Market Commentary


The June FOMC

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: June 24, 2019
Federal Reserve - FOMC

In the commentary leading up to the June meeting, I argued that some relaxation of the tariff issues with Mexico, combined with relatively good data for the US economy, would make the FOMC’s decision to hold pat on rates relatively easier. While the FOMC did decide at its June meeting to hold rates constant for […]

Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Jun 17, 2019 – Jun 21, 2019)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: June 22, 2019
Week In Review

The Cumberland Advisors Week in Review is a recap of news, commentary, and opinion from our team. These are not revised assessments, and circumstances may have changed in the market from the time of original publication. We also include older commentaries that our editors have determined may be of interest to our audience. Your feedback  […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – 2Q 2019 Review: International Equity ETF

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: June 20, 2019
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Review: International Equity ETF

In the next-to-last week of the second quarter, the factors that have led to high volatility in the global equity markets during the quarter are still present. Foremost among these are the destabilizing effects of rising trade and technology tensions, which are hurting the manufacturing sectors in many countries, disrupting global value chains, and weighing […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Market Volatility ETF Portfolio 2Q 2019 Review: Rising VIX

Author: Leo Chen, Ph.D., Post Date: June 19, 2019
Cumberland Advisors - Quarterly Review - Market Volatility ETF

The US stock market experienced some rising volatility caused by the tariff war during the second quarter of 2019. While the S&P 500 didn’t drop by double digits in May, the volatility index, VIX, briefly touched above 20 last month. As a general rule of thumb, investors can expect a 10% correction in the stock […]

2Q2019 Review: US Equity ETF

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: June 17, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary

Market volatility in Q2 of 2019 was driven by three distinct elements: (1) trade war and tariffs with China, on and off with Mexico, deferred temporarily with Europe, and festering with others; (2) economic indicators like details in the employment report pointing to a slowdown in growth; and (3) questions about what the Fed will […]


Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: June 13, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary

Giacomo Puccini set China as the venue for his famous opera Turandot. Opera buffs will know it well. Anyone not familiar with this intriguing romantic opera is certainly invited to experience it. Why do I start a commentary about China and the Trump Trade War by invoking an opera to serve as a metaphor? The […]

What Does “Data-Dependent” Mean?

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: June 12, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary

Markets and pundits were hyperventilating this past week over the prospect that the FOMC might cut the fed funds rate at its June or perhaps at its July meeting, driven by concerns that the economy might be slowing, as reflected in the disappointing employment report and the prospects for the imposition of import tariffs on […]

2% or 2% or -0.2%?

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: June 10, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary

The bond market is currently a puzzle derived from an enigma influenced by an anomaly. Or is it?  Here are some bullets. 1. Riskless overnight US government cash equivalents yield more than 2- or 5- or 7- or 10-year maturity instruments of the same credit risk.  That means a market based forecast suggests that the […]

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