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The theory

A single recent event — China’s currency devaluation, eurozone debt woes or looming interest rate hikes — is to blame for the steep decline in the markets. Now who knows where the bottom is?

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We retain very modest expectations for total returns from traditional fixed-income assets. Equity returns appear attractive relative to fixed-income returns but are accompanied by much higher volatility, including periods of harsh drawdowns.

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For the past several years, bond bears regularly cautioned the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest-rate policy was unsustainable, calling for higher rates in the foreseeable future. Bond investors have become gradually more cautious over the past year. In contrast, until the past month, equity markets had not discounted an initial round of Fed tightening like other markets.

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We have long advocated seeking “scarce growth” in a low-growth environment, and strong growers have thrived of late. In a sense, companies with strong growth and momentum characteristics have become the defensive bets many investors are relying on to ride out today’s uncertain environment.

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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.

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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 horse racing, as in investing, being right is less rewarding if one’s prediction is already reflected in the price. The era of easy money engineered by central banks has succeeded in flattering asset prices, but it is very difficult to identify any assets that are out of favor and inexpensively priced.

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Jeff Knight shares his outlook on global market conditions. Overall, his team foresees lower returns and greater volatility — signals for investors to move to more defensive portfolio positioning.

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Corporate earnings results for the second calendar quarter are likely to be a bit soft. Despite relatively high valuations, investors seem willing to accept that better results are shimmering out in the future.

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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.

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About Us

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.