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

The effects of the California drought will last for decades as residents adjust to using less water while paying more to support necessary water infrastructure to ensure adequate supply. Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply sources and rate flexibility.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

What if low interest rates are not a function of low economic growth?

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

Is biotech in a bubble or a golden age?

We recognize concerns over biotech valuation, are mindful of commentary from Yellen and agree that there are pockets of froth — but that is only a portion of the picture. Despite some signs of potential excess, overall research productivity is remarkable and we believe the group can appreciate further.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary

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.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Commodities, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets, Portfolio Strategies

2015 capital market assumptions: Mid-year update

We retain very modest expectations for total returns from traditional fixed-income assets. Equity returns appear attractive relative to fixed-income returns but are accompanied by much higher volatility, including periods of harsh drawdowns.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic/Markets Outlook, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Investing, Investing, Portfolio Strategies

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

Investment themes for a “Groundhog Day” world

Pursue a realistic income goal with more than bonds. Common stocks and a variety of other corporate securities may yield as much as bonds with greater return potential over time.

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

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 $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.