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Fixed Income

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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.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

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).

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Markets, Municipal Bonds

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.

| Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economy, Fixed Income, Investing, U.S. Economy

Jeff Knight shares his outlook on global market conditions. Overall, his team foresees lower returns and greater volatility — signals for investors to move to more defensive portfolio positioning.

Tagged with: Currency, Economy, Emerging Markets, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Investing, Interest Rates, Investing, Monetary Policy, Portfolio Strategies

Head of U.S. Fixed Income Colin Lundgren shares the team’s three suggestions for investors for the third quarter 2015. (Video – 3:08).

| Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Columbia Funds, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Interest Rates, Portfolio Strategies

Low interest rates have provided a significant tailwind for bonds and equities over the last 30 years. Globalization of labor markets, rather than slow growth, could be the main driver for today’s low interest rates.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates

Liquidity in bond markets does not portend a crisis but does raise the risk of one as policymakers flirt with tighter monetary policy. The only sensible approach is to recognize the lack of liquidity, manage it and ensure there is proper compensation for illiquidity.

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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).

Tagged with: Columbia Funds, Economy, Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog, Municipal Bonds

Our popular MarketTrack flipbook features an array of timely, easy-to-read charts and graphs accompanied by clear, insightful market and economic commentary. The Q3 MarketTrack is divided into three sections:

The economy — analysis of major trends
The markets — evaluating asset class performance
Opportunities for now — where value lies today

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Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing, Markets, Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy
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