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The Week on Wall Street
Stocks rallied during a week in which Wall Street was buffeted by headlines. The S&P 500 rose 4.41%. The Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average respectively added 3.88% and 4.71%. The MSCI EAFE index of overseas stocks improved 2.02% across five days.[i],[ii]
Following a mixed Monday, the market jumped Tuesday after dovish remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Breaking out of a 6-week losing streak, the Dow had its best week since November.[iii]
Jerome Powell’s Comments
Speaking at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Fed chair stated that central bank officials “will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion” of the economy in the face of “recent developments involving trade negotiations and other matters.”[iv]
The next 2-day Fed policy meeting ends on June 19, with a press conference to follow.[v]
Employers added just 75,000 net new jobs to their payrolls in May, according to the Department of Labor. Economists polled by Reuters thought that the gain would be 185,000. The main unemployment rate held at 3.6% last month; the U-6 rate, which includes the underemployed and those who have stopped looking for work, fell 0.2% to 7.1%.[vi]
To some analysts, the weak May hiring number hinted at private-sector concern over tariffs. To others, it simply signified the possibility that the economy may be at or near full employment.[vii]
While breaking news does often merit investor attention, refrain from letting the headlines of the moment prompt you into emotional decisions. Brace yourself for further headlines that may drive market volatility because new developments are arriving quickly in the financial markets.
THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Wednesday: The latest Consumer Price Index, showing the rate of inflation in May and across the past 12 months.
Friday: The Census Bureau’s May retail sales report as well as the University of Michigan’s initial June consumer sentiment index, measuring consumer confidence levels.
Source: Econoday / MarketWatch Calendar, June 7, 2019
The Econoday and MarketWatch economic calendars list upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.
THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Tuesday: H&R Block (HRB)
Wednesday: Lululemon Athletica (LULU)
Thursday: Broadcom (AVGO)
Source: Morningstar.com, June 7, 2019
Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, time frame and risk tolerance. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.
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East Coast Crab Cakes
Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef[viii]
If you make a mistake on your income taxes, you may receive a penalty from the IRS. In some circumstances, the IRS can provide relief from certain penalties, such as:
- Failing to file a tax return
- Failing to pay on time
- Failing to deposit certain taxes as required
Types of penalty relief offered by the IRS:
If you can show that you tried to meet your obligations, but didn’t succeed in doing so, you may be forgiven. Some circumstances would be a house fire, a natural disaster, or a death in the family.
Administrative Waiver and First-Time Penalty Abatement
Relief may be possible if you:
- Didn’t previously have to file a return or had no penalties for the three years prior to the IRS assessed penalty.
- Filed all currently required returns or filed an extension of time to file.
- Paid or arranged to pay any tax due.
It’s possible you’ve received incorrect written advice from the IRS, which may result in an exception.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov[ix]
Bend the Ball
If you find yourself close enough to a tree or water hazard that you need to curve the ball around it, a good setup is essential.
Begin by pointing your feet, knees, and shoulders where you want your ball to start. Typically, this will be pointing slightly away from the obstacle.
Then, aim the face of your club where you want your ball to land. Finally, swing along the line of your body and watch the ball curve around the obstacle to end up at the target.
Don’t try and aim the ball with your arms; instead, use the line of your body to guide the swing.
Tip adapted from Golf Tips Magazine[x]
Unplug to a New Activity
Constantly being wired up, plugged in, and online can actually cause stress. It can also be hard to put down your smartphone or similar device. By doing so, you might be missing out on time spent cultivating other interests and participating in other activities that can enrich you, relax you, and help you to be more mindful and present. Here are a few ideas:
Get outside and get some steps in. Walking and fresh air can work wonders on regrouping and resetting to an unplugged state. You can start in your own neighborhood or visit a local park or beach.
Take a staycation. Explore your town as if you were visiting. There may be some hidden gems like restaurants or museums you never knew existed.
Class is in session. Take a class in something you’re interested in, like art, music, history, or literature. Many cities have community colleges and adult education programs.
Read. Read a book. Real paper, with words, a spine, and covers. Make an outing of going to the bookstore to see what’s out there, and pick up a book, magazine, or journal.
Tip adapted from HuffPost[xi]
I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle This
Recycling. It can get so complicated. Who’s to know what will be recycled and what will end up in a landfill? Well, this list of items that you probably haven’t considered can actually be recycled. Check it out:
- Cigarette Butts. TerraCycle, a firm that specializes in recycling difficult items, can separate out the tobacco, paper, and plastic. The tobacco and paper are composted, while the filter is converted to pellets for resale.
- Toilets. If you like to walk and drive, chances are you’re doing it on a recycled toilet. Sidewalks and roads are constructed of a mixture that includes recycled porcelain and other fixtures.
- Wine corks. Your corks can be recycled and repurposed into shoes and other items. The organization ReCORK just may have a drop off location in your area. Check their website at https://recork.com/.
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