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The European Central Bank is embarking on quantitative easing at a time when tailwinds are already beginning to build behind the euro area economy. A more constructive economic outlook could have important implications for European markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Markets

Recent oil and commodity price declines have raised concerns about global deflation and price stability. Areas with pricing power deserve a premium, and as with any merchandise, when it is increasingly scarce, that premium can become substantial.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

Under yesterday’s expanded QE programme, the European Central Bank (ECB) will implement combined monthly purchases of €60bn to end September 2016 or until there is sustained improvement in path of inflation (i.e,. a far-reaching commitment,  though they have said they will not buy more than 25% of the outstanding stock).

Tagged with: Global Economy, Markets

While financial markets have seen massive gains from the darkest days of 2008’s financial crisis, the global economy has yet to fully recover to robust growth levels, and expectations for future market returns are far more modest. In this video, Robert McConnaughey, Global Director of Research at Columbia Management, explains his top investment strategies for 2015, given this conservative outlook for overall market tailwinds.

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Global Economy, Investing, Markets

A convenient, comprehensive reference that looks both back and forward to bring today’s economy, markets and investing opportunities sharply into view. The Q1 2015 MarketTrack — featuring more than 40 charts and graphs accompanied by straightforward commentary — is now available.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Columbia Funds, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing, Markets, Uncategorized

Lower oil prices should translate into higher demand as a result of cheaper petroleum prices and through higher global GDP growth, which in turn drives oil demand. While there are several factors that could serve to offset this higher demand, we should see some additional demand as a result of lower prices.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

When discounted for index composition, U.S. equities are not trading at a significant premium to Europe. One can draw some very misleading conclusions about any disparate group by only looking at the aggregates.

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The near-zero interest rate environment has been a support for the financial markets, but as the economy normalizes so will interest rates. While we expect the bull market in equities to continue, returns will likely be far more modest over the next 10 years.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

30 years equals about 11,000 days. One might assume that eliminating a few of those days would have little impact on investment performance during that time.

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Republicans exceeded expectations across the board, gaining control of the Senate and picking up significant net new seats in the House as well as in state capitols. We aren’t expecting the GOP to embark on a politically self-destructive path regarding debt limits and potential government shutdowns.

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