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Apparel retail doldrums

Since 2011, consumer spending has been below average overall, and spending on retail apparel has been especially poor. A host of factors, from shifting consumer priorities to poor inventory control have forced apparel retailers to compete on price, and sales and profitability have suffered dramatically.

Tagged with: U.S. Economy

State of Illinois budget gap — staggering, yet fixable

Illinois’ structural budget deficit is fixable, but will likely require tax increases in addition to spending cuts. The Illinois Supreme Court’s rejection of 2013 pension reform will make resolving the State’s pension burden more challenging, but not impossible.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives, Municipal Bonds

India’s new government fires investor enthusiasm

The landslide victory of the pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has transformed investor sentiment towards India. As the new government puts its stamp on policy, it will create investment opportunities not only in the domestic economy but also in sectors exposed to government-led reform.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Investing

Harnessing Fixed-Income Returns Through The Cycle

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.

| | Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Fixed Income, Interest Rates, Investing, Portfolio Strategies

Spend to defend — Why cybersecurity is a sustainable, investable theme

Companies across the globe have to deal with the growing threat posed by security breaches and their high associated financial, informational and reputational costs. No one vendor dominates both network and endpoint security, and we want to be overweight vendors that deliver the broadest end-to-end/device-to-network security platform.

Tagged with: Global Investing, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing

Data breaches — What they mean for retailers, consumers and investors

More than 1,000 retailers have been affected by the same malware that caused Target and Home Depot data breaches. The number of data breaches will continue to increase and cost retailers millions in IT spending and damage control.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

Tagged with: Economy, Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy

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

Barbarians at the gate – Positive signs for third arrow* progress in Japan

Improved corporate governance, especially as it relates to capital allocation, is a key component to third arrow efforts for Abenomics. To create urgency among corporate managements towards reform, we believe the Japanese government should move to gradually but consistently improve shareholder rights.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives
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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.

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