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Record new debt issuance, lack of revenue growth, increased acquisition activity, and the re-emergence of debt-financed shareholder returns have caused deterioration in credit metrics. Corporations may not be as close to the end of their credit cycle as the deterioration in credit metrics would imply.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

In this video, Colin Lundgren, Head of U.S. Fixed Income, looks at conditions for today’s fixed-income investors. We may be cautious on the bond market overall, but don’t confuse that with selling all of your fixed-income holdings.

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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.

Tagged with: Equities, 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

Biosimilars — copies of high-priced bio-engineered therapeutic proteins and antibodies — have begun to be approved by regulators in both the EU and U.S.
There are huge health and financial benefits to be derived from the development of biosimilar markets in mature therapeutic categories. Even greater opportunities exist in the discovery and development of innovative biologic drugs that will save and improve lives and reduce the burden of disease.

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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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Companies across the globe have to deal with the growing threat posed by security breaches and their high associated financial, informational and reputational costs. No one vendor dominates both network and endpoint security, and we want to be overweight vendors that deliver the broadest end-to-end/device-to-network security platform.

Tagged with: Global Investing, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing

The science of asset allocation has evolved and the array of choices available to build portfolios has become much more expansive. Market betas provide asset managers and investors a broad pallet of choices to which portfolios can be built in order to suit different investor needs.

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Diversification is one of the most powerful concepts in investment management. Alternative investments offer the potential to increase portfolio diversification by generating returns that are uncorrelated to traditional stock and bond 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.