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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.

Current Conditions Index 3/27/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid slightly from near multiyear highs to 247. 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...

High-Yield Bonds and the Credit Cycle

High-yield bonds are among the leading performers in the bond market in 2013, according to the Barclays US High Yield Index, but the sector is not without critics. Naysayers have highlighted the record-low yields offered by the lowest-rated debt companies in the bond market, the increasing amount of leveraged buyout-related issuance, and growth of more speculative bond structures/issuance in 2013.​

10 Indicators to Watch for a Spring Slide in

In each of the past three years, the stock market began a slide in the spring that lasted well into the summer months. One year ago, we provided our list of the 10 indicators to watch that seemed to precede the stock market declines in 2010 and 2011 and accurately warned of another spring slide in 2012. We again look to these indicators for signs of a potential spring slide in the stock market this year...

Watch What the Fed Watches

The Unemployment Rate remains well above the Fed’s “Threshold” of 6.5%, but it is only one of many labor market indicators the Fed is watching. The “center of gravity” at the Federal Reserve (Fed) is still not seeing “substantial improvement” in the labor market. And, if the Fed waits too long to remove stimulus, higher inflation and higher interest rates could result.

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