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Current Conditions Index 10/15/14

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Current Conditions Index 10/8/14

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Current Conditions Index 10/1/14

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Current Conditions Index 9/24/14

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Current Conditions Index 9/16/14

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Current Conditions Index 9/10/14

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Current Conditions Index 9/3/14

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Current Conditions Index 8/27/14

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Current Conditions Index 8/20/14

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Current Conditions Index 8/13/14

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Current Conditions Index 8/6/14

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Current Conditions Index 7/30/14

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Current Conditions Index 7/23/14

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Portfolio Compass 7/9/14

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Current Conditions Index 7/9/14

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Current Conditions Index 7/2/14

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Portfolio Compass 6/25/14

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Current Conditions Index 6/25/14

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Current Conditions Index 6/18/14

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Current Conditions Index 6/11/14

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Portfolio Compass 6/11/14

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Current Conditions Index 6/4/14

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Irrepressible Bonds

Investor positioning and changed Federal Reserve expectations had a particularly beneficial impact on robust bond market performance in May. Unbalanced investor positioning may have run its course, and investor expectations about the Fed may be as good as it gets.

Portfolio Compass 5/28/14

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Current Conditions Index 5/28/14

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Municipals Bloom Amid Drought

Limited new issuance and Treasury market strength have powered municipal bonds to their best start since 2009. In conjunction with lower yields and higher valuations, near-term caution may be warranted as the first signs of selling pressure emerge and a challenging seasonal period looms. Absent a new bout of economic weakness, we see additional municipal price gains as limited.

Portfolio Compass 5/14/14

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Current Conditions Index 5/14/14

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Current Conditions Index 5/7/14

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Portfolio Compass 4/30/14

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Current Conditions Index 4/30/14

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Current Conditions Index 4/23/14

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Portfolio Compass 4/16/14

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Current Conditions Index 4/16/14

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Mixed Messages

The market-friendly overtures from the Fed may help keep bond yields in the current low range, but much of the good news from the Fed is already priced into the bond market. Investors may be more willing to downplay Fed news and refocus on economic data, which will ultimately drive the Fed’s decisions. Breaking out of the yield range now will likely depend on improving economic data over the next several weeks.

The Future According to the Bond Market

At any given time, current bond market pricing may provide a view of future economic growth, interest rates, inflation, and when the Federal Reserve (Fed) may raise interest rates, how fast, and by how much. The low level of longer-term bond yields, a flatter yield curve, and subdued inflation expectations all could signal a sluggish economic environment. Bond market indicators do not always come to fruition and taking a contrarian view from future indications may provide opportunities.

Current Conditions Index 4/9/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Current Conditions Index 4/2/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Portfolio Compass 4/2/14

A snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on equity & alternative asset classes, the equity sectors, and fixed income.

No Fooling, Good Quarter for Bonds

Bond prices rose across the board following a difficult 2013 and yields fell, with the 10-year Treasury yield closing the first quarter 0.3% lower. At a 1.8% quarterly return for the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index, the pace of bond performance is unsustainable, and we continue to suggest a defensive posture against rising interest rates in the bond market with an emphasis on more economically sensitive sectors.

Current Conditions Index 3/26/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Giving Credit to High-Yield Credit

High-yield bond valuations remain elevated for a good reason — strong credit quality and low defaults continue to support the sector. A closer look at underlying credit quality indicates high-yield bond prices may remain well-supported for most of 2014. We still find lower-rated high-yield bonds and bank loans offering some attractive opportunities in the bond market for 2014.

Portfolio Compass 3/19/14

A snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on equity & alternative asset classes, the equity sectors, and fixed income.

Current Conditions Index 3/19/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Fed Reacquaintance

Unlike weather-impacted economic data or geopolitical tensions, the Fed is likely to reiterate its gradual journey to less bond market-friendly policy. A change in the Fed’s forward guidance to more qualitative measures may pressure bond prices lower and yields higher as the bond market prices in uncertainty.​

Current Conditions Index 3/12/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Beware the Ides of March

The month of March has historically been difficult for bond investors. Given the good start to the bond market so far in 2014, bond investors should be aware of seasonal factors that may negatively impact bond performance.

Portfolio Compass 3/5/14

A snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on equity & alternative asset classes, the equity sectors, and fixed income.

Current Conditions Index 3/5/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Weather and Treasury Yields

We expect uncertainty over the true trajectory of the economy to keep Treasury yields range bound over the near term. We believe investors should remain on guard for the unwinding of weather-related impacts, which may push bond prices lower and yields higher. The predominant impact following colder and snowier winter weather was higher yields in 2010, 2007, and 1996.

Current Conditions Index 2/26/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Weather Exhaustion

A burgeoning divergence between Treasury yields and economic data suggests the bond market is looking forward to spring and a clearer read of the economic data free of weather distortions. The bond market is also acknowledging the Fed remains on a slow course to remove accommodation that is not adequately reflected in today’s prices and yields.

Portfolio Compass 2/19/14

A snapshot of LPL Financial Research’s views on equity & alternative asset classes, the equity sectors, and fixed income.

Current Conditions Index 2/19/14

The CCI is a weekly measure of the conditions that underpin our outlook for the markets and economy. It provides real-time insight into the trends that shape our recommended actions to manage portfolios and has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Developing Worries

Uncertainty over emerging market (EM) weakness and whether the weather is truly responsible for recent softness in economic data is likely to keep bond yields range-bound over the near term. We believe the U.S. economy will resume the improvement that began in late 2013 and EM growing pains will not impact broader financial markets over the longer term.

Current Conditions Index 1/29/14

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid to 225. The CCI has been more volatile in recent weeks. The path of the CCI suggests modest, but steady economic growth in the United States...

Sentiment & Positioning

Positioning and sentiment-related buying and selling are not the only drivers of the bond market, but when coupled with fundamental drivers, they can be a potent combination. Bond investors may refocus on economic data now that positioning and sentiment appear more balanced...

The Yield Ascent Slows

The sharp increase in bond yields that started during the second quarter of 2013 moderated during the third quarter. Bond weakness subsided late in the third quarter, following one of the worst sell-offs of the last 20 years. From trough to peak, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield increased by 1.4% from early May to early September with higher yields rippling across all bond market sectors...

Current Conditions Index 10/30/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) fell to 229. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI is roughly in line with its 52-week average suggesting continued, though modest, growth...

The New Normal Was the Old Normal

Five years ago, the phrase “the new normal” began to be coined to describe the investment environment of the years that were to follow. Prognosticators claimed the new normal of the future was likely to include a lowered living standard, high unemployment, stagnant corporate profits, heavy government intervention in the economy, and disappointing stock market returns...

Portfolio Compass 10/23/13

Compass Changes: Upgraded stocks to neutral from negative/neutral. Downgraded cash to neutral from positive/neutral. Downgraded large growth to neutral from neutral/positive. Downgraded large value to negative/neutral from neutral. Upgraded small growth and small value to neutral/positive from neutral. Investment Takeaways: We expect...

Current Conditions Index 10/23/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) rose to 238. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI is roughly in line with its 52-week average suggesting continued, though modest, growth...

Municipal Ups and Downs

We continue to find municipal bonds one of the more attractive sectors in the bond market even after a modest pullback to start the fourth quarter of 2013. Over the first half of October, selling pressure has increased as investors used September gains as a reason to exit the municipal bond market following the spring and summer 2013 sell-off...

Current Conditions Index 10/16/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid slightly to 225. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI is roughly in line with its 52-week average suggesting continued, though modest, growth...

Liquidity: You Don’t Miss It Until It’s Gone

Liquidity may pose a challenge to the bond market in the form of: 1) more volatile interest rate movements; and 2) greater swings in lowerrated or more economically sensitive bonds. We view near-term liquidity risks as manageable and remain focused on more credit-sensitive sectors such as bank loans and high-yield bonds...

Portfolio Compass 10/9/13

Compass Changes: No changes. Investment Takeaways: We expect the S&P 500 Index to grind higher in the second half of the year with increased volatility.* ƒƒWe favor U.S. stocks relative to emerging markets (EM) and developed foreign, despite the ongoing debacle in Washington. ƒƒWe continue to favor the more U.S.-focused, consumer-oriented sectors including consumer discretionary and health care...​

Current Conditions Index 10/9/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid slightly to 230. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI is now in line with its 52-week average, suggesting continued, though modest, growth. A rise to around 250 would be consistent with stronger-than-average growth.

Who Buys When the Fed Does Not?

Who will step in to fill the void once the Federal Reserve (Fed) decides to exit the bond market? This is the persistent question on investors’ minds even after the Fed decided to postpone tapering, or reducing, bond purchases this past September. Investors fear that the Fed’s absence will lead to lower bond prices and sharply higher interest rates as the market struggles...

Current Conditions Index 10/2/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) was relatively unchanged at 234. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI has been improving modestly. A rise to around 250 would be consistent with stronger-than-average growth...

Many Happy Returns

The phrase “many happy returns” is often used for a birthday greeting and meant to augur a long, successful life. More broadly, the term can be used as a greeting to offer hope that a festive event would repeat many more times in the future. The current bond market environment can hardly be described as festive, but the month of September has bond investors exclaiming “many happy returns” following one of the better monthly performances of the past two years...

 
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