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Trending – Socially responsible fixed-income investing

Until recently, ethical investing has focused on avoiding exposure to perceived negative activities. Municipal bonds can offer a cost-effective way to fund programs and infrastructure to serve the public good.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

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

Three reasons the stock market is so volatile

The most important aspect of China’s slowdown is whether it leads to lower but better quality growth, or whether something more serious occurs. Lower energy and commodity prices should provide a boost for consumers, but evidence suggests that the gains are being banked rather than spent.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Emerging Markets, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates, Markets, Monetary Policy

Should investors be worried about consumer borrowing?

Credit to prime and non-prime borrowers is expanding, which is helping support the consumer. Repayment and delinquency data suggest that borrowers are handling most debt burdens relatively well.

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

Are there cracks in the credit market?

Record new debt issuance, lack of revenue growth, increased acquisition activity, and the re-emergence of debt-financed shareholder returns have caused deterioration in credit metrics. Corporations may not be as close to the end of their credit cycle as the deterioration in credit metrics would imply.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Could managed care companies help offset rising healthcare costs?

The managed care industry is consolidating, with three mergers announced this summer and intensive scrutiny due for at least the two largest. Congressional hearings provide insight into the political climate surrounding the pending mergers, but are unlikely to affect the actual competitive reviews.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Industry/Sector Commentary

Oil price decline mostly positive for municipals…at least for now

Most states and local governments should benefit from higher tax receipts as more consumer discretionary income leads to a pick-up in spending. Negative effects will be localized around energy producing areas, especially if oil prices stay low for an extended period.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives Blog

Learning Center: Non-qualified deferred compensation

Deferred compensation plans are not under ERISA – although they may have to fulfill certain ERISA reporting requirements — and therefore do not have the rules that an ERISA plan would have concerning participation requirements and contribution limits. Generally with a deferred compensation plan, taxation does not occur until constructive receipt.

Tagged with: New Tax Regime, Uncategorized

Learning Center: Restricted stock

Year 2002 may be best remembered for burst of the bubble. Stock valuations of internet startups with no revenue eventually crashed.

Tagged with: New Tax Regime

Trends in U.S. healthcare spending and the direction of managed care

Structural changes in healthcare delivery and consumer options are leading to aligned incentives for better health outcomes and slower cost growth. Total healthcare spending growth is positive for providers of all kinds, while subdued per capita spending is positive for health insurers.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing
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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 $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.