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Opinion: Saving Social Security will be far harder this time than it was in 1983

Social Security is America’s largest government program and arguably the most important one given that it serves as a lifeline for tens of millions of...

Opinion: 5 smart ways to shift your investments as the Fed gets ready for a big move

Fed policymakers surprised a lot of investors on Wednesday by signaling that tapering and interest-rate hikes are finally on the way. Investors sat up and...

Opinion: Odds favor the Dow being higher at the end of 2021 and 125 years of history supports this

Odds are good that the U.S. stock market will be higher at the end of December. Don’t get too excited; these odds have nothing to...

Opinion: Saddle up for a summer rally in the stock market

Brace for a summer rally. COVID shutdowns caused the most dramatic economic contraction since the Great Depression but in 2020, the Federal Reserve printed $3.1 trillion to...

Opinion: Public pensions lose on hedge funds — again

One of these days I’m going to write about a bunch of retirees and future retirees who have just made a ton of extra money...

Opinion: Stock investors have come to a fork in the road — and their options are limited

The coronavirus pandemic has been excellent for investors, but most now realize that the stock market’s extraordinary performance is not based on fundamentals, which ceased...

Opinion: Memo to company directors: Deliver for shareholders or face consequences

At Exxon Mobil’s XOM, +0.16% annual shareholders’ meeting in May, shareholders voted to replace three board members with the nominees from activist hedge-fund Engine No....

Opinion: The best way to have plenty of money in retirement

If you want a financially comfortable retirement with ample money available, you need to take two basic steps. First, save plenty while you’re still working....

Opinion: How much can I spend in retirement?

On the journey to retirement, should you focus on setting a retirement spending budget or on making sure you have adequate retirement income? I think...

Opinion: The pandemic PC boom is still happening, but twin dangers loom

After more than a year into COVID-19 pandemic, people are still buying personal computers in massive numbers, but PC makers face increasing costs to build...

Opinion: What happens to government workers who don’t receive Social Security?

About one-quarter of state and local government employees — approximately 6.5 million workers — are not covered by Social Security on their current job. These...

Opinion: Why bitcoin’s bust and the ‘crypto cult’ threaten all investors

Traders who have been coordinating on social media to promote stratospheric prices in meme stocks, such as GameStop GME, -7.93%, and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin...

Opinion: Uber investors finally see the costs of treating drivers as employees, and the stock is falling

Uber Technologies Inc. has spent and fought to keep its drivers from becoming classified as employees instead of contractors, and investors finally got a glimpse...

Opinion: Before you move to a new town in retirement, check the local Walmart – and 5 other hard-learned lessons

Cost of living. Quality of life. Tax environment. Climate. We know all about these smart tips for finding the perfect retirement destination. And they are...

Opinion: 9 ways to ruin your financial life in a hurry

There are many ways to fritter away our wealth. Pay high investment costs. Day trade stocks. Buy timeshares. Marry a spender. Purchase variable annuities. Retire...

Opinion: Biotech companies are trying to solve stubborn illnesses using ‘drugs from bugs’

Poor germs. They just can’t catch a break. Many people, not only germaphobes, spend lots of energy trying to avoid germs like, well, the plague....

Opinion: Biden’s plan to raise capital-gains taxes on the rich is good politics but bad economics

The leak about the second phase of proposed tax increases concerning capital gains pushed the investor community into a frenzy. While the details of the...

Opinion: Intel’s data-center customers may be ‘digesting,’ but AMD’s buffet is wide open

While Intel Corp. says data-center customers are “digesting,” they seem to still be bellying up to a longtime rival’s buffet. Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s server-chip...

Opinion: COVID has made getting into a top U.S. college even more competitive and this new normal looks here to stay

COVID-19 has upended higher education in many ways, not least the admissions process. Colleges have moved to virtual tours and college fairs and, most significantly,...

Opinion: Why you should plan to leave money to your kids

No, your kids did not pay me to write this. Heck, I don’t know if they even deserve to get an inheritance. But bear with...

Opinion: Intel’s new CEO has another big problem to fix

Intel Corp.’s new chief executive, Pat Gelsinger, has another urgent problem to deal with, in addition to restoring the chip giant’s manufacturing business to its...

Opinion: Fall of a ‘value’ icon could be good for ‘value’

Wouldn’t it be funny if investors bailed on Charles de Vaulx’s mutual fund at exactly the wrong moment? De Vaulx, a near-legendary figure among conservative,...

Opinion: Tech’s COVID-19 boom won’t last forever, but it’s not going to end just yet

This article is part of a series tracking the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on major businesses. For other articles and earlier versions, go here....

Opinion: I took advantage of the 2020 RMD rule but now my 1099-R looks wrong — what should I do?

Q: I took advantage of the 2020 RMD rule and returned what I had taken from my IRA thinking there would be no taxes. I...

Opinion: GameStop’s stock price is down 50% from the highs — and it’s still crazy

GameStop was not worth owning anywhere above $45 a share, given the company’s fundamentals, as explained when we closed our Focus List: Long position in the...