WASHINGTON - Perhaps one reason the financial markets seem a little befuddled lately is that investors are more uncertain than usual about what lies ahead.

One problem is figuring out what to make of the drop in interest rates and the big run-up in stocks and bonds since the beginning of the year. The weak U.S. dollar and lingering questions about what the Federal Reserve will do add to the uncertainty.

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