3.19.19 – Trade optimism pushes stocks higher

Weekly market update Stocks rebounded in big fashion last week with the Dow up 1.6%, the S&P 500 2.9%, the NASDAQ 3.8% and Russell 2000 up 2.1%. Boeing was a huge drag on the Dow last week following the crash of a Boeing jet in Ethiopia last Sunday and the subsequent grounding of pretty much all 737 Max 8 and …

3.19.19 – Buy recycled

Eco tip It’s a good idea to try to buy recycled products whenever you can. This can include everything from toilet tissue to kitchen roll. Whenever you notice that there is a recycled option available to buy, it’s worth purchasing it. Tip adapted from blueandgreentomorrow.com Read newsletter disclosure Back to newsletter

3.19.19 – Eating on a schedule

Health tip Eating when you’re hungry comes naturally, but should you establish a regular eating timetable for your meals and snacks? According to experts, eating a meal an hour later than normal can spike levels of the stress hormone cortisol and disrupt your body’s ideal state. Daily routines can make a huge difference in how healthy, productive and happy we …

3.19.19 – All in your knees

Golf tip Knee flex is an important part of the golf swing. By focusing on your knees during your swing, you will be able to maintain the proper power and balance throughout the swing. Naturally, your knees come together while you shift and rotate during the swing. However, if you keep the distance between your knees consistent while swinging, this …

3.19.19 – Verify your identity when calling the IRS

Tax tip To make sure you don’t have to call back, you’ll want to have the following information ready when calling the IRS: Social Security numbers and birth dates for those who were named on the tax return. An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number letter if you have one instead of an SSN. Your filing status: single, head of household, married filing joint …

3.11.19 – Stocks take their first pause of 2019

Weekly market update In a week of U.S.-China trade talks, signs of a slowing global economy and weaker than expected U.S. jobs report, the Dow fell 2.17%, the S&P 500 was down 2.1%, the NASDAQ fell 2.43% and the Russell 200 was off by 4.2%, their worst week of 2019. Over the last two months, the major indices rallied strongly …

3.11.19 – Create your own compost

Eco tip Don’t waste your kitchen scraps and leftover food – turn them into compost. You would be surprised how much of the food that you currently throw away can be recycled and turned into compost. Simply place a compost bin in your garden and fill it with any food waste. Tip adapted from blueandgreentomorrow.com Read newsletter disclosure Back to newsletter

3.11.19 – Eat fat to avoid fat

Health tip That sounds crazy, right? Well, if you’re working on getting leaner, don’t cut out all fats such as ones that contain omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish, walnuts and flax seeds). These nutrients help you feel and look younger by keeping your skin moisturized, soft and less wrinkled. They also help boost brain health and benefit the heart. Tip …

3.11.19 – Shift your weight forward

Golf tip Here’s a mistake that many golfers make when trying to hit the ball “harder”, they hold the club in a death grip, swinging so hard with their arms that they call backward as they swing. The correct swing on a long shot requires you to shift your weight from your back leg to your front leg. Practice this …

3.11.19 – Five facts about the new Form 1040

Tax tip There are several changes to the 2018 Form 1040. However, if you file electronically, you may not notice the changes since the tax return preparation software guides you through the filing process. Here are five things to know about the 2018 Form 1040. The 2018 Form 1040 replaces Forms 1040,1040A and 1040EZ with one 2018 Form 1040. Forms 1040A …