With the end of the first half of 2012 approaching, analysts are predicting what they think the landscape of the financial markets will look like in the remaining half of the year and what advantages or hurdles, if any, investors will be facing.

Jim Swanson, chief investment strategist at MFS Investment Management, shared his views of the markets during the firm's annual mid-year investment outlook teleconference last Monday with members of the financial press, during which he outlined a broad range of topics, from Europe and emerging markets to the U.S. economy and municipal bonds.

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