Perspectives Blog

Insights on current market events and investment opportunities.

Labor markets in the new digital age

Columbia Management, Investment Team | April 14, 2014

The downside to technological progress is short-term dislocations and job loss for those displaced by automation. Workers with high skills and advanced education command a wage premium while unskilled and lower-skilled workers are displaced which aggravates income inequality. The winners will be those who have skills complementary to the new emerging technologies and those who

Predicting new drug sales is more art than science

Harlan Sonderling, CFA, Senior Healthcare Analyst | April 14, 2014

Predicting sales of new medicines is highly inaccurate and subject to significant and often costly errors. While investment analysts can draw on research tools and experience, history suggests new drug forecasting will remain more art than science. Despite the high level of uncertainty and variability in new drug forecasts, the innovative medicine industry is alive

Tri-state pension reforms result in improvements

Matt Stephan, Analyst, Tax-Exempt Fixed-Income Research | April 11, 2014

The New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state region is dependent upon New York City. The strength of state pension systems varies. Improvements are being implemented. The New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state region is, in large part, economically rooted in New York City — access to diverse, high-paying jobs throughout the metro area drives state property