Bond Expert: I'm Moving On, With Thanks

by: John Jansen

I began writing my blog in January 2008 and it has been a far greater success than I had ever dreamed possible. It has been my privilege to inform and illuminate my readers about the daily movements in the fixed income markets and to do so as the greatest financial crisis since the Depression paralyzed the economy and the markets. I hope that I reported on the historic events of the past two years with both humility and humor.

It is now time to turn the page. I have accepted a position with TD Securities in New York and I will return to the world of institutional sales. I will be hawking liquid rates products and I will be actively involved building a new franchise for that firm. It is an exciting opportunity and I expect to reflect some of the perspective that I have gained in these nearly two years of blogging.

At the moment, the future of this blog is undetermined. If you are involved trading fixed income and wish to establish a professional relationship, please feel free to contact me at John.Jansen1950@yahoo.com.

For those who have access to Bloomberg, I will show up on that system early next week.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday I want to say thank you to several folks.

Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution was the first member of the blogosphere to cite my work and I owe him an immense debt (and I did thank him personally when we met at the US Treasury several weeks ago).

I would be remiss if I did not thank Professor Paul Krugman of the New York Times who provided this blog with enormous credibility when he quoted from it in the newspaper itself and in his blog in October 2008 at the height of the crisis.

Numerous other bloggers gave me assistance and among them I thank Felix Salmon, Yves Smith, Mark Thoma, Tim Duy and James Hamilton.

This blog could not have been successful without the assistance and time of many traders, salespersons and portfolio managers who provided me with the raw material for the articles I posted. I promised anonymity and I was faithful to that pledge. I thank all of those market participants for making this possible.

And finally I thank those of you who read and commented regularly. I particularly thank those who regularly commented as the discourse and discussion was always civil, polite and gracious. Many of you had wisdom and insight beyond that which I possess and I thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

As I noted earlier, I am turning a page and not necessarily writing the last paragraph in a book. Please feel free to contact me via my personal e mail or via Bloomberg when I am on that system next week.

Thank you so much and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. -- John Jansen