Perspectives Blog

Finding the sweet spots in corporate spending

Robert McConnaughey, Director of Global Research | February 24, 2014

…ities (research labs and tools) in his related piece this week. In the productivity category, we cite industrial automation as a prime example. There is an accelerating global pace of implementation around this theme as increasingly, the level of automation determines competitive cost advantage rather than location in lower human labor cost geographies. This trend has now extended well beyond robotics in factory production. In mining, for example…

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 discern how best to adapt and gain competitive advantage. By Marie…

It’s a mobile world

Dave Egan, Senior Equity Analyst | March 10, 2014

While the growth of smartphones on the high-end is decelerating, the low-end in China and the emerging markets continue to see strong growth. The outlook for communications infrastructure seems to have improved. The ‘Internet of Things’ may be more evolutionary than revolutionary for most companies. Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the industry’s annual trade show, which was held this year during the last week of February in Barcelona, Spain. As…

Scarce growth – Can the tortoises continue to outpace the hares?

Robert McConnaughey, Director of Global Research | May 19, 2014

Recent selloff has tested stance that investors would benefit from seeking scarce growth, so long as that growth did not become wildly overvalued. We appear to be moving into a “sorting out” stage where investors begin to more granularly assess both the fundamentals and the incremental opportunities. Patience and tolerance for ongoing bouts of volatility are crucial, but we believe that investors who focus on the underlying fundamentals will ul…