High Ten: The weekend reads: $ 500,000 and a retirement downside


Every financial retirement scenario is different. This is more than just savings or income – emotions come into play. What if you are afraid to invest your money? This can be a difficult scenario when banks pay very little interest on deposits.

Alessandra Malito continues her Help Me Retire series of hands-on suggestions for a 65-year-old reader who has saved nearly $ 500,000 for retirement but claims to be "scared to invest in the markets in the current climate. MarketWatch readers have added their own investment advice and you can join the conversation.

Make money when the dollar slips

The dollar's value comes under pressure as the US government's debt grows. But a lower dollar can also help companies that depend on exports. Jeff Reeves recommends five stocks that can benefit from the dollar's decline.

A value stock screen

With new coronavirus cases rising, it can be difficult to imagine a better time after the vaccines have been used and life has returned to normal. However, if it does, value stocks are expected to shine when the economy returns to sustained growth. Here's a screen of five value stocks with good dividend yields.


Small-cap and mid-cap stocks

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has been cracking lately as smaller company stocks warmed. Michael Brush anticipates the US economy will be "very hot" by June and recommends these ETFs and stocks to investors looking to ride the wave.

Avoid the zombie stocks

William Barritt explains that many highly indebted companies that would normally have great difficulty paying interest on their debts are on the rise thanks to the unprecedented efforts of the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates. He advises investors to focus on "well-run, low-debt companies that generate high returns on invested capital" – like these six stocks.

Janet Yellen, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, testified on Capitol Hill in 2017.


Yellen's likely comeback

President-elect Joe Biden wants former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to become Treasury Secretary. Andrew Keshner and Jillian Berman look back on Yellen's tenure at the Fed and what their leadership at the Treasury Department could mean for American families affected by the economic fallout from COVID-19.

Should this couple repay the mortgage?

CD Moriarty helps a couple who cannot agree on whether to repay their $ 46,000 mortgage loan shortly before retirement or keep the money in their savings account. Moriarty delves into the ways couples communicate and make financial decisions, as well as the fundamentals of retirement planning and timing of social security.

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Financial support for the college – the two-year plan

Howard Gold explains why it actually takes two years to get the best financial support possible before going to college. When your child is in 10th grade, it's time to get started. Here is how.

Time for another transformation for Fannie and Freddie

Fannie Mae FNMA and Freddie Mac FMCC have been operating under government supervision since 2008. The Trump administration is pushing for the two mortgage giants to regain independence. Jacob Passy explains the challenges and potential disruptions for the US real estate finance market.


A FIRE advantage even if you start late

Did you start saving and investing in retirement in middle age? You're probably fed up with being told the importance of starting early. However, Chris Mamula explains that starting later can have benefits on the path to financial independence.

Look north for a retirement plan

The US has an estimated $ 4.6 trillion in unfunded pension obligations. Canada showed how to get rid of a pension problem.

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