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The theory

A single recent event — China’s currency devaluation, eurozone debt woes or looming interest rate hikes — is to blame for the steep decline in the markets. Now who knows where the bottom is?

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Investing, Markets

History shows that investors benefit from staying invested

In today’s financial market fear is running high. Yet, the stock market and economic experiences over the past decades were at times quite frightening too.

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We have been in a “Goldilocks” economy, where growth was persistent, but still modest enough to be supported by central bank easing at any sign of weakness. That backdrop is changing, with stresses emanating from the emerging markets and limits to incremental central bank actions.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Global Investing, Investing, Markets

We have long advocated seeking “scarce growth” in a low-growth environment, and strong growers have thrived of late. In a sense, companies with strong growth and momentum characteristics have become the defensive bets many investors are relying on to ride out today’s uncertain environment.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets, Portfolio Strategies

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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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The events of the past few weeks underscore the linkage between domestic political willingness to service debts and the likelihood of capital controls and/or eurozone exit. Greece’s negotiations with its creditors provide lessons on eurozone creditor reaction functions, which will inform the market’s pricing of risk.

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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.

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After a weekend of long and often very bad-tempered discussions within the Eurogroup, the leaders of the eurozone have finally agreed to offer Greece a third bailout, with the European Commission confirming that Greece will benefit from approximately 86 billion euros of financing over the next three years. Assuming the steps required in the coming days are met, the immediate bankruptcy of the Greek government has been avoided and the country will remain within the eurozone.

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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.

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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 $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.