Happy Tuesday, MarketWatchers! It was a wild day in the markets. Here are your top stories in personal finance.
How his baby’s health scare taught a money manager what investors really need
A hospital encounter helps a financial adviser focus on being a calm and trusted resource for clients.
Will the recent stock market volatility affect house prices?
The stock market’s behavior could influence home-buying activity.
This guy just lost $10,000 trying to time the market — using his credit card
Day trading is treacherous in a volatile market and the competition is fierce.
Financial advisers say most baby boomers can breathe easy, despite market volatility
At what age should you be most worried about a stock market downturn?
How the new tax law affects homeowners — it could be more than you think
Homeowners with larger mortgages and home equity loans should pay special attention to the new tax code.
Don’t freak out about the market or your 401(k) — do these 5 things instead
Many consumers could benefit from some simple changes in their behavior and finances.
E-cigarette commercials may encourage smokers to quit
If e-cigarette ads were banned on TV, the number of smoking adults who quit would drop 3%.
Millennials are afraid stocks are too risky, so they’re investing in bitcoin
People under the age of 30 are more likely to spend money on cryptocurrencies than older generations.
New developments that could affect your student loans
Recent policy changes and other factors could affect you, and alter the repayment plan that’s best for you.
Here’s exactly how much credit-card and student debt makes you undateable
There appears to be a tipping point where debt and singledom go hand-in-hand.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on stock-market drop: Thanks, Obama
Hannity pinned Monday’s stock market crash on the prior administration, of course.
Trump Today: President threatens government shutdown if Democrats don’t support his immigration plan
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’d “love” to see a government shutdown if Democrats don’t back his immigration proposals, as he used an NFL player’s death to push for tougher border security.
CFPB under Mick Mulvaney reportedly going slow on Equifax probe
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigation into the hack at Equifax that exposed personal data on 143 million Americans has reportedly sputtered.
Senators say progress made to avoid government shutdown
Top lawmakers signaled they were closing in on a two-year spending deal, progress that came as the House was preparing to vote later Tuesday on the latest in a string of short-term patches to keep the federal government open.
Mnuchin, keeping a wary eye on his iPhone, downplays stock plunge
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, testifying to a House panel with his iPhone by his side, downplayed the recent plunge in stocks as a normal — albeit, large — correction.