Perspectives Blog

Special report – 2014 mid-year review and outlook

Columbia Management, Investment Team | June 16, 2014

…caught many investors off guard. In our view, declining interest rates reflect renewed pessimism about the global economic recovery, as well as easy monetary policy from the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan. Outlook: The U.S. economy has made considerable progress in the five years since the recession ended. Inflation, unemployment and broader measures of labor utilization have all moved closer to the Federal Reserve’s ta…

Global asset allocation outlook (August 2014)

Columbia Management Global Asset Allocation Team, | September 8, 2014

…al basis. Specifically, we have reduced our overall equity recommendation from overweight to neutral, and, at the same time, we have lowered our equity overweight position in Europe from overweight to neutral and also lowered Japan from maximum overweight to a moderate overweight. The team recommends remaining underweight fixed income and continues to favor emerging market bonds and high yield sectors within fixed income. Our recommendation to re…

When the QE tide recedes, focus on what is revealed

Robert McConnaughey, Director of Global Research | January 6, 2014

…and the foot-draggers such as France. However, unlike the U.S., aggregate profit margins are well below prior peaks and valuations remain fairly forgiving, leaving room for upside against that backdrop of lower expectations. Japan, having suffered through almost two decades of malaise, has reasserted itself on the global stage with the bold economic policies that have become known as “Abenomics.” Abenomics has been described as having “three arr…

Asset allocation – Kinetic vs. potential energy

Columbia Management Global Asset Allocation Team, | August 4, 2014

While most equity markets had positive first half performance, we still expect modest acceleration in growth ahead for the global economy. From both a valuation perspective and investor sentiment viewpoint, Chinese, Russian and Japanese equities look cheap. Europe appears vulnerable to shifting sentiment in addition to further downward revisions to profit expectations. In our latest Investment Strategy Outlook we discuss kinetic energy vs. pot…

Global asset allocation outlook (as of March 2014)

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

After significant gains in 2013, equities took a breather in the first quarter of 2014 while fixed income assets rallied. The S&P 500 Index experienced a fair amount of volatility, retreating 5.8% at the start of the year and then rallying by more than 7% to end the quarter modestly higher. Within international markets, European, emerging markets (EM) and Japanese equities lagged U.S. equities. By the end of the quarter, however, risk assets…

Q2 fixed income outlook – Hitting for the cycle

Gene Tannuzzo, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager | March 31, 2014

…rtunities for bond investors in the non-agency mortgage market, as well as in certain corporate industries. Internationally, growth has generally lagged the U.S. However, we are now starting to see better growth in Europe and Japan which we expect to broaden to emerging markets as well. Following weakness last year, emerging market debt has posted gains this year, and we expect further strength ahead as volatility subsides. The monetary policy cy…

What to make of the rebound in emerging market equities

Dara White, Senior Portfolio Manager | April 14, 2014

…) is recovering, but it has been an anemic recovery. U.S. growth has not broken out of the 2%-3% range, the eurozone is no longer contracting but expectations are for growth of only about 1%, and there are questions regarding Japan’s ability to sustain any growth rebound with the introduction of the new consumption tax. So EM growth hinges partly on a sustained global pickup which is yet to materialize. The other big catalyst for sustained outper…