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This Brilliant Idea Can Make Everyone Better With Money, Older Americans Say

This Brilliant Idea Can Make Everyone Better With Money, Older Americans Say

Polls consistently show that older Americans regret a lot of things — working too much, choosing the wrong partner, not taking care of their health, and so on. There are also often financial regrets, such as not having saved enough and investing too little for retirement. This last regret has many reasons: everything from the …

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The rarest and most expensive mezcals on the market today

“Previously the provenance of craft bartenders and spirits connoisseurs, mezcal has decidedly entered the mainstream.” blue class Text size Mezcal, the smokier and bolder tasting agave-based alcohol than tequila, has never been more popular. According to research firm ReportLinker, the North American mezcal market recorded sales of US$326.29 million in 2019 and is expected to …

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Opinion: High debts and stagflation will bring the mother of all financial crises

Opinion: High debts and stagflation will bring the mother of all financial crises

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) – The global economy is heading for an unprecedented confluence of economic, financial and debt crises, following the explosion of deficits, borrowing and debt over the past few decades. In the private sector, the mountain of debt includes that of households (such as mortgages, credit cards, car loans, student loans, personal …

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401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of 'Worrying', Says Vanguard

401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of ‘Worrying’, Says Vanguard

Amid stubbornly high inflation, a record proportion of Americans are turning their 401(K) accounts into emergency piggy banks, according to Vanguard. Dissecting data from a sample of about five million employer-sponsored 401(k) accounts that Vanguard manages, the researchers said that 0.5% made hardship withdrawals in October. It’s a “worrying” all-time high, said retirement savings and …

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Future Returns: Turning to Hedge Funds in Today's Market Uncertainty

Future Returns: Turning to Hedge Funds in Today’s Market Uncertainty

Amid equity and bond market volatility this year, hedge funds have largely served as a buffer for investors, and some private wealth managers expect these alternative investment vehicles to continue to deliver results over the the year to come. Although aggregate hedge fund returns fell 9.3% this year in the third quarter, large-cap US stocks …

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'It wasn't sustainable or real': Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

‘It wasn’t sustainable or real’: Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

The number of layoffs in the tech sector this year is approaching the annual levels seen during the Great Recession, but is far from dot-com-bust territory. As tech companies grapple with falling stock prices, inflation, rising interest rates and a possible recession, they have announced more than 60,000 job cuts this year, with indications such …

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Reducing the Fed's balance sheet via quantitative tightening is "a total mistake", says Mizuho

Reducing the Fed’s balance sheet via quantitative tightening is “a total mistake”, says Mizuho

The Federal Reserve’s attempt to shrink its balance sheet through so-called quantitative tightening, or QT, is “a complete mistake,” according to Mizuho’s chief U.S. economist. “There is a non-negligible likelihood that market liquidity will be adversely affected well before the $2 trillion target is reached, preventing the Fed from reaching its target,” said Steven Ricchiuto, …

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US oil hits lowest price of the year thanks to China as OPEC+ exit decision looms

US oil hits lowest price of the year thanks to China as OPEC+ exit decision looms

Benchmark oil futures in the United States touched their lowest price of 2022 on Monday, briefly erasing what had been a sizable gain since the start of the year as China’s zero COVID policy was is wreaking havoc on energy demand expectations. The price move came less than a week ahead of a Dec. 4 …

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Why China's COVID policies are rattling investors again

Why China’s COVID policies are rattling investors again

Investors in China-related assets who had expected a significant easing of COVID restrictions were disappointed this week as the country battles the worst wave of cases since the outbreak in Shanghai earlier this year. China-related ETFs fell this week, with shares of the iShares MSCI China MCHI ETF, -1.82% lose 3.4%. The KraneShares CSI China …

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“Most economists predict a recession in 2023”: I own a rental property.  Is it the right time to take out a bank loan and renovate or should I wait?

“Most economists predict a recession in 2023”: I own a rental property. Is it the right time to take out a bank loan and renovate or should I wait?

Dear MarketWatch, Along with a sibling, I own a 40+ bedroom rental property in the Caribbean, where we do weekly rentals. It is near the city center but needs repairs and renovations. Is it a good time to go to the bank for a renovation loan? We are also open to changing our business model. …

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