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MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. Don’t let the gurus stoke your inflation fears
Howard Gold says it’s too early for investors to be spooked about inflation.
2. Then again, if you worry about inflation …
A bubble for growth stocks — if we’re indeed in a bubble — could end as interest rates rise. So value stocks may be your best play now.
3. It’s too easy to blame computers for your investment losses
Investors who got used to a straight, upward movement for the stock market may now be blaming volatility and computerized trading for their losses. Mark Hulbert explains why thinking this way can lead to bad trading decisions.
4. Tasteless toys
Toy manufacturers seem to be competing to lower the bar for their products.
5. Wal-Mart could disappoint investors again
It’s impressive for the world’s largest retailer to show a 4.1% increase in fourth-quarter sales. However, investors were disappointed this week when Wal-Mart WMT, +0.05% said its online sales grew “only” 23% during the fourth quarter, following a 50% increase in the third quarter. But the company’s projections for 2018 may be overly rosy, which can set up more disappointment.
6. Five-star bond-fund manager shares his strategy
Ken Leech has led the management team of the Western Asset Core Plus Bond Fund WACPX, +0.09% since it was established in 1998. The fund’s five-star track record speaks for itself, yet Leech talked about what worked in 2017 and where he sees opportunities now.
7. Florida school shooting
Emma Court explains why the U.S. has a dire shortage of psychiatrists.
8. Millennials are not the only ones hurting their finances this way
It’s easy (and fun) to lump people into groups and bash their habits, but Quentin Fottrell — MarketWatch’s Moneyist — explains that people of all ages in the U.S. are blowing their budgets by doing this.
9. What to ask your parents’ doctors
Anyone with medical problems needs a family member or friend to help them work with, question or argue with care providers. Here are five questions to ask your parents’ doctors.
10. Jeff Bezos — mad scientist
Some people think Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos’ latest invention makes him look like a comic book villain.