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Settling Differences

Stock and bond markets may continue to settle their differences this week, resulting in slightly higher yields. In recent weeks, stock and bond markets had taken divergent views of the macro investing landscape. While stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, reached new record highs, the bond market took a more somber view...

Current Conditions Index 5/2/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) rose from 231 to 239. 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 but moderated in the past several weeks.

Portfolio Compass 5/1/13

Compass Changes: Downgraded investment-grade corporate bonds to neutral from neutral/positive Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view is slightly cautious, given our Base Path expectation for modest single-digit returns in 2013.* Our views on cyclical versus defensive sectors have become more balanced due to our focus on key investment themes and in anticipation of a stock market pullback. Higher-yielding...

Back to the Future

Mark Twain once stated that history does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Join us as we take a look back to the past to see what the future may hold for bond investors, given the many uncertainties. Our broad takeaway is that a low-return environment could likely be the norm, and the 1950s may provide a rough guide of what to expect. The monetary policy backdrop and bond market of the early 1950s bears some resemblance to today’s environment...

Mixed Bag

The first quarter of 2013 presented a mixed bag for income-seeking investors but did little to ease the difficult task of income-generation in today’s low-yield environment. High-quality bond prices declined over the first quarter, but weakness was modest and yields increased only slightly, limiting opportunity for income-seeking investors. Lower-rated bonds...

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