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Outlook for Financial Markets Highlights:
April 2014

  • The frigid temperatures that have bombarded the northern U.S. have only enhanced the desirability of warm-weather “sand states.” Florida and Arizona real estate has rebounded smartly, outpacing the national pace of price appreciation.
  • Liquidity, the availability of cash and loans, represents the financial markets’ circulatory system. Current liquidity conditions are strong, representing one of the most important elements driving the economy and markets these days.
  • Facebook’s recent WhatsApp acquisition was a surprise on several fronts, not the least of which was the $19 billion price tag it paid for the pleasure of owning a firm with only 55 employees. Since 2000, however, democracy has suffered several setbacks, most recently in Cairo and Kiev. Developed world democracy has lately been associated with sluggish economies, political dysfunction and debt addiction.
  • While most markets rally on a wall of worry, the S&P 500 appears to have scaled a wall of margin debt, which is perched at an all-time high.

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