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Waiting on wages

The latest wage data is mixed, with some measures pointing higher while others appear quite sluggish. Wages in the goods producing industries have been hit particularly hard due to the energy and export/dollar impact, although service industries appear insulated. 
It seems likely that the Fed will await more convincing evidence that global factors have run their course and allow the normal relationship between falling unemployment rates and tighter labor markets to strengthen.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, U.S. Economy

How will California’s drought affect water utility revenue bonds?

The effects of the California drought will last for decades as residents adjust to using less water while paying more to support necessary water infrastructure to ensure adequate supply. Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply sources and rate flexibility.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Greece — The market’s odyssey

The events of the past few weeks underscore the linkage between domestic political willingness to service debts and the likelihood of capital controls and/or eurozone exit. Greece’s negotiations with its creditors provide lessons on eurozone creditor reaction functions, which will inform the market’s pricing of risk.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Markets

Political and fiscal reality finally trump willingness in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican government’s willingness to pay debt service on time and in full was finally overcome by economic and fiscal realities. The shift from impairing only some public corporation [i.e., Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)] debt to all Commonwealth debt was probably inevitable given the unwillingness to make draconian spending cuts, a lack of economic growth and dwindling liquidity across the entire Puerto Rican government complex, including the Government Development Bank (GDB).

Tagged with: Columbia Funds, Economy, Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog, Municipal Bonds

Prioritizing productivity

Demographic trends in the world’s largest economies put an urgent focus on potential drivers of productivity. We believe that actively seeking investments that can positively impact economic productivity will be a pillar of successful investing.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Global Economy, Global Investing, Markets

Could managed care companies help offset rising healthcare costs?

The managed care industry is consolidating, with three mergers announced this summer and intensive scrutiny due for at least the two largest. Congressional hearings provide insight into the political climate surrounding the pending mergers, but are unlikely to affect the actual competitive reviews.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Industry/Sector Commentary

Update on U.S. healthcare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded insurance coverage, but will face more legal, logistical, and likely, economic, challenges. 
From the investor’s standpoint, the market responded to the law; ACA’s prelude and implementation has been a boon. While the market will fluctuate, there remain attractive investments across the range of healthcare products and services.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing

Obsolescence and disruption – The new capacity utilization

We believe that company- and industry-specific forces will remain important factors in stock selection. We will continue to look for companies that are making smart investments in the future.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Sustainable growth rate repeal – Spring comes to Washington

If Washington repeals SGR, it would be a positive for healthcare providers because it dodges what could have been major cuts while removing the overhang of potential cuts in the future. While investors have been conditioned to assume an annual “doc fix” at this point, the removal of a significant overhang also benefits service providers.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing

Five lessons from 25 years in the tech sector

Paul Wick has been investing in the technology sector longer than any other current portfolio manager of a U.S. technology fund. Back in 1990, when he started in the sector, Motorola had just introduced its flip phone, Apple had recently rolled out its beige box Mac Classic personal computer, and there were a lot of major subsectors that barely exist today – companies making UNIX computers and tape drives.

Tagged with: Equities, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing
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