Organic Gardening Benefits You Should Be Aware Of

You can enjoy the benefits of gardening without having a green thumb or being an expert. Even beginners can quickly appreciate the satisfaction of watching something that you planted grow into a healthy plant. This article will look at some of the well-known benefits of gardening as well as some that aren’t quite as well known.If you do not yet have a garden you might think about starting one because the exercise you will get is highly beneficial in many ways. You can, for example, lower your risk of osteoporosis. A condition prevalent among the older female population, osteoporosis is when bones become brittle and weak. Despite the fact that there are lots of exercises useful for improving your chances of prevention, gardening seems to be among the best because of the various types of exercise involved covering everything from flexibility, strength and aerobics due to the physical tasks you have to undertake. Symptom alleviation in the case of diabetes is another issue gardening is useful for. Eating a healthy diet, just like regular exercise, is vital to managing and preventing diabetes, which is much easier to do when you grow your own vegetables.You can use your imagination and garden in any way you would like. Certain gardens represent an image of ingenuity. When you go on the internet or check out a book on gardens; you will see some spectacular gardens.While you may not be able to match the appearance of a garden featured in a book or magazine, you can still plan it out and make it your pet project. How you arrange your garden could be what will make your experience successful or fail, along with the design you choose. As you gain experience, you’ll find that your ability to plan and design your garden becomes more sophisticated.Rebuilding your relationship with nature is a vital advantage of gardening. This is something that wasn’t an issue a hundred or more years ago, but it certainly is today. Many of us spend most of our time either at an office, or in front of some electronic device. Fresh air and plenty of sunshine are what you will enjoy when you take up the simple and natural hobby of gardening. Once you start gardening you will begin to discover the advantages to these two things, even if you never knew you missed them. As little as a few hours per week spent in your garden will help you become more grounded and improve your connection to nature, thanks to quality time spent outside.Gardening in a group setting, especially when it involves your entire community, is very worthwhile and beneficial. Whether you are dealing with a cooperative project that everyone works on or if you start a community garden, this can contribute to many people. This provides a sociable atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. Gardening is so much more fun when you do this with people with the same frame of mind and have goals similar to yours. You may have questions about gardening that more experienced gardeners can answer. The community can trade what they grow with one another. There’s something inherently social about gardening that brings people with the same interest together. You’ve probably come to see that there is much more to the benefits of gardening than you previously thought. The advantages themselves will be impacted by the sort of garden you have. For example, a vegetable or herb garden will give you benefits you can taste, whereas flowers are more for appearance. Yet no matter what kind of garden you have, there are some undeniable benefits that make this one of the most worthwhile activities you can practice.

Why Wearing Sports Goggles Is a Good Option

These days, you will find that skiers on ski slopes around the world wear ski goggles as protection from the glare and from flying objects that could cause serious injury to the eyes. Many of these ski goggles are made in fashionable designs and trendy colors by manufacturers for skiers to use for both enjoyment and to protect the eyes of people competing in ski competitions. Overall, the key reason for people who wear this type of equipment is to basically protect the eyes from injury and other possible harm.In high speed sports there are also motorcyclists, racing car drivers, drag racers and stock car drivers who also routinely wear safety goggles to ensure their eyes are protected from injury during regular use and while driving in competitive racing. This same situation is evident in horse racing where jockeys wear safety goggles to protect their eyes from flying turf and dirt while riding in races and during routine training and track-work.There are also many other sports where sports people wear safety eyewear and sports goggles to protect the eyes from being damaged in hard-ball type sports such as baseball, hockey and cricket to name just a few. In these sports where the ball can travel at high speed through the air, wearing modern eyewear with frames made of sturdy polycarbonate with lightweight shatter-resistant lenses can be a good choice for most sportspeople. In situations where a sportsperson is required to wear regular glasses because of an eye condition, it may be necessary for you wear prescription safety glasses as a protective measure. In such situations you will need to consult an optician so your sports safety eyewear is fitted with durable lenses and frames.Because of the wide variety of different sports goggles available on the market looking online to find a suitable pair for your particular sport can be a good option. By comparing designs and costs will give you some idea if you decide to buy at a specialty sport store that sells safety sport goggles.If safety eyewear is required for hunting activities it can be a good idea to secure a cord to the side frames to go around the back of the head. By fitting a cord you will be able to avoid having your eyewear accidentally knocked off your head in the darkness by the branch of a tree or some other object.

SPDN: An Inexpensive Way To Profit When The S&P 500 Falls

Summary
SPDN is not the largest or oldest way to short the S&P 500, but it’s a solid choice.
This ETF uses a variety of financial instruments to target a return opposite that of the S&P 500 Index.
SPDN’s 0.49% Expense Ratio is nearly half that of the larger, longer-tenured -1x Inverse S&P 500 ETF.
Details aside, the potential continuation of the equity bear market makes single-inverse ETFs an investment segment investor should be familiar with.
We rate SPDN a Strong Buy because we believe the risks of a continued bear market greatly outweigh the possibility of a quick return to a bull market.
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By Rob Isbitts

Summary
The S&P 500 is in a bear market, and we don’t see a quick-fix. Many investors assume the only way to navigate a potentially long-term bear market is to hide in cash, day-trade or “just hang in there” while the bear takes their retirement nest egg.

The Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X ETF (NYSEARCA:SPDN) is one of a class of single-inverse ETFs that allow investors to profit from down moves in the stock market.

SPDN is an unleveraged, liquid, low-cost way to either try to hedge an equity portfolio, profit from a decline in the S&P 500, or both. We rate it a Strong Buy, given our concern about the intermediate-term outlook for the global equity market.

Strategy
SPDN keeps it simple. If the S&P 500 goes up by X%, it should go down by X%. The opposite is also expected.

Proprietary ETF Grades
Offense/Defense: Defense

Segment: Inverse Equity

Sub-Segment: Inverse S&P 500

Correlation (vs. S&P 500): Very High (inverse)

Expected Volatility (vs. S&P 500): Similar (but opposite)

Holding Analysis
SPDN does not rely on shorting individual stocks in the S&P 500. Instead, the managers typically use a combination of futures, swaps and other derivative instruments to create a portfolio that consistently aims to deliver the opposite of what the S&P 500 does.

Strengths
SPDN is a fairly “no-frills” way to do what many investors probably wished they could do during the first 9 months of 2022 and in past bear markets: find something that goes up when the “market” goes down. After all, bonds are not the answer they used to be, commodities like gold have, shall we say, lost their luster. And moving to cash creates the issue of making two correct timing decisions, when to get in and when to get out. SPDN and its single-inverse ETF brethren offer a liquid tool to use in a variety of ways, depending on what a particular investor wants to achieve.

Weaknesses
The weakness of any inverse ETF is that it does the opposite of what the market does, when the market goes up. So, even in bear markets when the broader market trend is down, sharp bear market rallies (or any rallies for that matter) in the S&P 500 will cause SPDN to drop as much as the market goes up.

Opportunities
While inverse ETFs have a reputation in some circles as nothing more than day-trading vehicles, our own experience with them is, pardon the pun, exactly the opposite! We encourage investors to try to better-understand single inverse ETFs like SPDN. While traders tend to gravitate to leveraged inverse ETFs (which actually are day-trading tools), we believe that in an extended bear market, SPDN and its ilk could be a game-saver for many portfolios.

Threats
SPDN and most other single inverse ETFs are vulnerable to a sustained rise in the price of the index it aims to deliver the inverse of. But that threat of loss in a rising market means that when an investor considers SPDN, they should also have a game plan for how and when they will deploy this unique portfolio weapon.

Proprietary Technical Ratings
Short-Term Rating (next 3 months): Strong Buy

Long-Term Rating (next 12 months): Buy

Conclusions
ETF Quality Opinion
SPDN does what it aims to do, and has done so for over 6 years now. For a while, it was largely-ignored, given the existence of a similar ETF that has been around much longer. But the more tenured SPDN has become, the more attractive it looks as an alternative.

ETF Investment Opinion

SPDN is rated Strong Buy because the S&P 500 continues to look as vulnerable to further decline. And, while the market bottomed in mid-June, rallied, then waffled since that time, our proprietary macro market indicators all point to much greater risk of a major decline from this level than a fast return to bull market glory. Thus, SPDN is at best a way to exploit and attack the bear, and at worst a hedge on an otherwise equity-laden portfolio.