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NAVIGATING THE MARKETS

By LPL Research Portfolio Compass The Portfolio Compass provides a snapshot of LPL Research’s views on equity, equity sectors, fixed income, and alternative asset classes. This monthly publication illustrates LPL Research's current views and will change as needed over a 3- to 12-month time horizon. COMPASS CHANGES Upgraded precious metals view to neutral from negative/neutral. INVESTMENT TAKEAWAYS Expectations for solid but slower growth in the U.S. economy and corporate profits support our year-end 2019 fair value target for the S&P 500 of 3000.*We maintain [...]

Choosing an Income Tax Filing Status

Selecting a filing status is one of the first decisions you'll make when you fill out your federal income tax return, so it's important to know the rules. And because you may have more than one option, you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of each. Making the right decision about your filing status can save money and prevent problems with the IRS down the road. The five filing statuses and how they affect your tax liability Your filing status [...]

Step-Up in Tax Basis at Death

At death, there is a little-known tax benefit that the federal government provides. It is an adjustment to tax basis and it can have a profound effect on the taxation of the assets owned at death. This article discusses two kinds of tax that apply at death: the estate tax and the step-up in tax basis. Most Americans fear the estate tax. In reality, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, in 2013 less than 1% of people who [...]

LPL Research Outlook 2019

LPL Research Outlook 2019: FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets is filled with investment insights and market guidance for the year ahead. LPL Research believes the following three themes will be key to the markets: Sustaining growth via fiscal policy. We expect the ongoing impact of fiscal stimulus will be readily apparent in 2019 and that policy will continue to play an important role for the economy and financial markets—potentially extending the duration of the current [...]

LPL Research Weekly Market Commentary – 12/10/18 RETEST

John Lynch Chief Investment Strategist, LPL Financial Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Equity Strategist, LPL Financial We view last week’s market decline as a retest of the October–November lows. The S&P 500 Index fell 4.6% last week, leaving the index in line with the low of the autumn correction and 10% off the September highs [Figure 1]. Losses were driven primarily by three issues: the risk that U.S.-China trade talks fall apart, concerns about a Federal Reserve (Fed) policy mistake, and sharply lower oil [...]

An Evening With Matt Hasselbeck

On October 17th, we were treated to an evening with Matt Hasselbeck, former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and current ESPN analyst. Several folks said he was our best speaker yet! In addition to hearing from Matt, our clients enjoyed beverages and appetizers while listening to the Tri-Cities Big Band. Because Cornerstone was the keynote sponsor of the local Boys & Girls Clubs' Dinner With Friends event the next night, we were lucky to have Matt Hasselbeck come to speak at our [...]

Prudent Investor Rule

You can do whatever you want with your money and assets but when charged with caring for another person’s money and assets, a body of law provides guidance on how you should proceed. Enter the Prudent Investor Rule. I am not talking about financial planners and wealth management companies, though both are ostensibly charged with caring for a person’s money. I am talking about those in positions of power with the direct authority to manage assets independent of the person [...]

Midyear Outlook 2018

                  The LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2018: The Plot Thickens presents guidance on how the return of the business cycle may unfold during the remainder of 2018 and beyond, along with the investment insights to help investors navigate the twists and turns. View the complete publication, featuring insightful commentary, as well as economic and market guidance for 2018 and beyond: Midyear Outlook 2018

What Rising Rates Could Mean for Your Money

After years of keeping the benchmark federal funds rate at historic lows, the Federal Reserve has been raising it gradually. Near-zero rates were an emergency measure, and gradual increases reflect greater confidence in the U.S. economy. However, rising rates can affect you as a consumer and investor. Read How Rising Rates Could Mean for Your Money