Saturday, January 4, 2020

Weekend reads: Why you need to understand the Secure Act

During the holiday bedlam, you might have missed this news: President Trump signed the Secure Act into law on Dec. 19. The full name of the law is quite a mouthful (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement), but it may be very important to you and your family, as it changes many aspects of IRA and 401(k) eligibility, inheritance and tax treatment.

Alessandra Malito provides a breakdown of the new rules — and how the Secure Act might be a disaster for some people.

Here’s an analysis about how the killing of Qassem Soleimani, who commanded Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, will affect the regional conflict.

More coverage:

• Who was Qassem Soleimani, and why is his death a major development in U.S.-Middle East relations?

• Why the oil market rally on elevated U.S.-Iran tensions may be short lived

Can you guess which country takes the top ranking, and how low the cost of living is there?

Michael Brush presents 10 value stocks to buy for 2020.

Here’s how long it takes to turn your New Year’s resolutions into habits.

Related: The No. 1 ‘best’ diet for 2020, according to a panel of 25 health professionals

David Marcus of Evermore Global Advisors suggested marine shipping stocks in August. Not only have they risen considerably since then, but the industry appears to have much more room to run.

Quentin Fottrell — MarketWatch’s Moneyist — digs into a terrible problem: A woman who co-signed a student loan for a former boyfriend is now forced to make payments he refuses to make.

Mark Hulbert looks back to estimate how likely January’s stock-market performance will be to point the way for the whole year.

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