MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. This year could spell trouble for Netflix investors
The FAANG stocks — Facebook Inc.
and Google holding company Alphabet Inc.
—have led the market higher in recent years. But Jeff Reeves warns investors to be careful with Netflix because it lacks many of the others’ advantages.
2. How to profit from a possible stock-market melt-up
There are always people who believe prices are too high and sit on the sidelines as a market rises. But many eventually fear missing out and jump in, which can cause a melt-up that proceeds a significant decline. Bill Miller believes we may soon see a 30% melt-up.
3. A quality screen for dividend stocks
You may have heard of the Dogs of the Dow strategy, which is simply to purchase the Dow Jones Industrial Average
stocks that have the highest dividend yields. But Mark Hulbert describes a method of screening dividend stocks for quality that has led to better performance.
4. An opportunity for high income at discounted prices
Natural gas pipeline partnerships lost value as the price of oil declined. But low gas prices have led to increased U.S. production and exports, which is good for the pipeline operators over the long term. Mark Grant believes closed-end funds that invest in pipelines are excellent buys for income-seeking investors right now.
5. A balanced way to generate retirement income
6. Breaking down the $2 billion ADT IPO
Less than a year has passed since Apollo Global Management LLC
took ADT private, but an initial public offering of shares of the venerable security company has already been announced. Here are five things you need to know about the ADT IPO, including ADT’s creative non-GAAP accounting.
7. Thoughts on the new economy
University of Texas economist James Galbraith worries that central bankers are living in the past and don’t realize that heavy reliance on consumer spending is a time bomb for the U.S. economy.
8. Bitcoin and blockchain
You’ve no doubt seen myriad headlines touting the miracle of bitcoin because of its use of blockchain technology. Here’s an explanation of the technology and an analysis of bitcoin’s real value.