Advisors who are planning for the rest of 2005 face changes that could derail even the best-made investor plans. Calm waters in both equity and fixed-income markets could face hurricane gales in the face of terrorist attacks, a continued low-return environment and implosions in overvalued sectors. As future projections call for more of the same, advisors stay wary.

Equities and bonds have done reasonably well this year, and few expect that to change. The economy should stay stable, equity markets end up about the same as last year, and we'll live with the flat yield curve for the near future.

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