Here are must-read articles from MarketWatch about investing and consumer-finance topics over the past week.
1. Taking the Fed to task
The Federal Open Market Committee this week decided not to lower interest rates. However, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the case for lowering rates had “strengthened.” Based on an analysis of previous central-bank activity before recessions, Sven Henrich believes that the Fed’s policy will lead to a severe recession.
2. … on the other hand
Heavy insider buying of shares at tech companies signals a strong economy and opportunities for investors.
3. Declining interest rates and dividend stocks
Bond-market yields have declined significantly, which has helped stocks with high dividend yields perform well this year. With interest-rate cuts by the Federal Reserve appearing more likely, this select list of stocks with high dividend yields may come in handy.
4. Is the stock market about to bubble over?
Mark Hulbert argues that believing in the bubble can cost you money.
5. Financial advice for young adults — or maybe for everyone
6. What about that expensive cup of coffee?
This ties into the advice, above, about new-car purchases, which can set one back for many years. But daily purchases of cups of coffee at Starbucks
or Dunkin’ Donuts
have also come under fire from purveyors of financial advice. A financial adviser has created a calculator to show how much you would save if you brewed your coffee at home, and the results may surprise you.
7. Slack goes public
8. Your best retirement destination may be a college town
9. Want wealth? Here’s what to do and what not to do
10. A funny-sounding word, interesting concept and possible trend
The word is Flygskam.