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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

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

Interest rates in a highly indebted economy

In a highly indebted economy, there is no fixed cap on the level of interest rates. Any increase in interest rates must be consistent with tolerable debt service ratios, the existing stock of debt and private sector savings.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

Q4 fixed income outlook — External influences

While the bond market has generated strong returns so far in 2014, we are positioning portfolios with a shorter duration to protect against rising interest rates. Although we think that corporate bonds look better than their government counterparts, the most attractive bond market opportunities may be outside of the corporate market.

Tagged with: 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

The case for active bond management

There have been instances where the passive approach to bond investing produced significant underperformance relative to a benchmark. Index funds are at a significant disadvantage to active portfolios in which managers incorporate valuation into their decision making process.

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Fixed-income outlook 2015 (video)

A potential rate increase by the Fed, central bank easing in much the rest of the world, and continued slow U.S. economic growth. What does it mean for fixed-income investors?

Learn more about the Columbia Dividend Income Fund

During the past 80 years, dividends have accounted for over 40% of the market’s total return. This video highlights the virtues of dividend investing and how the management team selects companies for the Columbia Dividend Income Fund.

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Rising rates and REIT returns

While REITs typically demonstrate some interest rate sensitivity and sometimes have a “knee-jerk” reaction down when rates first move up, performance has often rebounded. An improving economy has the potential to dampen the effects of duration risk and interest rate sensitivity, given the increased earnings and dividend growth REITs can produce.

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Fixed-Income Outlook 2015

Head of U.S. Fixed Income Colin Lundgren discusses why he foresees continued volatility in bond markets and what investors can do to position their portfolios for today’s environment. (Video – 2:19).

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Interest Rates, Monetary Policy, Portfolio Strategies
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About Us

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.