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 …

4.23.19 – Is growth picking up?

Weekly market update Markets had a mixed week that saw the S&P 500 pull back from near record highs to close the week down 0.07%, while the Dow and NASDAQ (briefly surpassing into all-time high territory) were able to eke out small gains. The Russell 2000 has been the weak link as of late at it was down 1.2% for …

4.23.19 – Make your own fabric softener

Eco tip You may want to skip using fabric softener all- together. If you do want to use it, try this recipe as it’s easy-to-make and eco-friendly. DIY fabric conditioner recipe You’ll need: Glass bottle/jar White vinegar Essential Oil of your choice To make your DIY fabric conditioner simply fill your bottle/jar with vinegar, and add around 30 drops of …

4.23.19 – ‘Coffee naps’ – the ultimate energy hack

Health tip Having a coffee right before your naps usually isn’t a good thing. Counterintuitive as it sounds, it may actually work since the ideal nap is 30 minutes and the caffeine in coffee doesn’t actually kick in until 30 minutes later. After waking up from your short nap, the caffeine will provide you with the energy boost needed to …

4.23.19 – Stay hydrated

Golf tip When it comes to golf, most people simply don’t think about hydration since it isn’t considered strenuous as other sports. However, staying hydrated during a round of golf is very important especially during the warmer seasons. Dehydration influences two of the biggest factors in golf performance: cognitive skills and coordination. Even 2% dehydration will affect your performance. Be …

4.23.19 – Caution when taking an early withdrawal from your retirement plan

Tax tip You may need to take money out of your individual retirement account or retirement plan before you are 59 1/2 years old. However, this can trigger an additional tax on top of other income tax you may owe. The IRS charges a 10 percent penalty on early withdrawals from most qualified retirement plans. The additional tax does not apply to …