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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

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.

| | Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

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

Fixed-income investing in the oil and gas sector

The sizeable oil and gas sector within investment grade and high yield corporate bonds has been punished by the market as oil prices have collapsed. Companies with a low-cost structure, flexible balance sheet, active risk management strategies, ample liquidity and asset coverage will ultimately prosper as the oil market heals itself.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Investing

Q3 U.S. fixed-income outlook — Last call

We have become more cautious on the most volatile sectors of the market and have reduced our high-yield and emerging market bond exposures accordingly. Investment-grade credit looks more attractive now, and mortgage-backed securities will likely see less price volatility should bond funds start to see outflows.

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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

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

Global asset allocation outlook (August 2014)

We have advocated an overweight to equities for several years. Even through the early year setbacks for the global economy and for global stocks, our views favored equities over other investment choices.

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

Constraints of convention

A 60/40 portfolio may appear to be balanced, but when viewed through a risk lens it is clear that the equity allocation comprises a disproportionate amount of the risk. By under-emphasizing equity and relying more on fixed-income, risk-balanced (“risk parity”) portfolios may deliver lower volatility — but with lower expected returns than traditional balanced portfolios.

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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.

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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.