Types of investment​


Multi-asset solutions

To build an effective multi-asset portfolio, we start with our clients’ objectives and investment beliefs then engage the necessary experts and tools to construct a best-fit solution. Whether this is growing capital, generating income or managing volatility, we are well placed to help you meet your objectives and add value to your portfolios.

Why choose Columbia Threadneedle Investments for Multi-asset?

‘One stop shop’ investment solution – offers access to layers of active investment expertise and innovation, combined with specialist adviser support.

Rich heritage – multi-asset investing has been a key part of our business since inception, creating strong credentials in asset allocation, security and manager selection, responsible investment and risk management.

Distinctive investment approach – our focus on research intensity and a collaborative investment culture ensures every multi-asset portfolio benefits from the very best ideas from across the firm.

Our other multi-asset ranges


Today’s investor enjoys the choice from thousands of available funds. Whilst that’s great news, making sense of the options can be a daunting task. We see our job as making investing easier.

Growth - Threadneedle Dynamic Real Return Fund

Multi-asset real return portfolios aim to deliver consistent, sustainable risk-adjusted returns irrespective of the investment environment. This combination of positive long-term capital growth potential with lower volatility and protection against inflation lies behind the appeal of multi-asset real return funds.

Income - Threadneedle Global Multi-Asset Income Fund

With a focus on diversification, multi-asset income portfolios can combine the right blend of income-generating assets to provide a strong and sustainable level of income, as well as preserve and grow capital, irrespective of the global macro environment.

A choice of active Multi-asset solutions

CT Universal MAP & CT Sustainable Universal MAP

The CT Universal MAP and CT Sustainable Universal MAP ranges redefine value, bringing you active multi-asset solutions and business support at a passive price point.

CT MM Navigator Range

The CT MM Navigator range is designed to make investing easier. The range contains five risk profiled options spanning income, total return and growth objectives. Each multi-manager portfolio is highly diversified and is constructed through careful fund selection within an asset mix appropriate to the returns profile it is trying to achieve.

CT MM Lifestyle Range

The CT MM Lifestyle range offers a range of options so investors can choose the balance of risk and potential reward that’s right for them. The range draws on independent asset allocation expertise together with the multi-manager capabilities. Each fund has defined asset allocation parameters with the portfolios constructed through a blend of carefully selected actively managed funds together with more cost effective passive options.

CT Managed Funds

Fettered multi-asset funds invested in best of class Columbia Threadneedle funds that cater for different client growth and income objectives.

CT Dynamic Real
Return Fund

A multi-asset strategy that targets a UK inflation plus objective in line with the long run, real return of equities.

CT Global Multi Asset
Income Fund

A multi-asset strategy that targets an attractive level of income while aiming to preserve and grow capital over medium-to-long term.


12 July 2024

Adam Norris

Investment Manager

All The Small Things – what’s happened to small cap?

In the past few years and in most major markets, small cap returns have been trounced by their larger peers.
Read time - 3 min
11 July 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

Life under Labour: what is the macro background for the new Government, their likely budget plans and the impact on the economy?

After inheriting a dire fiscal position how will Labour deliver economic growth? We take a closer look at their options and plans.
Read time - 4 min
5 July 2024

Anthony Willis

Investment Manager

Multi-Manager Perspectives: A good week for Keir Starmer. A very bad week for Joe Biden.

It has been a very busy fortnight dominated by news from politics, in the US, France and of course the UK with the general election yesterday.
Read time - 6 min
1 July 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

A tough fiscal reality awaits new government

A record year for elections – but what do they mean for markets?
Watch time - 8 min
21 June 2024

Anthony Willis

Investment Manager

Multi-Manager Perspectives: UK inflation hits the 2% target, but is this as good as it gets?

We have seen a stronger week across risk assets, with US equities once again making record highs and European equities recovering some of the lost ground from last week with political concerns weighing less heavily on risk appetite.
Read time - 4 min
17 June 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

Elections, interest rates and markets

A record year for elections – but what do they mean for markets?
Watch time - 4 min
17 June 2024

Ben Rodriguez

Fund Manager, Multi-asset

Christopher Mahon

Head of Dynamic Real Return, Multi-asset

Back to basics: why the time is right for a return to multi-asset

The great reset in bond yields and the prospect of inflation falling further means multi-asset is once again an attractive option for investors seeking a smoother return profile.
Read time - 3 min
13 June 2024

Anthony Willis

Investment Manager

Multi-Manager Perspectives - President Macron has a cunning plan…

A busy week of US data and European politics. US inflation was lower than expected, and while the Federal Reserve was somewhat hawkish, US equities still found their way to new record highs.
Read time - 5 min
11 June 2024

Christopher Mahon

Head of Dynamic Real Return, Multi-asset

The snap election could put QE losses back in focus

After the election, can we expect Treasury curiosity for a fresh approach to the Bank of England’s QE programme, which has led to losses of almost 5% of GDP vs less than 2% in the US?
Read time - 3 min

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