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International ETF: Third Quarter 2016 Review

Author: Matt McAleer, Post Date: September 28, 2016

The global equity markets started the third quarter off with a strong rally that erased the Brexit weakness and lifted many indexes to 52-week highs by early September. The markets have spent the back half of September attempting to consolidate those gains amongst a steady diet of news, from Brexit fallout to the Bank of […]

Tactical Trend: Third Quarter 2016 Review

Author: Matt McAleer, Post Date: September 27, 2016

Recognizing strength and weakness among primary asset classes is the core goal of our Tactical Trend strategy. For much of the year, domestic equity, fixed income, and cash have registered very close scores in our relative strength analytic, which measures buy and sell signals between asset classes. During the second half of Q3, domestic equity […]

TR Tax-Free Muni Bonds: Third Quarter 2016 Review

Author: John Mousseau, Post Date:

“A Market in Transition?” The municipal bond market finally slowed down during 3Q2016, as shown in Tables 1 and 2. The muni market cheapened on both a nominal and a relative basis. Why? Some of this backup has been caused by the drift up in yields since the post-Brexit lows were reached in late June. […]

MLP: Third Quarter 2016 Review

Author: Richard S. Daskin, Post Date: September 26, 2016

May You Live in Interesting Times The title of this quarterly review comes from an old Chinese proverb/curse. Or perhaps the opening line of Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities is more appropriate: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times….” Either way, in the third quarter the energy business […]

Puerto Rico Insured: Third Quarter 2016 Review

Author: Shaun Burgess, Post Date: September 24, 2016

Puerto Rico started off the third quarter with a bang: a historic default and a seminal moment in the drama that has played out over the past two years plus on the little island in the Caribbean. Cumberland’s expectations of default were met in dramatic fashion, but so too was our long-standing presumption that the […]

Taxable Fixed Income: Third Quarter 2016 Review

Author: Daniel Himelberger, Post Date: September 23, 2016

The third quarter of 2016 kicked off with historic events in financial markets, fueled by post-Brexit volatility. On July 8th we saw record highs for the S&P 500 at 2129.90 and record lows in the 10- and 30-year treasuries at 1.359% and 2.099% respectively. Since that day we have seen new records in equity markets […]

Now What?

Author: Bob Eisenbeis, Post Date: September 22, 2016

As we expected here at Cumberland Advisors, the FOMC chose not to raise rates at its September meeting but strongly suggested, based upon both rhetoric and its dot forecast chart that it was clearly open to one policy move this year. However, the case made both in the Committee’s statement and by Chair Yellen at […]

Equity Markets, Banks Welcome Bank of Japan Policy Revamp

Author: Bill Witherell, Post Date:

Investors around the globe had anxiously awaited the results of Wednesday’s meeting of Japan’s central bank, the Bank of Japan (BOJ). Japan is the third largest economy in the world after the US and China. It has been suffering from weak economic growth for the past two decades, along with stubborn deflation, ever-rising government debt, […]

A Short Clarification

Author: John Mousseau, Post Date: September 21, 2016

On our commentary this morning (click here to view) titled “Munis, Pensions, and a Client Email is Answered”, David Kotok mentioned four states that Cumberland Advisors is avoiding. Those states are Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and Kentucky. It is important to recognize that we mean direct obligations of those states. That is because of concerns […]

Munis, Pensions, a Client Email Is Answered

Author: David Kotok, Post Date:

In an email to me, a valued client sent me a link to a disturbing read about public pensions, followed by a query. M.L. [name withheld] has been a client for years and has had a long period of terrific results in munis with us as his manager. He wrote: “NY Times: ‘A Sour Surprise […]

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