The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, but we are each limited to our own experiences. Looks at the pandemic tend to focus on case numbers, but many other things have changed. In only seven charts, MarketWatch sums up how the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the economy, our working lives and our jobs.
A ‘code red’ warning for the stock market
A lot of insiders are selling their shares, even in companies putting up excellent numbers, writes Michael Brush.
More on the stock market:
Tracking the Reddit buzz
Conversations among traders on Reddit’s WallStreetBets message board fueled the recent short-squeezes in shares of GameStop
Bed Bath & Beyond
and other companies.
What if an analysis of traders’ online chatter can give other traders — or even investors — a leg up on the market? Mark DeCabre interviewed Boris Spiwak, director of marketing at Thinknum, which offers a brand new service to harvest and analyze the new data.
More on the Reddit and WallStreetBets fallout:
- Short-sellers were pulling back even before Reddit’s GameStop squeeze
- Why WallStreetBets chatter over GameStop is likely to seen as free speech
Ready for the Super Bowl?
If you’re only watching for the commercials, MarketWatch has you covered here.
Bitcoin or gold?
is up 30% this year, and it is mainly being pushed up by young men, which may signal “investor overconfidence” in the cryptocurrency, according to research cited by Lisa Kramer, a professor of finance at the University of Toronto.
Gold or bitcoin? An investor who owns both weighs in.
More on crypto:
A new era for Amazon
Bezos has been great for investors, as this chart of the stock price vs. the S&P 500
shows. Critics say Bezos is showing great timing by leaving just as politicians and lawyers threaten to take away the fun.
More on Amazon:
An online will might save you money — but watch the details
CD Moriarty suggests asking yourself these three questions before creating an online will or going to an estate-planning lawyer.
Losing a spouse is bad enough — this is what will happen to your taxes
Curtains for Robinhood?
The elimination of commissions by brokerage firms has helped bring many more individual investors into the stock market. But the brokers still need to make money. For Robinhood, whose clients temporarily drove up prices of several heavily-shorted stocks, the critical business line for revenue is called payment for order flow.
Chris Matthews explains what payment for order flow is and why it could be curtailed by regulators or even banned.
How to hide from prying eyes online
Jurica Dujmovic explains the dangers of maintaining an online presence and how to maintain a secret digital identity.
How hard should BlackRock push on ESG?
is the world’s largest money manger and CEO Larry Fink has asked the companies it invests in to share their plans for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The firm may vote against management teams at companies that don’t comply or even divest their shares in those companies. This sits well with some ESG advocates, but others think BlackRock is moving too slowly.
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