Top Tweets of March 2017

With March 2017 coming to a close, check out some of our “top advisor tweets” from the past month to see how LPL advisors are keeping themselves, and their clients, on top of the economy and markets:

Wealth Advisors Group, based in Fort Wayne, IN, kept clients informed amid the frenzy of March Madness with LPL Research’s Final Four Factors[1][2]  from our recent Weekly Market Commentary:

…as did Nate Reusser, of Retirement Legacy Group in East Lansing, MI, with a link to the infographic found at LPL Research’s House of Charts.

Mark Leibman, of Leibman Financial Services, based in Louisville, NE, showed clients what could keep the bull market charging with insights from our Weekly Market Commentary.

Clute Wealth Management of Plattsburg, NY and Burlington, VT joined us in wishing happy birthday to the bull, highlighting the LPL Research blog.

As David Bowen from Marana, AZ, knows, to gauge the health of the economy and markets, look no further than LPL Research’s Current Conditions Index, updated monthly in LPL Research’s House of Charts:

When the Fed’s policymaking arm, the Federal Open Market Committee, raised rates by 0.25% (25 basis points) on March 16, Chris Giordano shared takeaways from the LPL Research blog:

How could the recent Fed interest rate hike impact decision-making? De Chappell of Victory Financial Plans and Services, LLC, based in Fitzgerald, GA and Cordele, GA shared the Research team’s insights with her followers:

Anthony Macaluso of Mainstay Financial Management, located in Shelby Township, MI, keeps an eye on the health of the economy with LPL Research’s Recession Watch Dashboard:

Blue Chip Financial, based in Stamford, CT showed the potential impact to high-yield bonds if stocks move lower by featuring a chart from the LPL Research blog.

David LaPointe of La Pointe Wealth Management in Temecula, CA checked in on sentiment at Main Street, highlighting our analysis of the Corporate Beige Book.

LPL Research values the opportunity to hear from our advisors. We invite you to join our daily discussions via @LPLResearch.

 

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[1]We expect GDP growth to accelerate modestly to near 2.5% with a low chance of a recession in 2017, driven by gains in consumer and business spending, supported by potential pro-growth fiscal policies.

[2]We expect mid-single-digit returns for the S&P 500 in 2017 consistent with historical mid-to-late economic cycle performance. We expect S&P 500 gains to be driven by: 1) a pickup in U.S. economic growth partially due to fiscal stimulus; 2) mid- to high-single-digit earnings gains as corporate America emerges from its year-long earnings recession; 3) an expansion in bank lending; and 4) a stable price-to-earnings ratio (PE) of 18 – 19.

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