The LPL Financial Research Crisis Index (CCI) is an objective and transparent measure of how the conditions are evolving relative to our base case, bear, and bull cases defined in our Outlook 2009 publication. This weekly index is not intended to be a leading index or predictive of where conditions are headed, but merely a coincident measure of where they are right now. We want to track the conditions in real time to aid investment decision making. There are thousands of indicators-some lead the economy, some lag, while others merely offer a lot of statistical noise. We chose to create our own index tailored to the current environment to provide the clearest and most useful way to track how conditions are aligned with the expectations embedded in our investment recommendations.

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