Inflation is on everyone’s mind, and consumers are frustrated not only by price increases, but also by “shrinkflation” – when a familiar product suddenly comes in a much smaller package.
Obvious remedies include switching to lower-priced or private label products and even going without certain items. But a company that makes premium products seems to operate with an emphasis on quality. As part of a general review of consumer product inflation, Tonya Garcia explains Procter & Gamble’s strategy, which has resulted in strong performance for its stock over the past year.
More inflation hedge:
There’s a Big Hole in the Fed’s Inflation Theory – Revenues Fall at a Record 10.9%
How can pensioners protect themselves against the risk of inflation?
A Buffett Weekend and a Happy New Year 2022 for Berkshire Hathaway
So far this year, shares of Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B,
rose 11%, while the S&P 500 fell 10%, dividends reinvested. CEO Warren Buffet will lead the conglomerate’s annual meeting on Saturday. These are questions to be expected.
Here’s more to consider:
How about some bitcoin in your 401(k)?
Fidelity Investments will soon allow companies with 401(k) plans to offer employees the option to hold BTCUSD bitcoins,
in their retirement accounts. Alessandra Malito considers which investors might be well served by having part of their retirement savings in virtual currency, while Brett Arends argues against it.
Lessons learned from the collapse of marijuana stocks
While the S&P 500 posted a 3.2% year-over-year return through April 28 with dividends reinvested, the AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF MSOS,
Michael Brush shares a new set of seven investing rules that apply to everyone, even if they were learned from the marijuana stock debacle.
More businesses slaughtered: Many tech stocks that crashed are still too expensive to buy
A big retirement gone wrong
If you’re planning a move in retirement, you may not have thought of some important things. Lisa Watts shares how she and her husband decided to retire, regretted it, tried somewhere else, and finally made it through with another move.
See the “Where should I retire?” section. » column for more placement ideas, and you can try your own custom search
Try MarketWatch’s retirement locator tool for your own personalized research. It includes data for over 3,000 US counties and incorporates climate risk.
The housing market is already slowing down
When factoring in rising house prices and rising interest rates, the monthly mortgage payment for an average-priced home in the U.S. rose 50% over the year passed, reports Jacob Passy.
But there are early signs that the Federal Reserve’s measures to slow an overheating economy are having an effect – pending home sales have plummeted.
More housing coverage:
‘It will take time for soaring mortgage rates to rebalance the market‘: Home prices continue to soar, but buyers may soon see relief
“Should we wait to see how the market evolves? I want to buy a rental house. Is this a good time?
Bet against Cathie Wood
In this week’s ETF Wrap, Christine Idzelis looks at profitable short seller trades against Cathie Wood’s Ark Innovation ARKK ETF,
More thoughts on Elon Musk and Twitter
On April 25, Twitter’s TWTR,
the board of directors accepted the acquisition of the social media company by Tesla TSLA,
CEO Elon Musk for $44 billion in cash subject to a shareholder vote. Early on April 29, Twitter shares changed hands for $49.88, 8% below the takeout price of $54.20.
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I-bonds have high yields and possibly
Series I Savings Bonds are available directly from the US Treasury. They are currently yielding 7.12%, but should see their yields increase to over 9% in May, depending on the rate of inflation. Rates reset every six months in May and November.
John Lim explains five ways to use I-bonds right now to improve your overall financial health.
Another possible way to treat coronavirus
Jaimy Lee looks at the use of generic drugs to help people with Covid-19 stay out of hospitals.
The evolution of the solar utility market
Here’s an in-depth look at the development of combined solar power plants and energy storage facilities by three people at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.
Steinway and other IPOs
Ciara Linnane shares five things investors need to know about Steinway as the piano maker prepares to go public again.
More coverage of IPOs and their aftermath:
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