By Philip van Doorn
Plus: The Super Bowl ads, WallStreetBets and free speech, and which states don't tax Social Security
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 lot of insiders are selling their shares (), even in companies putting up excellent numbers, writes Michael Brush.
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Conversations among traders on Reddit's WallStreetBets message board fueled the recent short-squeezes in shares of GameStop(GME), Bed Bath & Beyond(BBBY), American Entertainment(AMC) 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 ().
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If you're only watching for the commercials, MarketWatch has you covered here ().
Also:Bucs, not Chiefs, will win one for the bulls if the Super Bowl Indicator is right ()
Bitcoin 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.
Investors may have another opportunity now in gold (), following its price decline, according to Mark Hulbert.
Gold or bitcoin? An investor who owns both weighs in ().
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Online retailing giant Amazon(AMZN) is about to get its second-ever CEO. Here's what to know about Andy Jassy (), who will succeed Jeff Bezos ( ).
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 ( ).
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CD Moriarty suggests asking yourself these three questions () before creating an online will or going to an estate-planning lawyer.
Mike Piper shares advice for couples to adjust their retirement accounts so the survivor won't face a higher tax rate ().
Read on:37 states don't tax your Social Security benefits -- make that 38 in 2022 ()
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 ().
Related:Driving stock prices to the moon can hurt America ()
Jurica Dujmovic explains the dangers of maintaining an online presence and how to maintain a secret digital identity ().
BlackRock Inc. (BLK) 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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