Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (Dec 14, 2020 – Dec 18, 2020)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: December 19, 2020

The Cumberland Advisors Week in Review is a recap of news, commentary, and opinion from our team.Week In Review

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.

John Mousseau & Fixed Income / Munis
-Bond Market- quiet week. Yields ground a little higher. Why? Vaccines.
-Munis? Hardly a move.
-John talks about what’s happening behind the scenes in the muni world, as well as what expectations are at work in the market
-Next year will look a lot different than this one with vaccines making the difference

Matt McAleer & Equities / ETFs
-What a year!
-We’ve learned some of the same lessons traders have learned over the last 80/90/100 years, and that is to stay reasonable in the face of violent moves in the market
-In this market, it has paid to ask, “what can go right?” or “how much negativity is priced into the market?”
-After the run of spring, summer, and fall, we need to ask the same questions but with the other lens: “what can go wrong?”
-What are we not seeing? Lots of predictions talking about future gains, the loose Fed policy, vaccines. But those things are know and already baked in stocked prices.
-Right now, we’ll make no changes to our portfolios
-Asia continues to perform well. Sometimes when I mention China, I get negative feedback. Why?
-As traders, we need to battle any kind of emotional attachment to a market or security
-What I think about China and it’s trade policy or economic policy should not affect how I look at them as a trader
-Our philosophy: stay reasonable, and look at trading through a risk/reward prism
-Our last trade was last week when we let go of the banks in US ETF, sitting in about 18% cash
-We’ll look for opportunities and pullbacks to get some of that cash to work
-Our next update will be Wednesday, December 23rd. See you then.

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The December FOMC

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: December 18, 2020

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Prior to the Fed’s December FOMC meeting there was a general consensus among economists (see the December NABE forecast, for example) that the Committee would not change its federal funds rate target. But the media was filled with speculation that the FOMC would possibly increase its asset purchase program or begin to purchase longer-maturity Treasuries. […]

Fed: Data-driven?

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 17, 2020


In a Bloomberg column by John Authors, published on December 16 (“Fed’s Last Christmas Before Biden Is All About WAM,”), his chart shows Core PCE has emerged as the most important inflation measure, as it is likely to have a stronger influence on the Fed’s policy decisions than other inflation measures. Continued[…]


Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 15, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Drones

Steve K. got us thinking about drones when he sent an email with three videos, one riveting, one marvelous, and one “downright scary,” all of them about drones. We decided to explore further. We note that we are overweight aerospace and defense in our US ETF portfolios. As you will see, drones are an increasingly […]

The Frog & The Scorpion

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 13, 2020


We want to paraphrase and update an ancient parable which originated for us along the banks of the Jordan River, as it flows from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. The Jordan defines the border between modern-day Israel, Jordan, and Palestinian Authority territory. Here’s the modern American version. The river is the Potomac. The territory is the federal center of government called Washington, DC. There are two actors in our one-act, two-scene play. One is a scorpion; the other is a frog. Scene 1. […]

Siesta, Longboat, COVID, Masks & More

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 11, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Siesta, Longboat, COVID, Masks & More

Sarasota-based, Cumberland champions mask wearing and other COVID-prevention measures. We also champion business. We believe that Florida’s economics are better served with basic prevention measures in place. We would not lock down everything. We would require basic civic responsibilities, such as mask wearing in a deadly pandemic. The principle is the same as permitting or […]

Chris Whalen on GSEs

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 8, 2020

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Several folks have asked us about the status of the GSEs under the Biden regime. Some may be invested in some of the troubled securities issued by GSEs. Some argue that the US Treasury Secretary can rectify the problem without the help of Congress. We do not agree. We do not expect any help for […]

Jobs – As Yearend Approaches

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: December 7, 2020

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary - Jobs – As Yearend Approaches (Eisenbeis)

On Friday we got the last look at how the economy is performing, jobs-wise, before the end of the year. On the positive side, the economy did create 245,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6.7 percent. We note that critics argue the estimate is too low due to problems within […]

A Twinkle for Sunday

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 6, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - A Twinkle for Sunday

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” existed first as a poem. Written by Jane Taylor and first published in 1806, it was titled simply “The Star.” It was not until 1838 that “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” appeared in print as a song, in a collection called The Singing Master: First Class Tune Book, paired with the tune […]

Interest Rates and Yield Curve Control, Part 4

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 4, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Interest Rates and Yield Curve Control, Part 4

In Part 4 of our series on interest rates and yield curve control, we will examine two charts and two related tables to help explain yield curve control and implications for the Treasurys market. The first three parts are available here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, The first chart and table […]

The Cumberland State of Despair Index

Author: John R. Mousseau, CFA & Patricia Healy, CFA & Tom Patterson, Post Date: December 3, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - The Cumberland State of Despair Index (Mousseau & Healy + Patterson)

The Cumberland State of Despair Index tries to capture the despair caused by unemployment brought on by the pandemic and COVID-19 infection rates on a state-by-state basis. This State of Despair Index will be applied as a variable in our credit-scoring model. Continued […]

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