CXO found these indexes do a poor job of signaling the market's longer term trend. For example, the Conference Board releases a monthly index combining 10 indicators such as manufacturing orders, weekly unemployment claims, and interest rates. After crunching 15 years of data, LeCompte found little correlation between what the board's index forecasts for the economy and the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index over the next 3 to 12 months. If anything, the market was slightly more likely to move in the opposite direction. CXO got similar results for the weekly leading index of the Economic Cycle Research Institute. Even the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Survey of Professional Forecasters, which polls two dozen economists, didn't fare any better in predicting market moves. If you're headed to Europe this summer, you're in for a nice surprise. Because of a sluggish economy, the euro -- the currency of 12 nations -- has fallen 10% against the dollar since December and may go lower still. Prices are still high, but your greenbacks will go further than you thought. If the high euro scared you away before, you may want to reconsider. The NASCAR action this summer isn't just on the track. Founded by JKS Motorsports owner Will Spencer, the new Winston Cup Museum in Winston-Salem, N.C., showcases Winston's 33-year sponsorship of NASCAR racing with cars as well as memorabilia like trophies, uniforms, helmets, and posters. One highlight: a black No. 3 Chevrolet driven by the late Dale Earnhardt, who won seven Winston Cup championships (winstoncupmuseum.com). Vroom!