Happy Wednesday, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:
Just $50 can buy a life-saving gift this holiday season
A fraction of the typical American’s gift-buying budget goes a long way in a different context.
Facebook is no longer the best place to work in America
Glassdoor released its annual list of the best companies to work at, as voted by their own employees.
During stock-market volatility, how would you invest $100,000?
Should you consider stocks, bonds, ETFs, gold or put it under your pillow?
For Americans looking for a better life, this state is their No. 1 choice
One part of the country continues to draw people from other parts of the U.S.
A new wave of state leaders could crack down on student-loan lenders
State lawmakers are trying to push student-loan legislation over the finish line.
Gifting your kids a ‘career concierge’ could give them an edge to find that dream job
Here’s a holiday gift guide to purchasing professional career or money management advice.
My husband grew up dirt poor and doesn’t believe in insurance or banks, yet he racked up $7,000 on my credit card
This Texas woman makes $12 an hour and is exasperated that her husband is not investing in their family’s future.
This is the most powerful passport in the world (it’s not American)
The U.S. made it to No. 14 on a ranking from 1 to 193 in terms of ease of access for gaining a second citizenship.
Are dentists hooking patients on opioids?
A new study says patients getting the painkillers for wisdom tooth extractions face increased abuse risk.
One in six children in America live in fear of hunger
This should be a ‘wake-up call’ for policy makers, a new report says.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Bush traveled rare ‘high road’ of humility in Washington, Simpson says in eulogy
Former Sen. Alan Simpson praised George H.W. Bush’s humility in memorializing his late friend on Wednesday, saying the former president’s quality made him an outlier in national politics.
Job creation was supposed to slow, but a funny thing happened: Hiring has sped up
The U.S. likely added 190,000 new jobs last month to keep the unemployment rate at a 49-year low of 3.7%, forecasters say. Here’s what to watch in the latest employment report.
Forget the trade truce: Trump’s tariffs are killing U.S. jobs
President Donald Trump’s trade war was meant to bring lost manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., but it’s doing the opposite.
After 15-year run, Denmark is no longer the most heavily taxed country — so which country is?
France, which has faced countrywide protests in recent days sparked by a tax-hike proposal, emerged as the most-heavily taxed of the 36 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
However you’re defining risk in this scary stock market — you’re probably wrong
Risk is really how much portfolio volatility you can live with, writes Mark Hulbert.
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