Perspectives Blog

Defense industry outlook – Looking past the headlines

Ben Blomberg, Senior Equity Analyst | March 17, 2014

The outlook for U.S. defense contractors has been improving despite all the negative headlines. Army spending is under pressure, but Navy and Air Force spending remain well supported. The recent Ryan-Murray deal is a substantial positive, with a more predictable DoD outlook. Defense investors have had their share of bad news around the trajectory of defense spending, starting with the Budget Control Act of 2011, followed by the failure of the…

The case for active muni management

Kimberly Campbell, Senior Portfolio Manager | April 21, 2014

…wer After determining that muni bonds should play a part in a diversified portfolio, the next question is: Which investment approach should one take — active or passive? With so many investment options to choose from, some believe that picking a passive municipal investment strategy is a no-brainer. A passive approach provides exposure to municipal bonds, tax-exempt income and low investment costs. Passive strategies seek to mirror the chosen ind…

Special report – 2014 mid-year review and outlook

Columbia Management, Investment Team | June 16, 2014

…ess inclined to add to debt, particularly for discretionary purposes, with income gains remaining tepid at best. Outlook: Economic trends still appear likely to pick up in the second half of 2014 to near 2.75%, as drags continue to unwind. Positives for the outlook include a reversal of the brake from fiscal contraction, further gains in capital spending and manufacturing activity, and a diminishing trade imbalance as U.S. exports are bolstered b…

The role of asset location

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

…is different about taxation in 2013 and beyond, how it affects after-tax returns and then consider ways to meet investment objectives while increasing after-tax returns. The tax tail should not wag the investment dog. The investment strategy and asset allocation approach come first. But once that is in place, it can be beneficial to apply asset location as a follow-on strategy that considers the benefits of placing less tax-favored investments u…

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…

Global market mid-year outlook

Mark Burgess, Chief Investment Officer, Threadneedle Investments | June 16, 2014

…se equal, that should push bond yields higher, particularly if the Fed stops its QE program later this year. The outlook for eurozone bond markets is rather more difficult to call; certainly Germany and Spain appear to have positive growth momentum, which should put some upward pressure on yields if that momentum remains in train. By contrast, the growth outlook in countries such as Italy and France remains very subdued, which is likely to keep y…

Special report – Commodity markets outlook

Columbia Management, Investment Team | July 21, 2014

In the following Q&A, David Donora, Head of Commodities for Threadneedle Investments, addresses some of the key concerns currently facing investors in commodity markets, and explains his view of the outlook for the market. What is your outlook for commodities for the remainder of 2014? We are bullish on the macro outlook for the rest of 2014. The OECD countries and in particular North America, the region where economic growth is currently th…