Weekend reads: Your money and how to invest in 2022

Happy New Year!

As 2021 ends, we once again hope for the new year will bring a pandemic recovery. Here are some looks ahead at what may affect financial markets, companies and even you in 2022.

Turn a new leaf in 2022 with your retirement savings plan

Alessandra Malito writes the Retirement Hacks column.

Maybe “getting in shape” is the most common New Years’ resolution, but it may also be the perfect time for you to make some financial adjustments, including a plan for your eventual financial independence. Here are tips and tools for getting started.

What if you have retired too early? Fix it in 2022

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Alessandra Malito also writes the Help Me Retire column to address specific questions from readers.

Here’s her advice for a man who thinks he and his wife may have retired too early.

On a related note, Howard Gold is retiring from journalism after a 36-year career, including 11 years at MarketWatch. Here are some career lessons he learned.

ETF Wrap looks ahead

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Mark DeCambre writes the ETF Wrap column, with news about the exchange-traded fund industry. To bring in the new year, John Davi, founder of Astoria Advisors, recommends ETFs with a focus on dividend income for 2022.

Are you afraid of rising interest rates?

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The Federal Reserve announced policy changes on Dec. 15, including a wind-down of its bond purchases during the first quarter. This could start a cycle of rising long-term interest rates, leading to a decline in bond prices. Michael Brush explains how to navigate the bond market as interest rates go up.

Related: 7 strategies for maximizing tax-free income

Rebound plays in the stock market

During 2021, the broad stock market performed very well. But many stocks pulled back significantly from highs set earlier in the year. Here’s a list of 30 stocks down at least 20% from their 2021 highs that analysts expect to soar in 2022.

Related: These are the best-performing S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 stocks of 2021

Plus: Wall Street analysts’ favorite stocks for 2022 include Alaska Air, Caesars and Lithia Motors

Mark Hulbert: Look for the best dividend-paying stocks to stay in the money in 2022 and beyond

A market warning bell

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The Need to Know column covers the market buzz every morning. This week, Steve Goldstein shared a technical indicator that could signal a broad decline for stocks.

Tech trends and tech stock picks for 2022

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Daniel Newman of Futurum Research shares stock picks tied to 10 tech megatrends in 2022.

What about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies?

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Frances Yue writes the Distributed Ledger column, covering bitcoin
and the world of virtual currencies.

Here’s her final roundup of crypto-market action of 2021 and explanation of how the bitcoin market is expected to become more secure in 2022.

The Moneyist

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Quentin Fottrell — MarketWatch’s Moneyist — answers readers’ difficult financial questions that often center on human nature and conflict within families. Here are his most popular columns of 2021.

Giant tech companies may face antitrust reckoning in 2022

Jon Swartz covers antitrust action that might be taken against the largest tech companies:

New tech for people who want to check out Van Gogh’s art

Attendees take in “Immersive Van Gogh” at New York City’s Pier 36.


Charles Passy shares a new tech entertainment phenomenon that has been a major success: Immersion into Vincent Van Gogh’s art.

Streaming in 2022

Mike Murphy points to an exciting 2022 for streaming services with increased content as production volume recovers from the pandemic slowdown.

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