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The market remained positive, near its December peak for three months, primarily based on hopes. Economic reports were dismal during the winter and into March, indicating the economy was slowing significantly. The economy grew only an anemic 1.9% last year, down from 2.8% in 2012. Forecasts for the first quarter just ended are also for growth of less than 2%. Next week’s economic reports may be key in that regard, since they will provide updates on retail sales, new housing starts, industrial production, and the Fed’s ‘beige book’ analysis of economic conditions in its 12 regions. It wasn't too long ago that banks would do nearly anything to get your business and worked hard to keep it. In the post-meltdown era, though, it doesn't seem like banks want small-change business like checking accounts. Some tips include knowing all the rules of your debit card and what happens if you may overdraft. Even pre-paid debit cars are worth looking into. Banks can charge you for “re-loading” the card, activation, maintenance and even asking for your account balance. Colorado, the first state to tax legalized recreational marijuana sales, expects to bring in an estimated $98 million in revenue this year, exceeding the state's original expectations by 40 percent. Moody's Investors Service said legal sales will reduce the size of the black market and revenue from legal sales will mean more tax payments flowing into state coffers. School districts will likely get $40 million, or nearly 30 percent, of the projected $134 million in total marijuana tax revenues. Colorado imposed a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana and a 10 percent sales tax on retail sales. Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering. Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase dragged bank stocks lower. And big drops in once-soaring tech stocks pushed the Nasdaq composite down for a third week. "The market has been trying to come back, but each time the selling just picks up," said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist at Prudential. "The buyers are just not stepping in." So much for buying the dip. Stocks fell from the open on news that JPMorgan had missed earnings estimates. Investors, who were worried that technology shares were overvalued, dumped those for a second day, with some of the biggest gainers of late falling sharply. Facebook fell 1.1 percent, after a 5 percent drop on Thursday.

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