Perspectives Blog

The Columbia Management Perspectives blog offers our insights on current market events and investment opportunities.

Casting a wider net for income

Columbia Management, Blog Author | November 11, 2013

To generate sufficient investment income in today’s low-yield world, you may need to look at new sources of income. Many corporations are currently awash in cash and offer investment opportunities across the capital structure. Floating rate loans, corporate bonds, convertible securities and dividend-paying stocks each offer specific advantages. In today’s low-yield world, advisors and investors

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Fred Copper, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | October 28, 2013

NHL playoff teams know the importance of protecting a lead; investors should consider a similar with this year’s stock market gains. Resilient portfolios avoid concentration in one asset class, or any single source of risk. The strong differential performance between stocks and bonds this year presents a timely opportunity to rebalance one’s allocation between

Reacting to all time highs

George Hilal, | October 14, 2013

With stock markets pushing all-time highs, it’s tempting for investors to relax and bask in gains. Instead, this should be viewed as an opportune time to protect gains and strengthen portfolio resilience. Modern diversification strategies, macro awareness and active management are vital tools in this process. The financial press has been all a-flutter, of late,

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August 28, 2013

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Navigating rising rates

Columbia Management, Blog Author | June 11, 2013

By Zach Pandl, Senior Interest Rate Strategist, and Gene Tannuzzo, Senior Portfolio Manager Interest rates will rise at some point; investors must consider how to manage interest rate exposure in their portfolios. Duration can be a highly misleading measure of interest rate risk when making comparisons across products. For fixed income investors, sector exposure matters, and fundamental