Top Ten: Weekend roundup: Thoughtful holiday presents | Amazon’s snake oil | Ignore Black Friday retail sales reports
MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. Holiday gifts that pay off
Do you feel tremendous pressure to find a present for family members who seem not to need anything. How about something to make them money? MarketWatch’s “gifts that pay off series” will cover this topic every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Dec. 25. Here are the first three stories in the series:
• How to give gifts that truly pay off for friends and family
• Gifts that pay off: Help your children to get a college education and pay off debt
• Gifts that pay off: Turn your child into an early investor
2. Helping Amazon clean up its act
Given reports that Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +2.58% is considering offering online pharmacy services, the company may need to be more selective with its health-related product offerings. Emma Court points how that some products for sale on the company’s website, including (believe it or not) snake oil, may affect its credibility as a pharmacist.
Amazon has been one of the hot stocks of 2017 — but this company’s stock has been even hotter and now is nearly as big as Amazon.
3. A Black Friday and Cyber Monday warning for consumers
Here are tips to help you avoid getting ripped off by using a fake store app to make purchases on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any other day.
More on Black Friday and Cyber Monday:
• 10 psychological retail tricks to make you splurge
• 6 things NOT to buy on Cyber Monday
4. Investors: Ignore the usual battery of Black Friday sales reports
There will be no shortage of media reports about retailers’ success or failures on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Mark Hulbert makes the case that this information will tell you nothing about stocks will perform.
5. Choices for socially conscious investors who also want to profit
You can feel better about what your money is doing for the world — without hurting your investment returns. Howard Gold describes the modern, financially rigorous approach to ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing, and filters the data to offer seven reasonable fund choices.
6. Wal-Mart executives quickly sell company stock
Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT, +0.22% have returned 42% this year. As soon as a periodic “window” opened allowing them to do so, five of the company’s executives sold significant quantities of shares, as Tomi Kilgore reports.
7. Jim Rogers takes on bitcoin
This investment veteran regrets not buying bitcoin ahead of its massive run-up — but says don’t get in now. He tells Michael Brush where to put your money instead.
8. What an end to net neutrality might mean to you
The Federal Communications Commission is considering ending the “net neutrality” rules put in place under the Obama administration. Here’s what that might mean to you as an internet user, and here’s what Netflix, Comcast and others companies are saying about it.
9. Meg Whitman’s Hewlett-Packard Legacy
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. HPE, +1.68% CEO Meg Whitman surprised investors and analysts by announcing her resignation on Nov. 21. Therese Poletti summarizes Whitman’s tenure, which has included massive layoffs and the split of HP into two companies.
10. Goldman’s favorite hedge funds steer clear of this major tech stock
Can you guess which one?