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Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Eurozone Economy Risks A Decline With Divided Central Bank

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: October 4, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by William "Bill" Witherell, Ph.D.

The latest September data for the eurozone economy from IHS Markit present a deteriorating picture, with the demand for goods and services falling at its fastest rate in over six years and a deepening recession in manufacturing. Sentiment about the future, affected by concerns about global growth prospects, trade wars, and geopolitical uncertainties, remains at […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Draghi Signals “You Go First” to the Fed While Johnson Threatens

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: July 29, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by William "Bill" Witherell, Ph.D.

The European Central Bank (ECB) did not reduce key interest rates at its July meeting ending last week, contrary to the expectations of some observers. This decision leaves the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, to take the lead with a widely forecast rate cut at its meeting this week. However, ECB president Mario Draghi […]

European Growth Concerns Deepen

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: January 28, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by William "Bill" Witherell, Ph.D.

The latest economic indicators reveal that the economic slowdown in Europe persists. President Draghi of the European Central Bank (ECB) has underlined the continued weakness, expectations for softer near-term growth, and downside risks. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its economic projections for the euro area. Political uncertainties in Europe add to the headwinds […]

The Global Economy Moderation & International Equity Markets

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: December 18, 2018
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - The Global Economy Moderation and International Equity Markets

As 2018 draws to a close, economic growth in almost all economies, including that of the US, is moderating but is still expansionary and in most cases remains above long-term trends.   For the year 2018 as a whole, global growth looks likely to be the same as for 2017, 3.7%, with advanced economies advancing […]

Italy Update: Still a Concern for Investors

Author: William Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: October 31, 2018
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary - Bill Witherell, Ph.D.

The Italian drama continues, with the European bond markets demonstrating great resilience despite the risks presented by the Italian government’s proposed fiscal policy stance, which has been rejected by the European Commission (EC). Earlier, after receiving Italy’s draft budget, the EC had asked Italy to explain why the government decided not to comply with European […]

Eurozone Economy’s Expansion Ongoing and Broad-Based, Downside Risks Worrying

Author: Bill Witherell, Ph.D., Post Date: September 24, 2018
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary - Bill Witherell, Ph.D.

The European Central Bank (ECB) left its monetary policy stance unchanged at its September 13 meeting. Net asset purchases will end in December, but with the Bank’s maintaining its stock of assets, the reinvestment of redemptions will maintain substantial stimulus. No increase in policy interest rates is signaled until at least after the end of […]