Tag Archives: Farmers


Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Farmers & Credit Issues

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: November 5, 2019

While Washington (politics and baseball) dominates the headlines, the American farmer continues to be bludgeoned by the Peter Navarro-designed and Donald Trump-approved trade war. The last two years have seen a significant erosion in US agricultural exports, and farmers have been badly hurt. We have written many times about time lags in trade policy. It […]

Shutdown #6

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: February 12, 2019
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by David Kotok

US agriculture was not well positioned to suffer a federal government shutdown in December and January. In an era of low commodity prices, many farms cannot afford trade-war shenanigans and cannot afford government shutdowns. Across the US, median farm income for 2018 was -$1548 (yes, a negative $1548), a fifteen-year low, despite record farm productivity […]

Whack a Mole

Author: Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D., Post Date: July 25, 2018
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D.

In the latest on US trade policy, we are now starting to see the economic consequences of starting a tariff war. Farmers have been complaining that they are being hurt irreparably by the imposition of tariffs in retaliation for the tariffs being imposed on China and our allies. The Trump administration is now proposing to […]

Trump Trade War, Soybeans, Danielle DiMartino Booth, Bill Poole

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: July 10, 2018
Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary by David Kotok

Former St. Louis Fed President Bill Poole who also was an economic adviser to Ronald Reagan has written about Trump-Trade policy and published this profoundly instructive commentary on July 2. He reveals the money conflict of interests that lurk behind some of the tariffs and he proposes a simple solution.  Here is the link: The […]