In my opinion the speculation about a conspiracy at the St. Louis Fed may be fodder for internet speculation, but it is simply not true. There is coincidence in timing of unrelated announcements. We believe it is pure coincidence. Here’s the fact set. 1. On January 16, 2020, the St. Louis Fed discontinued the series […]
Surveillance: Negative Rates with Mohamed El-Erian (Bloomberg Radio Podcast) Hosts: Tom Keene, Jon Ferro, and Pimm Fox David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors Co-Founder & CIO, says negative interest rates are at a peak. Michael Holland, Holland & Co. Chairman and Founder, thinks the Fed is far more important for markets than a U.S.-China trade deal. Dana […]
Despite Volcker’s tendency to listen to only a few close associates when it came to key policy issues, but unlike Arthur Burns, he was respectful and tolerant of staff. I was fortunate enough to have a chance five years or so ago to sit down with Paul at a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago conference and discuss the past. Among his key attributes were his integrity, the quality of his public service, his concern for the independence of the Fed, and his commitment to break the back of inflation despite the personal and political attacks he incurred in response to his policies designed to achieve that end.
“Boring” was how commentators on at least one network characterized the FOMC’s December 11th decision to hold rates constant. It was, in fact, a no-brainer decision given the strong labor market, which created 266 thousand jobs in November; strong consumer spending based upon the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales data; an unemployment rate at […]
Following the FOMC’s announcement of its third consecutive rate cut after its meeting this week, speculation immediately broke out among market participants about whether additional cuts or even rate increases might be on the horizon going into 2020. However, such speculation is probably more noise than substance at this point, since the Committee’s statement was […]
Bloomberg TV – Daybreak Asia October 30, 2019 Robert Eisenbeis, vice chairman and chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors, discusses the potential for another Fed rate cut in December and beyond and his thoughts on communication from the central bank. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg) WATCH HERE (or click the embedded […]
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced on Friday, Oct 4 that it would continue to offer a maximum of $75 billion in overnight repurchase agreements and at the same time offer a series of term repos through at least November 4 according to the following schedule: This extension seems to be an attempt […]
(Bloomberg) — Between the reinstatement of the debt ceiling in March and the unwind of the Fed’s balance sheet, a “small shock is coming to the short-term funding markets,” Cumberland Advisors Chief Investment Officer David Kotok says in note. • The 2019 debt-limit fight will occur in the shadow of “recent nasty midterms” and as […]