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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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08 Dec 2016


Columbia Threadneedle Investments is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Scrimgeour as Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and CEO of Threadneedle Asset Management Limited. Michelle will also join the executive leadership team of Ameriprise Financial, Inc (NYSE:AMP). Michelle joins from M&G Investments, where she is currently Chief Risk Officer, and a Director of M&G Group Limited.

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28 Nov 2016

Columbia Threadneedle Investments hosts Brazilian pension funds' visit to London

Delegation of Brazilian pension fund officials in week-long visit organised by UK Government Department of International Trade (DIT)

Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group, is pleased to have welcomed last week to its London office a delegation of six Brazilian pension fund officials and one consultant as part of a week-long seminar organised by the Department of International Trade (DIT). The DIT is a UK Government department working with businesses based in the United Kingdom to assist their success in international markets, and with overseas investors looking to the UK as an investment destination.

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23 Nov 2016


'Falcons of Arabia: The Columbia Threadneedle Collection' explores the noble sport of falconry and highlights its role and importance in the past, present and future of the UAE and the wider Arabian Peninsula. It reflects the role the UAE has played in shaping and preserving this important tradition and celebrates the magnificence of the falcon and highlights its amazing power, speed and beauty.

The stunning images, which took over two years to bring together, will come to life in a special exhibition in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and will be part of the much anticipated DIFC Art Nights on 23 November from 7pm to 10pm in the DIFC Gate Village.  The 'Falcons of Arabia: The Columbia Threadneedle Collection' exhibition will remain open to the public for a week.

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