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Weekend Readings: How to invest when the stock market falters

The worst four-month start of the year for the S&P 500 since 1939 was bad enough, but this week’s stock market volatility was shocking: the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 932 points on May 4, followed by a decline of 1,063 points the next day .

There were signs of panic selling on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, and corporate insiders have accelerated their selling activity rather than snag discounted shares of their companies.

What now? Is there anything you can do to protect your investment portfolio or take advantage of volatility? Jeff Reeves outlines eight defense strategies.

If you are looking to exit, Market Extremes’ Hayes Martin anticipates a recovery rally which could present this selling opportunity.

For a longer-term perspective, Brett Arends spoke to Ben Inker, co-head of asset allocation at GMO in Boston, who has specific advice on where investors building retirement savings should put their money.

More on the moody stock market:

Protect your money when interest rates rise

The Federal Reserve took two major policy steps this week to fight inflation by reducing liquidity. Bond investors, anticipating Fed action, had already hiked rates significantly, fueling this year’s fall in stock and bond prices and fueling fears of a near-term recession.

Here’s the latest coverage and advice on how to navigate tough times for your wallet, savings and investments:

A post-bull market reality check

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“Unicorn” startup companies — those valued at $1 billion or more — have been coveted during the prolonged bull market. An example was Carvana, which revolutionized the used car market with optimized service. Times have changed, as you can see from the graphic above. This is how Carvana’s desperate situation applies to other unicorns.

Another post-bull market reality check: IPO ETF slips 8% amid market carnage ahead of expected Bausch + Lomb pricing

Zillow underscores the uncertainty
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In November, Zillow announced it was exiting its home buying and selling business to focus on its core online home listing and agency services and mortgage lending. The company released its first-quarter results after the close on May 5 and said revenue at its core Internet, media and technology business rose 10%, beating expectations.

It was certainly a good quarter — better than analysts were expecting. But in this market, all eyes are on corporate forecasts during earnings season. Shares of Zillow plunged 15% in premarket trading on May 6 after CEO Rich Barton said the outlook for the US housing market “could be choppy in the near term.”

Retirement locations for every need and desire
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Silvia Ascarelli writes the “Where should I retire to?” column. This week she is helping a couple who are planning a retirement move and want space for a large garden, goats and chickens. Here are three possible locations.

Check out MarketWatch’s Retirement Location tool for your own custom search. It includes data for more than 3,000 US counties and accounts for climate risks.

Once you get there: 5 tips for meaningful part-time work in retirement

The results of studies on physical activity may surprise you.

A threat to Apple
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Apple has an incredibly loyal following, and it’s not just because iPhones are so reliable. The company says it protects consumers by tightly controlling the software running on its devices. But politicians and regulators are targeting some of the restrictions, reports Jon Swartz.

An amazing find from the thrift store
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Laura Young found a new old friend at Goodwill for $34.99.

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“Shopping” doesn’t necessarily mean looking at the latest fashions and high prices. Poking around can unearth a real bargain, as was the case at a goodwill store for this Texas art collector.

Forget investing fads and read this book – or spread the word
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The trouble with reading a book that offers well-dosed investing advice is that it’s best read by someone who follows fads rather than proven wealth-building methods. The tortoise beats the hare.

Here are 11 essential lessons about money and investing from Brian Feroldi, author of “WWhy is the stock market rising? Everything you should have been taught about investing in school but weren’t.”

The effects of the tight labor market
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Have you been waiting a long time for food delivery?

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High inflation and a tight labor market make it very difficult for companies to balance prices and spending. Lyft’s shares plummeted after the company said it would increase spending to attract more riders. Ride-sharing rival Uber tried to forestall a similar market reaction by pulling up its earnings call, but its stock also tumbled.

Domino’s Pizza is also suffering from a driver shortage.

Starbucks is also in a state of upheaval as part of its workforce is unionising. Another challenge for the company is changing consumer tastes, as reported by Tonya Garcia.

How useful is your fitness tracker?
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