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The Puerto Rican government’s willingness to pay debt service on time and in full was finally overcome by economic and fiscal realities. The shift from impairing only some public corporation [i.e., Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)] debt to all Commonwealth debt was probably inevitable given the unwillingness to make draconian spending cuts, a lack of economic growth and dwindling liquidity across the entire Puerto Rican government complex, including the Government Development Bank (GDB).

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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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Thank you for your continued interest in the 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. 

The global asset allocation team recommends maintaining a modest overweight position to equities over bonds. Our research continues to indicate a favorable environment for equities in comparison to bonds.

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Illinois’ structural budget deficit is fixable, but will likely require tax increases in addition to spending cuts. The Illinois Supreme Court’s rejection of 2013 pension reform will make resolving the State’s pension burden more challenging, but not impossible.

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Thank you for your continued interest in the 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. Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC.

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In this video, Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, explains why he favors pursuing returns through global equities and pursuing portfolio stability through shorter duration bonds and alternative investments.

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Jeff Knight explains his outlook on global market conditions. His team’s portfolio strategy is a combination of pursuing return through a global equity focus and pursuing stability through shorter duration bonds and alternative investments.

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There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bond Investments, describes where he is seeing opportunities and what to avoid in muni credit. Our outlook for the municipal market is generally positive with a small number of notable weak spots, with the big issue being underfunded pension systems. Most states and local governments should benefit from the drop in energy prices; negative effects will be localized around energy producing areas.

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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 $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.