- S&P 500: Up 9.5%
- Dow: Up 13.4%
- NASDAQ: Up 7.5%
- Will President Trump reduce regulation and taxes?
- Will OPEC keep its pledge to lower oil output?
- How will China’s economy perform?
- Could more “Brexits” be on the horizon?
ECONOMIC CALENDAR:Monday: Markets Closed in Observance of New Year’s Day Tuesday: PMI Manufacturing Index, ISM Manufacturing Index, Construction Spending Wednesday: ADP Employment Report Thursday: PMI Services Index, ISM Non-Manufacturing Index Friday: Employment Situation, International Trade, Factory Orders
Quote Of The Week
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal – not to people and things.” – Albert Einstein
Recipe Of The WeekEggs, Ham, and English Muffin Casserole Enjoy breakfast classics baked into one tasty meal! Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients:
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 4 English muffins, split and toasted
- 6 ounces sliced Black Forest ham, roughly chopped
- 4 scallions, white and green parts, trimmed and roughly chopped
- 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 6 large eggs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Prepare a round 2-quart baking dish by lightly misting it with cooking spray.
- Arrange a layer of toasted English muffin halves face-down in the baking dish, forming an overlapping shingled pattern.
- Arrange a layer of ham on top of the English muffin layer below.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’ve layered all the English muffins and ham.
- Sprinkle the top with scallions and 1/2-cup of shredded cheese.
- Whisk the milk, mustard, eggs, salt, and pepper until combined in a large bowl.
- Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
- After the mixture sits:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Discard plastic wrap and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over casserole.
- Place dish on rimmed baking sheet and put into oven.
- Bake until the eggs are firm in the middle and edges lightly brown, about 1 hour.
- Let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Tax TipsBeware of IRS Impersonations and Scams With tax-filing season coming up, IRS impersonations and scams are upon us, too. If you receive a phone call, email, or text saying that the IRS is “threatening you with lawsuits or jail unless you pay immediately,” this communication is a scam. Here is a reminder of common ways criminals may scam you, by using actions that the IRS will never take:
- Contact you via emails, texts, or social media channels
- Call you to demand an immediate payment
- Call you about your taxes without first mailing you a bill
- Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity for you to question or appeal the amount you owe
- Require you to pay your taxes through a specific method, such as prepaid debit cards
- Ask for your credit card numbers over the phone
- Threaten to arrest you through local police or other law-enforcement groups for not paying