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Waiting for the Spring

Municipal bonds have struggled in February following a good start to 2013. Price declines have translated to modest losses for investors in February, but on a positive note, year-to-date municipals still hold a performance advantage to their taxable counterparts (both through February 22, 2013), according to Barclays Index data. The tough slog for municipal bonds...


The Humphrey-Hawkins testimony used to be a rare window of transparency for an otherwise opaque Federal Reserve (Fed), but now it is just one of the many ways the Fed is transparent. In this week’s Humphrey-Hawkins testimony, the market is looking to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to apply more of a quantitative threshold on the pace of quantitative easing....

Gasoline Prices Racing Toward Danger Zone

Do you feel like you are paying too much for gasoline? The national average price has seen double-digit increases two out of the last three weeks and is up 45 cents since the beginning of the year. The race higher in gasoline prices is worth watching closely. In each of the past two years, we have tracked 10 “spring slide” indicators that helped us to predict the stock market pullbacks that took place during the second quarter of each year...

Portfolio Compass 2/20/13

Compass Changes: ƒNo changes. Investment Takeaways: Our near-term stock market view remains slightly cautious, given our Base Path expectation for modest single-digit returns in 2013.* ƒƒWe continue to favor...

Current Conditions Index 2/20/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) improved modestly to 238. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though sluggish, economic growth in the United States. Over the past few months...

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