Weekend reads: What to do if a company you trust has failed to protect your personal data

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There’s never a shortage of trouble in the world, but if a data breach causes your personal information to be widely available to criminals, your own mess may take years to clean up. This week, T-Mobile was the latest company to announce a failure to protect millions of customers — 48 million so far.

The breached data included customers’ names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license information. Katherine Wiles explains what steps you should take if you believe your data has been breached. Some of her advice applies to anyone who wishes to avoid identity theft or at least the credit fallout.

Elon Musk looks way ahead

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Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk described plans for a new humanoid robot that that will make use of various systems the company employs in its electric cars, including neural networks. Musk expects the new Tesla Bot to move autonomously and be ready to do “the work people would least like to do.”

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How to invest so that your money lasts through retirement

If you are building a nest egg to fund your post-career decades, you might be wondering how to manage your money so that it lasts while providing the income you need. Robert Powell shares the results of a study of various retirement investment and spending strategies.

Related: What if you die first? 10 important financial issues for married people

Don’t miss: MarketWatch/Barron’s How to Invest series

Leaving Oakland but staying cool

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Continuing her Where Should I Retire series, Silvia Ascarelli helps a reader who lives in Oakland, Calif., is concerned about the affordability of housing in the Bay Area, wishes to retire in four years and enjoys cool weather for outdoor activities. Here are three possible locations.

For your own retirement location search, try MarketWatch’s upgraded retirement location tool, which now includes data for more than 3,000 U.S. counties and incorporates climate risk.

A changing climate, water shortages and what to do

It has been obvious for decades that too many people, businesses and farmers rely on the Colorado River for water. This year’s water shortage is critical. Rachel Koning Beals has advice for homeowners to be more mindful of water waste, including some water use you may not even been aware of.

Investments to protect against inflation

Steve Goldstein points to this asset class as the best performer when inflation rises unexpectedly, according to Vanguard’s research.

Greg Kuhl of Janus Henderson makes the case that real-estate investment trusts have built-in protection against inflation.

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Cryptocurrency news

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Bitcoin dominates discussions about the cryptocurrency market and trading patterns, but etherium has been rising more quickly in value, and may have technical advantages over bitcoin, as Mark DeCambre reports.

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What about cryptocurrencies in retirement accounts?

Alessandra Malito gets answers to seven questions about whether bitcoin should be part of your retirement account.

Where Warren Buffett likes to shop

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc., let by CEO Warren Buffett, added millions of shares to its stake in supermarket operator Kroger Co. during the second quarter. Here’s what may be driving the buildup in a stock that isn’t loved by Wall Street.

Michael Brush believes investors would be better served by considering this stock that Berkshire has also been buying.

How investors think — selling stocks is more important than buying them

An investors thought process can be the biggest factor in poor performance over time. One reason for this is the tendency to put much more effort into deciding which stocks to buy, rather than which ones to sell. Mark Hulbert shares research results that can help investors avoid mistakes.

Pizza time around the world

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Tonya Garcia looks into the global expansion of Domino’s Pizza Inc. and Papa John’s International Inc.

The case for chip stocks

Semiconductor stocks have fallen recently. Michael Brush outlines a bullish case for chip makers as long-term investments.

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