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NewsWatch: Stock market peak? ‘Easy money’ has been made but room for more gains, strategists say

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The “easy money” stage of the U.S. stock market rally is likely over, but there’s still room for gains as economic growth steams ahead in 2021, bullish investors say. See full story.

Big tech’s trillion-dollar pandemic year may be just the beginning

This week concludes the first quarter earnings reports of the five biggest giants in tech, illustrating how much bigger Big Tech actually grew since the pandemic began a year ago, and their results are mind-numbing. See full story.

If you think inflation poses a long-term threat, you might want to make these portfolio moves now

Shift bond exposure, add gold and other commodities, and look for dividend increases in the stock market. See full story.

Berkshire Hathaway returns to quarterly profit on insurance and stock-market gains

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway swung to a quarterly profit on stock-market gains and better results from its insurance business. See full story.

Avoiding Biden’s proposed capital-gains tax hikes won’t be so easy—or will it?

Many taxpayers could avoid the tax by timing the realization of capital gains, but the elimination of the stepped-up basis loophole could mean the government would collect a lot of revenue. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

‘Just when you think we’ve hit rock bottom when it comes to the complete mismanagement of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, you see reports like this.’ See full story.

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