Perspectives Blog

Three investments that could return to favor in 2014

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Head of Global Asset Allocation | December 16, 2013

When an out of favor investment is re-discovered, sustained outperformance often follows The three criteria we look for in identifying an out of favor asset class or investment strategy Why Japanese stocks, EM stocks and active equity strategies may soon be rediscovered When investors lose confidence in an asset class, especially one that had been popular enough to attract outsized allocations, subsequent rebalancing generally leads to prolong…

Should investors care about valuation?

Rich Rosen, Portfolio Manager | November 25, 2013

Is valuation an effective tool for deciding on whether to invest in a stock? We look at other drivers of a stock’s worth Earnings and earnings growth could be more useful in evaluating a stock’s worth Many of the market experts paraded around on the business programs, when asked about their forecast for stocks, often begin with a comment about valuation. But really, how effective is valuation as a gauge for determining whether it is a good tim…

Opportunities in the middle ground

Columbia Management, Investment Team | July 2, 2013

Investors seeking growth opportunities for an equity portfolio should not overlook mid-cap stocks. Mid-size companies typically feature a combination of desirable attributes – more stable than start-ups yet more flexible than large companies. Investors holding mid-cap stocks over long periods have benefited from strong performance with less volatility compared to small-cap stocks. Finding the middle ground usually means making compromises. But…

Second quarter asset allocation positioning

Columbia Management, Investment Team | May 14, 2013

Within equities, we maintained an overweight to U.S. stocks, with emphasis on large-cap stocks and high-quality, dividend-paying equities. For fixed income, we continue to prefer investment grade corporate bonds. We believe low correlation absolute return strategies should continue to be a part of diversified portfolios. The Columbia Management Asset Allocation Team meets to review global economic investment conditions and markets. Team member…

Could tapering be good for stocks?

Fred Copper, Senior Portfolio Manager | December 16, 2013

Despite all the discussion surrounding quantitative easing (QE), there has been little theoretical justification for the link between QE and equity prices. Europe provides a glaring counter-example of the impact of central bank policy on financial markets. Once the psychic umbilical cord of QE is cut (tapered), the market may actually be cheered by the end of what has always been perceived as a temporary and extreme form of life support. Few i…

Building wealth through dividend investing

February 18, 2014

We believe a disciplined dividend strategy that focuses on rising dividends produced by high-quality companies can help investors build wealth over time. Historically,  dividends have been an important component of total return, with the best opportunity for total return in the stocks of high-quality companies that can sustain and grow their dividend over time. Higher quality stocks act to mitigate risk and offer downside protection during time…

The end of “risk-on/risk-off”

Anwiti Bahuguna, Ph.D., Senior Portfolio Manager | February 3, 2014

…and. This move could potentially signal the end of the risk-on/risk-off regime. It is also important to note that we have witnessed a decline in inter-asset class correlations as evidenced by the decline in the correlation of stocks within the S&P 500 Index. Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC, December 2013 Lowering both cross-asset correlations and inter-asset correlations provides potential benefits for structuring multi-…