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The Inflation Trader has been a recognized leader in developing the U.S. inflation derivatives market. He traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps in 2003 and, as a dealer, was a primary liquidity-provider in that market for two large banks. He represented about one-third of interbank swaps... More
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  • ECI - Not As Benign As You Think

    The Employment Cost Index just printed +0.4%, below expectations of +0.5%.

    The ECI consists of two parts: wages and benefits. The benefits component is very hard to seasonally adjust - for example, while companies tend to adjust benefits on a calendar year, they don't do it every calendar year. So it is usually important to separate the two components.

    And thus, we find that the rise in benefits was somewhat soft, but the increase in wages was +0.52%, the biggest rise since 2008 Q3 (see Chart, source BLS).

    As I constantly remind people, wages follow inflation and do not lead inflation, so for me this uptick confirms the inflationary dynamic rather than starts me worrying. But those who worry about wages causing inflation will find reason to be concerned here, even though the overall ECI number looked benign.

    (Wages do play a role in causing inflation to be more persistent, so this matters in that sense as well).

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Tags: inflation, ECI
    Apr 27 8:56 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Last Night's Post: "The Weak Ahead?" - Link To Post
    I posted a new article "The Weak Ahead?" on my blog last night, and SA hasn't published it (yet?). I hope they do, because I mentioned the weakness in ADP that we were likely to see and also gave reason to be careful with the ISM number which is coming out soon. I don't know if SA is going to publish it but you can get it at the link above (and you can subscribe directly if you like).

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Feb 01 9:43 AM | Link | Comment!
  • New Post: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Deflation
    I published a new post last night on my blog, that Seeking Alpha hasn't picked up yet. Impatient readers can get it here:

    http://mikeashton.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-deflation/

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Jan 25 8:38 AM | Link | Comment!
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