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March 15, 2019, 10:47 a.m. EDT

Weekend roundup: Bad times for Boeing | More about the college admissions scam | The world’s favorite cities

Also, good news for GE shareholders, an index that blows away the S&P 500, and how women can get better advice from financial advisers

By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch


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A Boeing employee works on the fuselage of a 737 MAX 9 test plane. The FAA has grounded all 737 MAX airplanes, following two fatal accidents.

MarketWatch rounds up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.

1. Boeing’s slide and the aftermath

It took a few days, but the U.S. followed many other countries when the Federal Aviation Administration grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX airplanes after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 that killed 157 people. Shares of Boeing (NYS:BA)  closed at $373.30 Thursday, down 16% from the all-time intraday high of $446.01 they hit on March 1. Here’s what analysts expect from Boeing’s damage-control efforts.

Here’s a selection of MarketWatch’s coverage of the most recent tragedy, the response from regulators and what the aftermath may mean for Boeing and investors:

• Boeing 737 Max’s world gets awfully small after President Trump ground jets

• Boeing’s reputation at risk following fatal crashes, but the company has overcome crises before

• As Congress readies for hearings, here’s a look at Boeing’s influence in Washington

• Barron’s: How Boeing Stock Investors Can Hedge Their Bets

2. College scandal: The devil is in the details

Federal prosecutors have said that their investigation of the college admissions racket continues; the 50 arrests so far may be the tip of the iceberg. Here are details explaining how a $1.2 million bribe was arranged in exchange for admission to Yale and the parent behind it.

More on college admission bribes and what led to them:

• Taxpayers may have paid $10 million to help wealthy families bribe their way into elite schools

• College counselors say wealthy parents regularly ask for illegal ‘backdoors’ to get their children into college

• Meet the YouTube star caught up in the admissions scam who once said she only cares about ‘game days’ and ‘partying’

• 5 legitimate charities that help low-income students get into college

• 10 tips for getting accepted into college if you don’t have wealthy parents

• When parents break the law for their kids, who are they really trying to help?

3. Which U.S. city might be best for you?

The U.S. cities making the Mercer quality-of-living rankings are low on the list and most are very expensive. Here’s a list of affordable U.S. cities that rank highest based on a survey of 1,000 millennials.

4. When can you stop worrying about money?

Quentin Fottrell — MarketWatch’s Moneyisthelps a 65-year-old reader who has been a good financial manager but still sufferers from financial anxiety.

Related: Redefining ‘old,’ getting philosophical about death and the scary truth about 401(k) balances

Comforting: Check out this graphic and sleep tight on your retirement account

5. GE’s shares are way up this year — hear’s why

Shares of General Electric are up 30% from the 52-week intraday low they hit on Dec. 26. Tomi Kilgore explains the power of candid talk from the company’s CEO.

6. This huge index fund has blown away the S&P 500’s performance

Tracking this other broad index may be a better way for you to diversify.

7. A logical, contrarian stock play

Contrarian investors will tell you to jump in the water when other investors are running from sharks. Here’s an example of how to do that.

8. Trouble for Facebook and hope for Facebook

A grand jury is reviewing the Facebook’s (NAS:FB) data-sharing practices, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reorganizing his executive team. Here are five things Facebook needs to change now to restore confidence, according to security experts.

9. What women can do about financial advisers’ gender bias

Women are more likely than men to go to a financial adviser, and also more likely to be unhappy with the results. Stereotyping can lead to some less-than-ideal advice from well-meaning advisers. Here’s how female investors can detect biased financial advice.

10. Heartwarming story of a lucky trade and some hard partying

Even a gambler who starts the evening off with some big winnings is likely to continue playing until he loses it all. Casino operators know this, which is why they profit even if a game gives low odds to the house. But this trader “played” President Trump’s tax cut, turned $100,000 into a quick $2.5 million and then got out.

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