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Current Conditions Index 5/21/14

Read real-time insight into the trends that shape LPL Financial Research’s recommended actions to manage portfolios, it has proven to be a useful investment decision-making tool.

Winter in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is not representative of the broader municipal bond market, as both state and local governments continue to benefit from improving revenues. The municipal bond market has so far taken Puerto Rico’s downgrade in stride, but lingering risks remain due to individual investors’ bias to sell and uncertainty over upcoming Puerto Rico borrowing.

Portfolio Compass 9/25/13

Compass Changes: Downgraded precious metal commodities to neutral from neutral/positive. Upgraded energy commodities to neutral from negative/neutral. Downgraded agricultural commodities to neutral from neutral/positive. Upgraded intermediate municipal bonds to neutral/positive from neutral. Upgraded Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) to neutral from negative/neutral...

Current Conditions Index 9/25/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) eased to 232. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI is higher than a few weeks ago. A further rise to around 250 would be consistent with accelerating growth.​

The Great No Taper Caper

The Federal Reserve (Fed) surprised investors when it announced no reduction, or tapering, of bond purchases at the conclusion of last week’s Fed meeting. Never in the history of monetary policy have so many been misled by so few. The case to taper was debatable back in late spring and early summer when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his compatriots first began to mention tapering. Inflation was running at a lower rate than when the Fed initiated purchases one year ago and economic growth...

Current Conditions Index 9/18/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) moved up to 237. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI has lifted this week after stabilizing in recent weeks. A further rise to around 250 would be consistent with accelerating growth...

History Repeating

Treasury yields declined heading into this week’s Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting, where the Fed is expected to announce a reduction, or tapering, of bond purchases. Even with looming uncertainty from the Fed meeting outcome, bonds witnessed robust investor demand last week with all three Treasury auctions...​

Portfolio Compass 9/11/13

Compass Changes: Downgraded consumer staples view to neutral/negative from neutral. Investment Takeaways: We expect the S&P 500 Index to grind higher in the second half of the year with increased volatility.* Fed uncertainty and stronger global growth backdrop remain negative overhangs for bonds. Nonetheless, the bond market has gone a long way to price in stronger growth and greater Fed interest rate risk...

Current Conditions Index 9/11/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) remained relatively unchanged at 227. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI has stabilized with little overall movement in recent weeks. A return to around 250 would be consistent with stronger growth.

Reaching Barriers

Government bond benchmarks globally have reached key psychological barriers that may help stabilize high-quality bond markets or usher in additional weakness. A full slate of new issuance may shed light on investor appetite for still-higher yields and may help determine the near-term course of the bond market...

Current Conditions Index 9/4/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) remained relatively unchanged with a slight dip to 226. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI has stabilized in recent weeks. A return to around 250 would be consistent with stronger growth...

Summer Fling

The Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and for bond investors it ended with sunny skies with the best week of performance since mid-July. The broad Barclays Aggregate Bond Index returned 0.4% last week, the best weekly gain since a 0.7% return the week ending July 19, 2013, to finish a difficult month of August on a positive note. Is this the start of a more meaningful long-term relationship for bond investors after a tumultuous summer or just a summer fling that will prove...

 
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