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Current Conditions Index 4/24/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid slightly to 231. 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.

Assessing Interest Rate Risk

It seems there is no shortage of investors willing to forecast the impending doom for the bond market stemming from a reversal of the long decline in interest rates. Last week, the commissioner of the SEC Daniel Gallagher stated that “financial armageddon” awaits municipal bond investors due to rising interest rates. Commissioner Gallagher tried to retract comments late in the week, saying...

First Quarter 2013 SAM/Research Recommended Mutual Fund Models

Stocks got off to a strong start in 2013. The fiscal cliff compromise that emerged shortly after New Year’s Day set a positive tone, while bold intervention from central banks worldwide provided support for U.S. stocks and drove investors to favor lower-rated, higher-yielding sectors within the bond market...

Portfolio Compass 4/17/13

Compass Changes: Upgraded health care to neutral from negative/neutral. Upgraded emerging market debt to neutral/positive from neutral. Upgraded oil commodity from neutral/negative to neutral. Downgraded precious metals commodities from neutral/positive to neutral. Downgraded technology from neutral/positive to neutral. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view is...

Municipal Muddle-Through

The municipal bond market continues to work its way through a difficult seasonal period of performance. A difficult month of March lived up to its traditional billing, before a rebound emerged in late March/early April. Internal demand from within the municipal bond market remains mixed at best, with spillover effects from recent Treasury market strength the primary driver of municipal bond stability...​

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