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This week, MarketWatch readers worried about the implications of the Federal Reserve’s rate cut — and whether they should upgrade to the new iPhone.
The decision on Apple’s latest offering might be the easiest, although certainly as divisive. Columnist Jurica Dujmovic dismisses the iPhone 11 as overpriced and behind the times. He stacks it up against offerings from Samsung and others. Read about his findings here. Readers, of course, had their own ideas, so join the conversation.
Here are more articles you shouldn’t miss.
What to do about the Fed
Fed officials are divided about the economic outlook, so what does that mean for your finances?
Rethink that. Jacob Passy offers up suggestions of what not to do in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate cut this week.
Meanwhile, Fed watchers are no less divided than the policy makers. Peter Morici takes the Fed and European Central Bank to task for not learning from their mistakes, and Barry Bannister, chief equity strategist at Stifel, says the Fed remains too tightfisted.
Hidden tech gems
Michael Brush shares five out-of-the-way technology companies, including one that may benefit greatly as China invests in specialized microchip technology that it has traditionally relied on the U.S. to provide.
Don’t forget the midcaps
Financial media coverage of stocks, funds and ETFs nearly always focuses on either the largest companies or the smallest. Amy Zhang of Alger and Crit Thomas of Touchstone Investments make the case for midcap stocks as the best performers over the long term.
The big down payment
I remember thinking during my college years that I might never be able to buy a home because it would be so difficult to scrape together money for the down payment while also paying rent. If anything, the situation has become much more difficult. Here’s how millennials are getting it done and what the consequences might be.
Dealing with the gold-digging sister-in-law
“Setting their money up in a trust fund for their daughter was the best advice. No matter what happens, a slow payout will give her time to learn not to give her inheritance away.”
‘Retirement’ doesn’t mean quitting
Mitch Tuchman points out how dangerous the first year of retirement can be to one’s health, argues that target ages for ending a career are outdated and describes a more balanced approach to financial independence.
Maria Bartiromo weighs in on her own retirement plans in an interview with Allesandra Malito.
Retiring abroad … in Costa Rica
Martin Farber was living in a Chicago suburb and never expected to retire in Costa Rica. First impressions, however, turned out to be misleading.
The risk of living together in your golden years
Many more people over the age of 50 choose to live together rather than get married. But the laws favored married couples. Brad Wiewel, an estate planning lawyer, explains what to do so that it’s much easier for partners to help each other.
Terry Bradshaw’s $900,000 real estate loss
“I lost a lot, but it could have been a lot worse,” the former Steelers quarterback tells Weston Blasi.
So now he flips $5 million airplanes.