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The Northern Star Newsletter 9/24/20 - Tech Sector Slip Continues


Message from Jon

Market Update 

These past couple of weeks have been interesting, to say the least. 

Last Friday was a big day in the options world that is termed, Triple Witching. As defined by Investopedia, Triple Witching is the simultaneous expiration of stock options, stock index futures, and stock index option contracts all occurring on the same day. It happens four times a year: on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December. Because three option classes expire all on the same day, it can cause increased trading volume and unusual price action in the underlying assets.1

We had a continuation of the volatility going into the weekend that carried into Monday.  We are still unsure of the remainder part of the and if the volatility continues or recedes.  This will help us better clarify what we are seeing and if there is any actionable intelligence as a result of not.

We are still paying close attention to the presidential campaigns on both sides as well as the growing concerns over the financial shutdown of the government, the lack of stimulus by election, and now the election of the new supreme court justice.

I am so ready for 2020 to be over...

Those of you that joined us on the webinar today, my hope is that we provided some thoughts and clarity around the election, stimulus and interest rates for you.  Those that missed us, I hope you can join us on Nov 18th for our next webinar.


Till we speak again, enjoy the start of Fall & Football!




  1. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/triplewitchinghour.asp

Tech Sector Slip Continues


The Week on Wall Street

Stocks slipped as the technology sector remained under pressure and a mid-week announcement by the Federal Reserve failed to inspire investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.03%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 fell 0.64%. The Nasdaq Composite index dropped 0.56% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, rose 0.75%.[1][2][3] 

Technology Pulls Stocks Lower 

As has been the case in recent weeks, technology stocks led the market higher, then lower in an otherwise turbulent week of trading.


Merger and acquisition activity announced at the start of the week generated a rush back into technology stocks, sparking a rebound from the previous week's drop. Stocks continued to advance until Wednesday, when investors began to digest comments from the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The Fed delivered a message that coupled assurances of continued low rates with concerns about the health of the economic recovery.[4]


The Fed Stays the Course

In the last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting before the November election, the Fed signaled that interest rates would not be increased "until labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the committee's assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2% and is on track to moderately exceed 2% for some time."[5]


Most Fed officials do not see this happening until 2023.


While the Fed maintained its view on the importance of fiscal stimulus to help American workers and businesses, it did improve its outlook for unemployment in its latest economic outlook. The Fed now expects unemployment would average around 7-8% in the final three months of the year, down from its June prediction of around 9-10%.[6]



Tuesday: Existing Home Sales.

Thursday: Jobless Claims. New Home Sales. 

Friday: Durable Goods Orders.


Source: Econoday, September 18, 2020

The Econoday 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.



Tuesday: Nike (NKE), Autozone (AZO), Fedex (FDX)

Wednesday: General Mills (GIS)

Thursday: Costco Wholesale (COST), Darden Restaurants (DRI), Carnival Corp. (CCL)


Source: Zacks, September 18, 2020

Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.


Quote Of The Week

Fountain Pen

 "There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky." - Percy Bysshe Shelley 

Recipe Of The Week

Fork and Knife

Oktoberfest Beer Brats

5 servings Ingredients:
  • 24 ounces of beer
  • 5 bratwursts
  • 5 hot dog buns
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Cook the brats in a pot with the beer for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Keep the beer in the pot and transfer the brats to the grill. Grill for another 10-15 minutes.
  3. In the pot with the beer, add in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and stir over low to medium heat until mixed.
  4. Add the brats to the buns and top with the beer cheese mix!
Recipe adapted from Tasty[7]



Tax Tips


Can You Benefit From the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The earned income tax credit may be able to help taxpayers put more money in their pocket. There are a few groups of people that should consider looking into the credit more. These groups may include:

  • Native Americans - If a Native American taxpayer receives income as an employee or from owning a business, they may be eligible for the earned income tax credit.
  • Grandparents - Grandparents who are raising grandchildren may be able to benefit from the earned income tax credit. They should make sure that the child meets the qualified child requirements. There are also a few other considerations and special rules for this segment.
  • Taxpayers in Rural Areas - If you live in a rural area, you may be eligible for the credit.

The IRS has prepared the EITC Assistant to help taxpayers determine if they qualify for the EITC. 


* 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 IRS.gov[8]

Golf Tip


These Golf Stretches Will Help Improve Your Game

As much as strategy is important on the course, taking care of your body is just as, if not more, important. One of the best things you can do for your game is stretch before and after your game. These stretches will help get you started:

  • Stretch your quads by resting your foot on a chair behind you and bending your knee. Then, you can twist back and forth to mimic your backswing. You should feel the stretch in your quads, back, and trunk.
  • To stretch your lower back, grab a chair and grasp it with your hands. Holding the chair and keeping your back straight, move your body down and away from your hands until you feel a stretch in your lats, lower back, and hamstrings.
  • To stretch your hips, sit on a chair or bench with your legs at a 90 degree angle. Then, place your right ankle on top of your left thigh. If you want to increase the stretch, lean forward slowly. Repeat on both sides.
Tip adapted from Mayo Clinic[9]

Healthy Lifestyle

Medical Cross

For Healthy Meals, Shop In-Season Produce

Looking to mix up your dinner game, eat healthier, and benefit the environment? One of the easiest things you can do is enjoy in-season produce. Not only is this produce fresher, but it is also better for the environment because it takes less energy to produce and transport.


Want to enjoy some delicious fall produce? Here's some of what's in season:

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Figs
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Squash

Cozy up and create a warm, delicious dish with some of this in-season produce and cook a healthy, hearty meal for your family. In-season produce is healthier, fresher, and often requires fewer preservatives, pesticides, and transportation. Braise, bake, or boil all this delicious fall produce.


Tip adapted from Saveur[10]

Green Living


 3 Tips to Clear the Clutter

Here are some tips to help:

  • Respect your belongings, and invest where it matters. If you buy lots of cheap products, you value them less than a few quality pieces.
  • Consider where your stuff comes from. It can be easy to just click "add to cart" and have something at your house in two days, but everything is manufactured somewhere and requires labor, transportation, and materials.
  • Consider what you're buying and if you actually need it. Will you use this product in 2 years? Can you make do with what you already have?  

Remember: stuff takes up not just space, but also time. When you buy less, you'll have more room for the things that matter most in life.


Tip adapted from EarthShare.org[11]

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 [1] The Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2020

[2] The Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2020

[3] The Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2020

[4] The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2020

[5] The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2020

[6] The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2020

[7] Tasty.co, September 18, 2020
[8] IRS.gov, February 3, 2020

[9] Mayoclinic.org, September 18, 2020

[10] Saveur.com, September 18, 2020

[11] Earthshare.org, September 18, 2020

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