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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Recurring Themes

Lower-rated bonds led performance within the bond market during the first quarter of 2013, continuing a theme from 2012. The combination of higher yields and good fundamentals led to price gains among lower-rated bond sectors such as high-yield bonds, preferred stocks, and bank loans. Gains among lower-rated bonds contrasted with price declines and modest losses on high-quality bonds…

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Recurring Themes

Message From the Markets

Stocks posted a strong first quarter. While shy of last year’s 12% first quarter gain, the S&P 500 Index’s 10% gain seen this year reflects very strong performance. Consistent with the powerful gains for stocks, bond yields and oil prices also rose in the quarter. We devote careful study to the economic data to help us assess the outlook for the markets. What about the other way around? Given the average-at-best economic readings during the first quarter, the performance of the stock, bond, and commodity markets begs the question…

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Message From the Markets