Cormac Weldon By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
Cormac Weldon, head of US Equities at Threadneedle Investments, was recently interviewed on Opalesque Radio by Sona Blessing. Weldon manages the Threadneedle American, American Select and American Smaller Companies funds, as well as the Allied Dunbar North American Growth fund.
Weldon believes that you can look at US equities as re-emerging. "The US suffered from prior excesses" Weldon says, highlighting the issues in housing that impacted on the economy. "We are now getting to a place where it is more positive and the negative housing market is now contributing to the economy" he says. He also believes that there is a new energy story in the US which has a significant natural asset in energy.
Favoured sectors for Weldon also include media in the US. "There is good growth in media with more and more people on a global basis getting 300 channels of digital TV, so owners of content have more customers" he says, describing each episode of Friends – shown globally, pretty much all of the time - as a valuable type of annuity. He also highlights the fact that the rise of new platforms like Netflix or iPads mean that we are all watching TV programmes in different ways and driving the demand for content.
Areas that Weldon does not like include the highest yielding sectors such as utilities. "There is always the risk of......................
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