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What to make of the rebound in emerging market equities

Despite continuing headlines of concern, EM markets have rebounded recently. In order to sustain that rally, we need to see progress on export volumes and political/economic reforms.
While not universally cheap, EM equity valuations are not unreasonable and we continue to find bottom-up opportunities.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Investing

Lower intrastock correlations favor alpha strategies

From the Columbia Management Quantitative Strategies Equity Research Group

10-year timeline: Four periods of correlations and alpha 2003–2013

A: The pre-crisis period — Prior to the financial crisis, intrastock correlations were the lowest in the last 10 years, and for most of this time alpha was positive. B: The financial crisis — Unsurprisingly, alpha was worst during the 2008–2009 crisis.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Flexible income strategies — Avoiding side effects from the Fed’s medicine

In today’s low interest rate environment, investors with cash on hand and a limited appetite for risk aren’t having an easy time growing their wealth. The Fed’s strong influence throughout the government and corporate bond markets makes it hard to find attractive fixed-income instruments of low or moderate risk.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Fixed Income, Investing

Does a perfect policy portfolio exist?

Risk Parity represents a significant advance in asset allocation, but we don’t believe that there is a single perfect policy portfolio. While Risk Parity works well in neutral markets, we don’t think it is the best policy under bearish, bullish or highly bullish market conditions.

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

Asset allocation: The conundrum of 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.

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

Retail sector outlook — It’s a share game

We believe that many of the macro and micro headwinds experienced through 2013 will continue into 2014. Low correlations across apparel retailers and manufacturers provide opportunities to generate alpha through stock picking.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Scarce growth — Can the tortoises continue to outpace the hares?

Recent selloff has tested stance that investors would benefit from seeking scarce growth, so long as that growth did not become wildly overvalued. We appear to be moving into a “sorting out” stage where investors begin to more granularly assess both the fundamentals and the incremental opportunities.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

2015 Annual Perspectives

Given the volume of investment data, media and punditry we face each day, it’s a constant challenge deciding where to focus. But reflecting on 2014 and what may lie ahead in 2015 can help one rise above the day-to-day noise and see the broader picture.

Reinvesting in American business

The markets have rewarded U.S. corporations that have embraced a discipline of strict cost oversight and a rigorous focus on returning capital to shareholders. We strongly favor such discipline unless it ends up crowding out reinvestment for innovation and profitable revenue growth.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Global asset allocation outlook (September 2014)

Recent market performance, particularly in September, has been negative across a widespread array of asset classes as we have seen the U.S. dollar exchange rate rise with increasing intensity in recent months. The worst returns, not coincidentally, were delivered by the very assets that have shown historically high sensitivity to dollar strength.

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