S&P Dow Jones Indices Recaps 2012 Financial Market Performance; Identifies Headwinds That Could Impact Returns in 2013
NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices, the world's largest provider of financial market indices, has released today a review on the performance of the financial markets in 2012 and a look at the factors that could potentially impact asset class and broad market performance in 2013 discussing housing and the economy, commodities, U.S. equities, and the municipal bond market.
Housing/Economy - Dr. David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee
-- Housing will contribute to U.S. economic growth in 2013. -- Economically, we can't afford to slide over the fiscal cliff over the short-term. -- Longer-term, business barometers all look favorable for economic expansion, even if we fall over the fiscal cliff.
Commodities - Jodie Gunzberg, Director of Commodity Indices
-- After a tumultuous year in commodities, expect fundamentals to anchor 2013. -- China's increased need for oil could offset demand declines in the U.S. and Europe. -- The commodities unknown: the impact of quantitative easing and the Eurozone crisis.
U.S. Equities - Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst
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