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23 Feb 2017

UK's first mainstream social investment fund, partnered with Big Issue Invest, celebrate third anniversary

Columbia Threadneedle Investments' UK Social Bond Fund is celebrating its third anniversary; having outperformed the benchmark and delivering 6.6%1 annualised returns to investors. The Fund's three-year milestone dispels the myth that investors need to sacrifice performance to achieve social impact.

Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society, said: "I want to see more investments that target social good alongside financial return. Columbia Threadneedle and Big Issue Invest are pioneers in this area and a fantastic example of how investors can achieve strong returns whilst also delivering positive social outcomes. I hope others will follow their lead in helping build a shared society that benefits everyone."

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20 Feb 2017

Columbia Threadneedle wins new ESG mandate from Zurich Germany

Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group, has been appointed by Zurich Germany to manage its new European equity ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) strategy. The strategy is managed by Ann Steele, senior portfolio manager. Columbia Threadneedle Investments has a significant and long-term partnership with Zurich and is one of Zurich's primary asset managers across a broad range of different asset classes and strategies.

Michael Leinwand,Chief Investment Officer at Zurich Germany said: "We believe that proactively integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in our investing helps us to generate better long term financial returns for customers and shareholders. As a result we are focused on enhancing the integration of ESG practices adopted by our investment managers. Zurich appointed Columbia Threadneedle to manage this new key strategy utilizing their expertise in this area. Ann Steele has an excellent track record in managing European equities and we are confident that she will deliver outstanding performance for us."

Andrew Nicoll, Global Head of Insurance at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, said: "The case for long-term responsible investment is clear: well-run sustainable businesses, will adapt, endure and deliver long-term sustainable investment returns. We have seen an increase in demand for ESG type strategies, particularly from our European clients, as investors clearly recognise the benefits that a responsible investment approach can bring."

Columbia Threadneedle EMEA currently manages €11bn in Responsible Investment mandates for clients around the world. A dedicated team of five Responsible Investment professionals works with the broader investment team to deliver ESG solutions for clients.

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07 Feb 2017

Columbia Threadneedle Investments appoints Head of Nordics

Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group, announces the appointment of Ulrik Holm Oxfeldt as its Head of Nordics, based in Copenhagen. Ulrik Holm Oxfeldt, who joined on 1 February 2017, will lead Columbia Threadneedle's sales and client relationships in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

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03 Jan 2017

Stephen Thornber

It is with much sadness we announce that Stephen Thornber, manager of the Threadneedle Global Equity Income Fund, passed away on 28 December 2016. Stephen joined Threadneedle at the company's inception in 1994 and has been a valued colleague and investment team member since then.

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13 Dec 2016

Columbia Threadneedle Investments: 2017 Outlook - Investing amid political uncertainty

  • Political uncertainty, rising populism and policy divergence will continue to dominate in 2017. Interest rates have moved away from emergency settings in the US and are likely to continue along a hiking path, but monetary policy in Europe and Japan will remain very accommodative. Sharp changes in politics suggest that an easy monetary policy stance is likely to remain commonplace while the US pulls away with President Trump at the helm
  • The outlook for the Asia and Emerging Markets (EM) will be challenging for those countries that are exposed to the threat that Trump poses with protectionist policies including China, Mexico, Colombia, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand
  • A world where the US tightens policy but other central banks retain an accommodative stance should mean a stronger US 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 EMs.
  • Asia is generally looking more promising, with attractive valuations, competitive currencies and an upward trend in earnings revisions, resulting in increased flows into the region
  • 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. Compared to their longer-term history, equities still offer better value than bonds - though this could change, should the 'bond bubble' burst in 2017
  • We have a more optimistic view on commodities for next year. QE has sent a false signal to producers to keep investing, which has led to current price levels reflecting the overshoot required to force producers to close mines and oil fields, this in turn will stimulate demand
  • Overall the continued political uncertainty could make global equity markets more volatile and the underlying fundamentals more challenging. This should present active investors with an opportunity to demonstrate their value.

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