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Opportunities exist for investors who select their entry point carefully.

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Disconnect between strong market and underlying economic weakness raises risk of selloff.

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The OPEC meeting in Vienna this week comes in the midst of an oil price increase. Friday’s release of the U.S. employment numbers for May will be closely watched to see if they are in line with earlier positive data. If so, the likelihood of a Fed rate increase in June goes up considerably, which could lead to more dollar appreciation.

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The long Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and with it the unofficial start of summer and a typically slower pace — for a few months — on Wall Street. This seasonality creates an opportune time to take stock of the markets in what has so far been an exciting 2016 — that is, if your definition of “exciting” is wild, sometimes inexplicable swings in asset prices.

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The good news in the municipal bond market: There is strong investor demand, which is bidding up prices. Not only is the domestic desire for munis running hot, the presence of negative interest rates in developed Europe and Asia has escalated the amount of money flowing in from overseas banks, pension funds and other institutions.

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