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Building better portfolios in a low return world

The near-zero interest rate environment has been a support for the financial markets, but as the economy normalizes so will interest rates. While we expect the bull market in equities to continue, returns will likely be far more modest over the next 10 years.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

Labor friction — The latest chapter in the globalization and automation story

Labor friction occurs when the location and skillset of workers doesn’t match up with the location and skills required for the open positions. Technology, engineering and planning are being used to reduce on-site labor in one region and replace it with either a manufactured solution or labor from a lower cost region.

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

Harnessing Fixed-Income Returns Through The Cycle

Leveraging a multidimensional approach

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There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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Innovation and investment in “short-termist” America

The aggregate decision-making around capital allocation would appear to continue to support a strong global competitive position for U.S. companies. Leading American companies are making long-term investments and investors are giving the most compelling of them a lot of credit for those long-term choices.

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

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

A very, very, very, very Black Swan?

Investors should understand the risks in their portfolio, and be cognizant that black swan events can occur much more frequently than models suggest. Risk models are extremely helpful when thinking about portfolio construction, but shouldn’t be relied upon exclusively.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Global Perspectives

The U.S. labor market — Show me the money

It is unclear if recent improvements in U.S. labor market data are due to less slack or government-related measures to support worker income and benefits. Occupations with some scarcity of qualified labor have seen some wage pressures, but the gains are likely due to one-time minimum wage hikes.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

2015 capital market assumptions: Mid-year update

We retain very modest expectations for total returns from traditional fixed-income assets. Equity returns appear attractive relative to fixed-income returns but are accompanied by much higher volatility, including periods of harsh drawdowns.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic/Markets Outlook, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Investing, Investing, Portfolio Strategies

Europe’s virtuous cycle

The European equity market offers attractive valuations and these have cheapened meaningfully following August’s volatility. We believe European domestic stocks can continue to deliver positive earnings revisions even in a world where China is slowing.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Investing

Investing like Lee Kuan Yew

Under Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership, Singapore rose from a sleepy British colonial trading post to become one of the wealthiest per capita nations in the world. The two key pillars of Singapore’s historical ascent were a continuing focus on disciplined governance reforms and improvement, and a relentless drive to climb the value chain in production.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy
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About Us

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 $503 billion†† of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.

††In U.S. dollars as of June 30, 2015. Source: Ameriprise Q2 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.