My sister inherited the family home, but not the contents. She set up a ‘garage sale’ — and key items were missing. Should I pursue legal action?

My older sister and I are in the process of being appointed co-executrixes of my parents’ estate through the courts, as their will stated. Dad passed in January 2021. Mom passed in 2019.For tax reasons, my parents put their home in my sister’s name. After the COVID-safe funeral and while in the process of finding…

Opinion: What happens when worker benefits are cut? Some suggest that workers offset benefit loss with more saving elsewhere

The economist’s simple life cycle model predicts that workers will respond to a $1 decrease in their defined benefit savings by increasing their supplemental savings by $1. Whether this prediction holds in practice may turn out to be very important for state and local workers. Read: Saving for retirement? Here are 4 key lessons Although…

My sister’s home is in foreclosure, so she’s moving in with our parents. She posted on Facebook that she deserves their home

Dear Quentin, My sister and her partner lost their house. It’s in foreclosure. She is moving into my parents’ house, where she will pay no rent. She claims the reason is to take care of our elderly parents. She is the worst with money, and doesn’t make a ton. She has always borrowed money. Anyway,…

These money and investing tips can hold your portfolio together if the stock market cracks

Don’t miss these top money and investing features:These money and investing stories, popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week, can guide you through any choppiness and uncertainty in the financial markets as investors anticipate and react to economic data and political developments. Sign up here to get MarketWatch’s best mutual funds and ETF stories emailed…

Homebuilder ETFs jump on strong new-home sales data

Exchange-traded funds with exposure to homebuilders, home renovation companies, and the residential real estate industry rallied Friday after a stronger-than-expected new-home sales report. Sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual 1.02 million rate in March, the Commerce Department said. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF XHB, +1.47% gained 0.5%, and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF…