Happy Friday, MarketWatchers. Here’s some of the week’s best personal-finance content to dig into this weekend.
This 24-year-old has raised more than $600,000 for charity — by asking for beer money on national TV
Anheuser-Busch and Venmo are matching donations to the University of Iowa children’s hospital.
Why Jennifer Aniston declined my ‘Friends’ request
‘Friends’ celebrates its 25th anniversary. The actress who played Rachel Green was way ahead of her time.
2 reasons beyond prices that this merger of textbook publishers should worry every college student
If the proposed merger between Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education goes through, just two publishers would dominate the market, both for print and digital textbooks.
The best (and worst) tippers in America
A new study says some people are Grinches when it comes to adding that 20%. Do you fit that bill?
A teenager stole Amy Livingston’s handbag — she will never carry these items in her purse again
‘He looked young and he looked scared.’
This long and silky tequila was 99,000 hours in the making
A Mexican distillery touts the time and effort that goes into producing a high-end spirit.
My sister-in-law is a greedy, gold-digging, woman — it floored me that men could be so stupid
This letter writer is embarking on an around-the-world trip with her husband and is afraid that her relative will insinuate herself into her daughter’s life while she’s gone.
They met at a Google incubator — now they’re trying to destroy the smartphone
The new Light Phone may capitalize on the backlash against smartphone addiction.
Online courses could help make college affordable, but this $1 billion industry is standing in the way
In hiring companies known as online program managers, universities give up what is often a large share of revenues.
More Americans are worried about a recession now than right before the last one
People are evenly split one whether a recession will hit in the next 12 months.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Trump says he doesn’t need China deal before election and unveils Iran central bank sanctions
President Donald Trump on Friday said he didn’t need a trade deal with China before the 2020 elections, as he rejected a partial agreement and said “we have to do it right.”
GM can’t afford to give those striking workers what they want
Liberals cry corporate greed, but GM’s cash is going toward the biggest liberal goal of all.
Gun violence costs the U.S. more than $200 billion each year and 5 Trump states are hardest hit, report says
Gun violence is costing the U.S. economy $229 billion each year, and five southern states that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 election are hit hardest financially by such violence.
‘The wrong Amazon is burning’: These are some of the most powerful global climate strike signs
The international call for climate action is expected to be the largest such demonstration ever.
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