Don’s Notebook March 2, 2018


There may be inflation worry among investors but there are no expectations for inflation among consumers.

Traders are watching for 1-year and longer-term 5-year inflation expectations in today’s University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report. The consumer sentiment index, reflecting strength in the preliminary February report, came in at 99.7 consistent with January’s 95.7.

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Dr. Don Pratl is Director of Trader Development and Education for TradeStation. He joined TradeStation in 2016 after holding similar roles with other online brokerages. Don’s long career in the financial services industry reflects expertise in administering trading and investment strategy programs for retail investors as well as financial services professionals. Since the 1980s, he has held various positions in areas including CBOE trading floor order execution, marketing, sales, personnel management, training and customer service. Don holds series 3, 4, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses, earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science. He has been an occasional adjunct college instructor since 2004 at a range of institutions, teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students using in-class and online formats.