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Director of Global Research Robert McConnaughey explains why productivity will play a bigger role in the success of companies, economies and investment strategies.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Global Investing

Given the importance of China in global trading, it is reasonable for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board to consider the yuan for inclusion in the basket of currencies used to value Special Drawing Rights. China is taking steps to improve the liquidity and transferability of its currency, but it is not clear to me that they currently meet the criteria for inclusion in the SDR basket.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Monetary Policy

The events of the past few weeks underscore the linkage between domestic political willingness to service debts and the likelihood of capital controls and/or eurozone exit. Greece’s negotiations with its creditors provide lessons on eurozone creditor reaction functions, which will inform the market’s pricing of risk.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Markets

Greece won’t repay its debt without substantial forgiveness. Creditors will realize that repayment of some portion of the debt is better than nothing.

Tagged with: Global Economy

After a weekend of long and often very bad-tempered discussions within the Eurogroup, the leaders of the eurozone have finally agreed to offer Greece a third bailout, with the European Commission confirming that Greece will benefit from approximately 86 billion euros of financing over the next three years. Assuming the steps required in the coming days are met, the immediate bankruptcy of the Greek government has been avoided and the country will remain within the eurozone.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Markets

The spotlight China’s stock market turmoil has cast on Chinese central authorities may inspire newfound commitment to reforms.
Powerful technical factors have created significant dispersion of gaps between underlying fundamentals and valuations across markets. For patient investors with the resources and skill to research and investigate these situations, there may be exciting stock-picking opportunities through this “sorting-out” period.

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Global Economy, Global Investing, Investing, Markets

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

| Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Columbia Funds, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Interest Rates, Portfolio Strategies

Director of Global Research Robert McConnaughey explains why productivity will play a bigger role in the success of companies, economies and investment strategies. (Video – 4:55).

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Global Economy, Global Investing

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

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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