Strong earnings may power markets higher

In 2014 equity markets picked up in the second quarter as compared to the first quarter of this year as the Global Dow Index (GDOW) increased +4.8% in the first half of 2014. US markets finished up slightly with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) advancing nearly +2%.

We continue to overweight stocks versus bonds because we believe most of the slowdown in economic activity has passed as normal weather patterns emerge and consumer spending picks up steam.

Our investment portfolios tracked markets so far this year. Looking forward, we continue to believe second quarter earnings will be solid. If so, better earnings may even be a catalyst to move markets higher before the end of 2014. U.S. auto sales and home purchases remain strong and we believe this will help the markets this year.

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