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How will California’s drought affect water utility revenue bonds?

California is in its fourth year of drought, one of the worst in the past century. Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply sources and rate flexibility.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Political and fiscal reality finally trump willingness in Puerto Rico

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

Global asset allocation update

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. A review of the Global Asset Allocation Team’s research continues to point to an environment favorable for stocks over bonds.

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Learn more about the Columbia Strategic Income Fund

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).

Tagged with: Columbia Funds, Fixed Income, Portfolio Strategies

QE worked, but not as advertised

While QE proved very effective in reinforcing the Fed’s communication about short-term interest rates, there could be simpler ways to achieve the same outcome. The U.S. experience with QE suggests it would be effective in Europe.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing

Asset allocation — Where does fixed income fit in?

Surprisingly solid returns for bonds in the first half could lead to disappointment in the second half of the year. We continue to believe high-yield bonds are worth holding, especially higher quality ones.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Fixed Income, Investing

U.S. rates — When the facts change

Prospective returns for Treasuries now look poor across the curve—not just at the front end. Yield curves tend to flatten as central banks raise short-term rates, but valuations have now moved beyond the point where these trades make sense.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, U.S. Economy

2015 capital market assumptions

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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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.