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As we start a new week, I want to highlight a few items of interest that are coming up. I don’t plan on scheduling my week around any of them but all will have their respective impact on my daily routines. Thursday, June 13 – Retail sales data for May will be released from the Commerce Department and the U.S. Open Golf Championship will begin at Merion Golf Club outside of Philadelphia, PA. Friday, June 14 – The May producer-price index is scheduled to be released by the Labor Department and The University of Michigan releases its consumer confidence index for June. The markets continue to be volatile as investors attempt to speculate on what the Federal Reserve will do next. It is concerning that the stock market goes up even when the jobs data is not sufficient to put the economy on more solid footing. There is something fundamentally risky with market appreciation that seems driven more by monetary policy than business fundamentals. Because you never know what the market will do, it is best to stick with your Read on! →