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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

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

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

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

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

Release the doves

The Fed (and all central banks) is highly sensitive to shifts in inflation expectations by either consumers or the markets. The one-year TIP breakeven appears to be pricing in some deflationary pulse and is also pulling down longer term inflation expectations across the curve.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Investing

Prioritizing productivity

Demographic trends in the world’s largest economies put an urgent focus on potential drivers of productivity. We believe that actively seeking investments that can positively impact economic productivity will be a pillar of successful investing.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Global Economy, Global Investing, Markets

What if low interest rates are not a function of low economic growth?

Low interest rates have provided a significant tailwind for bonds and equities over the last 30 years. Globalization of labor markets, rather than slow growth, could be the main driver for today’s low interest rates.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates

In search of bond market liquidity

Liquidity in bond markets does not portend a crisis but does raise the risk of one as policymakers flirt with tighter monetary policy. The only sensible approach is to recognize the lack of liquidity, manage it and ensure there is proper compensation for illiquidity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income

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.

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