The LPL Financial Current Conditions Index rose by 0.1 to 1.5, making another new high for the year. The CCI has had a late year growth spurt over the past several weeks. The index reflects current conditions aligned with the high end of our base case outlook, established at the end of last year, for mid-teen gains in the stock market an mid-single digit gains in the bond market in 2009, as measured by the S&P 500 index and the Barclays Aggregate Index respectively. The markets have already achieved these gains. However, the CCI implies the economy and markets are on track for an outcome somewhat better than our original base case outlook for 2009.

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