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Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Nov 25, 2019 – Nov 29, 2019)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: November 30, 2019
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Week in Review - Weekend Recap

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 – UK Voters’ Dilemma: Johnson or Corbyn?

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: November 27, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by William "Bill" Witherell, Ph.D.

On December 12th, UK voters will participate in a general election to determine the composition of the next government. The manifestos of both the Conservative Party and the Labor Party contain elements that should concern investors. Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left Labor Party intends to convert the UK into a socialist economy through sweeping nationalizations (railways, broadband […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – NIRP, Lagarde, Trump, Dickens & Holidays

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: November 25, 2019
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - NIRP (David Kotok)

Negative-interest-rate policies (NIRP) have been criticized by some (me included) and pursued by others, including Europeans aligned with former European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi. However, growing numbers of Europeans are becoming disenchanted with NIRP, and some are now shifting away from it. In our view, negative rates have, predictably, damaged growth for over five years. The ECB’s new president, Christine Lagarde, seems to understand that she faces a daunting task in extricating ECB policy from reliance upon negative rates.

Here is an excerpt from her first speech:

“In my view, since our challenges are common ones, we must meet them with a common response. This involves moving towards a new European policy mix, which has a number of key elements. The first is monetary policy, which I start with because it is my area of responsibility and which will undergo a strategic review due to begin in the near future.”

Hat tip to Kevin Humphreys for the reference. Kevin is manager, European money markets, for BGC Partners. He is based in London. Kevin has kindly given us permission to share his observations with our readers. We completely agree with his view.

“Having had a few references of late from board members to potential side-effects of European Central Bank monetary policy, it was perhaps of little surprise that the ECB in their financial stability report should highlight that sub-zero interest rates have forced large investors to take on more risks and businesses to take on more debt. Equally unremarkable were the other two main observations, that bank profitability prospects have weakened and that mispriced assets may represent a vulnerability.

Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Nov 18, 2019 – Nov 22, 2019)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: November 23, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Nov 18, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019)

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 – The Warren Hedge

Author: John R. Mousseau, CFA, Post Date: November 20, 2019
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - The Warren Hedge (John Mousseau)

In the past few weeks Senator Elizabeth Warren has risen to be neck and neck with Joe Biden in most of the national polls for the Democratic nomination. In some of the electronic betting polls, though, Warren is ahead of Biden by 5–6 points, depending on the day. Warren has promised higher taxes, which would […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Overshadowed?

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: November 19, 2019
Federal Reserve - FOMC

Public attention this past week was riveted on the impeachment testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, which totally overshadowed Chairman Powell’s semiannual report and two days of testimony to Congress on monetary policy. That outcome is probably not a bad one, since there were no new insights provided nor any clues as to when or […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Trade War and No Recession

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: November 18, 2019
Stop Digging

The United States has gotten itself into a trade war negotiations mess. (See “How Trump’s Trade War Went From Method to Madness,” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-11-14/how-trump-s-trade-war-went-from-method-to-madness.) There is an old adage: “When you’re in a hole and it’s getting deeper, stop digging!” Trump and Co. know they’re in a mess but don’t know how to stop digging, so they have […]

Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Nov 11, 2019 – Nov 15, 2019)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: November 16, 2019
Cumberland-Advisors-Week-in-Review-November-15-2019- John Mousseau

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 – Amazon Fires – More Irrefutable Evidence

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: November 14, 2019
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Brazil & Amazon Fires

We thank the many readers who responded positively to our recent report on Brazil and deforestation in the Amazon. For a researcher and a writer, it is affirming to get some positive feedback. Not all readers’ responses were favorable. One broker called it the “the dumbest thing I have read.” Another person said, “The world […]

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