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Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global institutional asset manager, providing investment expertise to our clients on a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative investments. The firm offers global and regional mandates that can be customized to meet the evolving needs of our clients.


A wide array of equity offerings across market capitalization, style and geography

Fixed Income

Multi-sector and single-sector strategies across the credit and duration spectrum

Multi-Asset & Alternatives

Asset allocation and customized solutions built on traditional and alternative strategies

December 2018

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Institutional Perspectives

Critical thinking on the markets, the economy and investing from the investment teams at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

BBB-rated Bonds — Should We Be Worried?

Headlines indicate concern over rising BBB leverage rates and growing issuance. Tim Doubek, Senior Portfolio Manager, Investment-Grade Credit, examines the data and advances a more nuanced view.

U.S. Economy: The Road Ahead

"We believe that the Fed is likely to be less swayed by theoretical leanings and more likely to be data dependent over the next 12 to 24 months," writes Anwiti Bahuguna, Ph.D., Head of Multi Asset Strategy. She also weighs the impacts of an escalation in the trade war, tax cuts and positive supply side surprises.

Commodities Await a Trade War Truce

At the beginning of 2018, commodities appeared to be on the cusp of a bull market. Economic growth was strong and synchronized in both developed and emerging market countries. But trade issues, along with a strengthening U.S. dollar and increasing U.S. interest rates, have depressed commodities prices throughout the year. David Donora, Head of Commodities, weighs the possibility of a rebound in the asset class in 2019.

Asian Equities: US-China Relationship Overshadows the Region

Should we be as optimistic as Apple CEO Tim Cook in thinking that the trade war between the U.S. and China will de-escalate soon? Or should we believe that the US-China trade war could last 20 years, as Alibaba’s Jack Ma warned? While the relationship between the two powers is obviously important for the region, Soo Nam Ng, Global Head of Asian Equities, believes that the region has buffers to weather current tensions.

5-Year Capital Market Assumptions

The Global Asset Allocation Team conducts its semi-annual review of capital markets and forecasted returns.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset manager. We know investors want strong and repeatable risk-adjusted returns and we aim to deliver this through an active and consistent investment approach that is team-based, risk-aware and performance-driven.

Better insights

Better insights

Our talented investment teams around the world work together to uncover investment insights. By sharing knowledge across asset classes and geographies we are able to generate richer perspectives on global, regional and local investment landscapes.

Better decisions

Better decisions

The ability to exchange and debate investment ideas in a collaborative environment enriches our teams' investment processes to ensure our best insights are applied to portfolios. More importantly, it results in better-informed decisions for our clients.

Better outcomes

Better outcomes

Our broad range of investment strategies and solutions are designed to meet the evolving needs of our clients, whether they are individuals, advisers or institutions. We are committed to first class service and investment excellence. We have a dedicated team of more than 2,000 colleagues across the globe, all with a common goal.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global brand name of the Columbia and Threadneedle group of companies.

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The views expressed are as of the date given, may change as market or other conditions change and may differ from views expressed by other Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC (CMIA) associates or affiliates. Actual investments or investment decisions made by CMIA and its affiliates, whether for its own account or on behalf of clients, may not necessarily reflect the views expressed. This information is not intended to provide investment advice and does not take into consideration individual investor circumstances. Investment decisions should always be made based on an investor's specific financial needs, objectives, goals, time horizon and risk tolerance. Asset classes described may not be suitable for all investors. Since economic and market conditions change frequently, there can be no assurance that the trends described here will continue or that any forecasts are accurate. Information provided by third parties is deemed to be reliable but may be derived using methodologies or techniques that are proprietary or specific to the third-party source.