Perspectives Blog

The beginnings of a new moderation in Asia

Soo Nam Ng, Head of Asian Equities | June 2, 2014

The Great Moderation was a period of macroeconomic growth and reduced volatility that provided a backdrop to the strong performance of U.S. equities. The lessons hold relevance for equity investors in Asia as big picture conditions for a Great Moderation are starting to fall into place. We believe the “new moderation” mindset will take Asia into its next leg of development, unleashing its potential in a more sustainable and stable manner. Less…

Harvesting a New Moderation in Asia

Soo Nam Ng, Head of Asian Equities | June 23, 2014

Companies with competitive strengths still intact should have positive profit growth once adaptive change gets underway. The ability to control cost is essential to surviving the growth slowdown in Asia Pacific ex Japan. We do not just need companies to be adapted; we also need them to be positioned for adapting. A New Moderation in Asia In my previous article, I argued that conditions are in place for the slowdown in Asia to evolve into a sus…

Investing selectively in Asia

Soo Nam Ng, Head of Asian Equities | July 14, 2014

…e see the greatest contrarian opportunities in sectors where market sentiment has been most depressed. In my previous two articles, I argued that big picture conditions for more sustainable growth are beginning to surface in Asia (article1, article2). Furthermore, Asia’s corporate sector has been adapting to the moderated growth environment by streamlining cost and capital expenditure. The final question we shall address is how investors should…

Global Asset Allocation Outlook (as of May 13, 2014)

Columbia Management Global Asset Allocation Team, | June 2, 2014

…overweight position in developed international markets. However, we have downgraded UK on valuation concerns and deteriorating monetary conditions. We remain neutral overall emerging market equities but have upgraded emerging Asia. Although there hasn’t been sufficient fundamental improvement in most emerging economies, several central banks, particularly in Asia, have taken steps to strengthen their currencies and improve external funding. Moreo…

Ukraine Crisis – Can the U.S. make Europe less dependent on Russian gas?

Jonathan Mogil, Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst | July 28, 2014

…aces significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. European utilities have some optionality to rely more heavily on renewables, coal or LNG imports. Europe has enough spare capacity at its LNG terminals to source supply from Asia which could mitigate the issue temporarily, but this would not be an ideal long-term solution as they would be forced to compete with Japan and other Asian buyers who have traditionally been willing to pay higher prices…

Emerging Markets: Waiting on exports

Anwiti Bahuguna, Ph.D., Senior Portfolio Manager | March 31, 2014

…tive competitive advantage and market share. In late 2012, Robert McConnaughey, Director of Global Research, argued that one should not dismiss the relative strengths of U.S. competitiveness. Low cost production from emerging Asia was a threat to U.S. businesses, but American businesses adapted to the environment, using outsourced labor and overseas capital deployment as an asset to improve corporate productivity and margins. This evolution has c…

Corporate governance – The next catalyst for Japanese equities

Daisuke Nomoto, Senior Portfolio Manager | August 4, 2014

…ve their cost of capital and regularly conduct shareholder friendly capital management. We are excited about further improvement in Japanese corporate governance, which should present greater investment opportunities. In many Asian countries outside Japan, corporate governance is still very poor and even government governance is undeveloped, particularly in emerging Asia. However, we believe that equity markets will pay a premium to certain compa…