5.15.19 – The beating of the trade war drums grows louder

Weekly market update The Dow finished the week down 1.96%, the S&P 500 down 2.1%, the NASDAQ down 2.96% and the Russell 2000 down 2.52%. Pretty much all of April’s gains are gone and that didn’t take long. The major averages experienced their worst week of 2019 last week as trade wars pop back on the radar. Actually, they take …

5.15.19 – Commit to no plastic bags

Eco tip There’s no getting away from being offered a plastic bag at stores but it is possible to turn down using one. Just carry a cotton tote with you when you’re out and about; some of them fold up really small. Tip adapted from wearethought.com Read newsletter disclosure Back to newsletter

5.15.19 – Sunburn’s first aid

Health tip Summer is a great time to have fun outdoors. Unfortunately, the warm weather brings many health and safety risks including sunburns. Burns usually appear within four hours after sun exposure and can last a week. To treat minor sunburns, experts suggest: Taking aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain Drinking plenty of water Taking cool baths or applying cool …

5.15.19 – Try putting backspin on your ball

Golf tip Have you ever hit a golf shot where your ball soars over the pin, only to draw back near the cup, like magic? It’s a great feeling. Although you may not be able to make your ball “check-up” like the pros, practicing these simple steps can help you put backspin on your ball with greater effectiveness. For starters, …

5.15.19 – Exclude gains from selling your home

Tax tip If you sell your main home and have a gain from the sale you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of that gain from your income. Or up to $500,000 if you file a joint return with your spouse. In either case, if you exclude all the gain you do not need to report the sale …

5.1.19 – Another strong month for stocks!

Weekly market update We did it! New all-time highs in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ! 2019 has been full of a lot of small up days in the market which compounded to bring blazing fast gains and then followed was a strong move Tuesday. The S&P 500 closed above its previous high from September 20th by almost 3 points. It …

5.1.19 – Water house plants with rainwater

Eco tip Place an empty jam or food jar outside to collect rainwater to use for your plants. You can also use glasses of water that you hadn’t finished by the end of the day to water the plants. These simple steps can help to conserve fresh water from the tap. Tip adapted from wearethought.com Read newsletter disclosure Back to …

5.1.19 – Switch to a standing desk

Health tip Ever feel that long-lasting back upper and lower back pain? Well, it’s probably from sitting at your desk for eight hours, five days a week. This puts recurring pressure on the base of your spine which can lead to long-term issues, such as chronic back pain and herniated disks. To avoid this, it is recommended that you switch …

5.1.19 – Go with the wind

Golf tip When conditions are rough on the golf course because of high wind, it becomes challenging. Instead of fighting it, use Mother Nature to your advantage and ride it. On right-to-left winds, aim to the right and let the ball drift back; on winds from the left, aim left and ride it in that way. This will allow the …

5.1.19 – The sharing economy and your taxes

Tax tip From renting spare rooms and vacation homes to car rides or using a bike…name a service and it’s probably available through the sharing economy. Here are six things to know about how the sharing economy might affect your taxes: The activity is taxable. Some expenses are deductible. There are special rules for rentals. Participants may need to make …