Asset Allocation

Three tools for a resilient portfolio

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Head of Global Asset Allocation | January 15, 2014

Portfolio resilience refers to the ability of a portfolio to withstand unanticipated adversity and to respond from that adversity. Effective diversification requires thinking not only about allocating the assets in a portfolio but about allocating the risks. A flexible strategy enables a portfolio to adapt to changes in the relative attractiveness of different risks. Watch:

Asset allocation chart December 2013

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Head of Global Asset Allocation | January 6, 2014

Updates from previous allocations: We remain modestly overweight equities because we expect them to outperform bonds as central banks remain accommodative. Leading indicators are improving, suggesting better global growth ahead. We expect cash and fixed income to underperform and we also continue to favor absolute return strategies. We remain underweight U.S. equity allocations mainly on

Asset allocation November 2013

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Head of Global Asset Allocation | December 12, 2013

Changes over previous allocations: 1. Remain modestly overweight equities, expect equities to outperform bonds; Central Banks remain accommodative. Leading indicators are improving, suggesting better global growth ahead. Expect cash and fixed income to underperform; continue to favor absolute return strategies. 2. Remain underweight U.S. equity allocations mainly on relative valuation (limited near-term upside). Better opportunities

Correlation’s essential role in diversification

Columbia Management, Investment Team | December 5, 2013

Diversification strategies can help mitigate overall portfolio volatility. An important component of diversification strategies is correlation, or the measure of how one security moves in relation to another. Portfolios with lower correlation among assets will experience less overall volatility, even if the underlying assets are equally volatile individually. Most investors have heard about the concept