Traditionally, the year after Presidential elections is the most difficult for stock investors. Government spending is often curtailed. All around the developed world, be it China, Japan or Europe, export markets face problems. Excessive debt has depressed spending power by our traditional trading partners, and debt threatens our country. For these reasons, we look for a difficult year.
In spite of volatile markets and uncertain days ahead, opportunities exist for good investment returns. As 2012 ends, excessive pessimism makes stocks temporarily more attractive than bonds. Lower energy prices attract business ventures from here and abroad, while consumers yearn to replace aged automobiles and move into better homes. Profits for financial companies shift higher as their interest costs are low.
The FED is flooding the markets with money (Quantitative Easing)
Stock prices are not at bargain levels
Cheaper energy revitalizes consumption, encourages industrial production
Corporate earnings outstrip corporate revenues
The fleet of automobiles on the road are aged, many need to be replaced
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The Blended Index is comprised of a 25% weighting in the S&P 500 Index, a 25% weighting in the Russell 2000 Index (a widely recognized index of market activity based on the aggregate performance of U.S. domiciled, publicly traded common stocks, which as of September 30, 2006, had an average market capitalization of approximately $1.10 billion, a median market capitalization of approximately $606 million and the largest company in the index had an approximate market capitalization of $2.495 billion) and a 50% weighting in the Barclays Intermediate Government/Credit Bond Index (an unmanaged index generally representative of intermediate term bonds).
The S&P 400 Value is a recognized, unmanaged index of mid cap stocks considered to be Value stocks using Standard and Poor's methodology.
The Russell 2000 Index is a widely recognized, unmanaged index comprised of the 2,000 smallest U.S. domiciled publicly-traded common stocks of the Russell 3000 Index, which represents approximately 8% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index, an unmanaged index of the 3,000 largest U.S. domiciled publicly-traded common stocks by market capitalization.
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The 90-Day Treasury Bill Index is an unmanaged index generally representative of the average yield of 90-day Treasury bills.
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