Investment Options

Equities

We offer global, regional and country specific strategies, investing across the market cap spectrum and with various risk and return objectives.

Meeting companies and conducting fundamental research lie at the heart of our equity approach. We aim to invest in companies that can create sustainable long-term value and believe that by engaging with companies we can gain a thorough understanding of their business models, company finances, competitive pressures and drivers of corporate profits.

Face-to-face meetings also provide an opportunity to question management teams on their future plans and strategies. Combining this bottom-up analysis with thematic insights into markets helps us to build portfolios that can deliver consistent, long-term outperformance.

Why Columbia Threadneedle Investments for Equities?

As active investors, we use our expertise to select the best opportunities, focusing on quality businesses with solid balance sheets and competitive advantages. These competitive edges are typically reflected by a company’s ability to increase or maintain high returns on capital and compound its earnings over time; for longer than the market assumes.
A key tenet of our investment approach is our independent research, what we call ‘Research Intensity’. We have more than 450 investment professionals based around the world, sharing global perspectives across all major asset classes and markets. It is that expertise and our culture of collaboration as well as a focus on research intensity that has allowed us to maintain strong performance over the long term.
Being a responsible investor is integral to our business proposition and defines how we act in the marketplace. We feel that it is important to create our own metrics for assessing companies and as a result we have our own Responsible Investment ratings which are used by our investment teams as a core input to fundamental analysis when assessing investment opportunities.
Globe

€265bn

Equity AUM

People

180+

Equity investment professionals

Experience

11

Years of experience on average

Rating

50

Four & five-star Fixed Income Morningstar rated funds

Source: Columbia Threadneedle Investments. AUM as of 31 March 2021. Morningstar ratings as of 31 March 2021. Past performance does not guarantee future results. © 2021 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.
16 September 2021

Natasha Ebtehadj

Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

Cats, rivers & regulation: the lowdown on Chinese equities

Natasha Ebtehadj looks at the country from an equity investment perspective following a for-profit ban in education companies and increased regulation around its tech giants.
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14 September 2021

Daisuke Nomoto

Portfolio Manager, Japanese Equities

Topix hits 30-year high as PM Suga announces resignation

Daisuke Nomoto examines the events that have seen Yoshihide Suga resign as PM, looks at the potential candidates to replace him, and the implications of each for the market.
Read time - 3 min
14 September 2021

Andrea Carzana

Portfolio Manager

Second-hand clothing to overtake fast fashion

The re-use and second-hand clothes market is projected to double over the next five years to $77 billion and could be twice the size of fast fashion by 2030.
Read time - 3 min
14 September 2021

Jin Xu

Portfolio Manager

China is making good RI progress, despite its contradictions

China is a double-edged sword: it is the world-leading renewables developer, installing more than double the gigawatt capacity of its nearest competitor over the past decade both in terms of wind and solar power, but at the same time it has seen the highest coal capacity additions over the same period – nearly quadruple that seen in India.
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18 August 2021

Alex Lee

Portfolio Manager

Is Japan really a disappointing equity market?

Alex Lee challenges the country’s reputation as poor for equities, examines its performance over the past decade and outlines why he thinks Japan’s long-term prospects remain favourable.
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6 August 2021

Paul DiGiacomo

Head of Equity Research

Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’? – August 2021

As one of the world’s largest economies the US is a key focus for investors. With every country attempting to return to normality following the coronavirus pandemic, we are monitoring when US economic activity might get back on track, as well as other measures of “normality” such as entertainment and leisure, high street shopping, and schools reopening. The result is an index that measures progress toward a post-pandemic world.
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Our range

UK Equities

Our UK equities funds are managed by a large and experienced team that challenges and debates ideas across a diverse range of UK equity strategies. We believe this team-based approach leads to better insights, better decisions and better outcomes for our clients.

European Equities

Our multi-disciplinary European equities team, headed by Philip Dicken, have a broad experience of all market conditions. Our comprehensive European equity range provides investment choice for investors with differing objectives and risk profiles, from core funds to more concentrated high alpha and specialised smaller company funds.

US Equities

At Columbia Threadneedle Investments we have developed a comprehensive range of actively-managed US Equity funds, whether investing for income, growth or a combination of both. Our team of experienced professionals combine deep fundamental analysis with a global culture of sharing ideas to identify compelling investment opportunities across the market spectrum in the US.

Asian Equities

With over 15 years’ average investment experience, our experienced Asian Equities team draws on global research capabilities to drive high-conviction stock holdings. We seek to capture alpha by identifying ‘stewards of capital’ – companies we believe are capable of sustaining and accelerating profitable growth – in order to deliver attractive, consistent long-term returns for our investors.

Emerging Market Equities

A best-in-class Emerging Market equity franchise managing both core and ESG strategies, with bottom-up fundamental research key to our investment process. We seek to outperform by identifying ‘stewards of capital’ – companies we believe are capable of sustaining and accelerating profitable growth – as they are well positioned to realise the immense growth potential created by the under-penetration of many emerging-markets industries.

Japanese Equities

With over 20 years’ average investment experience, our Japan Equity team supplement fundamental research with a quantitative framework. This provides a blended approach to stock selection with the potential to uncover more attractive investment opportunities. By identifying inexpensive high-quality companies across the full market capitalization spectrum – we believe our high conviction, concentrated strategy is well positioned to deliver strong investment returns in Japanese equities.

Global Equities

Competitive advantage is at the heart of our investment philosophy. It gives us the confidence that a company can maintain its market position and can deliver high returns and stable growth for investors over time. Our approach combines an analysis of company fundamentals, detailed industry research and a competitive advantage framework to identify the highest quality companies from across the globe.

UK Equities
Our UK equities funds are managed by a large and experienced team that challenges and debates ideas across a diverse range of UK equity strategies.
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European Equities
Our comprehensive European equity range provides investment choice for investors with differing objectives and risk profiles, from core funds to more concentrated high alpha and specialised smaller company funds.
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US Equities
At Columbia Threadneedle Investments we have developed a comprehensive range of actively-managed US Equity funds, whether investing for income, growth or a combination of both.
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Asian Equities
With over 15 years’ average investment experience, our experienced Asian Equities team draws on global research capabilities to drive high-conviction stock holdings. We seek to capture alpha by identifying ‘stewards of capital’ – companies we believe are capable of sustaining and accelerating profitable growth – in order to deliver attractive, consistent long-term returns for our investors.
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Emerging Market Equities
A best-in-class Emerging Market equity franchise managing both core and ESG strategies, with bottom-up fundamental research key to our investment process. We seek to by identifying ‘stewards of capital’ – companies we believe are capable of sustaining and accelerating profitable growth – as they are well positioned to realise the immense growth potential created by the under-penetration of many emerging-markets industries.
Find out more
Japanese Equities
With over 20 years’ average investment experience, our Japan Equity team supplement fundamental research with a quantitative framework. This provides a blended approach to stock selection with the potential to uncover more attractive investment opportunities. By identifying inexpensive high-quality companies across the full market capitalization spectrum – we believe our high conviction, concentrated strategy is well positioned to deliver strong investment returns in Japanese equities.
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Global Equities
Competitive advantage is at the heart of our investment philosophy. It gives us the confidence that a company can maintain its market position and can deliver high returns and stable growth for investors over time.
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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.

Our Funds

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

Our Capabilities

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