Perspectives Blog

Not all emerging markets are created equal

Robert McConnaughey, Director of Global Research | January 27, 2014

We see emerging markets shifting from an environment of common thematic tailwinds to one of more idiosyncratic outcomes We believe that painting all emerging markets with a broad brush is a mistake We examine some of the key factors in uncovering EM investment opportunities Emerging markets (EM) is a term given to a universe of countries that is extremely diverse across a wide number of variables including geography, levels of industrializatio…

Oil and the high yield market

Columbia Management, Investment Team | December 8, 2014

By Jennifer Ponce de Leon, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of High Yield and Mark Van Holland, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager  Size of the Energy Sector Because the energy sector is a large component of the U.S. high yield market relative to some other asset classes, the market has received increased scrutiny due to recent declines in oil prices. Prior to the recent sell off, energy accounted for more than 15% of the high yield market, making i…

Holding multiple investments does not ensure better diversification

Columbia Management, Investment Team | April 23, 2014

The degree of risk reduction benefit in diversification depends directly upon the correlation of the portfolio’s assets. Adding just one zero-correlated asset to a portfolio reduces risk 29.5%, while adding a thousand 66%-correlated assets reduces risk by only 19%. Well-designed absolute return products can be meaningful additions to traditional allocations, substantially enhancing diversification. By Todd White, Head of Alternative Investment…

Q2 fixed income outlook – Hitting for the cycle

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

We have started to reduce exposure to high-quality bonds with limited upside potential and high-yield bonds in which credit risk appears too aggressive. Following weakness last year, emerging market debt has posted gains this year, and we expect further strength ahead as volatility subsides. While we expect a flatter yield curve over the next few months as investors focus on the timing and pace of rate increases, we don’t think they should avoi…

Global Asset Allocation Outlook (as of February 24, 2014)

Columbia Management Global Asset Allocation Team, | March 10, 2014

…eutral. In the past few weeks emerging economies — particularly those in Eastern Europe — experienced heightened volatility. For the moment, the situation is relatively calm but risks remain that volatility could re-emerge. We maintain a neutral outlook on overall emerging markets equities, but have lowered our overweight to EMEA region from a modest overweight to neutral. Growth expectations continue to deteriorate, inflation remains high and ce…

The case for active muni management

Kimberly Campbell, Senior Portfolio Manager | April 21, 2014

Muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity Active management is a value add in these volatile markets Professional money managers can help investors navigate an ever-changing environment Where does one invest in a world of uncertainty? Rising taxes, volatile markets, low yields, economic stagnation, geopolitical unrest. We live in a world of great uncertainty — yet our investment goals remain the same: a comfortable retirement,…

Special report – 2014 mid-year review and outlook

Columbia Management, Investment Team | June 16, 2014

Key investment professionals review the first half of 2014 and share their insights into what may be ahead for the second half of the year. Interest rates Zach Pandl, Portfolio manager and strategist Review: Government bond yields declined in early 2014, both in the U.S. and in other developed market economies. This surprising change in course after increases in 2013 caught many investors off guard. In our view, declining interest rates reflect…