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 is always welcome.
As part of Cumberland Advisors’ continuous effort to maintain strong customer relationships, we offer this week’s short video discussing current market conditions and how we are positioning portfolios.
Thank you for joining Cumberland Advisors for this end-of-week update on market conditions, bonds & equities with me, Matt McAleer, and John Mousseau.
John Mousseau leads today on this week’s video.He talks about:
-Period of normalcy this week for bonds.
-Key for this week: Deals came to market and got done easily. Most municipal bond deals were oversubscribed and that’s a good sign. We had stability in the markets.
-The real issue this week is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s talk of states declaring bankruptcy instead of getting federal aid. There are a number of problems that this scenario raises.
-John wrote a commentary this week about McConnell’s statement and the link is here if you missed it: https://www.cumber.com/cumberland-advisors-market-commentary-mcconnell-as-meredith-whitney/
I’m next with my take on markets this week. My take on a few things:
-Another volatile week.
-What’s positive and negative this week?
-The market was able to price in the volatility in oil.
-Very interesting in what’s going on with transportation. What’s under the hood?
-What are we seeing in biotech? Medical devices?
-What is VIX trying to tell us?
Once again, we shot our own video this week. Thank you for taking the time to join us.
Please reach out with any questions/comments you may have about this week’s
update; we appreciate your calls, comments, and emails.
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Watch John’s April 23, 2020 presentation, “Bond Markets Through the Coronavirus” here: https://www.cumber.com/bond-markets-through-the-coronavirus-john-mousseau/
Fed Following WWII Model to Control Yield Curve
Bloomberg Radio – April 21, 2020
David Kotok, Chairman & Chief Investment Officer at Cumberland Advisors, discusses bond markets, the Fed and current investment outlook. Hosted by Lisa Abramowicz and Paul Sweeney.
Running time 07:36 – Play Episode: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2020-04-21/fed-following-wwii-model-to-control-yield-curve-kotok-radio
McConnell’s bankruptcy suggestion boomerangs
by Brian Tumulty – The Bond Buyer – April 24, 2020
Critics say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that Congress should allow states to file for bankruptcy would undermine efforts to quickly restart the economy and could damage the municipal market. John Mousseau, president and chief executive officer and director of fixed income at Cumberland Advisors, likened McConnell’s comment to the 2010 prediction by Meredith Whitney, a noted bank analyst, predicting hundreds of billions of dollars of municipal defaults were coming. They never materialized. She caused lots of market damage and outflows from municipal bond funds before sanity resumed and yields moved lower than they had been before she made her remarks, according to Mousseau. Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the backlash “has given even more momentum for state and local assistance,” making McConnell “increasingly isolated.” [Continued behind Paywall at The Bond Buyer…]
Lots of Muni Bonds Are Going to Be Just Fine
by Barry Ritholtz – April 13, 2020
(Bloomberg Opinion) — In an extraordinary attempt to help the economy in the midst of the coronavirus economic downturn, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has ballooned to more than $6 trillion.
How this has affected fixed-income pricing, yield, risk and even trading is the subject of this week’s Masters in Business interview with John R. Mousseau, president, chief executive officer and director of fixed income at Cumberland Advisors. Mousseau also is the co-author of the book “Adventures in Muniland: A Guide to Municipal Bond Investing in the Post-Crisis Era.”
He notes the current slump is very different from the 2008-09 financial crisis. That event was driven by credit deterioration and mortgage defaults. Things only came to a head only after defaults soared and bond markets developed liquidity problems after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In the fixed-income world today, the coronavirus pandemic is characterized mostly by economic paralysis, but so far not mass defaults.
Full story at Yahoo Finance: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/lots-muni-bonds-going-just-153254865.html
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