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Accelerating world GDP growth and Fed tapering should drive portfolio returns in 2014. We expect:

  1. improving economic news flow to bolster sentiment and equity flows;
  2. the upward normalization in bond yields to continue;
  3. monetary divergence to drive country/asset leadership; and
  4. asset correlations to mean-revert lower.

We see U.S. 10-Yr yields heading towards 3.5 per cent with a stronger greenback (C$ near US$0.90). Targets are set at 1,950 (S&P 500) and 14,200 (TSX).

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We expect equities to outperform bonds by high single digit margin. Global leadership should stay with developed markets.

TSX strategy: Financials, Discretionary, Technology, and Industrials would be the focus. We reiterate our cautious stance in resources and our preference goes to Energy Services, Chemicals, and Forest Products.

S&P 500: Financials, Technology, and Industrials should extend their leadership in the first half of the year.

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