“The Fed is in a real pickle. … Being on the tightening side of monetary policy is no fun.”
Here is this week’s “Cents and Sensibility” podcast from inflation guru Michael Ashton. I am a big fan of this podcast and Ashton’s work because he has deep knowledge of how inflation works, but can explain complex issues in an entertaining way.
His podcast intro: “Inflation continues to show broader and deeper, and now is entering the general business and consumer mindset. In this episode, Inflation Guy talks about the idea that year-over-year inflation may peak soon, but probably won’t go back to the old 2% level. In the long term? Well, that depends on whether the Fed can channel Paul Volcker, and worry less about breaking eggs and more about whether we can afford eggs.”
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Who is Michael Ashton?
His audiences know him as the “Inflation Guy.” He is a pioneer in the U.S. inflation derivatives market. Before founding his company, Enduring Investments, Ashton worked in research, sales and trading for several large investment banks including Bankers Trust, Barclays Capital, and J.P. Morgan.
Since 2003, when he traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps, and 2004 when he was the lead market maker for the CME’s CPI Futures contract, he has played an integral role in developing new instruments and methods for accessing and hedging various inflation exposures. In 2016, Mr. Ashton published What’s Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All. He is a graduate of Trinity University and lives in Morristown, New Jersey.
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