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Bill Landes, Ph.D., Deputy Head of Global Investment Solutions and Head of Alternative Investments, discusses alternative investments and offers some guidance as to why and how investors should consider adding alternatives to their portfolios. Q:  Let’s start with how you define alternatives?

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We believe that the investment-grade universe has an adequate capital structure that balances shareholders and debtholders, suggesting the credit cycle is in the middle of the expansion stage. While Apple’s rise in debt has significantly outpaced its earnings growth, this is an appropriate capital structure for a maturing company.

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In this video, Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, explains why he favors pursuing returns through global equities and pursuing portfolio stability through shorter duration bonds and alternative investments.

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Jeff Knight explains his outlook on global market conditions. His team’s portfolio strategy is a combination of pursuing return through a global equity focus and pursuing stability through shorter duration bonds and alternative investments.

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There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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The sizeable oil and gas sector within investment grade and high yield corporate bonds has been punished by the market as oil prices have collapsed. Companies with a low-cost structure, flexible balance sheet, active risk management strategies, ample liquidity and asset coverage will ultimately prosper as the oil market heals itself.

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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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Global Director of Research Robert McConnaughey considers the global economy in light of the successful policies of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. McConnaughey summarizes current obstacles and highlights paths to economic improvement.

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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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Thank you for your continued interest in the 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. Source: Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC.

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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.

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