L.I.F.E. Newsletter December 2022



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Per LPL Research’s Global Portfolio Strategy Report – For complete copy of the report, click here.


  • The STAAC maintains its overweight equities recommendation relative to bonds, supported by expectations of flattish growth or a mild recession in 2023 amid falling inflation and stable interest rates. Seasonal tailwinds, relative valuations, and the likelihood that the Fed halts its rate hiking campaign in early spring 2023 are also supportive.

  • The macroeconomic environment (primarily interest rates and inflation) and technical analysis continue to point toward the value style. Favor U.S. and maintain healthy exposure to small/midcaps, as appropriate and focused on quality balance sheets.

  • We continue to recommend a slight underweight allocation to fixed income as higher rates may put additional pressure on bond returns.

  • The Fed’s determination to keep rates higher for longer has caused U.S. Treasury yields to move significantly higher this year. Our year-end target for the 10-year Treasury yield is 3.25% to 3.75%.

  • Shorter maturity corporate credit, mortgage-backed securities, and high yield bonds (for income-oriented investors) look attractive.

This research material was prepared by LPL Financial, LLC. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.


Cranberry-Brie Knots

The holidays bring more gatherings with friends and family. But what are you supposed to make for all of those holiday potlucks? Enter Cranberry-Brie Knots! These savory treats combine everything we love to eat this time of year: freshly baked bread, gooey cheese, and sweet-tart cranberry sauce. They come together quickly and will be the hit of your next Christmas party. Give it a try, and you’ll see why we love these so much.


Through all the challenges, newfound opportunities, and every high and low we’ve experienced during the last couple of years, it’s no surprise why we might be striving for more balance. Whether it’s about the markets and global economy or what’s happening in our local communities, the news we’re hearing on a daily basis has the potential to disrupt the balance of our lives. But with resilience, perspective, and the support of close connections, we can navigate through it all and regain our sense of equilibrium. Even after another dizzying year, as 2022 proved to be.

After two years of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were searching for some kind of return to normalcy, while at the same time, still experiencing the aftereffects of the pandemic. Some of those aftereffects included the imbalances created by the fiscal, monetary, and public health policy put in place to address the pandemic—and the process of addressing those imbalances has been disorienting at times. If 2022 was about recognizing imbalances that had built in the economy and starting to address them, we believe 2023 will be about setting ourselves up for what comes next as the economy and markets find their way back to steadier ground—even if the adjustment period continues.

The Federal Reserve (Fed) spent 2022 aggressively fighting inflation by raising interest rates. In 2023, we expect the Fed to find that point where it can stop raising rates, as inflation starts to come under control. The Fed’s efforts to control inflation throughout 2022 pulled interest rates off of extremely low levels that were historically unprecedented. While that has been painful for bond investors, for the first time in a decade savers can now get an attractive yield, and 2023 will be more focused on how to potentially benefit from this significant shift. Stock market expectations may also see some realignment heading into 2023. The projections for certain market segments became too high in 2022 following a decade of low rates and a burst of extraordinary technology adoption. We expect 2023 will likely be more focused on the opportunities that may emerge from a market sell-off. LPL Research’s Outlook 2023: Finding Balance is our guide to how the readjustments in the economy and markets may impact you in the coming year. The disruptions may not be fully resolved and there may be more challenges to come, but progress toward finding balance is well underway. And when those disruptions hit the market, it can be hard to find our footing and stay the course. Those are the times when sound financial advice is more valuable than ever, as it helps us find our center, remember our plan, and stay focused on our goals.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


David Laut
CEO, Certified Financial Planner™
O / 916-846-7780
A / 4180 Douglas Blvd. Suite 200, Granite Bay, CA 95746


Important Information

This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. There is no assurance that the views or strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal. Any economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted and are subject to change.

References to markets, asset classes, and sectors are generally regarding the corresponding market index. Indexes are unmanaged statistical composites and cannot be invested into directly. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any investment and do not reflect fees, expenses, or sales charges. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results.

All data is provided as of June 1, 2022.

Any company names noted herein are for educational purposes only and not an indication of trading intent or a solicitation of their products or services. LPL Financial doesn’t provide research on individual equities.

All index data from FactSet.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P500) 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.

This Research material was prepared by LPL Financial, LLC. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.

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