MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting articles published over the past week.
1. Watch out for these tricks retailers use to part you from your cash
MarketWatch Moneyologist Quentin Fottrell digs deeply into the mind games retailers haver perfected to make you feel good about spending more than you should. Consider yourself warned.
2. Some common sense on personal spending
By 2020, consumers may make about 30% of all their purchases through some type of automated purchasing plan. Maria LaMagna explains how they might be better off automating their savings instead.
3. Trump rally lifts most boats, but small-cap stocks are on fire
Five U.S. stock indexes finished at records on Thursday — something that hasn’t happened on the same day in 18 years. Small-cap stocks are far in the lead during the month following Donald Trump’s surprise victory, with the S&P Small Cap 600 Index SML, +0.42% returning 18% from Nov. 8 (Election Day) through Dec. 8, while the S&P 400 Mid Cap Index MID, +0.00% was up 12.3% and the large-cap S&P 500 index SPX, +0.30% was up 5.2%.
Here are 24 small-cap stocks analysts expect to rise at least 31% over the next 12 months. We also look at analysts’ favorite large-cap and midcap stocks for 2017.
4. Then again, maybe the ‘Trump bump’ will end soon
Investors are piling into stocks in a bet that Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will pass plenty of business-friendly legislation beginning in 2017. But negotiating bills is a messy business, and impatient investors may cause the market to sag as details are worked out and the usual Washington horse-trading happens. Mark Hulbert explains how former Value Line research director Sam Eisenstadt’s technical model indicates the S&P 500 in six months will pretty much flat compared with Thursday’s close.
5. This stock’s Trump-related rally may be overdone
Shares of Caterpillar Inc. CAT, -0.21% have risen 14% since Donald Trump’s election, as investors anticipate a major bump in product sales if and when Trump’s desire for massive infrastructure spending turns into legislation. But Tomi Kilgore explains that Trump’s trade policies could lead to a decline in foreign orders for Caterpillar’s products.
5. How to create the next generation of philanthropists
A chief fundraiser had five tips for you, including allowing your children to select a charitable cause to support and matching their generosity.
6. The harm done by corporate boards beholden to CEOs
A publicly traded company’s board of directors is supposed to represent the shareholders when overseeing executives. Therese Poletti and Jeremy C. Owens cite Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA, -0.18% and Facebook Inc. FB, +0.48% as examples of questionable decisions by board members that seem mainly to enrich CEOs.
These dogs make up to $ 10K per social media post
Dogs are increasingly treated like humans in the U.S., offering advertisers and retailers new sources of revenue. Meet the famous dogs that make up to $ 10,000 per Instagram post, as the pet industry grows.
7. Tim Cook‘s emails may backfire
Jennifer Booton looks at Apple CEO Tim Cook’s selective use of data in emails touting the company’s success in selling its products and why that might not be so smart.
8. The painful details of corporate tax reform
Trump wants a “tax holiday” to encourage large U.S. companies to bring cash stashed overseas back to the U.S. Ciara Linnane explains just how difficult it will be for Congress on the new president to accomplish this.