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2013 midyear outlook: Time to change your focus?

The bottom line Investors can be led astray by many distractions. When it comes to making sound investment decisions, headlines flashing today’s crisis or craze do not help. Instead, stepping back and revising your perspective on risks and opportunities could be healthy as we go into the second half of 2013. Keep in mind that some of the risks you see may be a figment of your imagination. By the same token, some opportunities you identify may turn out to be pie-in-the-sky dreams. For these reasons, we urge you to stay broadly diversified as you change your focus from betting everything on cash or betting everything on growth. The rest of the year may disappoint investors hoping for economic growth, but it may surprise those who aren’t alert to the resiliency of corporate profits.

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Diversification does not assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses.

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The views expressed are as of 6-17-13 and are those of Chief Portfolio Strategist Brian Jacobsen, Chief Equity Strategist John Manley, Chief Fixed-Income Strategist James Kochan, and Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC. The information and statistics in this report have been obtained from sources we believe to be reliable but are not guaranteed by us to be accurate or complete. Any and all earnings, projections, and estimates assume certain conditions and industry developments, which are subject to change. The opinions stated are those of the authors and are not intended to be used as investment advice. The views and any forward-looking statements are subject to change at any time in response to changing circumstances in the market and are not intended to predict or guarantee the future performance of any individual security, market sector or the markets generally, or any mutual fund. Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC, disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any views expressed or forward-looking statements.

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