- Volatility in financial markets around the world is likely as investors react to geopolitical uncertainty and the expectation that western nations may take a more active role in overseas conflicts.
- Oil may experience a rally as investors hedge their bets against further instability in the Middle East.
- U.S. Treasuries and other so-called “safe haven” investments may see interest as investors seek shelter from uncertainty.
- The Euro may drop against the U.S. dollar and other currencies because of increased headwinds.
- Though the deplorable attacks are terrible in their human cost, they likely won’t change the overall market calculus for U.S. investors. We will wait and see what happens this week in European markets and will advise you of any concerns as needed.
- Retail sales edge upward. October retail sales rose less than expected, growing just 0.1% vs. the 0.3% forecast. A surprise decline in auto sales contributed, tamping down on growth expectations for the fourth quarter.
- Weekly jobless claims unchanged. New claims for jobless benefits remained steady last week, bolstering opinions that the labor market continues to strengthen.
- Business inventories rises. Inventories rose unexpectedly in September, suggesting that third-quarter economic growth data may be revised upward.
- Consumer sentiment rebounds. After losing confidence in September, U.S. consumers regained their optimism in November for the second straight month, mainly on hopes about a strong domestic economy.
“Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.” – George Horace LorimerRECIPE OF THE WEEK: Easy Baked French Toast Make this classic brunch treat for a group. Ingredients: Serves 8 8 large eggs 2 cups half-and-half 1 cup whole milk 2/3 cup maple syrup or honey, plus more for serving 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Kosher salt 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped 1 1/2 pounds sourdough, challah, or any hearty white bread, cut into thick slices Butter, margarine, or baking spray for the dish 2 tablespoons sugar Chef’s Tip: Add any of these optional mix-ins to increase the wow factor: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest 1 tablespoon of cognac or bourbon Directions: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Beat the eggs with the milk, half-and-half, vanilla extract, syrup, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Stir in the pecans and any other optional mix-ins. Grease a baking dish and layer the bread slices in an overlapping pattern. Pour the custard liquid on top and allow the bread to soak for 20-30 minutes or overnight. Sprinkle the top with sugar and bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. If the top browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil until the last 5 minutes of baking. Serve warm, passing additional syrup at the table. Recipe adapted from Chris Morocco | RealSimple.com TAX TIP: Don’t Forget to Report Foreign Income U.S. citizens or permanent residents who live abroad or receive income from any foreign sources must report it on their taxes. According to the IRS: Any income from foreign employment, rental income, trusts, and bank & security accounts must be reported. If you live abroad and can’t make the April filing deadline, you may qualify for an automatic two-month filing extension. Review the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, which may qualify you to exclude up to $100,800 of earned income in 2015. Don’t overlook any credits or deductions. You may be able to deduct any foreign taxes paid on your income earned abroad. For more information, speak to your tax advisor or see IRS Publication 54, “Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad”. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov  HEALTHY LIVING: Get Headaches? Try These Remedies If you get regular headaches and don’t want to reach for common painkillers, try these remedies at home: Cut down on your salt intake. One study found that participants who switched to low-salt diets experienced fewer headaches. Try yoga and meditation. Though it may sound weird, a study found that migraine sufferers had fewer headaches after trying a mindfulness-based stress reduction program for eight weeks. Lift weights. Strength training can help you correct the muscle imbalances occurring from poor posture and help reduce tension headaches. 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