ECONOMIC CALENDAR:Monday: Housing Market Index Tuesday: Housing Starts Wednesday: EIA Petroleum Status Report, FOMC Meeting Announcement, Fed Chair Press Conference Thursday: Jobless Claims, Existing Home Sales Friday: PMI Manufacturing Index Flash
- Consumer sentiment steady in September. A measure of how Americans feel about the economy and their financial prospects remained unchanged between August and September, suggesting households remain upbeat heading into fall.
- Retail sales fall unexpectedly. U.S. retail sales fell more than expected in August on weak sales of autos.
- Industrial production falls in August. Production in U.S. factories fell 0.4% last month amid a drop in demand for appliances, electronics, and machinery. Cooling demand for big-ticket items could spell trouble this quarter.
- Weekly jobless claims rise less than expected. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but increased less than economists expected.
Quote Of The Week
“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
Recipe Of The WeekBroiled Salmon with Mustard and New Potato Salad Mustard and fennel pair beautifully in this healthful main course. Serves 8 Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 3/4 cup full-fat sour cream or crème fraîche
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 small fennel bulb, washed and thinly sliced
- 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, coarsely chopped
Tax TipsHow to Choose a Qualified Tax Professional If you have a complex tax situation or want help getting the maximum refund possible, you may want to turn to a tax professional to help you with your taxes. Now is a great time to start looking for professional tax help before the year ends and tax season begins. If you’re looking for a professional, there are a few things you should look for: Check for professional qualifications like an affiliation with a professional organization and a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). If you have a special tax situation, ask for the preparer’s experience helping people in similar circumstances. Make sure you understand how your tax preparer is being paid. Avoid those who base their fees on a percentage of the refund. Make sure your refund is sent directly to you from the IRS. Under no circumstances should you allow any funds to be deposited into a third-party account. Never sign a blank return. The IRS will hold you personally responsible for any errors or omissions on the return, even when it’s prepared by someone else. Always carefully review your return and make sure you understand everything before you sign. For more information about filing your taxes or help finding a qualified tax professional, please contact our office. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov
Golf TipKeep Your Tempo Consistent Professional golfers know that keeping a consistent swing tempo is key to hitting consistent shots. Some golfers have a faster tempo than others; but, regardless of club length, the time it takes to swing a club from beginning to end should remain the same. Many amateur golfers fall into the habit of increasing the speed of their swing to hit longer shots. However, speed and distance come from longer club length, not swing tempo. If you fall into the habit of changing your speed with each club, you won’t be able to hit consistently. To test your consistency and practice a steady tempo, try several practice swings with a mid-ranged club, like a 5- or 6-iron. Focus on swinging smoothly and finishing with good form. Tee up to a ball and try a practice shot with the same tempo. Then try a shot with a range of clubs to see if your pace remains consistent. Tip courtesy of Lana Ortega, LPGA | Golf Tips Mag
Healthy LifestyleHealthful Fall Foods Enjoy the season’s bounty and get some important health benefits along the way:
- Apples are full of important fiber and the peel contains ursolic acid, which is linked to a lower risk of obesity.
- Chestnuts are excellent sources of protein, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C and have many fewer calories and fat than other nuts.
- Brussels sprouts are an important superfood packed with Vitamin C and fiber.
- Turnips are loaded with obesity-fighting nutrients, including fiber, Vitamin C, and calcium, and are much lower in calories than many other starches.
Green LivingProtect Your Indoor Air Before turning on your furnace this year, protect your health and boost the efficiency of your heating system by following these steps:
- Have your system serviced regularly to prevent leaks and ensure that the unit is operating efficiently.
- Change out your air filter regularly.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace.
- Check your basement or utility closet for standing water, mold, or mildew, which can be blown into the rest of your house.
- Test the system before cool weather arrives so that you have time to fix any problems.