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Navigating the Markets 1/9/13

Compass Changes: Upgraded long-term and high-yield municipal bonds from neutral to neutral/positive.ƒƒ Downgraded energy commodities from neutral/positive to neutral. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view is slightly cautious, given our Base Case expectation for modest single-digit returns in 2013.* ƒƒWe continue to favor economically sensitive (cyclical) sectors over defensive sectors...​

Sour Start to New Year

The broad high-quality bond market began 2013 on a sour note, posting its worst weekly performance since March 2012. Optimism over recently passed legislation to narrowly, or temporarily avert, the fiscal cliff boosted economic growth expectations and concerns that the Federal Reserve (Fed) may end bond purchases as soon as mid-2013 both weighed on high-quality bond prices.

Current Conditions Index 1/2/12

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid to 221. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though sluggish, economic growth in the United States.

Current Conditions Index 12/19/12

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) rebounded modestly to 229. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though sluggish, economic growth in the United States.​

Early Lump of Coal for Municipal Bonds

After presenting investors with good returns for much of 2012, the municipal bond market handed investors an early lump of coal last week. The Barclays Municipal Bond Index declined 0.8%, the worst weekly decline in just over a year. There was no “naughty” behavior to single out. Defaults among municipal issuers remain....

 
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