Wells Fargo Investment Institute Sees Opportunities in an Improving Global Economy

After a Slow Start to 2015, Prospects for the Second Half Look Favorable

New York, NY - June 17, 2015 – Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) today released the 2015 Midyear Outlook report "Opportunities in an Improving Global Economy," offering investors a view of a steadily improving economy in the second half of the year. The report offers a guide to help investors take full advantage of opportunities and position themselves for the potential of higher stock market returns for the rest of the year.

"We believe investors will see increased market volatility throughout the remainder of this year with markets ultimately generating positive returns, but investors may need to have patience and tolerate larger market swings than in recent years," said Darrell Cronk, President, Wells Fargo Investment Institute. "To capitalize on investment opportunities in this economic recovery, we recommend that investors stay focused on the fundamentals, maintain a well-diversified portfolio and use market volatility to their advantage."

The report covers the economy, equities, fixed income, real assets (including commodities, REITS and other real assets), and alternative investments. WFII strategists expect the Federal Reserve to take a cautious approach to tightening monetary policy with modest rate increases during the year’s second half.

"We believe that low but steady inflation, along with accelerating global economic growth will reinforce the positive trend in earnings and confidence. Our outlook continues to favor global equities over global bonds in the coming quarters," said Paul Christopher, Head of International Strategy, WFII.

This timely report also helps investors by highlighting 'Three Ways to Help Position Your Investments.' Read the Wells Fargo Investment Institute’s 2015 Midyear Outlook, "Opportunities in an Improving Global Economy."

About Wells Fargo Investment Institute

Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) is a registered investment adviser and wholly-owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, providing investment research, strategy, manager research and thought leadership within the Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement division (WBR), with the goal of supplying world class advice to the company's financial and wealth advisers. WFII provides investment advice to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Wells Fargo Advisors and other Wells Fargo affiliates.

WBR includes Wells Fargo Private Bank, serving high-net-worth individuals and families; Wells Fargo Advisors, which provides investment advice and guidance through over 15,000 financial advisors; Wells Fargo Retirement, which manages $314 billion in employer-sponsored retirement plan assets for 3.7 million Americans; and Abbot Downing, serving ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families.

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