Perspectives Blog

The role of asset location

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | October 23, 2013

Financial advisors and investors should have a good understanding of what is different about taxation in 2013 and beyond – and how it affects after-tax returns. An asset location strategy should consider the benefits of placing less tax-favored investments under tax-deferred or tax-free registrations in order to increase after-tax returns. The Columbia Management Learning Center is dedicating a series of blog articles to this important and time…

New taxes require strategies to maximize after-tax return

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | March 18, 2014

Higher earners with taxable investments are most susceptible to triggering the net investment income tax, a surtax of 3.8% that applies to taxable investments. An asset location strategy involves placing a greater percentage of the most tax-sensitive investments in tax-deferred accounts. Retirement plans offer significant opportunities for participants and business owners to reduce taxable income. In 2013, new taxes associated with the Afforda…

The end of “risk-on/risk-off”

Anwiti Bahuguna, Ph.D., Senior Portfolio Manager | February 3, 2014

…le A notable event of 2013 was the remarkable decline in cross-asset correlations implying potentially better investment opportunities for active managers. After the financial crisis, cross-asset correlations rose sharply as asset prices reacted predominantly to macro factors and less to individual stock or bond characteristics. For example, while the correlation between equities and commodities used to be negative or very low, it rose to over 8…

Does a perfect policy portfolio exist?

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation | May 5, 2014

Risk Parity represents a significant advance in asset allocation, but we don’t believe that there is a single perfect policy portfolio. While Risk Parity works well in neutral markets, we don’t think it is the best policy under bearish, bullish or highly bullish market conditions. We believe that a policy function that rotates among four distinct policy portfolios is closer to perfect than any single policy portfolio. The idea of a policy port…

The importance of taking a long-term perspective

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation | February 3, 2014

We examine the value in maintaining a long term outlook for major asset classes We review our forecast for several major asset classes over the next five years Why maintaining realistic expectations for long term asset class performance is so important For asset allocation decisions, we find great value in maintaining a long-term outlook for major asset classes. Twice a year, in fact, we conduct an extensive update of our five-year return fore…

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

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

The global asset allocation team reaffirmed their recommendation to modestly overweight equities versus bonds, despite the slight underperformance of equities relative to bonds so far this year. The S&P 500 is up about 3.5% while the Barclay’s aggregate index is up 4.0% and longer dated bonds are up over 13%. This strong bond market performance is contrary to consensus expectations which had forecast yields to rise above 3.5% this year. With…

Interpreting the bond rally from a multi-asset perspective

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation | June 2, 2014

A framework for identifying capital market states can help set expectations for markets in the aftermath of the recent bond rally. Our framework suggests a highly bullish market state for equities although that market state would shift to bearish if conditions became more neutral. While we expect ongoing strength in equities (which should pressure bond markets and drive yields higher), the durability of strong performance in risk asset markets…