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Current Conditions Index 6/18/14

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.

Bond Market Perspectives

We believe bank loans could be one of the more attractive fixed income asset classes based on our economic and market outlook for the second half of 2014 and believe recent negative headlines are misplaced. A still low interest rate environment, a growing economy, and strong demand for floating rate debt have all fueled growth in the bank loan market.

Emerging Opportunity

Emerging market stocks have now pulled ahead of the performance of the S&P 500 Index for 2014, which may finally mark the beginning of the turn for EM relative performance.

FOMC: Need to Know

We continue to expect the Fed to trim QE by $10 billion per month this year and to remain on pace to exit QE by the end of 2014. Our view remains that the current center of gravity at the FOMC will likely err on the side of keeping rates lower for longer. Markets should expect that the Fed will be content with keeping its fed funds rate target near zero until key labor market indicators make significant progress toward “normal.”

Current Conditions Index 6/11/14

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.

 
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