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Demographics — Inexorable trend, inevitable outcome?

Demographic change is likely to have a profound impact on financial markets, and investors can use demographic analysis to point the way to the most worthwhile areas for further research. The most significant impact on investing will be the gradual migration from traditional country-based asset allocation models to those based on exposures to demographic trends.

Tagged with: Global Investing

Sic transit gloria funding – Takeaways from GE’s pruning of finance activities

Years of lean capital investment and restrained R&D spending raise concerns that the market might have a higher mix of finely tuned mature businesses and a lower mix of growth businesses. We should look for several points’ worth of cushion when using today’s prices and adjusted earnings and comparing them to prior periods.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives

In search of bond market liquidity

Liquidity in bond markets does not portend a crisis but does raise the risk of one as policymakers flirt with tighter monetary policy. The only sensible approach is to recognize the lack of liquidity, manage it and ensure there is proper compensation for illiquidity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income

A December rate hike would not be the Fed’s first act of tightening

Investors preparing for the shock on risk-on assets as a result of Fed tightening may be surprised to realize that they have already been feeling these shocks. The impact of a single 25 basis point hike as a part of a slow, years-long rate-rise cycle will likely be modest compared to the impact of the end of QE3.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Global Perspectives, Markets, Monetary Policy

It’s Groundhog Day for the markets

The likelihood of subdued economic growth means that interest rates will be lower for longer. There will no longer be a rising tide of U.S.-led QE that lifts all boats. 

We think that a selective approach in equities will pay off as investors focus more on valuations and fundamentals.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Global Perspectives, Interest Rates, Investing, Markets, Monetary Policy

Reflections on Greece and China

Greece won’t repay its debt without substantial forgiveness. Creditors will realize that repayment of some portion of the debt is better than nothing.

Tagged with: Global Economy

Corporate earnings outlook: Why are expectations so low?

Corporate earnings results for the second calendar quarter are likely to be a bit soft. Despite relatively high valuations, investors seem willing to accept that better results are shimmering out in the future.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

The three questions investors should ask in the middle of a geopolitical shock

Originally published on FE TRUSTNET on October 06, 2015 and authored by Gary Jackson, Editor. Columbia Threadneedle’s global CIO reveals the three questions he asks when deciding how to react to a geopolitical crisis and which risk is concerning him the most right now.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing

Is the biotech pullback a buying opportunity?

Fundamentally, the outlook for biotech is as strong as ever. Drug price controls are unlikely to happen for the next decade despite the political rhetoric.

Tagged with: Equities, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing

What about Hillary Clinton’s plan to lower prescription drug costs?

U.S. drug price inflation is a growing concern, with prescription drug spending now at 16% of total healthcare spending and branded drug prices increasing more than 10% in recent years. Nonetheless, we expect no material changes over the next several years, regardless of which party wins the White House.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing, U.S. Economy
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