Arland Kelly presents: SMART TIP: New research supports that alcohol use four hours prior to bedtime may disrupt the body’s ability to achieve and maintain deep sleep. So, even though that nightcap might make you drowsy, it could also affect your overall sleep quality, leaving you extra groggy the next day. WHO SAID IT? “All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead...
Arland Kelly presents: SMART TIP: What to start working out, but need more motivation and support? Search Facebook or other social media platforms for local, group fitness classes and meetups. You might be surprised by what events are available in your area! WHO SAID IT? “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” [GET THE ANSWER] TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Q: Roughly, how many Americans collect Social Security retirement benefits? A) 44 million B) 48 million...
In this month’s recap: the Federal Reserve eases, stocks reach historic peaks, and face-to-face U.S.-China trade talks formally resume. Monthly Economic Update Presented by Arland Kelly, August 2019 THE MONTH IN BRIEF July was a positive month for stocks and a notable month for news impacting the financial markets. The S&P 500 topped the 3,000 level for the first time. The Federal Reserve cut the country’s benchmark interest rate. Consumer confidence remained strong. Trade representatives...
In this month’s recap: Stocks, gold, and oil all surge, a door opens for U.S.-China trade talks to resume, and the Federal Reserve suddenly sounds dovish. Monthly Economic Update Presented by Arland Kelly, July 2019 THE MONTH IN BRIEF You could say June was a month of highs. The S&P 500 hit another record peak, oil prices reached year-to-date highs, and gold became more valuable than it had been in six years. (There was also...
Arland Kelly presents: SMART TIP: The best advice to avoid overeating? Slow down. Research shows it can take about 20 minutes for your brain to receive the “I’m full!” signal from your stomach. Only have 20 minutes to eat lunch during a busy workday? Try to pace yourself during that time to avoid eating past the point of satiety. WHO SAID IT? “One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are...
In this month’s recap: major stock benchmarks descend as new developments in the U.S.-China tariff dispute lead to a broad risk-off in equities; consumer confidence surges, while the housing market cools. Monthly Economic Update Presented by Arland Kelly, June 2019 THE MONTH IN BRIEF Hopes for a quick resolution to the U.S.-China trade dispute faded in May as discussions broke down and rhetoric from both sides turned tough again. The disappointment lingered on Wall Street...
Arland Kelly presents: SMART TIP: Looking for stress relief? Try petting a dog or cat. Studies show that playing with a companion animal can lower your levels of cortisol and increase oxytocin. Don’t have a furry friend of your own? Visit a friend who does or consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or rescue group. WHO SAID IT? “The price of greatness is responsibility.” [GET THE ANSWER] TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Q: Roughly what percentage...
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The Cost of Procrastination Don't let procrastination keep you from pursuing your financial goals. Provided by Arland Kelly Some of us share a common experience. You’re driving along when a police cruiser pulls up behind you with its lights flashing. You pull over, the officer gets out, and your heart drops. “Are you aware the registration on your car has expired?” You’d been meaning to take care of it for some time. For weeks, you...
In this month’s recap: the S&P 500 returns to record territory, key economic indicators show strength, oil continues its ascent, and existing home sales decline. Monthly Economic Update Presented by Arland Kelly, May 2019 THE MONTH IN BRIEF Wall Street shifted its focus from trade to earnings in April. On that front, the news was good: through April 26, first-quarter results for S&P 500 firms had beaten expectations by 5.3%, a bit better than the...
Arland Kelly presents: SMART TIP: It’s a common misconception that “mega” doses on vitamin C will help prevent or recover from a cold more quickly. Rest and fluids (and a trip to your doctor) are usually the best bets for recovery. WHO SAID IT? “There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.” [GET THE ANSWER]...
Arland Kelly presents: SMART TIP: Always hungry? Try emphasizing more fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats in your diet. Fiber and protein slow carbs from entering your blood too quickly; fat keeps it from leaving too soon. Stable blood sugar will help curb hunger. WHO SAID IT? “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” [GET THE ANSWER] TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Q: What is the deadline for IRA contributions for the 2018...