Perspectives Blog

A port in the storm — Short muni funds can offer refuge in the face of rising rates

Catherine Stienstra, Senior Portfolio Manager | October 2, 2014

Short term munis may make sense in a rising rate environment. They provide attractive yields and investment flexibility vs. cash investments and interest rate protection vs. longer assets. Cash investments have come with considerable opportunity cost in recent years. Co-authored by James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bond Investments 2014 has offered many investment surprises, perhaps none bigger than the downward move in yields across virtuall…

The three tax thresholds of the new tax regime

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | September 11, 2013

Recent legislation has added new provisions to the Internal Revenue Code that will impose new tax rates beginning in 2013. These taxes will impact many high income individuals, as well as certain estates and trusts. The Columbia Management Learning Center is dedicating a series of blog articles to this important and timely “Navigating the New Tax Regime” topic, which will appear here over the next seven weeks. In 2013, there are new tax rates…

Hungry for income? High yield munis could be your meal ticket

Chad Farrington, CFA, Head of Municipal Bond Credit Research and Senior Portfolio Manager | May 28, 2014

High yield muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity Professional money managers can help with the intricacies of the high yield muni space Current income and potential tax advantages in the high yield space Attractive yields, potential for price appreciation Many investors are concerned about the prospect of rising interest rates and the impact higher rates may have on bonds, especially since we’ve been in a very low rate envi…

Ghost of crises past

Jay Leopold, Head, U.S. Investment Risk | October 27, 2014

The market’s extended period of low volatility was shattered in the past month. While it is possible fear-driven selling could resume or accelerate, we do not believe this is the most likely outcome. Given the U.S. economy’s reasonably good fundamentals, we believe that patient investors will get more treats than tricks in the future. As a child I always loved Halloween, especially carving pumpkins, trading candy with my sister, and touring ha…

The taxman cometh

James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bonds | March 13, 2014

New and higher taxes will increase what many owe Muni bonds can help mitigate your tax bill Muni yields are attractive vs. many other investment options With tax season fully upon us, many Americans are about to realize the harsh realities of the new tax environment that came into effect January 2013 with the passage of the oddly named American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the introduction of taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act (A…

Predatory trading – Just how big an issue is high-speed trading?

Matt Waldner, Head of U.S. Equity Trading | April 7, 2014

In recent years, U.S. equity markets have become far more complex, competitive and fragmented. Against that backdrop, high-frequency trading was born. With faster connections to exchanges, high-frequency firms are able to get faster signals, and “jump ahead” of slower orders, reaping huge profits. Columbia Management will continue to implement tools to protect our clients’ best interests. High-frequency trading (HFT) is a topic institutional i…