ECONOMIC CALENDAR:Monday: Existing Home Sales Tuesday: PMI Manufacturing Index Flash Wednesday: New Home Sales, EIA Petroleum Status Report Thursday: Durable Goods Orders, Jobless Claims Friday: GDP
- Retail sales revised downward in January. Retail sales slumped in February as expected; however, a sharp downward revision in January sales- from a 0.2% increase to a 0.4% decrease- could be a sign of trouble.
- Housing starts rebound in February. Groundbreaking on new home construction surged more than expected last month as U.S. homebuilders invested heavily in single-family homes. The rise is a strong sign of confidence in the economy.
- Consumer sentiment dips in March. A measure of optimism about the economy among Americans fell slightly this month as consumers felt the effects of rising gasoline prices and worried more about the economy.
- Job openings rise in January. Job openings rose to 5.5 million in January, up from 5.28 million in December, though the hiring rate dipped slightly. Increased openings are a positive sign for the economy and show that the labor market is in stable territory.
Quote Of The Week
“I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” – Oprah Winfrey
Recipe Of The Week
Pan-Seared Salmon with Bok Choy SlawThis fast recipe comes together quickly with a side of rice. Serves 4 Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/4 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces of equal thickness
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/2 head bok choy or napa cabbage, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
- 1 red apple, sliced thinly or shredded
- 4 green onions, green and white parts thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Don’t Forget to Make Your 2015 IRA ContributionIf you haven’t yet contributed to an Individual Retirement Account for 2015, there’s still time to act before the April filing deadline. Here are a few things you need to know: To contribute, you must be earning taxable compensation from wages, salary, tips, bonuses, alimony, or self-employment income. You must be under age 70-1/2 to contribute to a Traditional IRA. There is no age limit to contribute to a Roth IRA. When making your contribution, be sure to choose the correct tax year. For most people, the most you can contribute to an IRA for 2015 is the smaller of your taxable compensation or $5,500. If you were age 50 or older by the end of 2015, you can increase your contribution to $6,500. For more information about contributing to your IRA, contact a qualified financial or tax expert. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov 
Stuck Between Clubs? Choke Down.When you’re faced with a tricky shot between clubs, don’t reach for the shorter club. Instead, choose the longer and choke down an inch or two on the grip; think of it as adding a half-club without having to modify your swing. Set up and swing as you normally do and hold back on the impulse to swing softer. Tip courtesy of Alison Curdt, PGA/LPGA | Golf Tips Mag
Fight Allergy Symptoms with FoodSpring is here and pollen counts are heading up around the country. Seasonal allergy sufferers may be able to mitigate some of their symptoms by changing the way they eat during allergy season. As always, make sure you speak to your physician about any dietary changes that may affect medication. Here are some tips:
- Avoid spicy food when pollen counts are high. Spicy food can trigger a histamine response that can add to your body’s reaction to pollen.
- Drink green tea. Some green teas contain natural antihistamines that can help fight symptoms.
- Try local honey. Though the research is mixed, some studies have found that eating small amounts of honey produced in your area may help you develop a tolerance to local pollens.