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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.

Midsummer Madness

We continue to expect the Fed to begin to slow its bond-buying program (QE) in the fall of 2013. We believe the U.S. economy will continue to grow at about 2% in 2013, supported by housing as well as consumer and business spending, offsetting the government spending drag. The health of the labor market as measured by the monthly job count (around 200,000 jobs per month) has met the Fed’s “real and sustainable” improvement expectations, but other job market measures tell a different story...

Portfolio Compass 6/26/13

Compass Changes: Downgraded long-term munis and high-yield munis to neutral/positive from positive. ƒƒMoved duration to short/intermediate from intermediate. Investment Takeaways: While our near-term stock market view remains slightly cautious, our bias has become more positive following the recent pullback. Fears of the Federal Reserve (Fed) reducing the pace of bond purchases continues to pressure yields higher...

Current Conditions Index 6/26/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) fell to 216. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI has slid in recent weeks...

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