Tag Archives: FOMC


The FOMC, March 2019

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: March 27, 2019
Federal Reserve - FOMC

To no one’s surprise, the FOMC left its policy rate unchanged. This decision was widely telegraphed in advance. What was a surprise to many – but should not have been – was the mark-down in prospective rate changes to zero in 2019 and only one in 2020. Pundits puzzled over what had changed since the […]

The January 2019 Fed Minutes

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: February 22, 2019
Federal Reserve - FOMC

Attention has turned to what extra gems of information might be contained in the release of the FOMC’s January 2019 minutes about the future path of policy. Comments have focused on the Fed’s balance sheet, the consequences of its runoff for financial markets, and what the Fed’s policies might be going forward in terms of […]

The Fed Is Guessing As it Plays With Fire: David Kotok (Radio)

Author: , Post Date: January 29, 2019
Cumberland's David Kotok on Bloomberg Radio

David Kotok, Chairman & Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors, on what to expect from the FOMC, balance sheet, and the outlook for bonds and markets. Hosted by Abramowicz and Paul Sweeney. Running time 12:42   LISTEN HERE: Bloomberg Radio NOTE: Links to other websites or electronic media controlled or offered by Third-Parties (non-affiliates of […]

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 […]

Market Backlash

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

The Treasury market had priced in a 25-basis-point increase in the FOMC’s target range for federal funds prior to the FOMC’s December 18–19 meeting. The Committee was faced with essentially three policy options: Pause, deliver on the 25-basis-point increase and signal a pause, or deliver on the 25-basis-point increase and signal the willingness to continue […]

TNB and the Regulatory Dialectic

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: December 13, 2018
Cumberland Advisors' Bob Eisenbeis

Back in the 1980s Professor Edward Kane coined the term regulatory dialectic to capture the dynamics of how regulated financial institutions found innovative ways to circumvent regulations designed to restrict their behavior. For example, banks adopted the one-bank holding company form in the late 1960s to avoid the restrictions on permissible activities. They subsequently used […]