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These money and investing stories, popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week, offer advice and strategies to help you make tax-aware year-end adjustments to your portfolio and to be aware of how shifting market sentiment could affect your investment decisions in the new year.

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Life inside a stock market bubble is great until someone takes out a pin

Here’s what Warren Buffett and other investing pros know about owning stocks before, during and after a runaway bull market.
Life inside a stock market bubble is great until someone takes out a pin

This year-end stock-selling strategy offsets capital gains taxes and sidesteps the wash-sale rule

Losing stocks have some of their best weeks of the year once tax-loss selling abates.
This year-end stock-selling strategy offsets capital gains taxes and sidesteps the wash-sale rule

Gold has fallen, and it can’t get up

Bullishness during the summer has waned. The yellow metal’s outlook is now neutral.
Gold has fallen, and it can’t get up

Why the 2020s could favor market-timers over buy-and-hold U.S. stock investors

International stocks, gold and bonds may be a better bet for the next decade.
Why the 2020s could favor market-timers over buy-and-hold U.S. stock investors

Most bond-fund managers do well when interest rates rise, but that’s no reason to invest with them

If winning in a bear market took skill, then just as many market timers should beat bull markets.
Most bond-fund managers do well when interest rates rise, but that’s no reason to invest with them

ETF Wrap: Size doesn’t matter

ETF Wrap is a briefing of what investors need to know about the exchange-traded fund sector, including exclusive commentary and interviews on the industry from MarketWatch
ETF Wrap: Size doesn’t matter

How to know when your financial adviser is really listening to your words

The most effective financial advice often is not what is said, but what is heard.
How to know when your financial adviser is really listening to your words

How tapping home equity can pay the taxes on a Roth IRA conversion

Here’s what to know about using a reverse mortgage to convert retirement assets.
How tapping home equity can pay the taxes on a Roth IRA conversion

Options trading is more popular than ever despite the risks

Traders are buying and selling stock options at a record pace. Here’s how call and put contracts work, and why they carry hidden risks for amateur investors,
Options trading is more popular than ever despite the risks