There were no changes from the previous month. Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC. The chart reflects the views of the Global Asset Allocation team as of October 17, 2014. Asset classes are ranked from 1 (overweight) to 5 (underweight), with 3 representing a neutral allocation.
Insights on current market events and investment opportunities.
California is in its fourth year of drought, one of the worst in the past century. Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply and source diversity. Credit strength of California water utilities hinges on political willingness to raise rates. Potential impact on California-specific and national muni bond funds. California is
While QE proved very effective in reinforcing the Fed’s communication about short-term interest rates, there could be simpler ways to achieve the same outcome. The U.S. experience with QE suggests it would be effective in Europe. The Fed ended QE because it succeeded and that’s good news for investors. Last week the Federal Reserve announced
As profitability rebounded from the financial crisis and return on assets improved in 2012 and 2013, the banking industry once again began to outperform. We continue to see growth in commercial and industrial loans as a positive indication for the economy. These loans also provide the growth of assets for the banks. Given their improving
Stock markets rose on the announcement that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was significantly stepping up its policy actions. The other major announcement was that the Government Pension Investment Fund will shift its asset allocation to domestic equities and foreign bonds/equities away from domestic bonds. The near term risk/return profile currently looks very
Watch Jeff Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, explain his view of the markets and what’s next for investors. Taking a cross-asset perspective, Knight looks at some key trends leading up to the recent market volatility, including falling U.S. bond yields, economic slowdown in Europe and a strengthening U.S. dollar. Given
After the recent correction and with the breadth of our asset allocation research still favoring equities, we are rebuilding an equity overweight, primarily using U.S. large-cap stocks. While the Fed heads toward the exit, the European Central Bank is planning to provide further monetary easing and the Bank of Japan is continuing to expand its