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Current Conditions Index 11/28/12

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) rose to 230. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though sluggish, economic growth in the United States.

Banking on Bank Loans

As 2012 comes to a close, bank loans (a.k.a., floating rate funds) are increasingly becoming an attractive alternative to high-yield bonds. While we still continue to find high-yield bonds one of the most attractive sectors in the bond market, the relative appeal of bank loans has improved as we look toward 2013.

Current Conditions Index 11/21/12

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) was basically unchanged at 223. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though sluggish,economic growth in the United States.

Bond Market Perspectives 11/20/12

This week, investors have reason to give thanks to preferred securities, one of our favorite income-producing investments. The sector has produced double-digit returns in 2012, as measured by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Preferred Hybrid Securities Index, in what has been a good year overall for more economically sensitive fixed income investments such as preferred securities.

Fiscal Cliff Causing Investors Grief

While there are other issues investors are grappling with — such as increasing tensions in the Middle East, meager prospects for earnings growth, and the return to recession in Europe after only three short years of growth — the one most heavily weighing on the minds of investors is the U.S.’s fiscal cliff.

 
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