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Interest rates — Farewell, liquidity trap

The U.S. Treasury market as a whole has returned +1% annualized since the end of 2012 (and +0.5% annualized since the low in 10-year yields in July 2012). Because of imminent Fed rate hikes and depressed yield levels, prospective returns look no better today.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing

Bond playbook ahead of the Fed

While we do not expect an interest rate hike this week, investors need to have their eyes wide open about what could happen, and what it means for bond markets. While there are many possibilities for what could play out in the markets, we are focused on what we see as the three most plausible outcomes when assessing the future direction of policy.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Interest Rates, Investing, Monetary Policy

It’s not just about the Fed

With the Fed policy outlook getting tougher to read, fixed income investors need to look beyond interest rate risk in constructing portfolios, says Senior Portfolio Manager Gene Tannuzzo. A December interest rate hike is possible, but that’s not all that matters now for investors.

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Fixed Income, Interest Rates, Monetary Policy

ECB QE – No green light for interest rate risk

Fed officials should be encouraged by the ECB’s announcement to begin a large-scale bond buying program in an effort to shore up growth and prevent deflation. The action reduces downside risks to global growth, and thus the risks of spillovers to the domestic economy.

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing

Deflation dilemma

The factors keeping inflation low remain U.S. dollar strength and sluggish global trade, together with the deflationary pulse from weak energy and commodity prices. While there is little danger of this developing into true deflation, the strong dollar effect will continue to depress inflation for much longer and this has a stronger influence on core inflation.

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Global asset allocation update (March 2015)

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.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing

Do rising rates mean doomsday for bonds?

The Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policy will eventually end and rates will likely rise. As rates rise, bond investors get to invest their coupon income at the new, higher yields.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Interest Rates, Investing, Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog

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.

Tagged with: Alternative Investments, Asset Allocation, Currency, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing, U.S. Economy

Three reasons the stock market is so volatile

The most important aspect of China’s slowdown is whether it leads to lower but better quality growth, or whether something more serious occurs. Lower energy and commodity prices should provide a boost for consumers, but evidence suggests that the gains are being banked rather than spent.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Emerging Markets, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates, Markets, Monetary Policy

The bond bear that cried wolf

For the past several years, bond bears regularly cautioned the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest-rate policy was unsustainable, calling for higher rates in the foreseeable future. Bond investors have become gradually more cautious over the past year. In contrast, until the past month, equity markets had not discounted an initial round of Fed tightening like other markets.

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing
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