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Under Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership, Singapore rose from a sleepy British colonial trading post to become one of the wealthiest per capita nations in the world. The two key pillars of Singapore’s historical ascent were a continuing focus on disciplined governance reforms and improvement, and a relentless drive to climb the value chain in production.

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During the past 80 years, dividends have accounted for over 40% of the market’s total return. This video highlights the virtues of dividend investing and how the management team selects companies for the Columbia Dividend Income Fund.

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Jeff Knight, Head of Global Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, describes the process of the Columbia Adaptive Risk Allocation Fund and why it may make sense for your portfolio. (Video – 5:38).

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Jeff Knight, Head of Global Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, describes his market state classification system and how he uses it to manage their portfolios. (Video – 3:31).

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Dave King, Senior Portfolio Manager talks about some aspects of convertible securities that are uniquely attractive in today’s financial world. (Video – 2:30).

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In equity markets, we are generally positive on the major regions except emerging markets, which we continue to underweight. There are some selective opportunities in EM countries benefitting from lower oil prices and where the respective governments have committed to business-friendly reforms.
In bond markets, we see an increasing disconnect between the U.S. and UK, where yields should move higher, and Europe, where the ECB began intervening in secondary markets on 9 March.

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Disruption from the West Coast port strikes is likely to continue for several months. The situation could pressure both sales and margin for retailers ahead of the Easter holiday.

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Q: What do you mean by “solutions” as referenced in your title and domain of responsibility? A: We use that word to refer to investment strategies whose success and risk are defined in an outcome-oriented way as opposed to a benchmark-oriented way.

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We retain very modest expectations for total returns from fixed-income assets based on the low level of yields combined with the expectation that interest rate policy will normalize within the next five years. We believe equities offer returns only slightly below their long-term averages based on expectations of ongoing economic growth and worldwide equity valuations that are not extremely expensive.

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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.

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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 $506 billion†† of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.

††In U.S. dollars as of March 31, 2015. Source: Ameriprise Q1 Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.