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Michael Panzer

Michael Panzer

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

Biography

Michael J. Panzner is a 25-year veteran of the global stock, bond, and currency markets and the author of Financial Armageddon: Protecting Your Future from Four Impending Catastrophes, published by Kaplan Publishing.

  • All Wet

    Published 12 August 2008 | viewed 2,414 times

    Share prices have come alive in recent weeks, aided by a number of ostensibly positive developments. Providing a big boost, of course, has been sell-off…

  • Continuation Point

    Published 21 March 2008 | viewed 3,201 times

    For the bulls, the events of the past several days have marked a major turning point for the U.S. equity market. Share prices staged their…

  • Bipolar Disorder?

    Published 29 September 2007 | viewed 4,540 times

    While there is a chicken-and-egg debate about which comes first, historically there has been a strong relationship between economic conditions and the national psyche. In…

  • Revenge of Frankenstein Finance

    Published 06 August 2007 | viewed 4,372 times

    A chimerical force has been rampaging through global markets in recent months, wreaking widespread havoc. Cobbled together from myriad agreements, assumptions, and transactions by academics,…

  • The Same Old Shortcomings

    Published 10 July 2007 | viewed 3,061 times

    On the face of it, it seemed like a great idea: an insurance policy for investment portfolios. No wonder it was popular with the Wall…

  • The Smell of Contagion in the Air

    Published 02 July 2007 | viewed 5,257 times

    An ill wind swept through Wall Street last week, seeping into trading rooms, cubicles, and offices on every floor. All of a sudden, people began…

  • Goodbye to the Good Old Days

    Published 10 June 2007 | viewed 6,339 times

    Last week, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note recorded its biggest one-day jump in years and breached the five percent level for the…

  • Eau de Liquidity

    Published 20 May 2007 | viewed 4,208 times

    Recent news reports highlight the difficulties some troubled borrowers are facing when trying to renegotiate payment and other terms with lenders. In many instances, the…

  • Dead Market Walking

    Published 29 April 2007 | viewed 7,814 times

    "Dead man walking" is the phrase shouted by guards when a condemned prisoner is taken down to Death Row. The words have also been used…

  • Cliff-Risk Nation

    Published 08 April 2007 | viewed 5,170 times

    In the credit derivatives market, certain instruments are exposed to what is known as "cliff risk." This ominous sounding phrase describes a situation where the…

  • Rise of the (Selling) Machines

    Published 09 March 2007 | viewed 4,669 times

    In the popular 1984 film, The Terminator, current California governor and former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg sent back in time to eliminate the…

  • Tip of the Iceberg

    Published 23 February 2007 | viewed 4,237 times

    In last Tuesday's Ahead of the Tape column in the Wall Street Journal, "After Subprime: Lax Lending Lurks Elsewhere," Justin Lahart speculates on whether other…

  • A New Understanding

    Published 31 January 2007 | viewed 4,589 times

    It looks like David Lereah, the buffoonish and pathologically optimistic chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, now faces stiff competition in his quest…

  • Surprise, Surprise

    Published 07 January 2007 | viewed 5,723 times

    Last Wednesday, Byron Wien, the thoughtful and well-regarded chief investment strategist of hedge fund Pequot Capital Management, issued his list of Ten Surprises for 2007.…

  • An Era of Unintended Consequences

    Published 02 December 2006 | viewed 3,986 times

    Over the past decade, lenders dramatically loosened underwriting standards and aggressively marketed an assortment of exotic mortgage products designed to make home ownership more "affordable."…

  • A Sudden Recognition of Risk?

    Published 23 September 2006 | viewed 3,896 times

    This past week, the commander of Thailand's army unexpectedly staged a coup d'état and ousted the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The military declared…

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    Published 23 April 2006 | viewed 4,511 times

    The U.S. stock market has held up remarkably well in recent weeks, despite surging commodities and precious metals prices, bond yields hitting new 4-year highs,…

  • The Joy of Neutrality?

    Published 24 March 2006 | viewed 3,531 times

    There is a widespread belief that the U.S. Federal Reserve remains on track to boost interest rates back towards more "neutral" levels. The only question…

  • Are We at the Cusp of a Major Asset Allocation Shift?

    Published 04 March 2006 | viewed 6,262 times

    According to a recent article in Crain's New York Business, "consumers are rushing to park their money in New York banks" as 12-month CDs hit…

  • Liquidity Fire Trap?

    Published 23 January 2006 | viewed 6,892 times

    Following a near melt-up in share prices at the beginning of this month, markets have suddenly become unstuck. Rattled in part by disappointing results from…