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Sizzling Summer Fed FAQ

Find out: What the schedule of events are for the Fed this week; whether the Fed will raise rates at this meeting; whether the Fed is tapering Quantitative Easing (QE) or is tightening the Monetary Policy; whether the Fed will act to calm financial markets; when the Fed will stop QE; whether Congress can make the Fed stop QE; and more.

Portfolio Compass 6/12/13

Compass Changes: Downgraded emerging market equities to negative/neutral from neutral. Downgraded consumer staples equities to negative/neutral from neutral. Downgraded emerging market debt to neutral from neutral/positive. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view is slightly cautious, with stocks having outpaced our 2013 forecast* and given the magnitude and duration of the rally...

Current Conditions Index 6/12/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) fell 10 points to 229. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. The CCI has stabilized in recent weeks and did not experience much of the dip seen in the spring of recent years...

The Yield Rally Continues

Strong demand during this week’s Treasury auctions would be a sign that now-higher yields are enough to compensate investors, despite the uncertainty of when the Fed may begin to reduce the pace of bond purchases. Signs are emerging that the rise in yields has begun to attract demand. We view the current bond sell-off as being overdone, as the Fed’s timing around a possible first interest rate increase has not materially changed...

The Butterfly Effect

The “butterfly effect” is a term from a pioneer of chaos theory, Edward Lorenz; his 1972 presentation Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas? describes the idea that a tiny event can start a chain reaction and have large and wide-reaching effects. We know the big changes and events the markets face in the second half of 2013: the potential end of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) bond-buying program, the need for Congress to...

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