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Fixed Income

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Since the great financial crisis of 2008, the global macro backdrop for financial markets has featured harmonized central bank stimulus worldwide. The Investment Strategy Outlook provides the Global Asset Allocation Team’s quarterly asset allocation recommendations based on their economic outlook and analysis of capital markets.

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Learn how Columbia Strategic Income Fund actively allocates among four different factors — duration, credit, currency and inflation — in pursuit of attractive returns and ample income at an acceptable level of risk. (Video – 2:53).

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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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Jeff Knight, Head of Global Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, describes the process of the Columbia Adaptive Risk Allocation Fund and why it may make sense for your portfolio. (Video – 5:38).

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Jeff Knight, Head of Global Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, describes his market state classification system and how he uses it to manage their portfolios. (Video – 3:31).

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Dave King, Senior Portfolio Manager talks about some aspects of convertible securities that are uniquely attractive in today’s financial world. (Video – 2:30).

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We expect high yield and emerging markets debt to deliver better returns in either a slow growth or inflationary recovery scenario. Investors should brace for higher levels of price volatility as monetary policy continues to move in different directions around the globe.

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After 13 consecutive months of positive returns, it is not surprising that the muni market has taken a step backward. We believe that the muni market remains on sound footing due to supportive market fundamentals and technicals, as well as our entrenched high tax environment.

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Q: What do you mean by “solutions” as referenced in your title and domain of responsibility? A: We use that word to refer to investment strategies whose success and risk are defined in an outcome-oriented way as opposed to a benchmark-oriented way.

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We retain very modest expectations for total returns from fixed-income assets based on the low level of yields combined with the expectation that interest rate policy will normalize within the next five years. We believe equities offer returns only slightly below their long-term averages based on expectations of ongoing economic growth and worldwide equity valuations that are not extremely expensive.

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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.