Weekly Update – June 11, 2018
As last week ended, tension between the U.S. and some of its greatest allies was on the rise. Trade remained a hot-button topic ahead of the G-7 meeting in Canada, but investors seemed largely unfazed by the drama. In fact, all 3 domestic indexes posted strong results: The S&P 500 added 1.62% and the NASDAQ gained 1.21%, with both indexes notching their 3 rd week of gains in a row.The Dow ended Friday up 2.77% for the week – recording both its highest level and largest weekly gain since March. International stocks were also up, with the MSCI EAFE increasing by 0.91%.
While geopolitical headlines keep unfolding, new data continues to indicate that the U.S. economy is on solid ground. Let’s examine a few updates we received last week:
- 1 pound beef sirloin
- 8 ounces green beans
- ¼ cup Thai green curry paste
- 1 13.5-ounce can of unsweetened light coconut milk
- 1 8-ounce can of bamboo shoots
- Cut the beef into thin slices. Add ¼ teaspoon kosher salt to season.
- Heat a large skillet on medium-high. Spread 1 tablespoon of olive oil on heated skillet. Cook the beef in the skillet until it is browned, 2-3 minutes on each side. Move to a plate.
- As the beef cooks, cut the green beans in half. Hold for later.
- Put the Thai green curry paste into the skillet and stir while cooking, 2 minutes.
- Stir in the unsweetened light coconut milk. Bring the mix to a simmer.
- Put the green beans into the skillet and cook until the beans are tender, 3-5 minutes.
- At the same time, pour out the liquid from the can of bamboo shoots.
- Put the beef and the bamboo shoots in the skillet, and thoroughly heat.
- Serve the dish over cooked rice. Sprinkle it with fresh basil.
Recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping
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