Weekend roundup: Trump’s weak dollar | Is it ‘stupid’ to hold cash? | A threat to Netflix’s amazing run


MarketWatch rounded up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.

1. The weakening dollar and your investments

The dollar












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 is down 3% this year against a basket of other major currencies, in keeping with Trump administration policy as described by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. William Watts explains what a weakening dollar might mean for the stock market.

2. Why you may regret sitting on the sidelines of the stock market

You may think stock prices are so high that its best to stay out entirely, but Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio believes eventually “you’re going to feel pretty stupid” if you do.

Mark Hulbert says that rising short-term bond yields won’t kill the stock market’s momentum.

3. Netflix roars but streaming competition is heating up

Shares of Netflix Inc.












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 are up 40% this year, for the best performance so far in 2018 among the S&P 500












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But the company’s management is worried about increasing competition from Apple Inc.












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Walt Disney Co.












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 and other companies.

More on rising stocks: These 27 S&P 500 stocks are blowing away the market with gains of 15% or more this month

4. A good $200,000 problem to have

Quentin Fottrell — MarketWatch’s Moneyist — helps a couple decide whether to pay down their mortgage loan or invest the money.

More on reducing debt: Paying off your mortgage could be the smartest investment of 2018

5. This year’s list of boomtowns

These U.S. cities are expected to show the highest economic growth rates in 2018.

6. Let’s start being more careful and saving more for health care

As the population continues to age, twice as many older people will suffer from four or more diseases by 2035, Alessandra Malito reports.

7. Woe is GE

After a 43% plunge (with dividends reinvested) in 2017, General Electric Co.












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 once again is the weakest stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average












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falling another 7% decline in 2018 through Thursday. Here’s a sampling of this week’s GE coverage:

• GE earnings: Can it possibly get any worse?

• GE stock swings lower after disclosure of SEC investigation

• How GE can bring good things to its lifeless stock

• GE’s stock plunge puts 110-year run in the Dow industrials at risk

8. Four stock picks from a dividend-strategy veteran

Don Taylor, the manager of the Franklin Rising Dividends Fund, talks about investing strategy and favorite investment plays.

9. What to make of all those post-tax-cut bonuses from employers

Steve Goldstein looks at the numbers behind companies’ public announcements of cash bonuses to employees.

Also see: Tax overhaul will have a limited effect on U.S. economy, Moody’s says

10. What is going on with Apples iPhone X?

Heading into Apple Inc.’s












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 earnings announcement on Feb. 1, what may be more important to investors is concerns about weakening demand for the company’s flagship product.

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