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Institutional Perspectives

Critical thinking on the markets, the economy and investing from the investment teams at Columbia Threadneedle.

December 2021
China seeks self-sufficiency amid slowing growth

Beijing's new strategy of self-dependent growth seeks to stabilize highly leveraged sectors, such as property, amid the prospects of a slowing economy. While 2021's policy surprises caught investors unaware, looking ahead, we believe there are opportunities to invest in China's large and broad equity universe in line with emerging policy priorities.

November 2021
Kishida: Japan's 100th prime minister

Columbia Threadneedle's Daisuke Nomoto, Global Head of Japanese Equities, discusses the potential economic and financial market impact of Fumio Kishida's election as Japan's 100th prime minister.

High-yield forecast: Default projections continue to fall

Our High-Yield Credit Research Team's forecast indicates that default projections have continued to fall — notably below the long-term default rate average — driven by improvements in expectations for the energy, transportation/airline and leisure sectors.

Climate change and investing: Why effective carbon pricing can be a pivotal tool in accelerating the transition to net zero carbon emissions

With world leaders gathered to discuss climate change at COP26, Columbia Threadneedle's Responsible Investment analyst team takes a closer look at the current approaches to carbon pricing and what they could mean for companies, sectors and the broader economy.

Break down the breakdown of the global supply chain

Problems with supply and transportation stubbornly persist, even as the broader economic and pandemic recovery evolves. Paul DiGiacamo, Dave Egan and Mari Shor dig into what's going on, and what type of resolution can be expected for the supply chain in the near to mid term.

The Great Realignment: What does China's “common prosperity” mean for investors?

Industry regulations imposed in China over the past year blindsided many investors and introduced more uncertainty into financial markets. Columbia Threadneedle's Dara White and Derek Lin discuss what's behind these changes and why this can be viewed as an opportunity for investors.

September 2021
The race to net zero: The role of carbon pricing in global decarbonization

With climate change on the top of everyone's mind, Columbia Threadneedle's Responsible Investment analyst team looks at what it would take to get to net zero, why it's important to mitigate the impact of climate change and what impact this process could have on the economy and financial markets.

Down the crypto rabbit hole

Crypto networks are moving beyond alternative currency and creating tangible value, says Senior Equity Analyst David Egan. But how might analysts assign a valuation to these new companies? Egan looks at how existing analytical tools can offer insight into valuation, revenue and risks for digital platforms.

Oil prices are back up, but where are they headed?

The energy sector took a substantial hit during the pandemic, as the effective shutdown of the world's economy pushed oil demand and production to unprecedented lows. While the industry has recovered since then, supply and demand dynamics could significantly impact the outlook for prices.

June 2021
An electrifying opportunity: Investing in the global energy transition

Electrification of the economy is key to decarbonization and a pillar of the global shift toward a green power paradigm. Mary Titler, Senior Fixed Income Analyst, examines the central role of the U.S. electric utility sector in decarbonizing the economy in an effort to achieve net-zero emissions goals, the drivers that are supporting this trend and potential investment implications.

A deep dive into the global chip shortage: A roundtable discussion

As the global microchip shortage has become headline news in recent months, Columbia Threadneedle analysts and investment leaders came together to discuss the story behind the shortage, how it happened and what we can expect next.

High-yield forecast: Default projections are down

Our High-Yield Credit Research Team's forecast indicates that default projections have fallen dramatically, driven by economic reopening, fiscal stimulus and significant market liquidity. However, energy, real estate, leisure and transportation sectors continue to present the areas most vulnerable to downside risk.

May 2021
Does the value rotation have staying power?

The prospects of improving economic growth and rising rates have driven a much-observed cyclical rotation as investors bet that assets that benefit from a strengthening economy and a pickup in inflation will outperform growth stocks. Jason Wang, Global Head of Quantitative Research, explains why he believes this trend is likely to continue.

March 2021
Are higher yields cause for alarm?

Rising U.S. Treasury yields have unsettled equity markets, but our Chief Investment Officer Colin Moore does not think that the recent activity alters the positive longer term outlook.

Don't worry about inflation just yet

The U.S. appears poised for a period of high growth, and along with rising GDP prospects, inflation hawks have begun sounding alarms. Anwiti Bahuguna, Head of Multi-Asset Strategy, writes that the potential for rising inflation is something to take seriously, but the inflation story is not so simple — partly because the Federal Reserve has been clear that its reaction will be different this time.

February 2021
January 2021

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