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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

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

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

Pursuing Investor Goals

Pursuing Investor Goals
Today’s investors are focused on outcomes – outcomes like living the retirement lifestyle they desire, paying for a college education or building an inheritance. But in today’s complicated investment landscape, even simple goals are not easily achieved.

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Learning Center: Restricted stock

Year 2002 may be best remembered for burst of the dot.com bubble. Stock valuations of internet startups with no revenue eventually crashed.

Tagged with: New Tax Regime

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

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

Finding the sweet spot — Value investing along the muni yield curve

We look for securities that offer a balance of credit fundamentals and yield. We use a “roll-down” analysis to identify the sweet spot on the yield curve.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog, New Tax Regime

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

Inversions and the growing scrutiny of corporate tax avoidance

While inversions are not new, the pace of inversions has rapidly increased in the last few years. We believe the debate over tax policy and perceived corporate tax avoidance will only grow from here.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing
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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.