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July 9, 2010

Mid-Year Market Outlook 2010

In late 2009, as we prepared our 2010 Outlook, we believed that following a solid start, a challenging second half of 2010 would unfold for investors. We anticipated the extraordinary global policy efforts that created tailwinds for markets in 2009 would fade, or even transition, to headwinds. These headwinds may contribute to a renewed slowdown in the economy and  potentially challenging latter half of 2010 for investors.

At the halfway point in the year, we take the opportunity to update and refine our outlook. We now believe some of the tailwinds we cited are likely to be with us for longer. For example, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is less likely to hike rates this year given the continuation of low inflation and the emerging concerns in Europe, leaving potent monetary stimulus intact. However, some of the headwinds we anticipated in the second half of the year have hit us sooner, such as China’s slowdown fears. In addition, new headwinds have emerged and more may arise.

To read the rest of the Mid-Year Outlook 2010, click here to download a PDF now.

This research material was prepared by LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide or be construed as providing specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual security. To determine which investments may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indexes are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly.

Economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful.

The S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.

All investing involves risk including loss of principal.

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