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Mutual Funds Weekly: Keep politics out of your stock portfolio — plus other top investing tips

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Money and investing stories popular with MarketWatch readers this past week include a critical look at the belief that money flowing in and out of stock mutual-funds can predict the market’s direction, and how to keep your politics from influencing the makeup of your investment portfolio. Plus, read about one key change to your retirement plan that can bring greater financial security, and learn about the best 401(k) choice for your needs.

— Jonathan Burton

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What money flows and mutual funds really say about the stock market’s future

This closely watched bull-bear indicator is not what it seems, writes Mark Hulbert.
What money flows and mutual funds really say about the stock market’s future

Republicans and Democrats, your political leanings color your investments

How to immunize your stock-market choices from political bias.
Republicans and Democrats, your political leanings color your investments

Warren Buffett had a tough year — how might he explain it?

We’ll know Feb. 22, when Berkshire Hathaway earnings and Warren Buffett’s shareholder letter are published.
Warren Buffett had a tough year — how might he explain it?

Why some index funds don’t provide the stock market diversification you need

Indexes increasingly are heavily concentrated in just a few stocks.
Why some index funds don’t provide the stock market diversification you need

Here’s how one ‘black swan’ investor is protecting his $5 billion fund against a market crash that ‘won’t be pretty’

Mark Spitznagel of Universa Investments is getting ready for the next big drop, but he says he’s fine if it never comes.
Here’s how one ‘black swan’ investor is protecting his $5 billion fund against a market crash that ‘won’t be pretty’

This one change can improve retirement wealth by 50%

How investor psychology can make or break your golden years
This one change can improve retirement wealth by 50%

Why the stock market’s January slump matters to your 2020 return

What the ‘January Sentiment Effect’ is telling us now.
Why the stock market’s January slump matters to your 2020 return

Your financial adviser is retiring before you do. Now what?

Should you worry if your investment portfolio is assigned to a junior associate?
Your financial adviser is retiring before you do. Now what?

What your real estate agent won’t tell you about buying a home near water

5 things to know about flooding and rising sea levels before spending any money.
What your real estate agent won’t tell you about buying a home near water

How homeowners can use reverse mortgages for retirement income

Here’s when it makes sense to borrow against the value of your house instead of selling.
How homeowners can use reverse mortgages for retirement income

How investors can tell which company could win the streaming wars

As streaming services battle for views, here’s what investors should consider when looking at competing companies.
How investors can tell which company could win the streaming wars

What’s the difference between a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)?

A deep look into the different retirement accounts available – 401(k), Roth 401(k), IRA, Roth IRA — and how to tell what’s best for you.
What’s the difference between a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)?

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