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It seems the only predictable thing about the markets these days is their unpredictability.

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Beginning this week, we’re moving into the heart of earnings season for the second quarter of 2015. Whereas the early earnings numbers tend to be concentrated in specific industries, all 10 of the Standard & Poor’s 500 sectors will be represented in this week’s reports. This widening allows us to start identifying trends that may have a bearing on the quarters ahead.

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The first half of 2015 was a little rough on the U.S. bond market, with nearly all sectors fairly flat to negative — due largely to an increase in long-term interest rates and wider credit spreads. One notable exception to the trend has been high-yield bonds.

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Market volatility has increased lately, with much of it being generated by the contentious politics surrounding the debt crisis in Greece and the possibility that the country may end up swapping the euro for the drachma.

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The guessing game on interest rates is finally over. The Federal Reserve has told the market to expect the first rate hike later this year, and that it plans to move slowly on subsequent increases.

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