Talk to your kids about their inheritance

By: Matt Hausman

Many parents fail to get their financial affairs in order, neglecting to take care of such things as wills, living wills and powers of attorney. But even those who think they’ve covered all of their estate-planning bases often leave one of the most important tasks undone: They fail to talk to their adult children about the money they’ll be leaving them someday. For many, I’ve... READ MORE

Beacon Links & Apps – March 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

Online video support groups Connecting with others who share similar diseases or challenges as yourself can help you feel less alone and offer coping tips. The new website, aGroupForME, makes it easier to join a wide range of support groups, including ones that address addiction, depression, cancer, divorce and PTSD. There is currently no charge to use the service Using group video... READ MORE

How to reduce spring allergy symptoms

By: Howard LeWine, M.D.

Q: I have spring allergies. Every year I think they won’t be too bad. In reality, it’s awful and I have a hard time getting ahead of the symptoms. Suggestions? A: People with spring allergies are usually affected by pollen from birch, elm, maple, oak or poplar trees, depending on where you live. Don’t wait until you get the runny, stuffy nose and itchy eyes. Get started on... READ MORE

What if your flight is canceled or delayed?

By: Miriam Cross

The odds of encountering turbulence in your travel plans when you’re flying are probably lower than you think: In the first 10 months of 2017, 18.4 percent of domestic airline flights were delayed on departure, and 1.6 percent were canceled, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. But when you’re the unlucky passenger stranded at the gate with no plane in sight, knowing ... READ MORE

Never eschew a nutrient-packed cashew

By: Lori Zanteson

The cashew is a favorite nut flavor-wise, and is commonly regarded as a nutrition star for its punch of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Native to Brazil, the cashew was introduced to India and Africa by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. The cashew tree, from its wood and bark to its fruit, was highly prized for its healing properties. In Brazil, cashew nut... READ MORE

How corporate tax cuts may affect stocks

By: Daren Fonda

Stocks rose for months on hopes that tax cuts will fuel a surge in corporate profits and dividend increases. But despite some volatility lately, you haven’t missed the rally — it should last well into 2018, especially for the parts of the market that may benefit the most. One way to cash in is with shares of small and midsize firms. Such companies tend to pay taxes at higher... READ MORE