Tag Archives: Patricia Healy


Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Wildfires Out West

Author: Patricia Healy, CFA, Post Date: October 8, 2020
Patricia Healy, CFA

On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that this year’s California fires had scorched more ground than the last three years of fires combined. Higher temperatures and greater winds have contributed to the spread. Year-to-date, the California fires have covered 4 million acres in 8,200 fires throughout the state. Some 8,400 homes and buildings have been lost, and […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – The Rise of Separately Managed Accounts – 2020 Update

Author: Patricia Healy, CFA, Post Date: September 15, 2020

Cumberland has utilized separately managed accounts (SMAs) to execute its fixed-income strategy since the company’s inception in 1973, long before SMAs were popularized in the early 2000s. The reasons for managing money in this fashion are the same today as they were then: • Transparency (you know what you own) • Flexibility to make strategic […]

BondBuyer – Florida preps $2.25 billion deal to pay hurricane insurance claims

Author: , Post Date: August 31, 2020

Excerpt below. By Shelly Sigo – The Bond Buyer August 31, 2020 Florida plans to “opportunistically” take advantage of historically low taxable municipal bond rates in a $2.25 billion deal that a state official said should be attractive for yield-starved investors. Proceeds will provide capital to pay claims, if needed, by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Hurricanes

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: August 27, 2020
David R. Kotok

In the Indian Ocean they are called cyclones, in the Pacific Ocean, typhoons. The latter term comes from the Chinese tai fung, which translates as “great wind.” The Kʼicheʼ Mayans called their god of wind, storm, and fire Hurakan. European colonists adopted the word, and it became hurricane. (Source: A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Managing Hurricane Risk in a Bond Portfolio

Author: John R. Mousseau, CFA & Patricia Healy, CFA, Post Date: August 10, 2020
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Managing Hurricane Risk in a Bond Portfolio

The Northeast continues to clean up from Hurricane Isaias, which swept up the Atlantic coast to New York and parts of New England on Thursday. Below is a slide from a presentation by our good friend Tom Doe, who heads up Municipal Market Advisors (http://www.mma-research.com). Tom’s firm does in-depth quantitative and qualitative research on the […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Why States Are Not Going to Default from the Coronavirus Fallout

Author: Patricia Healy, CFA, Post Date: March 27, 2020
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Why States Are Not Going to Default from the Coronavirus Fallout

In our opinion this is a short-term shock, although it will likely change some behaviors for the long term that will need to be monitored. The initial concern is liquidity, not just in the bond market but also at the state level, where tax payment dates have been extended and economically sensitive revenues such as […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – COVID-19 and Municipal Credit Quality

Author: Patricia Healy, CFA, Post Date: March 2, 2020
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - COVID-19 and Municipal Credit Quality

Until recently it was unclear if the new coronavirus would reach the United states. Now we have 88 reported cases in the US, at least two without a clear connection to travel to China, and as of Sunday night two deaths; so we feel it is time to comment on the ability of US municipalities […]

Market Commentary: Puerto Rico Earthquakes – Insult to Injury

Author: , Post Date: January 15, 2020
Market Commentary Puerto Rico

For the people of Puerto Rico, natural disasters have become all too commonplace. Two years ago there was Hurricane Maria, which claimed thousands of lives and caused billions in damages. Now the island has experienced a series of earthquakes (the largest being a magnitude 6.4), which have again caused destruction and again brought fear and […]

Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – 4Q 2019 Credit Commentary

Author: Patricia Healy, CFA, Post Date: December 30, 2019
Market Commentary - Cumberland Advisors - Q4 2019 Municipal Credit Commentary

Pensions, budgets, state ratings, climate adaptation, cybersecurity, and investing   This fourth-quarter commentary continues discussion on key themes of the year. Many of the themes are long-term in nature and reveal the need for governments and businesses to continue to evolve. Pensions, cybersecurity, climate resiliency, evolving demographic changes, and a globalized world as well as […]