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Asset Allocation

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In this market outlook, Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, notes that the market gains that have accrued over the last six years leave most assets in a very fully-priced situation. Although we still expect positive returns from risk assets, the positive returns have become a little bit more gradual, a little bit more diminished, and the volatility around those returns has gone higher.

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In this video, Colin Lundgren, Head of U.S. Fixed Income, looks at conditions for today’s fixed-income investors. We may be cautious on the bond market overall, but don’t confuse that with selling all of your fixed-income holdings.

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Head of U.S. Fixed Income Colin Lundgren shares the team’s three suggestions for investors for the third quarter 2015. (Video – 3:08).

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Our popular MarketTrack flipbook features an array of timely, easy-to-read charts and graphs accompanied by clear, insightful market and economic commentary. The Q3 MarketTrack is divided into three sections:

The economy — analysis of major trends
The markets — evaluating asset class performance
Opportunities for now — where value lies today

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The Investment Strategy Outlook provides the Global Asset Allocation Team’s quarterly asset allocation recommendations based on their economic outlook and analysis of capital markets. This quarter the team tackles less attractive valuations and the challenge of increased correlation across asset classes (i.e., less benefit from diversification).

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We have become more cautious on the most volatile sectors of the market and have reduced our high-yield and emerging market bond exposures accordingly. Investment-grade credit looks more attractive now, and mortgage-backed securities will likely see less price volatility should bond funds start to see outflows.

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Thank you for your continued interest in research and insights from Columbia Threadneedle Investments.  Our Global Asset Allocation team continually monitors global economic and market conditions in order to develop our Investment Strategy Outlook.  If you would like to subscribe to this publication,  please click here. A review of the Global Asset Allocation Team’s research continues to point to an environment favorable for stocks over bonds.

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The science of asset allocation has evolved and the array of choices available to build portfolios has become much more expansive. Market betas provide asset managers and investors a broad pallet of choices to which portfolios can be built in order to suit different investor needs.

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Diversification is one of the most powerful concepts in investment management. Alternative investments offer the potential to increase portfolio diversification by generating returns that are uncorrelated to traditional stock and bond markets.

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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. By under-emphasizing equity and relying more on fixed-income, risk-balanced (“risk parity”) portfolios may deliver lower volatility — but with lower expected returns than traditional balanced portfolios.

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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 $471 billion†† of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.

††In U.S. dollars as of September 30, 2015. Source: Ameriprise Q3 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.