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Chicago’s future is brighter than headlines suggest

Chicago has formidable pension challenges, but we believe Moody’s and the municipal market have overreacted. Chicago’s large, diverse and vibrant tax base, with a growing population in recent years, provides the necessary tools to manage its pension challenges over the long term.

Tagged with: Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog

What to expect from U.S. midterm elections

While consensus suggests a slightly better than average chance of a GOP takeover, battle for control of the U.S. Senate is going to be a dramatically close call. When we examine how a GOP win might affect industries such as energy, healthcare and defense, it’s not as black-and-white as some people might think.

Tagged with: Economy, Equities, Investing, Markets

Pension weeds are choking the Garden State

A lagging economy, budget imbalances and rapidly growing long-term liabilities are driving credit rating agency downgrades in New Jersey. With pension and other post-employment benefits liabilities growing at an unsustainable rate, the state needs to pursue additional politically difficult decisions and reforms.
New Jersey remains investment grade, but the state is likely to see continued volatility and credit rating pressures.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Municipal Bonds, Tax Strategies

Europe – The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The European Central Bank is embarking on quantitative easing at a time when tailwinds are already beginning to build behind the euro area economy. A more constructive economic outlook could have important implications for European markets.

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

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

How will California’s drought affect water utility revenue bonds?

 California is in its fourth year of drought, one of the worst in the past century.  Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply and source diversity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog

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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 December 31, 2014. Source: Ameriprise Q4 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.