MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. Happy anniversary to the bull market
The bull market for U.S. stocks is now nine years old, measured from the closing bottom for the S&P 500 index SPX, +1.74% on March 9, 2009, in the wake of the credit crisis. But the market’s incredible performance from that date obscures the fact that many stocks are still very far below where they were before the financial crisis began.
More coverage of the nine-year bull market:
2. Bias in the news
The most popular MarketWatch story this week — garnering more than 400 comments from readers — is this one featuring a chart that attempts to illustrate not only how biased a news source is, but in which way it leans in the political spectrum.
3. Tariff time
President Trump announced his steel and aluminum tariff policy on Thursday. Here’s some of MarketWatch’s extensive coverage:
4. More earnings-season confusion
5. New Fed chairman raises an economic alarm and suggests Congress do something about it
Federal Reserve Jerome Powell questions why it is so difficult for bankrupt people to have their student debt discharged and says Congress can help prevent a crisis.
6. A fascinating career change
This professional investor went from trading gold to selling milk and oats.
7. How to make money from health providers’ urge to merge
Jeff Reeves suggests health-care investment plays during a period of accelerating M&A activity.
8. Will aging baby boomers crush the stock market?
Ryan Vlastelica considers the theory that a combination of aging boomers moving from stocks to bonds and millennials not replacing their equity investments could place a huge drag on the market.
9. Here’s a way to get in on hot initial stock offerings
Have you been shut out of hot IPOs? Michael Brush offers a solution.