Happy Monday, MarketWatchers! Here are the top personal finance stories of the day.
How to make $2,000 a month in passive income? One person asked the internet and the (good and bad) ideas poured in…
How to make money while you sleep, from real estate to vending machines
A tax-smart move for 70-somethings with extra money on their hands
IRA charitable donations can replace taxable required distributions — and it’s an even better idea under the new tax law.
Cyber Monday set to be biggest U.S. online shopping day in history
The online shopping holiday is expected to generate $7.8 billion in sales this year.
Why you shouldn’t buy a Christmas tree on Cyber Monday
Those looking to get in the Yuletide spirit early may want to listen up.
Getting divorced? Time is running out to lock in that tax deduction on alimony payments
The change to how alimony payments are treated takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
My mother left her entire estate to my stepfather — what can I do about it?
He willed everything to his biological daughter, who is now deceased.
Beware of hackers who impersonate your favorite brands this holiday season
While you shop for the best deals, keep an eye out for scammers.
Need an advance? These startups offer cheaper alternatives to payday loans
Providing solutions for people with unexpected expenses may eliminate the need for pricey loans.
8 ways to trim your holiday spending without looking like a cheapskate
Don’t pay full price for any gifts this year. Here’s how.
Fortnite ‘V-Bucks’ and cryptocurrency make an appearance on teens’ holiday wish lists
Young people are also lusting after Gucci and Apple products this holiday season.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
GM’s latest job cuts rank as 7th biggest in automobile sector since 2001
General Motors Co.’s news Monday that it’s cutting an estimated 14,700 jobs ranks as the seventh-largest such move in the automotive sector since 2001.
Inflation may soon sink back below 2% target, San Francisco Fed says
Inflation may soon sink below the Fed’s 2% target, according to new research published Monday by the San Francisco Fed.
Here’s what the climate change report says would happen to the economy if temperatures keep getting hotter
The Fourth National Climate Assessment found that annual losses could reach hundreds of billions of dollars, more than the output of some states.
Climate change is a concern among big issues-oriented investors — but it’s not their top concern
As a debate rages on a new climate report from the federal government, issues-focused institutional investors also have been expressing their opinion on climate change.
Fox News guest: Pepper spray used on migrants could be served on nachos
U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Sunday closed part of the southern border with Mexico and fired tear gas and pepper spray at Central American migrants attempting to breach a fence separating the two countries.
Here’s what Fed officials are saying about the interest-rate outlook
Here are what Fed speakers have been saying since their meeting earlier this month
Four reasons to expect a ceasefire in U.S.-China trade war
Even if no agreement is reached at this week’s meetings between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, there are at least four reasons to expect a de-escalation of the U.S.-China tariff war.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un continues to outmaneuver Donald Trump
Since that June summit with President Trump, the North Koreans have reaped significant benefits without having to make any real concessions.
A sensible way to fix the student-loan problem
To clean up the overhang of student debt, it’s time for some good old-fashioned debt forgiveness, then colleges need to have some skin in the game to make sure students learn marketable skills.
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Alessandra Malito is a personal finance reporter based in New York. You can follow her on Twitter @malito_ali.
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