Gains Conclude a Great Quarter – April 1, 2019
Stocks ended last week higher as volatility slowed, completing their best quarter since 2009. A Friday tweet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin encouraged investors, referring to “constructive” discussions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations.1https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-end-higher-sp-records-strongest-quarter-in-a-decade-2019-03-29
The S&P 500 gained 1.27% for the week. The Dow Industrials and Nasdaq Composite both exceeded that advance: the Dow rose 1.60%; the Nasdaq, 1.42%.2https://quotes.wsj.com/index/SPX,3https://quotes.wsj.com/index/DJIA,4https://quotes.wsj.com/index/COMP
Foreign shares went the other way. The MSCI EAFE index following international stocks retreated 0.91%.5https://quotes.wsj.com/index/XX/990300/historical-prices
2019 Could Be a Big Year for IPOs
One of the ride-share pioneers, Lyft, closed on its initial public offering (IPO) on Friday, and a glance at the IPO calendar shows that as many as 226 companies could soon go public, with Uber and Airbnb possibly among them.6https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/04/a-giant-ipo-wave-is-coming-as-unicorns-whet-investor-appetite.html
This IPO wave may be a signal of a market top, or it may point to a comeback for risk appetite, which could be healthy for the overall market.
Should some big-name IPOs stumble, it may deter others from moving ahead, which may influence the market psychology. Conversely, an enthusiastic reception may help support further market advances.
Good News for the Housing Market
The Fed’s dovish tone has also influenced home loan rates. Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows an average interest rate of just 4.06% on a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage, compared with 4.28% a week earlier and 4.95% in December.7http://www.startribune.com/us-mortgage-rates-post-biggest-drop-in-decade-to-4-06-pct/507781302/
This news is especially significant given the recent pickup in existing home sales. They jumped 11.8% in February, the biggest monthly gain in more than three years.8https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/existing-home-sales-surge-11-8-percent-in-february
The federal income tax filing deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019. However, residents of Maine and Massachusetts have until Wednesday, April 17 to file their 2018 tax return. April 15 is Patriots’ Day, and April 16 is Emancipation Day.9https://www.efile.com/tax-day-deadlines/
THE WEEK AHEAD:
KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Monday: February retail sales.
Wednesday: ADP’s snapshot of March private sector hiring.
Friday: The Department of Labor’s March jobs report.
Source: Econoday / MarketWatch Calendar, March 29, 2019
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THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Tuesday: GameStop (GME), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
Thursday: Constellation Brands (STZ)
Source: Morningstar.com, March 29, 2019
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A Quick Tip for a Longer Iron
There’s plenty of great information out there to increase your drive and crush that long ball. But what about when you need to hit your longer irons at a solid rate? It’s important to take the club back easy on your backswing.
A longer iron requires more of a sweeping motion and a smoother swing than other irons. To achieve both, try to take it back low and slow for the first few feet and get the club shaft pointing down your target line, with the toe up halfway back. This deliberate takeaway helps promote a smooth, shallow swing that’s perfectly on plane.
Tip adapted from Golf Digest11https://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/iron-tips-photos
It’s All in a Walk
There’s nothing like going for a stroll to clear the mind. After all, your body was made for walking. But besides making you feel good, there are so many health benefits to “taking the ankle express”. Here are just a few:
- You’ll be in a better mood. It’s true – regular walking modifies your nervous system to help decrease negative feelings. Walk with a friend and get even more calming benefits from the added social interaction.
- Inspiration in perspiration. Well, you might not perspire but walking gets your creative juices flowing. Try a walk when you feel stuck or blocked to clear the cobwebs.
- Pump your “second heart”. Walking strengthens the venous system that relies on muscles, veins, and valves in your feet and legs that work together to get blood pumped back to the heart.
- Digestive health. Walking strengthens the core and abdominal muscles that encourage movement in the digestive system.
If you’re just getting started in a walking routine, start slowly and set yourself up for success. Even walking a block is better than nothing. If you have any health concerns, be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise routine, including walking!
Tip adapted from Prevention12https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20485587/benefits-from-walking-every-day/
Ways to Save Water
Saving water saves energy too. Of course, we need energy to heat our water, but it also requires a lot of additional energy to purify, pump, treat, and in some cases, transport water. When you save water, you save money and energy, and you help the planet. Water-saving habits can help reduce carbon emissions and divert less water from our waterways. Here are a few tips to reduce your use:
Low-flow showerheads and shorter showers: Install water-saving showerheads and try to keep showers under 10 minutes.
Fix a leak: Check your pipes, taps, and toilets for leaks, and repair them.
Avoid running water: Fill up the sink to brush your teeth, wash your face, or shave. Use a bucket to clean floors, cars, etc.
Watering time: Water your yard in the early morning or late afternoon when less evaporation can happen.
Full loads: Running full loads in washing machines and dishwashers saves water and electricity.
Tip adapted from Energy Star and Visualistan13https://www.energystar.gov/products/saving_water_helps_protect_our_nations_water_supplieshttps://www.visualistan.com/2015/03/water-saving-tips-for-home-nfographic.html
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