Neither bulls nor bears in 2011, LPL Financial Research expects the economy and the markets will be range-bound in 2011. Bound by economic and fiscal forces that will restrain growth, but not reverse it, we believe the markets will provide modest single-digit rates of return. The economic forecasts set forth in the presentation may not develop as predicted and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful.
2011 At A Glance
Economy: Neither Boom nor Bust
Stocks: Neither Bull nor Bear
Bonds: Neither Bubble nor Bust
Currency: No Reason to Ignore
How to Potentially Profit and Protect in the Year of Range-Bound Returns
The Redefining of American Foreign Policy
We expect GDP to average between 2% and 4% in 2011.
Source: LPL Financial, Bloomberg, Data from First Quarter 1970 through Third Quarter 2010
We expect job growth to average between 100,000 and 300,000 per month in 2011. Source: LPL Financial, Bloomberg, Data from January 1970 through October 2010
Source: LPL Financial, Factset Research Systems, Data from 1927 through 2009 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. We anticipate single-digit performance for stocks in 2011.
Source: LPL Financial, Factset Research Systems, Data from 3/31/49 through 9/30/10 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. In 2011, we expect S&P 500 EPS to grow around 10%.
Source: LPL Financial, Factset Research Systems, Data from Fourth Quarter 1978 through Third Quarter 2010 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. We expect the current below average valuations of 11 to 15 to persist in 2011.
Source: LPL Financial, Factset Research Systems, Data from 1976 through 2009 The Barclays Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. We expect below average, but positive total returns between 0% to 5% for the bond market in 2011.
In 2011, we expect high yield bond credit spreads will remain near the 5% to 7% average they reached in 2010. Source: LPL Financial, Factset Research Systems, Data from January 1990 through October 2010
We expect the dollar to depreciate versus the currencies of major trading partners in 2011. Source: LPL Financial, Factset Research Systems, Data from 1972 through 2009 Major trading partners include: Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Euro 11 countries.
Economy: Neither Boom nor Bust
On the positive side, pent-up demand by businesses along with stimulus, plenty of cash and low interest rates provide fuel for growth. However, negatives include tepid consumers, slowing Chinese growth, weak bank lending, and looming government spending cuts.
Consumers’ Debt Burdens Are Improving Source: Federal Reserve Board, Haver Analytics 09/30/10 (Shaded areas indicate recessions)
Stocks Indicate Potential for Better Post-Election Job Growth Strong Stock Returns Tend to Precede Job Growth Source: LPL Financial, Bloomberg 09/30/10 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
LPL Financial Research Current Conditions Index Components Source: LPL Financial 11/24/10 Please see the page 36 for important information regarding the CCI.
Reflation re·fla·tion noun (.)rē-’flā-shən : restoration of deflated prices to a desirable level Source: 2010 Merriam-Webster
Stocks: Neither Bull nor Bear
What do you call a year that is not a bull market or a bear market? 2011. We expect modest single-digit gains in 2011 for the stock market, accompanied by heightened volatility.
S&P 500 Earnings Per Share Estimates for 2011 Source: LPL Financial, Thomson Financial 11/12/10 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Déjà Vu? Source: LPL Financial, Bloomberg 11/11/10 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Bonds: Neither Bubble nor Burst
We forecast low- to mid-single-digit gains for bonds in 2011. Yields are unlikely to plunge or soar in 2011. Our primary gauge of bond market valuation, inflation-adjusted yields, suggests that while bonds are expensive, they are not in a bubble.
No Bond Bubble: Bond Valuations Are Not Extreme Source: Bloomberg, LPL Financial 10/31/10
The Credit Cycle Source: Barclays, LPL Financial 10/31/10 Projected Yield Spread is based on historical spread contractions. Spread = Difference between the yield on the high-yield bond index and the yield on the Treasury bond index.
Stable Credit Quality Conditions Have Historically Been Good for Corporate Bonds Source: Barclays High-Yield Bond Index, Barclays Treasury Index, LPL Financial 10/31/10 *High-Yield minus Treasury return. ˆ YTD through 10/31/10 The Barclays High-Yield Bond Index and Barclays Treasury Index are unmanaged indices, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Corporate bonds are considered higher risk than government bonds but normally offer a higher yield and are subject to market, interest rate and credit risk, as well as additional risks based on the quality of issuer, coupon rate, price, yield, maturity and redemption features. Government bonds and Treasury Bills are guaranteed by the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value. However, the value of a fund shares is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
There are three factors that could counteract an increase in municipal supply:
The ability of many states and municipalities to issue new debt is constrained due to budget pressures.
Strong investor demand for municipal debt that prevailed throughout 2010 will continue in 2011 and absorb much of the increase in issuance.
Attractive valuations and the concern over rising tax rates in the near future should spur investor interest.
Currency: No Reason to Ignore
Currency is important in 2011. It is not just whether you own stocks, bonds, or commodities in 2011, but also the currency in which they are denominated that may be the difference between investment success and failure. The dollar has fallen over 10% against major currencies since June 2010.
Value of Trade-Weighted US Dollar Versus Major Trading Partners Source: Bloomberg 06/06/10 through 11/05/10 Major trading partners include: Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Euro 11 countries.
Currency War Potential Actions
There are primarily three potential actions countries may take in the ongoing currency war.
A global currency agreement.
More monetary stimulus around the world
Try to close the doors
How to Be a Winner in the Currency War We believe U.S. investors can be winners in the currency war through exposure to foreign currency denominated stocks, bonds, and commodity asset classes in 2011.
How to Potentially Profit and Protect in the Year of Range-Bound Returns
One unmistakable theme that should define the early part of the year is the Fed’s program of reflation. Beyond reflation, having a portfolio strategy to successfully navigate volatile financial markets will be crucial in 2011.
Investing for Reflation Incorporating the theme of reflation into your portfolio may be advantageous. With the Fed’s QE2 initiative having the effect of devaluing the dollar, investments that benefit from the declining U.S. currency and the resulting rise in inflation are the primary portfolio benefactors.
Volatility to Continue in 2011 Source: FactSet Research Systems 01/01/10 through 11/10/10 The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index, which cannot be invested into directly. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
The Redefining of American Foreign Policy
With President Obama’s Democratic Party having lost its significant majorities in Congress, domestic policy in 2011 will likely be characterized by greater gridlock, resulting in increased exertions by the White House in its primary area of influence: foreign policy.
Foreign Policy Market Impact in 2011
Four Key Foreign Policy Market Impacts in 2011:
Increased volatility in global markets
A tactical investing approach becomes more important
Greater regional selectivity with global investments
Rising opportunities for profit and loss with oil-industry investments
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide or be construed as providing specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investments may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly.
Stock investing may involve risk including loss of principal.
Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and are subject to availability and change in price.
Government bonds and Treasury Bills are guaranteed by the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value. However, the value of a fund shares is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
Quantitative easing is a government monetary policy occasionally used to increase the money supply by buying government securities or other securities from the market. Quantitative easing increases the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity.
The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors is the premier forum for our international economic development that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging market countries on key issues related to global economic stability. By contributing to the strengthening of the international financial architecture and providing opportunities for dialogue on national policies, international co-operation, and international financial institutions, the G-20 helps to support growth and development across the globe.
Municipal bonds are subject to availability, price, and to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rate rise. Interest income may be subject to the alternative minimum tax. Federally tax-free but other state and local taxes may apply.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.
International and emerging market investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and political instability and may not be suitable for all investors.
Mortgage-Backed Securities are subject to credit risk, default risk, prepayment risk that acts much like call risk when you get your principal back sooner than the stated maturity, extension risk, the opposite of prepayment risk, and interest rate risk.
The fast price swings in commodities and currencies will result in significant volatility in an investor’s holdings.
Precious metal investing is subject to substantial fluctuation and potential for loss.
Correlation is a statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other. Correlations are used in advanced portfolio management.
Investing in real estate/REITs involves special risks such as potential illiquidity and may not be suitable for all investors. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained.
Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) help eliminate inflation risk to your portfolio as the principal is adjusted semiannually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index, while providing a real rate of return guaranteed by the U.S. Government.
Energy Sector: Companies whose businesses are dominated by either of the following activities: The construction or provision of oil rigs, drilling equipment and other energy-related service and equipment, including seismic data collection or the exploration, production, marketing, refining and/or transportation of oil and gas products, coal and consumable fuels.
Financials Sector: Companies involved in activities such as banking, consumer finance, investment banking and brokerage, asset management, insurance and investment, and real estate, including REITs.
Materials Sector: Companies that are engaged in a wide range of commodity-related manufacturing. Included in this sector are companies that manufacture chemicals, construction materials, glass, paper, forest products and related packaging products, metals, minerals and mining companies, including producers of steel.
Industrials Sector: Companies whose businesses manufacture and distribute capital goods, including aerospace and defense, construction, engineering and building products, electrical equipment and industrial machinery; provide commercial services and supplies, including printing, employment, environmental and office services; or provide transportation services, including airlines, couriers, marine, road and rail, and transportation infrastructure.
Because of their narrow focus, sector investing will be subject to greater volatility than investing more broadly across many sectors and companies.
Dow Jones Industrial Average is the most widely used indicator of the overall condition of the stock market, a price-weighted average of 30 actively traded blue chip stocks, primarily industrials. The 30 stocks are chosen by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. The Dow is computed using a price-weighted indexing system, rather than the more common market cap-weighted indexing system.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.
The MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets. As of May 27, 2010 the MSCI World Index consisted of the following 24 developed market country indices: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.
This Barclays Aggregate Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment-grade fixed-rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities.
Important Disclosures *Rebalancing may involve tax consequences. Unconstrained Eclectic funds should have a flexible investment style that does not limit the fund to a single asset class or security type. However, the fund should be primarily a long-only equities manager. Managers in this category should invest opportunistically, capitalizing on market inefficiencies. Investing in alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors and involve special risks such as risk associated with leveraging the investment, potential adverse market forces, regulatory changes, and potential illiquidity. There is no assurance that the investment objective will be attained. The issuance of Build America Bonds (BAB) began in April of 2009. They were authorized by the ARRA economic stimulus of 2009 and can be issued for qualifying infrastructure projects. They are taxable municipal bonds and are considered a category of bonds. Earnings per share (EPS) is the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. EPS serves as an indicator of a company's profitability. Earnings per share is generally considered to be the single most important variable in determining a share's price. It is also a major component used to calculate the price-to-earnings valuation ratio. The P/E ratio (price-to-earnings ratio) is a measure of the price paid for a share relative to the annual net income or profit earned by the firm per share. It is a financial ratio used for valuation: a higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying more for each unit of net income, so the stock is more expensive compared to one with lower P/E ratio. Government bonds and Treasury Bills are guaranteed by the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value. However, the value of a fund shares is not guaranteed and will fluctuate. Corporate bonds are considered higher risk than government bonds but normally offer a higher yield and are subject to market, interest rate and credit risk as well as additional risks based on the quality of issuer coupon rate, price, yield, maturity and redemption features.
LPL Financial Research Current Conditions Index Components:
Initial Claims Filed for Unemployment Benefits – Measures the number of people filing for unemployment benefits. A rise in the number of new claims acts as a negative on the CCI.
Fed Spread – A measure of future monetary policy, the futures market gives us the difference between the current federal funds rate and the expected federal funds rate six months from now. Typically, a rise in rate hike expectations weighs on the markets since higher rates increase the cost of bank borrowing and has tended to slow the growth in the economy and profits. A rise in the Fed Spread acts as a negative for the CCI.
Baa Spreads – The yield on corporate bonds above the rate on comparable maturity Treasury debt is a market-based estimate of the amount of fear in the bond market. Baa-rated bonds are the lowest quality bonds still considered investment grade, rather than high-yield. Therefore, they best reflect the stresses across the quality spectrum. A rise in Baa spreads acts as a negative for the CCI.
Retail Sales – The International Council of Shopping Centers tabulates data on major retailer’s sales compared to the same week a year earlier. This measures the current pace of consumer spending. Consumer spending makes up two-thirds of GDP. Rising retail sales acts as a positive for the CCI.
Shipping Traffic – A measure of trade, the Association of American Railroads tracks the number of carloads of cargo that moves by rail in the U.S. each week. A growing economy moves more cargo. A rise in railroad traffic acts as a positive for the CCI.
Business Lending – A good gauge of business’ willingness to borrow to fund growth, the Federal Reserve tabulates demand for commercial and industrial loans at U.S. commercial banks. More borrowing reflects increasing optimism by business leaders in the strength of demand. A rise in loan growth acts as a positive for the CCI.
VIX – The VIX is a measure of the volatility implied in the prices of options contracts for the S&P 500. It is a market-based estimate of future volatility. While this is not necessarily predictive, it does measure the current degree of fear present in the stock market. A rise in the VIX acts as a negative on the CCI.
Money Market Asset Growth – A measure of the willingness to take risk by investors, the year-over-year change in money market fund assets tracked by Investment Company Institute shows the change in total assets in cash equivalent money market funds. A rise in money market asset growth acts as a negative for the CCI.
Commodity Prices – While retail sales captures end user demand for goods, commodity prices reflect the demand for the earliest stages of production of goods. Commodity prices can offer an indication of the pace of economic activity. The CRB Commodity Index includes copper, cotton, etc. A rise in commodity prices acts as a positive on the CCI.
Mortgage Applications – The weekly index measuring mortgage applications provides an indication of housing demand. With much of the credit crisis tied to housing, keeping tabs on real-time buying activity can offer insight on how the crisis is evolving. A rise in the index of mortgage applications acts as a positive on the CCI.
This research material has been prepared by LPL Financial.
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