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Weekly Market Update
Week of June 6, 2011
The Markets:

U.S. Stocks fell for the fifth straight week after disappointing reports on jobs and manufacturing fueled concerns that economic growth is slowing. The S&P 500 slid 2.3% to 1,300, its lowest level since March, while the Dow fell 290.32 points, or 2.3%, to 12,151.[1]  Should this be cause for alarm? This week, we would like to share what some industry insiders have recently said about the matter.


"Our view is that we're clearly seeing a slowdown, but you'd need a shock to the system to see things get much worse from here. There's little room for error, but there are reasons to expect growth, and we don't see a whole heck of a lot more downside."[2] - Andrew Goldberg, market strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds in New York

"We don't see material downside from here. A five percent correction is appropriate for the slowdown we're experiencing, and over the intermediate term, our expectation is that we'll regain some momentum."[3] - Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Northern Trust Global Investments


"Investors should be looking for buying opportunities. The economy is not as bad as it looks right now."[4] - Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners

From experience we know that the "experts" aren't always right. In this case, we agree things are not as bad as some of the headlines make them out to be. The recovery is progressing slower than we would like, but it is still progressing. Until employers start persistently hiring again, the housing market gets straightened out, and Washington figures out what to do about the deficit, the recovery is going to ebb and flow.

The events that ultimately led up to the so-called Great Recession took years, even decades to unfold. In a similar way, the economy will take years to recover, not weeks or months. It is good to keep this fact in mind when we pick up the newspaper, turn on the television, or visit our favorite news website.

As always, we are vigilantly monitoring the situation and pledge to keep you informed about key issues. If you have any questions or concerns about how recent events could affect your financial future, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. It is our pleasure to serve you!

ECONOMIC CALENDAR:
Monday: Ben Bernanke Speaks
Tuesday: Consumer Credit
Wednesday: EIA Petroleum Status Report, Beige Book
Thursday: International Trade, Jobless Claims
Friday: Import and Export Prices, Treasury Budget

                   
Performance


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Notes: All index returns exclude reinvested dividends, and the 5-year and 10-year returns are annualized.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance, MSCI Barra. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. NA means not available.

Headlines:

Greece has agreed to speed its sale of state-owned property and cut billions of dollars more from its budget to satisfy requirements for promised loans from the International Monetary Fund and other European countries.[5]


The president of Toyota Motors said on Saturday he expects the automaker to resume full production globally in November and its Japanese output is expected this month to recover to 90% of levels seen before the March earthquake.[6]


Two bottles of the world's oldest Champagne, which spent about 170 years at the bottom of the ocean, sold for 54,000 euros ($78,400) at an auction in Finland today.[7]

 

The computer phishing attack that Google says originated in China was directed, somewhat indiscriminately, at an unknown number of White House staff officials, setting off the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry that began this week, according to several administration officials.[8]



Quote of the Week
"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." - Albert Einstein
Recipe of the Week

Choco-Pistachio Meringues


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Low-calorie meringue cookies are great for dieters who yearn for just a nibble of something sweet--like this recipe, which is made with pistachio nuts and dipped in chocolate.

Ingredients:
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1/3 cup pistachios, ground
4 drops green food coloring
6 ounces milk chocolate, broken up into pieces

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 200 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil.
2. In large bowl, combine whites, cream of tartar and salt. On medium-high speed, beat until frothy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in pistachios and green food coloring. Place in large pastry bag with 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe 1-1/2-inch-wide rounds on sheets, spacing about 1-1/2 inches apart. Gently smooth tops of rounds with the back of a spoon.
3. Bake in 200 degrees F oven 1-1/2 hours. Turn oven off and leave oven door closed. Let stand in oven 30 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool. Remove cookies from sheets.
4. Place chocolate in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on 100% power 30 seconds. Stir; microwave 45 seconds more. Stir until melted.
5. Dip half of the top side of each cookie into the melted chocolate; scrape excess back into cup. Place on waxed paper or foil to set.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Golf Tip of the Week

Hitting From a Bald Spot


Lies without much grass under the ball can be a problem, but there are specific things you can do to increase your chances of nailing your shot.

To guard against hitting fat, place your weight on your front hip and stand closer to the ball so your club shaft is more vertical and your clubhead is on its toe. This will reduce the bounce of the club, and decrease your chance of snagging your clubhead because less of its surface is exposed to the ground. Your upright posture also causes you to raise your hands at address, protecting your wrists from over cocking.  Since the heel of your club is slightly off the ground, position the ball toward the toe of your club where you need to make contact. A slightly off-center hit produces a much softer shot that will allow for a full swing.

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[1] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-04/dow-falls-in-longest-slump-since-2004-amid-concern-about-economy.html

[2] http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/03/markets-stocks-idUSN0317002220110603

[3] http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/03/markets-stocks-idUSN0317002220110603

[4] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-04/dow-falls-in-longest-slump-since-2004-amid-concern-about-economy.html

[5] http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/greek-european-officials-agree-on-additional-cuts/2011/06/03/AG1BXKIH_story.html

[6] http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/04/us-toyota-president-idUSTRE7530PF20110604

[7] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-02/world-s-oldest-champagne-from-shipwreck-may-sell-for-145-million-a-bottle.html

[8] http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/technology/04hack.html


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