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Stocks Start 2018 With Jump – January 8, 2018

The first week of 2018 is behind us, and across the globe, stocks experienced a b start to the year. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE gained 2.44% last week.1https://www.msci.com/end-of-day-data-search In the U.S., our major indexes also leapt forward, hitting a number of records and milestones.2https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-04/asia-stocks-poised-to-extend-torrid-start-to-2018-markets-wrap

Domestic Index Performance for the First Week of 20183https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/05/us-stock-futures-us-jobs-dow-politics-on-the-agenda.html http://performance.morningstar.com/Performance/index-c/performance-return.action?t=SPX&region=usa&culture=en-US http://performance.morningstar.com/Performance/index-c/performance-return.action?t=%21DJI&region=usa&culture=en-US http://performance.morningstar.com/Performance/index-c/performance-return.action?t=@CCO

S&P 500:

  • Gained 2.60%
  • Hit 2,700 for the first time
  • Posted its largest weekly gain since December 2016

Dow:

  • Gained 2.33%
  • Hit 25,000 for the first time
  • Had its best yearly start since 2006

NASDAQ:

  • Gained 3.38%
  • Hit 7,000 for the first time
  • Posted its largest weekly gain since December 2016
  • Had its best yearly start since 2006

What drove markets last week?

A variety of factors affected the markets last week—from tax reform to commodity prices.4https://www.marketwatch.com/story/sp-eyes-another-historic-record-run-with-us-jobs-data-on-deck-2018-01-05 Interestingly, considering the indexes’ positive performance, one of the biggest economic headlines seemed to provide negative data: The U.S. economy added fewer jobs than anticipated.5https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-05/u-s-adds-148-000-jobs-wages-rise-in-signs-of-full-employment

On the surface, this report may seem like bad news for the economy. The missed projection, however, is likely less of a big deal than it appears at first. While hiring was lower than expected, wages picked up and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1%—the lowest rate since 2000.6https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-05/u-s-adds-148-000-jobs-wages-rise-in-signs-of-full-employment

Ultimately, this jobs report may be positive news for the markets. It shows that the economy is still adding jobs but not at a blistering pace. As a result, slower job growth could keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates too aggressively. Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said she believes, “We’re basically at maximum employment from the view of monetary policy.” She anticipates 3 to 4 rate increases this year.7https://www.marketwatch.com/story/sp-eyes-another-historic-record-run-with-us-jobs-data-on-deck-2018-01-05 If the Fed continues with its gradual rate increases, this move could have a favorable affect on stocks.8https://finance.yahoo.com/news/futures-trim-gains-december-jobs-134147154.html

As we move forward in 2018, we will continue monitoring a myriad of economic perspectives that may impact you, including any changes to monetary policy. For now, we are pleased to see the markets’ positive start to the year and look forward to guiding you through whatever lies ahead.

Robert Roman
CEO, Managing Director
MGO | Wealth Advisors

ECONOMIC CALENDAR:

Tuesday: JOLTS
Thursday: Jobless Claims
Friday: Consumer Price Index, Retail Sales


Notes: All index returns exclude reinvested dividends, and the 5-year and 10-year returns are annualized. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, S&P Dow Jones Indices and Treasury.gov. International performance is represented by the MSCI EAFE Index. Corporate bond performance is represented by the SPUSCIG. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly.
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“The only person you’re destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bacon and Broccoli Rice Bowl

Serves 4
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white rice, short grain or sushi
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 broccoli head, florets chopped and stems peeled and sliced
  • 3¼ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 1½ teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 eggs, large
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped

Directions:

Rice

  1. Place rice in 2½ cups water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Cover pot with lid and simmer over medium heat until rice absorbs most of the water (about 6 minutes).
  3. Turn heat to low, and continue cooking rice for 12 minutes.
  4. Remove cooked rice from heat and let stand, covered.

Bacon

  1. Cook bacon pieces over medium heat until crispy (about 10 minutes).
  2. Remove bacon from pan and place on plate lined with a paper towel.
  3. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease.

Broccoli

  1. Heat pan with bacon grease over medium-high. Toss in broccoli, and sauté until florets slightly char.
  2. Pour in ¾ cups water, and simmer until broccoli is al dente with a few tablespoons of water left in the pan.
  3. Add soy sauce and ½ teaspoon sesame oil.
  4. Serve rice and broccoli in bowls, and top with juices from cooking.

Egg

  1. Warm 1 tablespoon sesame oil over medium heat in same pan.
  2. Crack all the eggs into the pan, sprinkle with salt, and fry to desired firmness.
  3. Remove cooked eggs, and place 1 in each bowl over rice and broccoli.
  4. Garnish dish with bacon, cilantro, scallions, and jalapenos.

Recipe adapted from Food Network 9http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/bacon-and-broccoli-rice-bowl-recipe-2120232

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Tax Details for the Sharing Economy

If you participate in the sharing economy, you use websites or apps to provide services, such as renting your house for guests. Doing so may require you to address specific tax details for your income. Here are some key items to be aware of as you manage your tax liabilities:

Taxable Income

You generally have to pay federal taxes when you receive income from any of the following:

  • Part-time work
  • Side business
  • Cash payments
  • Form 1099 or W-2 money

Specific Tax Items for Rented Homes

If you rent any part of a home that you live in for a duration of the year, you may need to address additional tax details. You can find more information in the IRS Publication 527, Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes).

Other details may apply, and you can find more information on the IRS website.

* 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 advisor.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov 10https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/participating-in-the-sharing-economy-can-affect-taxes

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Improve Your Balance for Better Play

Good balance is crucial in golf, due to the game’s rotational athletic nature. You must manage a b accelerated force while transferring energy from the club to your ball at exactly the right time. If your balance is off, your shot will be, too.

You can practice with the “Bucket Brigade Drill.”

  1. Fill a small bucket with water (but not completely full).
  2. Stand with your feet apart under your shoulders, extend your arms, and hold the bucket in front of you.
  3. Focus on a target (perhaps a picture frame if inside or a tree trunk if outside).
  4. Make sure you are “Parallel Left” (or “Parallel Right” for left-handed players) of your target. Keep your arms, legs, shoulders, and feet still as you focus.
  5. Turn toward your target, using only your feet, legs, and core. Keep your arms extended in front of you. Your goal is to make this move without spilling any water.
  6. Hold this position for 5 seconds, paying close attention to the feel of your body and the setup.
  7. Repeat this move multiple times on each side.

This technique will help you practice your setup while building muscle strength, which is essential for balance in any swing.

Tip adapted from John Hughes | Golf Tips Magazine 11https://www.golftipsmag.com/instruction/full-swing/big-golf-balance-act/

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Identify Frostbite and Hypothermia

Winter often brings bitter cold across the country, and so far, 2018 is off to quite a chilly start. If you enjoy exercising or participate in outdoor activities, staying warm is essential. Here are some signs to help you recognize frostbite and hypothermia:

Frostbite

Frostbite occurs when the body starts freezing and most commonly affects exposed skin, such as fingers, cheeks, and noses. Here are signs to look for:

  • Numbness
  • Loss of feeling
  • Stinging sensations

If you suspect you have frostbite, slowly warm the affected area. Avoid rubbing your skin, which can cause serious damage.

Hypothermia

When your body temperature drops to abnormally low levels due to cold exposure, hypothermia may set in. These extreme conditions can cause your body to lose heat faster than it can generate warmth. If you suspect any of the following signs, seek emergency help immediately:

  • Intense shivering
  • Slurring speech
  • Coordination loss
  • Fatigue

Consult your doctor to learn more about potential risks when exercising outside during cold weather.

Tips adapted from Mayo Clinic 12https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/fitness/art-20045626

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