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03 Feb 2016

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 winner announced

Lewis Hazelwood-Horner has been announced as winner of the 2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Europe's leading open competition for figurative and representational art. Lewis receives a cash prize of £20,000 and a solo exhibition for a wider body of his work at Mall Galleries later this year.

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25 Jan 2016

Columbia Threadneedle Investments welcomes new report and says greater gender diversity will benefit clients

A report released today by think tank New Financial, sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, shows that while progress has been made in terms of gender diversity on boards, executive committees of financial services organisations across Europe still lag behind, with on average 16% of executive committee members being female. While female board membership has increased by 3 percentage points to 23% over the past year, female executive committees membership has grown by only 1 percentage point.

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15 Dec 2015

Statement from Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd

Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd notes today's statement and financial penalty issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In August 2011 Threadneedle was the intended victim of an attempted fraudulent trade involving collusion between a Threadneedle employee, an external broker and an FSA regulated entity. Threadneedle identified and stopped the trade and reported it to the FSA. There was no loss to Threadneedle or any client of Threadneedle. The employee concerned was dismissed. 

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08 Dec 2015

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize shortlist announced

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Europe's leading open competition for figurative and representational art, is delighted to announce the six artists and their works that have been shortlisted for the 2016 Prize. Selected from 3,828 entries submitted by 1,973 artists from 29 European countries, the six finalists in line for the £20,000 Prize will all exhibit at Mall Galleries, London in February before their work along with a selection from the exhibition travels to the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in an unprecedented exchange. The winner will also receive a solo exhibition for a wider body of work at Mall Galleries in 2016.

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07 Dec 2015

2016 Market Outlook - A rising tide no more as era of abnormally low volatility draws to a close


Policy divergence will continue to dominate. Interest rates will move away from emergency settings in the US but monetary policy in Europe and Japan will remain very accommodative, and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan may decide to do more to support growth. In the UK, current pricing in the bond market suggests that we won't see any interest rate rises before 2017.

2016 will see a low growth, low return world with corporate margins pressured by weak end demand and overcapacity in a number of industries. Successful investors will be those that can find the companies with the ability to demonstrate organic growth - these prized stocks should trade at a premium to their peers.

The outlook for the emerging markets (EM) remains challenging, particularly for those countries that have built their economies to serve Chinese demand for commodities. The outlook for these countries is downbeat, and weaker currencies may not help to lift demand for EM exports where consumer and corporate demand is subdued. A world where the US tightens policy but other central banks retain an accommodative stance should mean a stronger dollar, all else being equal. That is likely to be a further headwind for EMs, as there is a strong inverse correlation between the dollar and emerging markets.

In terms of valuations, we still regard equities as more attractive than bonds and expect to retain that positioning for now in our asset allocation portfolios, although with less conviction than we have done for some time. However, compared to their longer-term history, equities still offer better value than bonds.

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