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Constraints of convention — Does a portfolio design have to be static?

A 60/40 portfolio may appear to be balanced, but when viewed through a risk lens it is clear that the equity allocation comprises a disproportionate amount of the risk. As a static strategy, the very thing that has helped risk parity succeed over time may prove to be its biggest liability going forward, and that is all those extra bonds.

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

Fixed income strategies — The pros and cons of generating returns with negative duration

Unconstrained multi-sector bond funds have become very popular due to their flexibility to invest tactically across sectors and manage interest rate sensitivity. While it may be useful for a fixed income manager to employ a negative duration strategy, getting the timing right can be very challenging.

| Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

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

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 case for active bond management

There have been instances where the passive approach to bond investing produced significant underperformance relative to a benchmark. Index funds are at a significant disadvantage to active portfolios in which managers incorporate valuation into their decision making process.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Interview with Jeff Knight — The three pillars of a resilient portfolio

IMCA Jeff Knight Interview

The Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) interviewed Jeff Knight recently and he spoke about the three pillars of a resilient portfolio for today’s environment. Many investors are looking to preserve post-crisis gains and bolster the defensive dimension of their portfolios to better withstand volatility.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economy, Global Economy, Investing

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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QE worked, but not as advertised

While QE proved very effective in reinforcing the Fed’s communication about short-term interest rates, there could be simpler ways to achieve the same outcome. The U.S. experience with QE suggests it would be effective in Europe.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing

From tactical to core — The case for emerging market debt

For many investors, emerging market debt could be viewed as a core-portfolio holding rather than a short-term tactical investment. 2013’s re-pricing created value in terms of higher yields, a more dedicated investor base and a better relative value argument.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing

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.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets
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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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