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Q&A with Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation

Q: What do you mean by “solutions” as referenced in your title and domain of responsibility? A: We use that word to refer to investment strategies whose success and risk are defined in an outcome-oriented way as opposed to a benchmark-oriented way.

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Alternative investments — Q&A with Bill Landes

Bill Landes, Ph.D., Deputy Head of Global Investment Solutions and Head of Alternative Investments, discusses alternative investments and offers some guidance as to why and how investors should consider adding alternatives to their portfolios. Q:  Let’s start with how you define alternatives?

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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.

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The price of flexibility

Disruption from the West Coast port strikes is likely to continue for several months. The situation could pressure both sales and margin for retailers ahead of the Easter holiday.

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2015 Annual Perspectives

Within 2015 Perspectives you will find our views on today’s markets and recommendations for navigating them. The articles represent the depth and breadth of our investment teams, as well as our commitment to delivering timely investment solutions.

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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Q&A with Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation

Q: To what extent does monetary policy factor into your investment strategy outlook? A: Every time we get a data point that accelerates the market’s opinion of when the Federal Reserve will tighten, we get a predictable set of consequences that are quite unfriendly to portfolios.

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Political and fiscal reality finally trump willingness in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican government’s willingness to pay debt service on time and in full was finally overcome by economic and fiscal realities. The shift from impairing only some public corporation [i.e., Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)] debt to all Commonwealth debt was probably inevitable given the unwillingness to make draconian spending cuts, a lack of economic growth and dwindling liquidity across the entire Puerto Rican government complex, including the Government Development Bank (GDB).

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Ease the impact of volatile markets

“A portfolio concentrated in risk assets remains vulnerable to volatility spikes, and diversification alone may be inadequate to protect portfolio values from future drawdowns. We think investors should expand their search for diversifiers while embracing flexibility with a systematic approach to reduce portfolio risk during stressful market conditions.” —Jeffrey Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation

Even in today’s challenging interest rate environment, it’s still possible to navigate markets and pursue your goals.

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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 March 31, 2015. Source: Ameriprise Q1 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.