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Tapering Tantrums

The fear of an earlier reduction in the pace of bond purchases has been a factor in recent weakness in Treasury prices. Inflation data argue for continued bond purchases, and focus falls on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke this week, as he may address this uncertainty. We continue to view yields as range-bound. Any tapering-related bond sell-off is likely to be limited unless corroborated by better economic data.

What’s Broken in Europe?

The Eurozone is likely to be in a recession throughout 2013, despite the best efforts of the European Central Bank (ECB) and other policymakers. Fixing Europe’s broken financial transmission mechanism should be at the top of European policymakers’ long “to do” list. In the United States, the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) quantitative easing (QE) program is helping to boost bank lending and the overall economy.​

Buyers & Sellers

We devote this commentary each week to assessing the many reasons markets may rise or fall. But at the heart of it, all markets come down to just one thing: buyers and sellers. Taking a look at who is buying and who is selling can tell us something about the durability of the market’s performance and what may lie ahead. Currently, there are six notable trends...

Current Conditions Index 5/15/13

Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) slid slightly to 239. The path of the CCI remains consistent with continued, though modest, economic growth in the United States. Over the past few weeks, momentum in the CCI has generally improved after deteriorating in the prior weeks.​

Portfolio Compass 5/15/13

Compass Changes: Downgraded the energy commodity to negative/neutral from neutral. 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. Our views on cyclical versus defensive sectors have become more balanced due to our focus on yield and in anticipation of a stock market pullback...​

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