MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting articles published over the past week.
1. Stocks to buy before tax reform happens
President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to lower the headline U.S. corporate income tax rate — one of the highest in the world, at 35% — to 15%. Even if the rate is ends up being considerably higher than 15%, many U.S. companies will see much higher profits. Michael Brush shares his extensive research to identify dozens of them. He followed up with a list of 18 companies with huge amounts of deferred taxes that would see major windfalls from tax reform.
2. The deeper meaning of Dow 20,000
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.04% returned 8% from Nov. 8 (Election Day) through Dec. 15, with a year-to-date return of 14%. As the index nears the 20,000 milestone, Mark DeCambre considers what hitting that number really means to investors, while Mark Hulbert says hitting 20,000 now is actually a sign of an “underachieving market,” and Brett Arends warns investors not to keep all their investing eggs in one U.S. basket.
3. How gold bug Peter Schiff sees the markets
Mark DeCambre interviews Peter Schiff, whose major investments in gold GLD, +0.66% have backfired recently as the dollar as soared. But he remains confident his investment strategy will work out well over the long term.
4. Gold might see an amazing turnaround
Henry Tu argues that inflationary government policy could be very good for gold prices in 2017.
5. How colleges and banks rip off students with credit-card offers
Maria LaMagna describes the process through which colleges “sponsor” banks’ credit cards and other financial products with school logos. The problem: Many of the deals offered to students are much worse than what the students might have found on their own, according to the findings of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
6. Fight your inner Pinocchio
John Coumarianos lists five lies investors tell themselves when stocks are surging that can lead to painful losses.
7. Follow these Twitter accounts for help with investing in 2017
Barbara Kollmeyer rounds up 50 Twitter accounts to help investors succeed in 2017.
8. Why you need to care about China and the Spratly Islands
President-elect Donald Trump ruffled a lot of feathers by accepting a phone call from Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan. It was no surprise that China’s government was displeased, but the situation is far more complicated, as Sue Chang explains when looking at China’s claim over the South China Sea.
This new office trend lets you lie down at work
Tech startup AltWork has created a desk that moves from standing, to sitting, to lying flat while you work. But will it catch on in workplace design?
9. A warning for taxpayers
Unrealistic expectations can lead to disasters for pensions and the governments or companies that run them, as we recently saw in Dallas. Now Calpers, the largest pension fund manager, may lower its investment-return targets. That matters for taxpayers beyond California.
10. Analysts love these stocks that have been left behind by the Trump Rally
Here’s a list of 20 stocks that are down at least 5% since Donald Trump’s election, with majority “buy” ratings from analysts and implied upside potential of at least 20% for 2017, based on analysts’ price targets.