Jeffrey is Chief Market Strategist and Executive Vice President at LPL Financial. In this role, he leads the development and articulation of LPL Financial Research¿s market and investment strategies, leveraging his expertise in the analysis of global financial markets and asset allocation strategy.He is the author of the popular investment book, Market Evolution: How to Profit in Today¿s Changing Financial Markets, published in May 2006. Mr. Kleintop earned an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Delaware. He currently holds Series 7, 63, and 87 licenses.
This is a time for caution, not for indiscriminant selling; a time to nibble at opportunities, not jump in with both feet.
With manufacturing activity booming around the world, demand for commodities is likely to remain solid and any decline is likely to be short-lived.
New stories are being written that may be less favorable for the markets.
Markets could face a government shutdown at the end of this week if Congress does not agree to a continuing resolution to extend funding for this fiscal year on or by March 4.
A rise in gasoline prices has been shown to lift expectations of future inflation and would likely boost bond yields.
Egypt provided an example of the unrest that can be fueled by rising food prices.
As the 10-year Treasury yield approaches 4%, investors are beginning to wonder when rising interest rates may start to negatively affect stock prices.
Investors are wondering what happens now within Egypt and what is next for the region.
President Obama's State of the Union address will likely be more pro-business in contrast to the anti-business tone of last year's address.
Overall, the key risks of 2011 have been receding lately, helping to boost the markets. However, the evolution of these risks is unlikely to be in a straight line.
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