a little choppy, and perhaps dangerous enough to consider not swimming for a little while. Today the June 10y note gave…

  • Don't Tap On The Glass

    Published 26 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    According to Investors Intelligence, cited in Alan Abelson's column in this weekend's Barron's, only 17.4% of advisory services are bearish on the stock market, the…

  • The Drama Isn't Over

    Published 25 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    I am not sure what game it is that equity investors are watching. Overnight, Greece formally asked for aid from the EU and the IMF.…

  • More TIPS In Every Pot

    Published 22 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Another slow day, with the equity bears/fixed-income bulls winning this time. The bond market ended up at 3.74% on 10y yields with TYM0 up 13.5/32nds.…

  • What Price, Price?

    Published 19 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    It was a relatively quiet day in the markets, despite the fact that stocks were weak overnight (partly because Greece's Prime Minister said the country…

  • What A Bunch Of Ashes

    Published 16 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    What Wall Street really needed right now, as they attempt to mobilize against the potentially-disastrous Volcker Rule and any number of other populist nostrums, was…

  • Rotten Only At The Core

    Published 14 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The financial news networks are abuzz about earnings, but for me the focus is on the fact that Core CPI matched the lowest year-on-year core…

  • Is Time On Our Side?

    Published 12 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

    A week away, and nothing has really changed. The 10y yield is still around 3.84%. Stocks are still going up (although the Dow broke 11,000!…

  • Saved By The Bell? Maybe Not

    Published 02 April 2010 | viewed 457 times

    It is on days like this that I realize just how little most of the investing world cares about fixed-income. To be sure, the big…

  • A Sigh Of Relief

    Published 31 March 2010 | viewed 594 times

    First things first: for my money, the last 20 minutes of "Armageddon" is probably the most effective emotional cinema there is. That is in stark…

  • Groucho And Holiday Inn Express

    Published 28 March 2010 | viewed 702 times

    There's nothing like a potential act of war to press the 'pause' button on a bear market in bonds. The sinking of a South Korean…