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Shutdown. Markets. #2.

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: January 23, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by David Kotok

We thank many readers for their responses to my January 22 commentary, “Shutdown and Markets” (https://www.cumber.com/shutdown-and-markets/). Responses were varied, as expected. Some folks maintained their sense of humor. Others blamed one side or the other and criticized my final sentence, in which I suggested that both sides share a measure of the blame. So let […]

Shutdown and Markets

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: January 22, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by David Kotok

The stock market is ignoring the shutdown. The bond market is, too. So, too, are commodities, currencies, precious metals, fine art and other collectibles, sovereign debt, and many other asset classes. Those markets are moving for other reasons and not Federal shutdown. Why? Markets believe the shutdown is temporary. Market agents look at the childish […]

Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Jan 14, 2019 – Jan 18, 2019)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: January 19, 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 […]

Buyer Beware

Author: Shaun Burgess, Post Date: January 17, 2019
Cumberland Advisors - Shaun Burgess - Portfolio Manager & Fixed Income Analyst

In a move that caught many observers by surprise, the Federal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), which was created to oversee the restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has requested that Judge Swain invalidate more than $6 billion of the territory’s debt. The move would affect uninsured general-obligation bonds issued in 2012 and after. […]

Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Jan 07, 2019 – Jan 11, 2019)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: January 12, 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 […]

China Slowdown and Financial Markets

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: January 11, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by Bill Witherell, Ph.D.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange was the worst performing major stock market in 2018, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index falling 25% over the course of the year. Concerns about a slowing economy deepened in the second half as current indicators surprised on the downside. While many economists cautioned that a major slowdown in China was […]

Can the President Fire the Chairman of the Federal Reserve?

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: January 10, 2019
Cumberland Advisors' Bob Eisenbeis

The question has arisen, does the president have the ability to fire the chairman of the Federal Reserve. The short answer appears to be no. But few understand the structure of the Federal Reserve and how, by design, that structure both compartmentalizes and is designed to insulate policy making from attempts by outsiders to influence […]

Zika, Climate Change & January 25

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: January 9, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary - Zika

On December 30, as 2018 drew to an end, NBC’s Meet the Press aired an entire program on the climate change crisis, well worth watching (https://www.nbc.com/meet-the-press/video/meet-the-press-1230/3850857). Host Chuck Todd gave no air time to climate change denialism. Instead, the episode plunged into analyzing the crisis at hand, what might be done, what impediments slow our […]

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