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Credit alternatives in government-backed debt

One way investors may boost yields without taking on undue credit risk is through U.S. government agency debt. While many investors associate U.S. agency debt with very low yields, other types of agency debt can offer significant spreads to Treasuries with a modest decline in liquidity.

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Investment themes for a “Groundhog Day” world

Pursue a realistic income goal with more than bonds. Common stocks and a variety of other corporate securities may yield as much as bonds with greater return potential over time.

What’s the outlook for muni bonds?

Strong YTD performance resulted from falling rates, a dearth of new supply and a resurgent demand by investors seeking attractive taxable-equivalent yields. We believe municipal bonds should continue to perform well in the second half of 2014.

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Detroit and Stockton are game changers for municipalities in fiscal distress

Contrary to past experience and conventional wisdom, general obligation bonds are not sacrosanct and very low recovery rates are possible. Pensioners and other politically favored classes are likely to be treated more kindly than bondholders.

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Hungry for income? High yield munis could be your meal ticket

High yield muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity. Professional money managers can help with the intricacies of the high yield muni space.

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Has dividend investing lost its luster?

Higher-yielding equities underperformed the market last year raising questions about whether dividend investing remains an attractive strategy. Even if rates continue a long-term increase from current levels, we expect that equities sensitivity to rising rates will decline.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, U.S. Economy

Global asset allocation outlook (September 2014)

Recent market performance, particularly in September, has been negative across a widespread array of asset classes as we have seen the U.S. dollar exchange rate rise with increasing intensity in recent months. The worst returns, not coincidentally, were delivered by the very assets that have shown historically high sensitivity to dollar strength.

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Generate an appropriate stream of income in retirement

“If we stay in a favorable, lower risk environment, consideration of bond alternatives that have similar current income but potential for growth of income or capital will be critical to investment success.”  —David King, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager

Traditional approaches to income may no longer be adequate – and they may no longer provide the diversification benefits they once did. Investors need to rethink how they generate retirement income.

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Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset management group that provides a broad range of actively managed investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional and corporate clients around the world. With more than 2,000 people, including over 450 investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia, we manage $506 billion†† of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.

††In U.S. dollars as of December 31, 2014. Source: Ameriprise Q4 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.