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High Ten: Weekend Reads: After Tesla and Apple, there are extra inventory splits and so they can assist you make cash

When company stock prices move very high, some consider dividing up the stocks so that the lower prices attract more investors. This can have a positive long-term effect on stock performance.

Tesla Inc.
TSLA,
+ 1.83%
will split its stock 5-for-1 on Aug. 31 and Apple Inc.
AAPL,
-0.08%
will complete a 4-for-1 split on the same day.

Mark DeCambre explains why stock splits are often good for investors.

Kamala Harris and the Markets

Joe Biden has named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his runmate. DeCambre looks back on Harris & # 39; political career and ties it to the expectations of professional investors.

How should an investor vote?

There is still plenty of time before election day to change voters' minds. Right now, Joe Biden is leading the national presidential election, the Senate looks like a mistake, and the Democratic Party seems likely to retain control of the House of Representatives, according to RealClear Politics.

Shawn Langlois examines the data showing how the stock market has performed when one party controls the presidency and both houses of Congress and when those powers are split, and also takes into account changes in policy that may occur after the 2020 elections .

Here are his conclusions on the best way Republicans and Democrats could vote to protect their nest egg.

The S&P 500 index almost recovered from the March crash and is only slightly below its record high of February 19.

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Have you tried timing the coronavirus crash?

The S&P 500 Index
SPX,
-0.01%
hit a record high on February 19 and fell 34% on March 23 through the bottom of the pandemic. Since March 23rd, the benchmark index has risen 51%. It's still down slightly from the February 19 record, but now down 4% for 2020 (through August 13).

According to Vanguard, only a small percentage of its investors switched to fully cash between February 19 and March 30. So it happened to them.

How to deal with a "quake of life"

According to Bruce Feiler, author of “Life Is in Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age,” important life transitions pile up and lead to intense, difficult phases. In an interview with Richard Eisenberg on NextAvenue.org, he gives advice to people of all ages to navigate difficult times.

Is the Dollar Doomed?

At a time when the federal government is spending trillions of dollars in extra money to help people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Federal Reserve is raising government-issued bonds to increase this incredible effort, the money supply paying has increased enormously. So the WSJ Dollar Index
BUXX,
-0.14%
has fallen significantly from its March high.

This has caused renewed buzz about a possible change in global finances – a move away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Steve Goldstein explains why the dollar's decline is actually strengthening the dollar as a reserve currency, and what investors who see the dollar as bearish are overlooking.

Bill & Grace Heaton / Calico Skies Sailing

"Just outside of Gilligan's Island" for a FIRE couple

In November, Brett Arends interviewed a couple who retired from hedge fund jobs and chose to live on a sailboat. They spent three months with other sailing enthusiasts in a deserted bay in the Bahamas.

Why own bonds when interest rates are so low?

Mark Hulbert is optimistic about owning bonds now.

Dr. Fauci's words of wisdom

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, gave advice on reopening the school during a live Facebook chat with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. During an interview on Instagram with Matthew McConaughey, he also said that herd immunity to the coronavirus was not possible.

Fauci also advised Americans that any COVID-19 vaccine likely has important limitations.

Also:CDC director warns America of "worst fall … we have ever had"

The moneyist helps in a difficult situation

Quentin Fottrell – MarketWatch's Moneyist – not only helps a woman whose mother is contemplating a complicated estate plan with practical issues, but also reminds us of the importance of empathy.

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How to act like a cynical Wall Street investor when there are rumors of COVID-19 vaccines.

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