5.28.19 – Trade tensions is the only game in town!

Weekly market update Stocks suffered another down week as U.S.-China trade tensions have completely taken over the headlines, and not in a good way. We did make some progress with Mexico and Canada, but it’s the China negotiations that are pressuring stocks. The Dow has now been down 5 straight weeks (longest since 2011) and the NASDAQ and S&P 500 …

5.28.19 – Go green by downsizing

Eco tip Particularly if you have a large home, consider downsizing to something a bit smaller. Not only will you pay less in property tax and energy bills, but it will also be easier for you to clean and maintain your property. As you prepare to move, think carefully about where you would like to relocate. While it may be …

5.28.19 – Give your heart some lovin’

Health tip Studies have shown those who ate an apple a day saw a dramatic 40% drop in their oxidized LDL, which is a dangerous, artery-hardening form of “bad” cholesterol. In a separate study, participants who took pills containing the same amount of polyphenol antioxidants contained in apples also saw a decrease, though significantly smaller. Make it a habit by …

5.28.19 – Are your golf grips clean?

Golf tip To get the most out of your golf grips—both in longevity and performance—a good cleaning is in order a few times a season. You can do it in a few simple steps with household items. Here’s how: Fill a bucket with warm water and mix in mild detergent. Dip a scrub brush into the water and scrub the …

5.28.19 – Reporting cash payments

Tax tip Federal law requires a person to report cash transactions of more than $10,000 to the IRS. Here are some facts about reporting these payments. Who’s covered For purposes of cash payments, a “person” is defined as an individual, company, corporation, partnership, association, trust or estate. How to report People report the payment by filing Form 8300, Report of Cash …

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 …