Perspectives Blog

Special report – Commodity markets outlook

Columbia Management, Investment Team | July 21, 2014

…range of commodities and because we would expect gold to lag commodities in general in the current environment. Gold does best when, not only is there geopolitical risk, but also when we have questions about whether the U.S. dollar is functioning as a credible reserve currency. At present it is, given that the U.S. is enjoying relatively strong growth and investment is flowing into the country to fund growing manufacturing and energy production….

The importance of taking a long-term perspective

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

…investment strategy accordingly. Disclosure The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250 million par amount outstanding and with at least one year to final maturity. The Barclays U.S. Corporate Investment Grade Index is an un…

Weekly market summary – 1/24/14

Columbia Management, Investment Team | January 27, 2014

Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC Past performance does not guarantee future results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. DESCRIPTION OF INDICES The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250…

Weekly market summary (1/31/14)

Columbia Management, Investment Team | February 3, 2014

Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC Past performance does not guarantee future results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. DESCRIPTION OF INDICES The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250…

The three tax thresholds of the new tax regime

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

…at the number represents is different. If a taxpayer has wage and self-employment income over $200,000 filing single or $250,000 married filing jointly, he or she will face an additional 0.9% Medicare payroll surtax for every dollar of wage andĀ self-employment income over the threshold. Before 2013, the Medicare hospital insurance payroll tax was a set 1.45%. But starting this year, every dollar over the earned income threshold level has the addi…

Weekly market summary (as of 1/10/14)

January 13, 2014

Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC Past performance does not guarantee future results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. DESCRIPTION OF INDICES The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250…

It’s a mobile world

Dave Egan, Senior Equity Analyst | March 10, 2014

…mple, while the high-end is decelerating, the low-end in China and the emerging markets continue to see strong growth. As consumers in these areas trade up from voice-only feature phones to 3G/4G data-centric smartphones, the dollar amount of components per phone continues to rise. For example, radio frequency (RF) components in 2G voice phones is < $1; RF components in an emerging markets long-term evolution (LTE) smartphone can be as much as…