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Perspectives Monthly Lifestyle eNewsletter for January, 2020

Perspectives Monthly Lifestyle eNewsletter for January, 2020

 

 


SMART TIP:
Holidays have you stressed out? It’s okay to say, “no” if you need a break. Taking a couple evenings off to rest and recharge can allow you to enjoy all the magical moments the season has to offer – instead of looking forward to its eventual conclusion.

 

WHO SAID IT?
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”
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TEST YOUR
KNOWLEDGE:
 

Q: When is the deadline for making a 2019 Roth or traditional IRA contribution?1 

 

A) February 1, 2020

B) March 15, 2020

C) April 1, 2020

D) April 15, 2020

 

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January 2020

A Development to Dwell On

Is a decade of more affordable homes ahead? Many homeowners aged 60 and older are expected to sell in the coming years, which may create an opportunity for new buyers in certain markets.
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A Good Time to Track Your Money

The start of 2020 provides the occasion to think about your household finances and your retirement accounts. Is it time to make adjustments?

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An Exercise in Core Competence

What can Pilates do for your brain and body? Learn why the low-impact workout is so popular and highly regarded.
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Recipe of the Month
Veg-Out Salad
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A Development to Dwell On

A gradual demographic shift might make homes more affordable in some areas of the country during the 2020s and 2030s. As baby boomers in their sixties and seventies elect to downsize (or “age in place” and eventually leave their homes to their heirs), the supply of existing homes for sale may grow by as much as 12% by 2027. That housing availability may help to increase the ranks of younger homeowners and create more buying opportunities for real estate investors and move-up buyers.

 

Zillow Research projects that certain Florida housing markets could be the most affected by all this, ranking Tampa, Miami, and Orlando in its top-five metro areas that could potentially see the greatest ownership shift. (The other two cities in the top five are Tucson and Dayton.) Other areas that could be greatly impacted include Palm Springs and the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Hamptons in New York. This development might also impact residential construction, as a larger inventory of existing homes may soften demand for new housing. Zillow believes that Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Salt Lake City will be the cities least affected by this wave of housing turnover.2

 

 

 

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A Good Time to Track Your Money

New year, new decade. As 2020 starts, what financial moves could you make today that might improve your retirement prospects or standard of living tomorrow? Consider some of these ideas.

 

If you did not contribute the maximum to your retirement accounts for 2019, think about ways to boost your yearly contribution toward the maximum; your future self may thank you. Tackle organizing those tax documents now, well before state and federal tax deadlines roll around. Just take 15 to 30 minutes a day for a few days to get the jump on things.

 

The new year is also a good time to look at your business or household finances; in particular, your cash flow. How is money moving through your company, or your personal economic system, and where is the outgoing money headed? Perhaps there are monthly expenses that could be cut. If you are not already using personal finance software, think about some of the free apps that are available. They may help you stick to your new year’s financial resolutions.1

 

 

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An Exercise in Core Competence

Pilates – an exercise method created by personal trainers Joseph and Clara Pilates during the 1920s – has many loyal adherents. Pilates focuses on strengthening your core abdominal muscles; in Pilates jargon, they are collectively called the “powerhouse.” It revolves around six principles: breath (the most important), control, centering, concentration, precision, and flow.

 

Core strength not only benefits the abdomen, but also the back. As Shape notes, a Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy study found that chronic lower-back pain sufferers felt more relief after just four weeks of Pilates versus those in a control group who merely visited a physician and other specialists over the same timeframe. The low-impact workout is easy on the joints (for the record, padding on a Pilates reformer apparatus is about 10 times as thick as a typical yoga mat) and can enhance flexibility. A Brazilian study of young women who had never tried Pilates before showed that after 20 Pilates sessions, their flexibility improved by 19%. By emphasizing coordination of movement and breathing, Pilates also urges you to focus on the moment, taking your mind off the stresses and tasks of the workweek.3,4