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Portfolio Compass 4/3/13

Compass Changes: No changes. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view remains slightly cautious, given our Base Path expectation for modest single-digit returns in 2013.* ƒƒWe continue to favor economically sensitive (cyclical) sectors over defensive sectors in general, but our views have become more balanced recently as the S&P 500 has rallied to record highs. Our neutral emerging markets view reflects higher near-term risks as China...

Recurring Themes

Lower-rated bonds led performance within the bond market during the first quarter of 2013, continuing a theme from 2012. For the second quarter of 2013, we expect the performance differential between lowerrated and high-quality bonds to moderate. Our low-single-digit total return forecast for 2013 remains intact.

Current Conditions Index 3/27/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid slightly from near multiyear highs to 247. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. Over the past few months, momentum in the CCI has improved slightly...

High-Yield Bonds and the Credit Cycle

High-yield bonds are among the leading performers in the bond market in 2013, according to the Barclays US High Yield Index, but the sector is not without critics. Naysayers have highlighted the record-low yields offered by the lowest-rated debt companies in the bond market, the increasing amount of leveraged buyout-related issuance, and growth of more speculative bond structures/issuance in 2013.​

Portfolio Compass 3/20/13

Compass Changes: Upgraded long-term and high-yield municipal bonds to positive from modest positive. Upgraded Treasuries to modest negative from negative. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view remains slightly cautious, given our...

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