Perspectives Blog

Second quarter U.S. corporate earnings wrap-up

Tom West, Director of Equity Research | August 18, 2014

…e for a pickup in health care utilization this quarter following a seasonally challenged first quarter. Hospital stocks saw robust profit gains ahead of expectations driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reduction of bad debts. To a lesser extent there were modest improvements in utilization, but this may have been more share driven than market driven because device stocks did not see a noticeable improvement in their results. While device…

Asset allocation: The conundrum of 2014

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation | March 3, 2014

When economic growth levels off, the headwinds for bonds subside, which fits the patterns of 2014 so far. With bond yields at current levels, the attractiveness of interest rate risk from a valuation standpoint is meager. Should the economic data reaccelerate, we would expect equities to perform well and rate sensitive bonds to struggle. In 2013, both the S&P 500 Index and the yield on 10-year Treasury bonds finished the year at their high…

Weekly market summary (1/31/14)

Columbia Management, Investment Team | February 3, 2014

Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC Past performance does not guarantee future results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. DESCRIPTION OF INDICES The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250…

The importance of taking a long-term perspective

Jeffrey Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation | February 3, 2014

…dard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index tracks the performance of 500 widely held, large-capitalization U.S. stocks. The MSCI EAFE Index is a capitalization-weighted index that tracks the total return of common stocks in 21 developed-market countries within Europe, Australia and the Far East. The MSCI EM Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging mark…

Quality milestone in the European recovery story

March 17, 2014

Business, economic and political news all point to a strengthening recovery in Europe. We foresee a period of low inflation and low interest rates in Europe. We favor domestic European plays over internationally-exposed stocks, with an overweight stance in banking and telecoms. By Paul Doyle, Head of Europe ex. UK equities and Frederic Jeanmaire, Fund Manager, Threadneedle Investments After 18 consecutive negative months, the flow of eurozone…

M&A in healthcare – Out with the old, in with the new?

Harlan Sonderling, CFA, Senior Healthcare Analyst | March 31, 2014

Recently the market has been quite optimistic about merger synergy promises. History suggests investors should be diligent about analyzing acquirers’ claims around merger benefits and returns. While attractive acquisitions may lie ahead, it is critical to continue to carefully evaluate acquirers’ strategies and claims. The “old” healthcare M&A In the “old days,” pharmaceutical Company A would announce its acquisition of Company B for stock…

Weekly market summary – 1/24/14

Columbia Management, Investment Team | January 27, 2014

Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC Past performance does not guarantee future results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. DESCRIPTION OF INDICES The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250…