As expectations point to optimism for the world's largest economy, most fund companies and managers are setting their business plans accordingly.

With the calendar year nearing its close, Northern Trust's third-quarter survey of 100 investment managers, published this month, found that 86% of managers felt job growth will remain stable or accelerate, 71% agreed that housing prices could rise in the next six months and 89% reported corporate profits would remain stable or increase in the fourth quarter.

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