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

‘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.


1 March 2024

Anthony Willis

Investment Manager

Multi-Manager - will interest rates ever slow economies down?

The rugby last weekend was arguably more exciting than markets this week, with most days very quiet for news flow, and the major highlight being the US Core PCE numbers, which is the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation.
Read time - 5 min
29 February 2024

Keith Balmer

Portfolio Manager

Mag 7 – #Supersize Me 

Over consumption of the ‘Magnificent 7’ companies is distorting stock valuations and driving extreme concentration in index returns. Does this pose risks?
Read time - 3 min
26 February 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

Low inflation to create unusual dilemma for the Bank of England

In an election year, pressure for a cut in rates will only grow as inflation eases. What is the BoE to do?
Watch time - 5 min
23 February 2024

Anthony Willis

Investment Manager

Multi-Manager People’s Perspectives

Markets initially struggled for positive momentum this week as rate cut expectations, particularly in the US, continued to be tempered by hints of sticky inflation.
Read time - 6 min
19 February 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

UK recession: what next?

Why an upturn looks likely and what that could mean for markets.
Watch time - 5 min
16 February 2024

Anthony Willis

Investment Manager

Multi-Manager People’s Perspectives

It has been a busy fortnight with markets getting to grips with US inflation failing to ease as fast as expected, with consequences for rates, and in turn, equity and bond markets.
Read time - 7 min
12 February 2024

Steven Bell

Chief Economist, EMEA

How far will interest rates fall?

Discussing the extent of cuts and the implications for markets?
Watch time - 5 min
9 February 2024

Scott Spencer

Investment Manager

Enter the Dragon

China’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery disappointed. We take a closer look at some of the key concerns hanging over China’s economy and markets.
Read time - 5 min
9 February 2024

Keith Balmer

Portfolio Manager

When will the rate cuts commence?

Interest rate cuts are on the cards in the US and Europe but their timing could be contentious ahead of national elections and a backdrop of global conflicts.
Read time - 3 min

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