Types of investment

Fixed Income

The global fixed income marketplace

Fixed income securities now amount to a vast global marketplace that provides a variety of important benefits to investors.


Dollar market size


Bigger than global equity market


Market risk / return profile

Source: Bloomberg as at 30 September 2020

The benefits of fixed income investing

We live in a world of rapidly-changing financial market dynamics. Evolving economic expectations and interest rate assumptions combine with an unfolding geopolitical backdrop to lend support to the idea of investing in a well-diversified portfolio.
Fixed income can be mixed with riskier asset classes such as equities to help generate superior risk-adjusted returns. Meanwhile, against a background of ageing populations in many developed markets, the demand for income continues to exert its influence as a powerful and positive force. This will continue to provide support for fixed income as an asset class going forward.
Across the range of fixed income markets can be found a wide array of risk and return characteristics. The attraction of each area can change as economic and credit cycles progress. Managers that pursue a flexible and dynamic allocation approach can seize investment opportunities as they arise – while minimising downside risks.

Reasons to invest in fixed income

  1. Potential for consistent, attractive income
  2. Diversification benefits to asset allocators
  3. Active managers well-placed to add value

Why Columbia Threadneedle Investments for fixed income investing?

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a global fixed income manager with a strong credit heritage. We aim to deliver consistent, sustainable returns for our clients via a full range of fixed income solutions.



Global Fixed Income AUM



Fixed Income investment professionals



Years of experience on average



Four & five-star Fixed Income Morningstar rated funds

Source: Columbia Threadneedle Investments. AUM as of 31 December 2019; personnel data as of 31 December 2019. Morningstar ratings* as of 31 December 2019. Past performance does not guarantee future results. © 2019 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.
17 March 2022

Gene Tannuzzo

Global Head of Fixed Income

Alasdair Ross

Head of European Fixed Income

Brian Lavin

Head of High Yield

Credit Threads: Nowhere to hide

The first quarter of 2022 has seen fixed income markets experience an atypical correlation tantrum, with negative returns across regions and sectors. We speak to Gene Tannuzzo, Global Head of Fixed Income at Columbia Threadneedle Investments; Alasdair Ross, Head of European Fixed Income; and Brian Lavin, Head of High Yield, to find out why they are behaving this way.
Listen time - 26 min
4 February 2022

Mark King

Head of Investment Content

Bank of England raises interest rates: what does it mean for you?

As widely expected, the Bank of England (BoE) has decided to raise interest rates for the second time in two months – the first back-to-back rate rise since 2004.
Read time - 3 min
23 September 2021

Credit Threads #2: Consumer balance sheets

In this episode of Credit Threads, we discuss the outlook for consumers and the ways bond investors can find opportunities in consumer debt.
Listen time - 24 min
3 August 2021

Credit Threads #1: Financial conditions

In the very first episode of our new fixed income podcast, Credit Threads, our bond specialists discuss how central banks respond to financial conditions, how they impact fixed income investing and how fund managers factor financial conditions into their decision-making.
Listen time - 30 min
15 April 2021

Edward Al-Hussainy

Senior Interest Rate and Currency Analyst

The spectre of rising inflation

With the help of Edward Al-Hussainy, Senior Interest Rate and Currency Analyst, and Adrian Hilton, Head of Global Rates and Emerging Market Debt, the Eye of the Needle team tackles the hot topic of potentially rising inflation, why it might happen, what it would mean for consumers, companies and investors, and how central banks might go about tackling it.
Listen time - 30 min
4 December 2020

Mark King

Head of Investment Content

Market Monitor – 04 December 2020

An apparent end to post-election uncertainty in the United States allied to yet more positive vaccine news has driven stock markets to new highs last week.
Read time - 2 min

You may also like

About Us

Millions of people around the world rely on Columbia Threadneedle Investments to manage their money. We look after investments for individual investors, financial advisers and wealth managers, as well as insurance firms, pension funds and other institutions.

Find your fund

Columbia Threadneedle Investments has a comprehensive range of investment funds catering for a broad range of objectives.

Types of investment

We offer a broad range of actively managed investment strategies and solutions covering global, regional and domestic markets and asset classes.