MarketWatch rounds up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. Outside-the-box thinking about health-care expenses.
Two authors share new ideas about how to make the U.S. health-care system much more efficient (and cheaper) without reducing the quantity or quality of care.
2. FAANG stocks have led the bull market but you might want a hedge when bulls become bears
The combined market value of the FAANG companies — Facebook FB, +0.35% Amazon AMZN, +0.71% Apple AAPL, +0.20% Netflix and Google parent Alphabet GOOG, +0.69% GOOGL, +0.51% — is roughly half the value of all U.S. commercial real estate combined. Meanwhile, the real-estate sector’s value relative to the entire U.S. stock market has fallen significantly.
3. Think twice on Amazon Prime Day
Many items featured on Amazon Prime Day will be available at lower prices on Black Friday.
4. How you can invest in an explosive trend
Even if you don’t understand the appeal of online video games or e-sports, as an investor you need to know where consumers are spending their cash. Here are seven stocks that can help you ride the $1.5 billion e-sports phenomenon.
5. It’s good that more people are quitting their jobs
American workers are leaving jobs at the fastest pace since 2001. Here’s why that is a very positive development.
More on your career:
• Your job: Have you stayed at the party too long?
• How to make a successful career change after 50
• You may have to reapply for your job one day — here’s how to keep it
6. Take this easy step while selecting an investment adviser.
Investment advisers are expensive, with average annual fees of roughly 1% of invested assets. Advisers also have different levels of expertise; some, for example, are certified financial planners, but others aren’t. If you wish to work with an adviser, these online services can help you quickly to screen out the ones that have disappointed their clients.
7. How not to spoil all your hard work in preparing for retirement
No matter their level of education or work experience, investors with retirement nest eggs tend to achieve below-market returns on their investments. Mitch Tubman explains how to avoid the two most common mistakes.
8. How Trump’s trade war can affect farmers and your food budget
One might think China’s reaction to U.S. tariffs — placing tariffs of its own on U.S. exports, including soybeans — might not be very effective because of China’s massive trade surplus. But the changing trade landscape can hurt farmers and your wallet for a very long time.
9. A ‘flawless’ predictor of a falling stock market can be wrong
Ed Yardeni explains why investors should not fear a flattening rate curve.
10. How a couple improved their finances even though their income declined
Teamwork and an honest assessment of spending habits can lead to financial success.
Also: 10 stupid ways you’re probably wasting money
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