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2014 was a year to remember. Tailwinds still blowing in 2015.

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Pursue a realistic income goal with more than bonds. Common stocks and a variety of other corporate securities may yield as much as bonds with greater return potential over time.

A convenient, comprehensive reference that looks both back and forward to bring today’s economy, markets and investing opportunities sharply into view. The Q1 2015 MarketTrack — featuring more than 40 charts and graphs accompanied by straightforward commentary — is now available.

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Given the volume of investment data, media and punditry we face each day, it’s a constant challenge deciding where to focus. But reflecting on 2014 and what may lie ahead in 2015 can help one rise above the day-to-day noise and see the broader picture.

Are the Detroit and Stockton bankruptcies and how they were handled representative of what’s to come? Here muni senior analysts Ty Schoback and Michael Taylor discuss these cases and Chapter 9 more broadly, especially concerning trends in recovery rates for bondholders.

RP-2014 mortality tables are expected to increase the average pension plan’s liabilities by 3% to 10%, with a similar reduction in funded status. Revised tables will be recognized first by plan sponsors’ accountants, and subsequently by the IRS.

Various federal government initiatives, including tax reform, will impact the way Americans save for retirement. Trends to watch include enforcement, pension de-risking and participant empowerment measures.

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David King, senior portfolio manager for the Columbia Flexible Capital Income Fund, explains our flexible approach to income-oriented investing for investors seeking reasonable income with potential growth. (Video – 2:27).

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