Cumberland Advisors Week in Review (May 04, 2020 – May 08, 2020)

Author: Cumberland Advisors, Post Date: May 9, 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.

Thank you for joining Cumberland Advisors for this end-of-week update on market conditions, bonds & equities. Matt McAleer and John Mousseau are both on camera today.

John Mousseau:
-In the Bond Market we say Treasury Yields going up and Municipal Yields coming down.
-The Municipal Market continues to repair
-We explain why we think that market is attractive
-We give some thoughts on unemployment
-What’s happening with the MTA of New York? We talk about it with some detail.
-“Well known names will soon get a decent reception, it’s usually just a matter of price.”
Matt McAleer:
-The Market will make investors feel foolish from time to time. Why? Matt explains.
-You main enemy as a trader, as an investor, is looking you right in the mirror!
-Don’t compartmentalize single trades.
-“The biggest mistake an investor, or trader, or a portfolio manager can do is lose perspective and confidence in what they’re trying to -accomplish with capital that they’re managing.”
-Have a plan!

Please reach out with any questions/comments you may have about this week’s update; we appreciate your calls, comments, and emails. Watch in the player above or at this link:

Stay safe, healthy, and have a great weekend.

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Cumberland Advisors In The News

Illinois to sell debt as fiscal woes worsen in coronavirus outbreak

Quoted: John R. Mousseau, CFA | Posted on: 05/07/2020 read more

Bloomberg Radio Interview: David Kotok on Fed News

Quoted: David R. Kotok | Posted on: 04/30/2020 read more – Mitch McConnell as Meredith Whitney

Quoted: John R. Mousseau, CFA | Posted on: 04/27/2020 read more


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Part 2: Information is Beautiful – Early Florida Cases or Cover Up?

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: May 7, 2020

COVID-19 The Best Protection is the Truth As late as March 11, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis was denying that community spread was taking place, a claim that ran directly counter to statements made the day before by Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House COVID-19 Task Force. It is now clear, however, that behind the scenes the state was collecting data that suggested much earlier community transmission. [Continued…]

Information Is Beautiful (And Useful)

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

Information Is Beautiful (And Useful)

Hat tip to Barry Ritholtz for including in his daily reading list a link to a compelling and enlightening set of coronavirus infographics from Information Is Beautiful. Here is that link: First, a preface. Readers please note that the statistics shown in the infographics are the “official” counts. In the US those statistics are [Continued…]

Black Swan and SKEW

Author: Leo Chen, Ph.D., Post Date: May 5, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Black Swan and SKEW (Leo Chen) The term black swan refers to rare events that are unpredictable in nature. These events are mathematically difficult to compute and statistically insignificant. Black Monday on October 19, 1987, is a typical example. One may consider the COVID-19 pandemic a black swan as well. CBOE launched the SKEW Index in 1990, and it has been [Continued…]

Good Morning to Bill Allen

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

Guest Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Good Morning to Bill Allen Dear Readers, We would like to open our Sunday morning missive with this two minute message introduced by a prominent COVID19 survivor. We thank Christian Calgie for bringing this video to our attention: Geoffrey Cox reading Jerusalem accompanied by the orchestral music: I promise you, however prepared you think you are, it exceeds expectations. [Continued…]


Short-Term vs. Long-Term VIX

Author: Leo Chen Ph.D., Post Date: May 1, 2020

CA-Market-Commentary-Short-Term vs. Long-Term VIX

As the equity markets rally from the March 24th bottom gains steam, the VIX volatility index has more than halved since its all-time high on March 16th. VIX hit the 80 level for the first time during the financial crisis. Unlike a decade ago, it only took a month for the VIX to drop below [Continued…]

The Covid-19 Blame Game, Part 1

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: April 30, 2020

Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - The Covid-19 Blame Game, Part 1

As the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, spread throughout China (as millions of Wuhan residents fled their city), and then found its way overseas to cause a global pandemic, pressure mounted on governments to justify their actions in response, and a blame game soon ensued, with the Chinese and US among the main players. Initially, [Continued…]

The Fed and Markets

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: April 28, 2020

Federal Reserve Building

Congress and the Trump administration have embarked upon a massive federal stimulus program to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on the US economy. At the same time, the Federal Reserve has stepped up to bolster financial markets, having announced, in addition to its ongoing support of the repo market, a series of ten loan [Continued…]

Summer approaches! Here at Cumberland Advisors HQ in Sarasota, Fla., it also means hurricane season is on the horizon along with a possible return of Red Tide. This natural phenomena is thought to be amplified by human activity along the Gulf of Mexico. What can be done? Lenny Landau & David R. Kotok discuss “The Puzzle of Red Tide” where Lenny brings his experience as an engineer to bear.

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