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Chicago’s future is brighter than headlines suggest

Chicago has formidable pension challenges, but we believe Moody’s and the municipal market have overreacted. Chicago’s large, diverse and vibrant tax base, with a growing population in recent years, provides the necessary tools to manage its pension challenges over the long term.

Tagged with: Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog

Causes and consequences of Puerto Rico’s sudden decline

The loss of normal market access over the last two years is finally starting to impair Puerto Rico’s ability to finance structural budgetary gaps. It’s difficult to determine ultimate recovery given dated financials, the heavy influence of politics and uncertainty about how various legal pledges will be treated under the fiscal adjustment plan or in court proceedings.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Learning Center: Non-qualified deferred compensation

Deferred compensation plans are not under ERISA – although they may have to fulfill certain ERISA reporting requirements — and therefore do not have the rules that an ERISA plan would have concerning participation requirements and contribution limits. Generally with a deferred compensation plan, taxation does not occur until constructive receipt.

Tagged with: New Tax Regime, Uncategorized

Detroit and Stockton are game changers for municipalities in fiscal distress

Contrary to past experience and conventional wisdom, general obligation bonds are not sacrosanct and very low recovery rates are possible. Pensioners and other politically favored classes are likely to be treated more kindly than bondholders.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog

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

Lost in translation – More than just a strong dollar?

The strong U.S. dollar has weighed on the results of global firms that report in dollars. But investors think there may be some end-market weakness hiding in the currency translation effects.

Tagged with: Economy, Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives

A big bite of the Apple?

We believe that the investment-grade universe has an adequate capital structure that balances shareholders and debtholders, suggesting the credit cycle is in the middle of the expansion stage. While Apple’s rise in debt has significantly outpaced its earnings growth, this is an appropriate capital structure for a maturing company.

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2015 Annual Perspectives

Within 2015 Perspectives you will find our views on today’s markets and recommendations for navigating them. The articles represent the depth and breadth of our investment teams, as well as our commitment to delivering timely investment solutions.

Learn more about the Columbia AMT-Free Intermediate Muni Bond Fund

Americans are paying as much as 43.4% of their income in federal taxes. For investors seeking tax-exempt income without excessive risk — even compared to other muni funds — Columbia AMT-Free Intermediate Muni Bond Fund may be an attractive solution.

Tagged with: Columbia Funds, Fixed Income, Municipal Bonds, Portfolio Strategies, Tax Strategies

Maximize after-tax returns

“Given their long track record of low volatility, safety and reliable income, the case for owning municipal bonds is as strong as ever. On an after-tax basis, muni bonds look particularly attractive versus other fixed-income options.”  — James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bonds

In an environment where what you keep is more important than what you earn, municipal bonds can help mitigate higher taxes while providing attractive yields compared to other investment options.

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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 $471 billion†† of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives.

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