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Saving for college: What’s the real cost of waiting?

Saving for college can seem overwhelming. Many people take a “wait until we can afford it” or “we’ll just borrow the money” approach.

Tagged with: 529 Plans, Uncategorized

Making sense of negative interest rates

Buying bonds at negative rates is a guarantee of losing money in nominal terms.
Central banks must keep real rates low to help their economies reach a self-sustaining growth path. Investors should focus on asset classes that benefit from this growth rather than providing the free money to support it.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Demographics — Inexorable trend, inevitable outcome?

Demographic change is likely to have a profound impact on financial markets, and investors can use demographic analysis to point the way to the most worthwhile areas for further research. The most significant impact on investing will be the gradual migration from traditional country-based asset allocation models to those based on exposures to demographic trends.

Tagged with: Global Investing

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

Digging deeper for market valuations

When discounted for index composition, U.S. equities are not trading at a significant premium to Europe. One can draw some very misleading conclusions about any disparate group by only looking at the aggregates.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

Innovation and investment in “short-termist” America

The aggregate decision-making around capital allocation would appear to continue to support a strong global competitive position for U.S. companies. Leading American companies are making long-term investments and investors are giving the most compelling of them a lot of credit for those long-term choices.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economy, Equities, Investing, U.S. Economy

China’s slowdown — How bad could it get?

Our base case is that real Chinese economic growth in 2015 and 2016 will be somewhere between 5% and 6%. While China’s investment share in GDP remains extraordinarily high by international and historical standards, it is worth bearing in mind that consumer spending has been the chief driver of Chinese GDP growth.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing

What has really changed in markets?

With markets in turmoil, it is worth asking what has really changed — and as such whether market falls reflect opportunities or signal threats to patient long-term investors. In our view, there are three medium-sized challenges facing markets for some time that intersect and were brought into sharp focus by the Chinese currency devaluation.

Tagged with: Commodities, Economy, Equities, Global Economy, Global Investing, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing, Markets

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

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
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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.