UPDATE: Weekend roundup: How John Bogle helped investors | Biotech stocks to avoid | Government shutdown and your investments

01/19/19 10:30 AM EST

By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

Also, an amazing number for Amazon, and the ups and downs of one couple's efforts to fix their finances

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

1. Appreciating John Bogle's efforts to help investors avoid being ripped off

Vanguard founder and index-fund pioneer John Bogle died (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/john-bogle-vanguard-founder-and-investing-legend-dies-at-89-2019-01-16) on Jan. 16. Here's a sampling of opinion about the investing legend and his ideas:

-- Jack Bogle gave individual investors the power to triumph over Wall Street (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bogle-gave-individual-investors-the-power-to-triumph-over-wall-street-2019-01-16)

-- Jack Bogle, mutual-fund industry agitator, got the last laugh (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jack-bogle-mutual-fund-industry-agitator-got-the-last-laugh-2019-01-16)

-- A statue for Jack Bogle? I'll do you one better (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-statue-for-john-bogle-ill-do-you-one-better-2019-01-17)

2. Steer clear of these biotech stocks

The biotech sector is notoriously volatile. Michael Brush explains how to identify the riskiest biotech stocks and lists several you should avoid (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-spot-risky-biotech-companies-and-six-to-avoid-now-2019-01-17).

3. A long government shutdown, the U.S. economy and your investments

The continuing feud between President Trump and the Democratic leaders in Congress (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-cancels-pelosis-overseas-trip-citing-shutdown-2019-01-17) has already made the current partial shutdown of the federal government the longest one ever (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-government-shutdown-already-ranks-as-the-2nd-longest-in-20-years-2019-01-03). Jeff Reeves shares three shutdown-proof investments to buy now and three stock-market areas to avoid (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/3-shutdown-proof-investments-to-buy-now-and-3-stock-market-plays-to-avoid-2019-01-15).

4. Another giant data breach

This time it's 773 million email addresses (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/773-million-email-addresses-exposed-in-mega-data-breach-heres-how-to-see-if-yours-is-one-of-them-2019-01-18). Is yours among them? Here's what to do now.

5. An amazing number for Amazon

You might think the growth of Amazon.com (AMZN) can no longer surprise. Think again (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-prime-membership-exceeds-100-million-2019-01-17).

6. What happens if you get sick on a cruise ship

Hundreds of passengers who suffered from stomach illness on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas recently will receive full refunds. But that is not what typically happens in similar circumstances (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/royal-caribbean-has-another-gastroenteritis-outbreak-and-passengers-might-feel-ill-when-they-see-what-recourse-they-have-2019-01-12).

7. Retiring abroad on the cheap

You might be surprised at the variety of places where you can live for less than $1,800 a month (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-best-places-to-retire-abroad-in-2019on-less-than-1800-a-month-2019-01-14).

Also see: Buyers are finally finding more discounts on new homes -- in these cities (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/buyers-are-finally-finding-more-discounts-on-new-homes-2019-01-17)

8. From big spenders to big savers in one year

Follow the ups and downs of one couple changing their financial lives for the better (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-couple-went-from-saving-almost-nothing-to-70-of-their-income-heres-what-really-works-2019-01-15) as they seek financial independence.

Another tip for financial success: Make this simple change to your outlook (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rich-people-approach-problems-like-this-and-it-helps-explain-why-theyre-wealthy-2019-01-17).

9. Looking for stock bargains?

These stocks have plunged, but analysts expect them to shoot back up during 2019 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-beaten-down-stocks-are-expected-to-roar-back-in-2019-2019-01-14).

10. Fix conference calls

Science shows you how (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ban-the-mute-button-if-you-want-your-next-call-in-meeting-to-work-2019-01-14).

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