“Tidying Up” Cyber Security Edition

Welcome to your April Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. As always, we saw many cybersecurity happenings this month including breaches at Microsoft, Toyota and Facebook. Read on to learn more about those as well as:

  • Why you need to update your Verizon Fios router now
  • A new Social Security scam making the rounds
  • How Android users can boost their password security
  • And much more

Why you need to update your Verizon Fios router now

Verizon Fios routers are susceptible to being hacked, according to security company Tenable. The company discovered that new Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway routers were being distributed with a flaw that could allow hackers to take control of an entire wireless network and all the connected devices.

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A Mild Week for the Market





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Featured Article: A Mild Week for the Market


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Spectacular Blood Orange Tart with Toasted Meringue


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living



A Mild Week for the Markets

The Week on Wall Street
A short and relatively placid trading week wrapped up Thursday, with the major indices turning in mixed performances. The S&P 500 retreated 0.08%, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.17%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.56%.;

Nothing really catalytic emerged to drive the market last week, and volumes were low.

More than 78% of S&P 500 firms reporting so far this earnings season have surpassed analyst expectations, according to FactSet. Since guidance tends to be conservative, there is the possibility that more companies …

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The Q1 Earnings Season Begins





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Featured Article: The Q1 Earnings Season Begins


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Cauliflower Rice Pilaf


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living



Gains Conclude a Great Quarter

The Week on Wall Street
Stocks broke out of a narrow range on Friday following news that two major banks grew their bottom line in the first quarter. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 0.79%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.91%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average improved 0.50;

Turning to overseas stocks, the MSCI EAFE index declined 0.09%;

The market spent much of the week in a lull as investors waited for earnings season to begin. Wall Street is paying close attention to both guidance and profit margins …

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Special Update: April 8, 2019-Quarterly Report





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Featured Article: Gains Conclude a Great Quarter


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Sour/Salty Preserved Lemons


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living



Gains Conclude a Great Quarter

The Week on Wall Street
Stocks just posted their second straight weekly gain. Investors were encouraged by the latest jobs report and new signs of progress on a U.S.-China trade deal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.17% in five trading days; the S&P 500, 1.27%;

the S&P 500, 1.27%; the Nasdaq Composite, 1.72%. The MSCI EAFE index of international stocks improved 1.84%;

The economy generated 196,000 net new jobs in March, according to the Department of Labor …

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Weekly Update: April 1, 2019-Gains Conclude a Great Quarter





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Featured Article: Gains Conclude a Great Quarter


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with Spicy Aioli Slaw


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living



Gains Conclude a Great Quarter

The Week on Wall Street
Stocks ended last week higher as volatility slowed, completing their best quarter since 2009. A Friday tweet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin encouraged investors, referring to “constructive” discussions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations

The S&P 500 gained 1.27% for the week. The Dow Industrials and Nasdaq Composite both exceeded that advance: the Dow rose 1.60%;

Foreign shares went the other way. The MSCI EAFE index following international stocks retreated …

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Weekly Update: March 25, 2019- Treasury Yields Prompt Concerns





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Featured Article: Treasury Yields Prompt Concerns


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Classic Tomato and Bread Soup


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living


Treasury Yields Prompt Concerns

The Week on Wall Street
Friday, the yield of the 3-month Treasury bill exceeded the yield of the 10-year Treasury note for the first time in 12 years. For some analysts, this “inverted yield curve” may imply a short-term lessening of confidence. (Treasury yields move inversely to Treasury prices.)

As a result, the S&P 500 ended the week 0.94% lower. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.80%, and the Dow Industrials lost 1.19%.

In contrast, the MSCI EAFE index following international stocks rose, gaining…

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March 2019 Savvy Cybersecurity Alerts

Welcome to your March 2019 Savvy Cybersecurity newsletter. It is important to think of your cybersecurity plan from a tactical standpoint as well. What can you do at home and in your business to be more secure? Perhaps you should review the Savvy Cybersecurity Quick Reference Guide or the Business Protection Checklist and pick three actions you’d like to do in the next 90 days.
Let us know what you decide to do!
Read on to learn more about cybersecurity happenings this month including:

  • The Apple FaceTime flaw
  • Why you need to check your credit status at Equifax
  • An alert for nest users
  • And much more

What you need to know about the Apple FaceTime flaw

A 14-year-old discovered a major flaw in Apple’s video chat software last month. Grant Thompson went to FaceTime his friend and discovered that he could eavesdrop on his friend’s call before he even answered. The flaw was a part of the newer feature; Group FaceTime which allows multiple Apple users to video conference at one time.

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Weekly Update: March 18, 2019-Dow, S&P, Nasdaq All Rise


Just a friendly reminder…

Our office will be operating on a half day schedule on Thursday, March 14th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.






In the afternoon, our Team, along with some of our client families will be volunteering at Food & Friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.



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Featured Article: Stocks Dip on Growth Concerns


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Southern Buttermilk Biscuits


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living


S&P Ends Week Little Changed

The Week on Wall Street
As in February, investors spent most of the first full trading week of March hoping for new details in U.S.-China trade negotiations.

While they waited, stock benchmarks drifted downward. From Monday’s open to Friday’s close, the S&P 500 lost 2.55%, while the Dow Industrials took a 2.66% fall, and the Nasdaq Composite weakened 3.12%. The MSCI EAFE index tracking developed markets outside the U.S. and Canada fell 1.09%.

Why did stocks lose momentum? In a hint that global economic growth might be slowing, the European Central Bank abruptly reduced its 2019 Gross Domestic Product forecast for the…

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Weekly Update: March 11, 2019-Stocks Dip on Growth Concerns


Just a friendly reminder…

Our office will be operating on a half day schedule on Thursday, March 14th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.






In the afternoon, our Team, along with some of our client families will be volunteering at Food & Friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.



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Featured Article: Stocks Dip on Growth Concerns


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Southern Buttermilk Biscuits


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living


S&P Ends Week Little Changed

The Week on Wall Street
As in February, investors spent most of the first full trading week of March hoping for new details in U.S.-China trade negotiations.

While they waited, stock benchmarks drifted downward. From Monday’s open to Friday’s close, the S&P 500 lost 2.55%, while the Dow Industrials took a 2.66% fall, and the Nasdaq Composite weakened 3.12%. The MSCI EAFE index tracking developed markets outside the U.S. and Canada fell 1.09%.

Why did stocks lose momentum? In a hint that global economic growth might be slowing, the European Central Bank abruptly reduced its 2019 Gross Domestic Product forecast for the…

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Weekly Update: March 4, 2019-S&P Ends Week Little Changed


Just a friendly reminder…

Our office will be operating on a half day schedule on Thursday, March 14th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.



In the afternoon, our Team along with some of our client families will be volunteering at Food & Friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm doing food prep.


So, If you can spare a few hours for a worthy cause. Please join us!



Food & Friends is a wonderful organization providing meals to local families in dire need of assistance.


Call our office or email us at events@stuartfg.com to sign up!


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Featured Article: S&P Ends Week Little Changed


Economic Calendar


Recipe of the Week: Roasted beets


Tax Tips


Golf Tips


Healthy Lifestyle


Green Living


S&P Ends Week Little Changed

The Week on Wall Street
Stocks lost a little ground as February gave way to March. While domestic and overseas political developments made headlines, the market stayed relatively calm: from Monday’s open through Friday’s close, the S&P 500 ceded just 0.17%, finishing the week at 2,803.69.

The Dow declined 0.65% in five trading sessions to 26,026.32, while the Nasdaq finished the week 0.06% higher at 7,595.35. The MSCI EAFE index of international stocks rose 0.24% for the week.

Volatility has dropped in the past few weeks. Wall Street has grown less anxious about the possibility of new tariffs and higher interest rates this year.

Powell Shares His Outlook
Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the Senate that Fed officials would take a “patient approach” with regard to future interest…

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