Perspectives Blog

Three reasons why REITs can continue to rally

Arthur Hurley, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager | May 19, 2014

REITs have produced attractive returns YTD being up 13.60% through April (up 16% as of May 12) Fundamentals remain solid, demand for commercial real estate remains strong and companies continue to increase dividends. We remain positive on REITs given the relative safety of their income stream and continued prospects for growth. The REIT market shook off the cold of the “polar vortex” with both solid share price performance and continued positi…

Biotech’s beneficiaries: How outsourcing is improving the sector and spreading the wealth

Aaron Reames, Senior Equity Analyst | February 24, 2014

Conditions favor biotech outperformance of broader markets for at least a few more quarters. Outsourcing offers biotech firms varied advantages, from cost reduction to enhancing credibility. The sector’s success and the outsourcing trend is fueling ancillary businesses, notably specialty REITs, CROs and research tools companies. As biotech indices continue to surpass all-time highs, one must contemplate if there is additional room to run. We c…

Global asset allocation outlook (as of March 2014)

Columbia Management Global Asset Allocation Team, | April 7, 2014

…ed income sectors fared even better as both international developed bonds and EM bonds rose about 3%. The spread sectors within fixed income continued to perform well. Other hybrid bond like assets, such as convertible bonds, REITs and utilities were the best performing assets in the first quarter rising about 5%-7%. In a complete reversal from last year’s trend, commodities also rallied in the first quarter. The U.S. economy experienced a slowdo…