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Weekend reads: How the Fed’s punishing policy can set you up for massive gains in the stock market

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During a long bear market, investors’ moods can be so bleak and muddy that they cannot envision better times. But they always come. Warren Buffett has shown repeatedly over the decades how to enhance long-term returns by shopping for bargains after broad selloffs.

Now Michael Brush believes the Federal Reserve has been too aggressive clamping down on monetary policy to quell inflation. Here’s the golden opportunity he sees for investors.

Another element that may be counterintuitive for investors is that reduced earnings expectations for U.S. companies set up big gains down the line, according to Mark Hulbert.

On the other hand… a grim warning about the economy

Jonathan Burton interviews Keith McCullough, founder and CEO of Hedgeye Risk Management, who builds a case for a worse recession than the one brought about by the financial crisis of 2008.

A new report from S&P Global shows how quickly Americans are spending the cash they have saved up.

Read on: Mohamed A. El-Erian makes the case for even tougher Federal Reserve policy

I-bond rates won’t stay sky-high forever

Investors who plowed money into I-bonds will eventually look for an offramp when interest rates fall.

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The U.S. Treasury’s Series I bonds have an interest rate of 9.62% that is fixed for six months if you buy them before the end of October. The rates reset every six months, based on inflation. Beth Pinsker explains the rules for selling I-Bonds when inflation is lower and their interest rates fall.

Alternatives for income: 21 dividend stocks yielding 5% or more of companies that will produce plenty of cash in 2023

What’s next for oil and for you at the gasoline pump?

Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy Abdulaziz bin Salman spoke during a press conference after the OPEC+ meeting in Vienna on Oct. 5.

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The OPEC+ group agreed this week to lower their daily production of crude oil by 2 million barrels. While the agreement may lead to a smaller cut in actual production, there are many supply and demand factors in play that will affect prices going forward, Myra P. Saefong reports.

More about oil and gasoline for consumers and investors:

Here’s what to do if you have leased a car and are about to go over the mileage limit

If you have driven more miles than your lease allows, don’t panic — you have options.

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Your driving habits may turn out to be different from what you expected when you signed your car lease. Doug DeMuro explains your options while also listing advantages and disadvantages of leasing versus buying.

Related: When buying a used EV is a smart move — and when it’s not

A ‘tornado’ market for housing

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Mortgage interest rates have doubled from a year ago, making the housing market in New York City unpredictable, according to industry insiders.

More housing overage from Aarthi Swaminathan:

‘We want to live in Mexico’: Should we sell our property in the U.S. before prices drop, and purchase our dream home overseas?

Mortgage applications fall to the lowest pace in 25 years, as interest rates nearing 7% spook buyers

Don’t ignore open enrollment season — even if you are covered by Medicare

It’s that time again, when people whose employers provide health insurance face an array of annual decisions. The standard advice is to look through all your options, even if you have been content with choices you made last year.

But what if you are eligible for Medicare? The open enrollment season for Medicare runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 7. Most Medicare recipients don’t even bother to check their options during the annual enrollment period, and that can cost you a lot of money, as Alessandra Malito explains.

Read on: Will working while receiving Social Security increase my benefit?

An opportunity to lock in retirement income while interest rates are high

During periods of very low interest rates, lifetime annuities aren’t very attractive because low income rates are locked in. But this has changed, according to Brett Arends, who shows how much retirement income you can buy today for $100,000, depending on your age.

Why play football in Miami? Lower taxes

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill celebrated after his team beat the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 25.

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This chart explains why Tyreek Hill made what he called a “grown-up decision” to play for the Miami Dolphins.

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