Virus Anxieties Affect Stocks
In This Issue
The Week on Wall Street
Traders paid close attention to coronavirus developments and earnings last week, while wondering how the former might eventually impact the latter. Concern over updated infection numbers moderated risk appetite.
Minutes from the Federal Reserve's January Meeting
Last month, members of the Federal Open Market Committee felt the near-term outlook for the economy had improved slightly since the last Fed meeting in December. The minutes did note that the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak "warranted close watching."
Some analysts have wondered, if the coronavirus threat heightens whether the Fed might cut short-term interest rates this year. The FOMC voted 11-0 in January to leave rates alone.[3]

Fewer Home Sales, But More Building Permits
Sales of existing homes weakened 1.3% in January, according to a new National Association of Realtors report. On the new home front, the Census Bureau said that the rate of permits for new residential construction neared a 13-year high last month.[4][5]
Final Thought
At Friday's closing bell, gold was worth $1,646.60 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold futures traded at a seven-year peak on Friday morning.[6]
Tuesday: The Conference Board's monthly Consumer Confidence Index.
Wednesday: A January new home buying report from the Census Bureau.
Thursday: The second estimate of fourth-quarter economic growth from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Friday: January consumer spending numbers from the Department of Commerce, and the final February Consumer Sentiment Index from the University of Michigan (an assessment of consumer confidence levels).
Source: MarketWatch, February 21, 2020
The MarketWatch 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.

Blattel News
Tax Document Dates
For the 2019 tax year, the dates for printing and mailing recipient copies are as follows:
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  • FCC mail date: February 18
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Zig Ziglar
Salmon Teriyaki

Serves 2-4
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½  Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp. clover honey
  • ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 4 salmon fillets

  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1½ Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1½ Tbsp. green onions
  1. Mix soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, clover honey, and toasted sesame oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Keep stirring until the brown sugar dissolves.
  2. Bring to boil over high heat.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp. of cold water to cornstarch and stir until dissolved. Pour into sauce.
  4. Boil mixture for 1 to 2 minutes and set aside.
  5. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
  6. Oil skillet with vegetable oil.
  7. Sear salmon over high heat, skin side up, for five minutes or until achieving a golden crust.
  8. Turn over and cook the other side for five minutes or until fully cooked.
  9. Drizzle sauce over salmon and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
Recipe adapted from[7]

Keeping Your Heart Rate Up (When Temperatures Are Down)

Colder weather can steal our motivation to leave the warmth of our homes unless we have to. But your workouts don't need to stop during the winter. Here are a few ways you can feel the burn indoors, while Mother Nature keeps it cool outside.
  • Hop to it with a rebounder (a mini trampoline) or a jump rope. If you have neither, fake it by keeping your hands to your sides and rotate them to mimic the exercise sans equipment. 
  • Find a YouTube video or other streaming guided workout. Can't squeeze in a full half hour at once? Pause it and return when you're ready.
  • If you can afford it, invest in a piece of workout equipment you know you'll use. If you run or hike, consider a treadmill with an adjustable incline. Like to ride your bike? Think about getting a stationary one.
There are lots of ways to stay fit while winter rages on outside. But don't forget to always make sure to discuss any medical concerns with your health care provider before beginning any fitness routine; the information provided is not a substitute for medical advice.
Tip adapted from[10]

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