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Fixed Income

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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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Not all bond market risks are undesirable, and understanding the key factors can help investors navigate the market cycle. When used together, these factors can produce positive fixed income returns in different periods throughout market cycles.

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While owners of Puerto-Rico-related municipal bonds have a bleak prospect, investors in other muni bonds can expect virtually no impact. Apart from Puerto Rico and a few other volatile outliers, we believe the municipal bond market remains fundamentally healthy.

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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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Defaults on all types of Puerto Rico governmental debt appear almost certain. Current investors should brace themselves for an extended period of receiving no interest income and additional price volatility.

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In this Q3 2015 municipal bond market outlook, Head of Municipal Bonds James Dearborn focuses in on Puerto Rico’s likely debt default and the impact on muni bondholders. (Video 4:09).

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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.

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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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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.