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Government bonds did very well in 2011 (see table above). They also did well in 2008. TLT continues to deal with resistance, dating back to the 2008 highs at (1) above.
Can TLT repeat in 2012 as a top performer? At this time a bearish pattern in TLT is at hand at resistance and the 500 index is attempting a flag breakout to the upside at (2).