In the current environment, focusing portfolio risk on equities is a sensible approach. Given policy uncertainties in the U.S., we think it’s time to incorporate more international diversification. Fixed income markets are once again relevant in the search for diversification, along with unconventional diversifiers like absolute return funds. Watch: Investment Strategy Outlook Q4 2013 Read More
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The State of Michigan’s failure to preserve the integrity of the General Obligation (GO) pledge in Detroit has greatly undermined the market’s confidence in debt issued within Michigan. It has also resulted in increased borrowing costs for other Michigan entities. The State communicated to investors the UTGO security pledge of local governments should not be Read More
Heightened uncertainty around quantitative easing is mostly a short run problem. We see roughly flat odds of 20% for tapering at each of the next four meetings—December, January, March and April—and an additional 20% chance that the current QE pace continues beyond that. We have turned modestly more cautious about interest rate risk in our Read More
Financial advisors and investors should have a good understanding of what is different about taxation in 2013 and beyond – and how it affects after-tax returns. An asset location strategy should consider the benefits of placing less tax-favored investments under tax-deferred or tax-free registrations in order to increase after-tax returns. The Columbia Management Learning Center Read More
Economic data confirm that the Eurozone has exited recession. There are signs that corporate transactional activity is increasing as businesses become more financially secure. While Europe remains beset by challenges, the economic background is improving, valuations are looking more attractive and investors who have not been paying attention to European stocks may want to take Read More
Labor market issues have long taken a central role in Janet Yellen’s career. Remarks indicate Yellen views current labor market challenges as potentially very costly for the economy, and she sees a role for monetary policy in promoting recovery. Yellen’s nomination likely raises the bar for Fed tightening, as long as inflation remains low. When Read More
Inflation is deceptive because it acts slowly. Portfolios must overcome inflation to maintain purchasing power. Even in today’s low-inflation environment, holding higher amounts of cash could be costly. Despite signs that the U.S. economy is improving, now is an especially challenging time for investors, especially those in search of income. Historically low yields have made Read More