We hope you had nice Mondays, MarketWatchers! Here are your top stories in personal finance.
Your Amazon Echo could make you spend more (and not just on Prime Day)
Half of Amazon’s shoppers are expected to have an Alexa device following two-day sales event.
Whistleblower earns $30 million, but does money really make tipsters come forward?
The payout is the biggest award to date in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission whistleblower program.
While visiting my dying stepmother, I discovered her children had looted my father’s estate
‘A word of warning to your readers: Don’t trust anyone.’
Diamonds on demand and interest-free home loans—the over-the-top perks of Condé Nast editors
With the flush days of glossies going down the drain, so too are editors’ cushy perks.
Bernie Sanders calls out Jeff Bezos’s enormous wealth and Amazon’s working conditions
The typical Amazon worker made less than $30,000 in 2017.
What NOT to buy on Amazon Prime Day
Amazon’s annual sales promotion definitely offers consumers the chance to save—but not all deals are created equally.
American woman shot on her honeymoon in Mexico City as State Department warns against travel
The country has seen an increasing amount of violence over the past year.
A tax break that helps parents cover K-12 public school expenses — and other tips on the new tax law
The new tax law expanded one education-related tax break, eliminated another, and left the rest alone.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Russian woman charged with conspiring to infiltrate U.S. politics using gun-group front
A 29-year-old Russian woman who entered the U.S. on a student visa was charged with seeking to influence American politics on behalf of Russia before and after the 2016 presidential election.
Donald Trump is the new Benedict Arnold
Russia’s ongoing attack on our democracy amounts to an act of war. But instead of confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump praised him. Instead of standing up to Putin, Trump stood by him.
‘Shameful,’ ‘disturbing,’ and an ’embarrassment’ — Congress reacts to Trump’s press conference with Putin
The reviews are coming in after President Donald Trump’s joint press briefing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and they are decidedly negative.
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh should promise to recuse himself from Mueller-probe cases
Justices’ impartiality must never be in question, writes Chris Edelson.
Stiglitz: Benefits of multiple layers of financial regulation so much higher than costs
The U.S. needs multiple layers of regulation of the finance industry because the damage from malfunction is so much higher than the costs, a Nobel economics laureate said Monday.
Amazon’s website crashes just as Prime Day 2018 kicks off
Amazon.com Inc.’s site was down late Monday afternoon, interrupting the flow of sales during the e-commerce giant’s 2018 Prime Day.