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Stocks Continue Downward Slide – September 14, 2020

The Week on Wall Street

Stocks traveled a volatile path last week as investors appeared concerned about the upcoming elections, an uncertain economy, and more delays with additional fiscal stimulus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.66%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slumped 2.51%. The Nasdaq Composite index plummeted 4.06% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, rose 1.44%.1The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020,2The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020,3The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020

Stocks Continue To Slip

In a holiday-shortened week of trading, stocks resumed their slide from the prior week, with the technology-heavy Nasdaq slipping into correction territory in a three-day span ended on Tuesday, September 8th. (A correction is defined as a decline of at least 10% from a recent high.)4CNBC.com, September 8, 2020

After staging a strong rebound on Wednesday, stocks once again headed lower as the Senate failed to pass another coronavirus stimulus bill. Mega-cap technology companies remained under pressure throughout the week. Energy stocks added to investors woes, plunging on data showing an unexpected build-up in inventories.5CNBC.com, September 9, 2020

The market ended the week on a mixed note, as technology companies lost additional ground.

Final Thought

On Friday the nation commemorated the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

We join all Americans in remembering the lives we lost that day and the profound impact on the victims’ families. We are reminded that it was the unity, kindness, and warmth that we collectively rediscovered in the wake of 9/11 that saw us through that difficult period. 

Robert Roman
CEO, Managing Director
MGO | Wealth Advisors

THE WEEK AHEAD:
KEY ECONOMIC DATA

Tuesday: Industrial Production.
Wednesday: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Announcement. 
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Housing Starts 
Friday: Leading Economic Indicators.

Source: Econoday, September 11, 2020
The Econoday economic calendar lists 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: Adobe Systems (ADBE), Lennar Corporation (LEN), Fedex (FDX)

Source: Zacks, September 11, 2020
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“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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How Long Should I Keep Records?

One of the most frequently asked questions by taxpayers is, “How long should I keep my tax records?”

On its website, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers some guidelines.

Note: The IRS suggests taxpayers keep copies of your filed tax returns. They help in preparing future tax returns and making computations if you file an amended return.

  1. Keep records for 3 years if situations (4), (5), and (6) below do not apply to you.
  2. Keep records for 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later, if you file a claim for credit or refund after you file your return.
  3. Keep records for 7 years if you file a claim for a loss from worthless securities or bad debt deduction.
  4. Keep records for 6 years if you do not report income that you should report, and it is more than 25% of the gross income shown on your return.
  5. Keep records indefinitely if you do not file a return.
  6. Keep records indefinitely if you file a fraudulent return.
  7. Keep employment tax records for at least 4 years after the date that the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov6IRS.gov, September 10, 2020

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Why Are Sand Wedges Used From the Fairway?

Traditionally, sand wedges are used to get out of the, well, sand. But, the club can also serve other purposes and can be your best friend for short, high pitch shots. The club’s face is designed for a loft shot.

To take full advantage of your sand wedge outside of the bunker, focus on your follow-through position. Make sure your arms and hands control your swing while the rest of your body stays firm and only hit with 80% effort. Think of your body as a pendulum as the club head’s natural weight uncocks your wrist at the bottom of your down swing.

Tip adapted from Golf Week7Golfweek.com, September 11, 2020

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Relaxation With An Advanced Breathing Technique

    The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is a more advanced breathing exercise for relaxation. Here’s what to do:

    • Put one hand on your belly and the other on your chest.
    • Take a slow, deep breath from your belly and count to 4 as you breathe in.
    • Hold your breath as you slowly count to 7.
    • Then, slowly let your breath out as you count to 8. Try to get all the air out of your lungs by the time you reach 8.
    • Repeat this breathing exercise 3-5 times or as many as are needed for increased relaxation.

    Tip adapted from University of Michigan School of Medicine8UofMhealth.org, September 11, 2020

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    Eco-Friendly Renovation Tips

    Thinking of giving your home a little upgrade? There are many environmentally-savvy ways to renovate your home! Here are some tips:

    • Where possible, buy reclaimed/used pieces or materials. For example, reclaimed wood is not only environmentally-friendly, but it’s also stylish and modern.
    • When shopping for new appliances, look for energy-efficient options. Look for the Energy Star logo!
    • Consider re-facing instead of replacing! Many items, such as kitchen cabinets, can be refaced or re-painted instead of replaced completely. This will save you money and is an eco-conscious swap.
    • Choose low-voc paints because they’re better for the environment and your health. Low-voc paint has less odors and toxic chemicals than traditional paint.

    Refreshing your home is a great feeling and it’s even better when you can do it while also thinking about the environment!

    Tip adapted from FresHome.com9FresHome.com, September 11, 2020

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    References   [ + ]

    1, 2, 3. The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020
    4. CNBC.com, September 8, 2020
    5. CNBC.com, September 9, 2020
    6. IRS.gov, September 10, 2020
    7. Golfweek.com, September 11, 2020
    8. UofMhealth.org, September 11, 2020
    9. FresHome.com, September 11, 2020