Is economic growth gaining traction? The Leading Economic Index has just been released, showing a third consecutive monthly increase. Ken Goldstein of the Conference Board analyzes the numbers and explains how they may affect investments. If you’re thinking of buying treasuries and investment grade bonds, Osterweis Capital Management suggests caution. The possibility of rising interest rates makes them less attractive, as reported recently by Advisor Perspectives. Protecting your personal data on the internet has become a serious concern again with new warnings of security breaches. Kiplinger offers a number of ways you can safeguard your personal information from data tracking.
Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) Increased in March- The LEI rose sharply again, the third consecutive monthly increase. “The March increase in the LEI suggests accelerated growth for the remainder of the spring and the summer,” said Ken Goldstein, Economist at the Conference Board. http://advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/Conference-Board-Leading-Economic-Index.php
Are Rising Rates On The Long-Term Horizon?– Osterweis Capital Management believes the Federal Reserve is likely to complete its asset purchases this year and may raise rates in early 2015. Because of this, they feel that treasuries and investment grade bonds are unattractive. They also believe that maintaining a shorter duration exposure in high yield and some convertible bonds, as well as a cash reserve, continues to make sense. http://www.advisorperspectives.com/commentaries/osterweis_041714.php
How To Keep Your Data Private– Every move you make on the internet leaves a data trail. This Kiplinger article tell you how to cover your tracks. http://www.kiplinger.com/article/credit/T048-C000-S002-how-to-keep-your-data-private.html?page=1#yMYeBjdLusWiIdQr.99
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