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Years of lean capital investment and restrained R&D spending raise concerns that the market might have a higher mix of finely tuned mature businesses and a lower mix of growth businesses. We should look for several points’ worth of cushion when using today’s prices and adjusted earnings and comparing them to prior periods.

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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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We expect to see European earnings and economic growth expectations firming during the year. Even with the strong move in markets so far this year, European equity valuations are not unattractive in our view.

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Q: To what extent does monetary policy factor into your investment strategy outlook? A: Every time we get a data point that accelerates the market’s opinion of when the Federal Reserve will tighten, we get a predictable set of consequences that are quite unfriendly to portfolios.

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A lagging economy, budget imbalances and rapidly growing long-term liabilities are driving credit rating agency downgrades in New Jersey. With pension and other post-employment benefits liabilities growing at an unsustainable rate, the state needs to pursue additional politically difficult decisions and reforms.
New Jersey remains investment grade, but the state is likely to see continued volatility and credit rating pressures.

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Until recently, ethical investing has focused on avoiding exposure to perceived negative activities. Municipal bonds can offer a cost-effective way to fund programs and infrastructure to serve the public good.

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If Washington repeals SGR, it would be a positive for healthcare providers because it dodges what could have been major cuts while removing the overhang of potential cuts in the future. While investors have been conditioned to assume an annual “doc fix” at this point, the removal of a significant overhang also benefits service providers.

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Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

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We are still positive on equities versus other assets, particularly core bonds, although the list of potential headaches for equities is not insignificant and appears to be growing. Japan’s recent progress on the corporate front is a cause for optimism.

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Buying bonds at negative rates is a guarantee of losing money in nominal terms.
Central banks must keep real rates low to help their economies reach a self-sustaining growth path. Investors should focus on asset classes that benefit from this growth rather than providing the free money to support it.

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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.