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Noted experts to join USF faculty for free virtual discussion about post-election financial markets, public welcome

The roller-coaster presidential campaign, and still to-be-determined results of the election, have many investors concerned about the impact that politics will have on the future of financial markets. 

To help sort through the election results and guide investors through these uncertain times, the University of South Florida will host a virtual panel discussion on financial markets on Nov. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Financial experts from the Sarasota-Manatee campus within the USF Muma College of Business and Sarasota-based Cumberland Advisors will share their expertise and insights to guide investment strategies. 

Holbrook

Karen A. Holbrook

The 90-minute “Post-Election Financial Markets” webinar is free and open to the public. Individuals need to register in advance at http://sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/postelection

“We are delighted to once again partner with David Kotok and his team at Cumberland Advisors to present an informative conversation about the markets with experts who have navigated uncertain times,” USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook said. 

“We have experienced COVID shock in an election year that has created extraordinary uncertainty in our financial markets,” said Kotok, who serves as Cumberland’s chief investment officer. “We went into a full depression in six weeks in February and March, and now we have underway a dramatic and uncertain recovery with historically low interest rates, massive market volatility and an uncertain financial future.” 

Kotok, who co-founded Cumberland in 1973, is a long-time USF supporter and frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV. His insightful articles and financial commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other national publications. The event also is sponsored by the Global Interdependence Center, based in Philadelphia. 

David Kotok

David R. Kotok

Panelists from Cumberland include John Mousseau, president, chief executive officer and director of fixed income; Robert Eisenbeis, chief monetary economist; Patricia M. Healy, senior vice president of research and portfolio manager; Matthew McAleer, executive vice president and director of equity strategies; Bill Witherell, chief global economist and portfolio manager; and Leo Chen, portfolio manager and quantitative strategist. 

Jean Kabongo, campus dean in the Muma College of Business and a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship, will facilitate the panels. Also set to participate is Eddie Sanchez, a finance instructor at USF, director of the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab at the Sarasota-Manatee campus and a longtime hedge fund portfolio manager and securities analyst. 

Holbrook will offer opening remarks followed by comments from Kabongo and Kotok and two panel discussions. 

The session’s topics include: 

  • Overview of the Political and Economic Landscape: The Election’s Implications

                12:10-12:25 p.m.: David R. Kotok 

  • Bond Markets and Credit: Interest Rates, the Fed and Congress

                12:25-12:50 p.m.: Eddie Sanchez, John R. Mousseau, Robert A. Eisenbeis and Patricia M. Healy

  • Domestic and International Equity Markets: Post Election

                12:50-1:15 p.m.: Matthew McAleer, Bill Witherell and Leo Chen

  • Q&A with Panelists

                1:15-1:30 p.m.: Matthew McAleer, Bill Witherell and Leo Chen

Here is a description of the speakers:

David R. Kotok
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer

David Kotok co-founded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has served as its chief investment officer since inception. His articles and financial commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and has authored or co-authored four books, including the second edition of “From Bear to Bull with ETFs” and “Adventures in Muniland.” Additionally, he serves as a director of the Global Interdependence Center, whose mission is to encourage the expansion of global dialogue and free trade in order to reduce international conflicts and improve worldwide living standards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in organizational dynamics and a master’s degree in philosophy, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Kotok is a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council and the National Association for Business Economics. He served as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority and on the Treasury Transition Teams for New Jersey Govs. Kean and Whitman. Additionally, he served as chairman of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

John R. Mousseau, CFA
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Fixed Income

John Mousseau is president, chief executive officer and director of fixed income at Cumberland Advisors. He serves as a portfolio manager and oversees portfolio construction, management, analysis, trading and research for all tax-free and taxable bond accounts. His comments and analyses have appeared in Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the New York Times, among other publications. He has contributed to the Municipal Finance Journal and has appeared on Bloomberg Television and Radio, Reuters and CNBC. He is co-author of the book “Adventures in Muniland,” and he has taught at the New York Institute of Finance and the Bond Market Association. Mousseau has more than 35 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Cumberland in 2000, he served as director of municipal bond investments at Lord Abbett & Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in economics from Brown University. He is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, the National Association of Business Economics and the National Economists Club. He also served as chairman of the Municipal Bond Buyers Conference.

Robert Eisenbeis
Vice Chairman & Chief Monetary Economist

Bob Eisenbeis serves as chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors. In this role, he advises Cumberland’s asset managers on developments in U.S. financial markets, the domestic economy and their implications for investment and trading strategies. Before joining Cumberland in January 2008, Eisenbeis served as executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where he advised the bank’s president on monetary policy for FOMC deliberations and oversaw basic research and policy analysis. Prior to that, he was the Wachovia professor of banking at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also held senior positions at the Federal Reserve Board and FDIC. Eisenbeis holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. In addition, he serves as a member of Financial Economist Roundtable and as a fellow of both the National Association of Business Economics and Wharton Financial Institutions Center. Commentaries and charts produced by Eisenbeis may be viewed here: www.cumber.com/tag/robert-eisenbeis.

Leo Chen
Portfolio Manager and Quantitative Strategist

Leo Chen serves as a portfolio manager and quantitative strategist at Cumberland Advisors. In this capacity, he oversees equity strategies that focus on volatility and market sentiment. He also works directly with clients as an investment advisor representative. Chen specializes in quantitative analysis, particularly in time-series empirical research. His research relies on stochastic calculus and Brownian motion and utilizes quantitative methods to examine market returns and underlying volatilities. Chen’s research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch and various media in Asia and Europe. Chen joined Cumberland Advisors as a consultant in 2014 and became a portfolio manager in 2016. He earned a doctorate in finance from USF and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester. In 2010, he served as a research scholar in mathematics at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto). In addition to his role at Cumberland, Chen is the director of the Student Managed Investment Fund at USF, a fund under the USF Foundation. He also serves as a member on the university’s 403b Retirement Investment Committee.

Matthew McAleer
Executive Vice President & Director of Equity Strategies

Matt McAleer serves as the executive vice president and director of equity strategies at Cumberland Advisors. He is a member of Cumberland’s board of directors and executive committee, and he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Cumberland’s equity group, including portfolio management, research and trading. With a focus on quantitative research, McAleer utilizes detailed trend, price and relative strength analysis to manage portfolio construction and to identify investment opportunities across multiple asset classes. He also serves as chairman of the firm’s investment committee and has over 25 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Cumberland in April 2014, McAleer served as a portfolio manager at Hudson Canyon Investment Counselors and Classic Asset Management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Rider University. His recap of weekly trading activity can be viewed on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/cumberlandadvisors.

William H. Witherell
Chief Global Economist & Portfolio Manager

Bill Witherell serves as Cumberland Advisors’ chief global economist, focused on international research as it relates to equity opportunities overseas. He joined Cumberland in November 2005 and became a portfolio manager in December 2005. In addition, he serves as a senior consultant for finance and corporate governance to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Witherell began his career as a business economist at Exxon and Esso Eastern, where he held positions in the economics, treasury and corporate planning functions. Later, he moved to the international economic and financial relations field, with positions in the U.S. Department of State and Department of the Treasury as director of the Office of Financial Resources and Energy Finance. Additionally, Witherell is past chair of the International Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics. He graduated from Colby College and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Princeton University.

Patricia M. Healy, CFA
Senior Vice President of Research & Portfolio Manager

Patty Healy is a senior vice president of research and a portfolio manager at Cumberland Advisors. In that role, she provides integral research and insight while serving as a member of the team managing portfolio construction, management, analysis, trading and research for tax-free and taxable bond accounts. She joined Cumberland in 2016 and previously served as senior director for Bayern LB. Additionally, she was as a credit analyst at TD Securities and Offitbank and worked at the credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. Healy frequently contributes to water industry discussions and is active in the public finance community, participating in conferences and committee positions. Her comments have appeared in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the State University of New York at New Paltz and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Additionally, she is a member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York, the CFA Institute, and the New York Society of Securities Analysts.

Karen A. Holbrook
USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

Karen A. Holbrook was appointed regional chancellor of USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus in 2018 after serving as the campus’s executive vice president and as senior advisor to the president of USF. She served for one year as interim president at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before returning to USF, and previously served as USF’s senior vice president for global affairs and international research (2010-12), senior vice president for research, innovation and global affairs (2007-10) and as senior advisor to the USF president (2013-16). Holbrook came to USF after serving as president at The Ohio State University (2002-07). She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a doctorate in biological structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education, CRDF Global, Bio-Techne, Academic Assembly Inc., INTO USF, and is immediate past board chair of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Previously, she served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ACT Inc., the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Council of Education, among others.

Jean Kabongo
Campus Dean and Professor, Muma College of Business

Jean D. Kabongo serves as campus dean in the Muma College of Business and as a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus. Prior to joining the campus in 2010, Kabongo was an assistant professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at Virginia State University. His research is focused on the analysis and promotion of sustainable practices in organizations, sustainable entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education in developing economies. His recent papers have been published in “Journal of Business Ethics,” “Business Strategy & the Environment,” “International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management,” “Journal of the World Business,” “International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research” and the “Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.” He holds a doctorate in management from Université Laval, Canada.

Eddie Sanchez
Finance Instructor & Director of the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

Eddie Sanchez, Jr., is a finance instructor at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and the director of the campus’s Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab. He earned a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Florida. He received a master’s degree in business administration and portfolio management/security analysis from the Heider College of Business at Creighton University and a master’s degree in economics from Trinity College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Quinnipiac University. Sanchez’s research focuses on municipal bonds, hedge funds, mutual funds, capital markets and financial institutions. He has more than 20 years of experience as a hedge fund portfolio manager and securities analyst, and he managed long/short technology and telecommunications portfolios at Citigroup Investments, First New York Securities, The Galleon Group, Credit Suisse and the Blackthorn Group.

To learn more about the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, visit www.sarasotamanatee.usf.edu.

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