Trade Winds Move the Market
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The Week on Wall Street
Stock prices pushed higher last week, as investors remained hyper-focused on any new developments with the U.S. trade negotiations with China.

Trade Winds
For nearly two years, investors' moods have seemed to swing with each twist in the ongoing trade saga between the U.S. and China. Last week was no different.

On Tuesday, stock prices fell sharply on concerns that U.S.-China trade tensions had escalated. The White House announced the addition of 28 new Chinese companies to its list of firms that are banned from doing business in the U.S. Later in the day, White House officials confirmed that they had implemented travel bans on selected Chinese officials.[4][5]

But prices bounced back Thursday and surged higher Friday on White House reports that suggested the trade talks between the two countries were "going really well." Near the close Friday, the White House confirmed that the U.S. has come to a "very substantial phase one deal" with China.[6][7]

Quarterly Earnings
Investors may start to get a better glimpse into third-quarter earnings this week, as more than 150 companies are expected to report on their operations.[8]

As "earnings season" get underway, some attention may shift from the U.S.-China trade negotiations and toward company reports.

What's Next
Some U.S. financial markets will be open, and some will be closed, on Monday, October 14, in observance of the federal holiday Columbus Day. The U.S. bonds markets and most banks will be closed. But the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ will be open for regular hours.

Blattel News

October 19: Client Event
This fall's semi-annual client breakfast seminar is this Saturday! The morning will start with a delicious breakfast buffet. Our presentations will focus on cyber security tips and account safety. We will also have a brief overview of what's going on in the market.

November 1 - December 6: Holiday Magic Toy Drive
Please consider donating a toy to a needy child during our annual Holiday Magic Toy Drive.
November 8 from 9-10 am: Workshop
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November 28 & 29: Office Closed
Blattel & Associates will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 6: Holiday Open House
We will once again open our doors for an open house to celebrate the holiday season with refreshments, Christmas cookies and good conversation.

Tips for Today

Can't wait for Saturday? We are sharing two tip sheets with you today. The first one is "10 Cybersecurity Awareness Tips," and lists out common sense ideas that you can use to stay safe on the internet. The second tip sheet is a "Password Guide." This one includes one of our all-time favorite password ideas - using the first letter of a phrase or song title. For example, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" becomes "TMOttB." Add a symbol and a number, such as the number of your favorite Cardinal's player, and you have a strong password. Let's go Cards!!!

"Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure."

- Benjamin Franklin 
Pretty-in-Pink Deviled Eggs to Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

These pretty pink deviled eggs are the perfect appetizer to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bring them to a local fundraiser or just enjoy them on your own. Either way, they're sure to be delicious. 

[12 servings]

  • 6 hardboiled eggs
  • 1 jar of pickled beets (you'll use the beets and the juice)
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise 
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ cups pickled beets, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, grated 
  • 1 Tbsp. celery, finely chopped 
  • A sprinkle of salt and pepper
  1. Peel the eggs.
  2. Place the eggs in the beet juice and add water until the eggs are covered. Let them soak for 2 to 4 hours or until pink.
  3. Halve the eggs and take out the yolks.
  4. Mix the yolks with the mustard, grated beets, grated onion, and finely chopped celery. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Use a pastry bag to squeeze out the mixture into the halved eggs. 


Recipe adapted from Eclectic Recipes[9]


Do a Paycheck Checkup

Every year, the IRS recommends doing what they call a "Paycheck Checkup." This includes checking your withholding status to make sure enough taxes are being taken out of your paycheck. You should do a Paycheck Checkup in the beginning of the year, but it can be done in any season.

Check your withholding status if you have:
  • Gotten married or divorced

  • Had or adopted a child

  • Bought a house

  • Retired

  • Filed for bankruptcy

  • Got a new job or lost a job

The IRS also recommends checking on any streams of taxable income that are not subject to withholding, such as interest, dividends, capital gains, self-employment income, or IRA distributions. You should also check your withholding if you've experienced changes to your medical expenses, taxes, charitable gifts, education credits, dependent care expenses, and more. These life changes might affect your deductions or tax credits. These Paycheck Checkups will help make sure you're in a good place when it's time to file taxes.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from [10]

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