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Michael Ashton

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On Bloomberg TV his audiences know him as the “Inflation Guy.” In the inflation markets he is known as a pioneer, having traded the very first interbank US inflation swaps and having been the sole market maker for the CPI futures contract. He is considered as the Expert to the experts in the world of inflation markets where true expertise is hard to find. Prior to founding Enduring Investments LLC, a specialty consulting and investment management boutique that offers focused inflation-market expertise, Mr. Ashton worked in research, sales and trading for several large investment banks including Bankers Trust, Barclays Capital, and J.P. Morgan. Since 2003 he has played an integral role in developing the U.S. inflation derivatives markets and is widely viewed as a premier subject matter expert on inflation products and inflation trading. While at Barclays, he traded the first interbank U.S. CPI swaps. He was primarily responsible for the creation of the CPI Futures contract that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange listed in February 2004 and was the lead market maker for that contract. Mr. Ashton has written extensively about the use of inflation-indexed products for hedging real exposures, including papers and book chapters on “Inflation and Commodities,” “The Real-Feel Inflation Rate,” “Hedging Post-Retirement Medical Liabilities,” and “Liability-Driven Investment For Individuals.” He frequently speaks in front of professional and retail audiences, both large and small. He has written two books, most recently “What’s Wrong With Money? The Biggest Bubble of All” in 2016. He also publishes a podcast, “Cents and Sensibility: the Inflation Guy podcast.” For many years, Mr. Ashton has written frequent market commentary, sometimes for client distribution and sometimes for wider public dissemination. He may be contacted through the contact form on the Enduring Investments site.

Trading Experience:    5 Years +
Trader Type:    Trader
Markets Traded:    Shares, Indices, Futures, Options, Bonds
Skill Level:    Professional
Preferred Approach:    Fundamental