Thank You

December 31st, 2008 12:46 pm | by John Jansen |

Today marks the completion of one year of blogging  at Across the Curve. I wish I could say that I knew that the economic landscape would prove as salutary as it did for a blog about the arcane world of investment grade fixed income products.

I am not that prescient but I sure picked a great time to begin this endeavor.

I want to thank many other bloggers who cited this blog and who have publicized my efforts here. There are too many to name indivdually but I offer a collective and heartfelt thank you.

I would like to thank those who comment. The level of commentary here (I think) is elevated and I rarely ever need to exercise the Orwellian powers that I have as proprietor.

I also would be quite remiss and ungrateful if I did not thank the legion of bond market participants who supply me with the raw material which generates my musings. Without each of you this would never have been possible and I thank you for generously sharing your time and knowledge.

Thank you to all of my readers!

And thank you  to my family for their support and encouragement. My wife Donna has been most supportive as I pass big chunks of the day hermit like in front of the PC. She still does not understand the idea of selling something that you do not own but I love her dearly and appreciate her patience.

And I end with a salute to the memory of my father, Joe Jansen, who died in June. He taught me to love language and writing. In that which I write well, his spirit lives and thrives.

And one last note. Happy Birthday to my mother who turns 82 today.

Happy New Year and Peace!


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  1. 38 Responses to “Thank You”

  2. By James Hymas on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    No, no, JJJ – thank YOU!

    As a fixed income specialist with no involvement in the US market, I find your summaries of market action and influences to be very helpful.

  3. By Arn on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for running this blog. I found it some time this summer in a posting on Have been enjoying it daily ever since! Your posts are informative and often spark some interesting conversation. Thank you and have a Happy New Year!

  4. By Bryan on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you for writing this blog. I found it a week ago and look forward to reading it daily in 2009. Intraday information in the FI markets is difficult to come by, making your contribution to the blogging world that much more valuable.

    Happy New Year!

  5. By Anonimnik on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you for your time, and for keeping us informed on the state of the fixed income markets so consistently. I read everything you write via the feed. Best wishes for the new year.

  6. By grateful on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    It is we who should be thanking you! Happy New Year to our of our most enlightened and trustworthy navigators of interesting times.

  7. By jj on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Wonderful site

    I check in 2-3 times per day for your great insight

    Best for 2009

  8. By Levi on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank YOU! I am on the retail side of financial services and your data, analysis and commentary are quite helpful as I try to imcrease my knowledge of the inner workings of the fixed income markets, and in turn try to deceminate the information to my clients. Here’s to a new chapter in 2009!

  9. By JPHouston on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Well done!

  10. By tcbot on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    …..Happy New Year…look forward to your insights Jan 2

  11. By scott on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    As a lurker not a poster thank you for this blog, this is something that provides a great deal of unbiased data with the judgement and experience of a market professional like yourself which is good for a diletante like myself. Grateful for sites like this outside the MSM, which can’t get to this level of detail, or the broker houses, where you have to question some of the biases.

  12. By Jon on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    I forgot how I found this blog but I am glad I did. I am on the equity side and it is great to get a reality check on things from the credit side. I feel like I have the top dog covering me on credit. Great work.

    To John and all readers, Happy New Year!

  13. By Gary on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    From a “retail investor” who is just trying to survive the current environment, THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and insights. Happy new year!

  14. By s2c on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you JJJ. Your writings are not only helpful but a joy to read. I share your thoughts on the credit markets with my hedge fund colleagues and share your social commentary with my wife who is a writer. Your posting on Obama’s victory captured my feelings perfectly. I go back to it from time to time when the financial markets make the world look so grim.

    Happy New Year!

  15. By Joe on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    I have found this web site to be really fascinating. Almost a guilty pleasure.

    Keep up the good work.

  16. By texalope on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Your blog is the best example of the power and wonder of the internet. We are all just getting started. Thank you and happy new year.

  17. By William on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Hi JJJ & all blog readers,

    I would like to thank YOU (stress the YOU word, as stated by someone before me) for this blog and its high quality content (& comments).

    I find it when I was looking on the Internet for a serious explanation about the recent moves on the US 30Y swap spreads !

    I found a serious explanation … and since that day, I go and read your blog several times a day ! Working on the EU IR futures & options, your blog is for me of high interest, helping me to understand the US market a bit more !

    Thank you again, … long live this blog !

    Have a very good evening, and a wonderful 2009 year JJJ, and all posters !


  18. By Jesse on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    I enjoy your blog very much and I thank you for taking the time to share your insights.

    Happy New Year, and Thank You!!

  19. By cynick on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you for your efforts, John. I wish you and the planet a happy and healthy new year.

  20. By David Pearson on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply


    Thank you for an insightful and invaluable blog. Absent a Bloomberg terminal its hard for private investors to access information on the credit markets. When I came across your blog for the first time this year, I breathed an audible sigh of relief: finally, I could at least count on knowing the basics of what transpired in the mortgage and other markets on a daily basis. Even better, you went beyond just “reporting” and provided thoughtful analysis as well.

    Have a great New Year!

  21. By Sharon on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    I start my mornings with a hot cuppa and this blog since I found it 8 months ago. So the thanks is all down to you. Cheers.

  22. By Tom Sparks on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you for valuable information and insights delivered with class and eloquence.


  23. By paul on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    john – thx for the blog. i’ve learned a lot since i stared reading. best wishes for the new year and keep up the good work.

  24. By George Schubert on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you..

  25. By Penguin on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    I’m a relative new comer to the site (about 1 Month) but was quickly impressed with the entire Across the Curve organization as well as its very knowledgable and CIVIL commenters (a rare commodity in blogs these days) that it has been added to my daily info consumption. Thanks to JJJ and all for the effort and to all a Happy New Year.

  26. By Hedging Risk on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    I believe it was in Early Feb when I found this blog, it is now part of my daily and sometime hourly set of sites I check during and after market hours each day. TY JJJ for the effort and the product you give away for free each day.



  27. By John Doe on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks John for giving your time and insight, it’s very helpful..

  28. By Gallifrey on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Your profound insight and intuitive understanding of the fixed income markets met with simple eloquence has been a delight to learn from this past year. I offer many thanks, and the hope that you and your readers will continue these efforts in the one to come.

    Happy new year.

  29. By Bob on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you for sharing so much information and wishing you a great 2009!

  30. By s on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Excellent blog. A must visit every morning.

  31. By K T Cat on Jan 1, 2009 | Reply

    I just found this blog a few days ago and I’ve added it to my daily reads. Thanks for taking the time to share your expertise and knowledge with us.

  32. By Alx on Jan 1, 2009 | Reply

    A single post was enough to bookmark you sir. Thanks for the wishes. Thanks for the point of view. A happy new year to you too.

  33. By M on Jan 1, 2009 | Reply

    Happy New Year John.

    Thank you for the blog, it is a pleasure to start the day with and so I do nearly every day for the last 6 or 7 months.


  34. By Shankar on Jan 2, 2009 | Reply

    Like your blog.

    Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family.

    Best wishes.

  35. By GreenAB on Jan 2, 2009 | Reply

    thank you and all the best in 2009 to you and your family!

  36. By Zombie on Jan 2, 2009 | Reply

    Comments here are awesome.

    Commenters make this blog

  37. By GS on Jan 2, 2009 | Reply

    No – thank YOU.
    Your market updates are much appreciated. Posts are always well written and educational for those of us who are not fixed income specialists. Wishing you a better 2009.

  38. By y81 on Jan 2, 2009 | Reply

    As an every day reader and very occasional commentator, thank you and Happy New Year! This is a great blog and I can’t imagine how I lived without it.

  39. By Dave in SV on Jan 2, 2009 | Reply

    Happy New Year to all and thanks for the blog.

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