The U.S. and China appear to be heading to a showdown that may brutalize investors who hold shares of Chinese companies that are listed in the U.S. China’s government isn’t allowing its U.S.-listed companies to comply with a new law requiring the Securities and Exchange Commission be given access to audit reports. It would take at least three years for the SEC to force delisting of stocks if companies continue to fail to comply.

But shareholders of these companies already have a lot at stake. Therese Poletti explains the risk investors face right now even if the delisting of Chinese stocks in the U.S. is several years off.

Don’t assume you know everything about index investing

Investing in index funds or ETFs is nothing new, and you may already understand how lower expenses and broad exposure can be your best way to good performance over the long term.

But there’s more to it. Howard Gold interviews Charles Ellis — author of the classic “Winning the Loser’s Game” and former chairman of the Yale Investment Committee — who digs deeply into indexing, explaining that index funds tend to perform “in the top quartile” while compared to actively managed funds.

Better times for college athletes

Former NBA players Festus Ezeli (l.) and Adonal Foyle talked about the recent changes in NCAA rules.

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The political winds have blown in favor of college athletes, who can now get paid for the use of their names or images. As part of the Value Gap series, Levi Sumagaysay interviews former Golden State Warriors Festus Ezeli and Adonal Foyle, who talk about their college years and the new opportunities available to young athletes.

More from the Value Gap: FICO scores leave out ‘people on the margins,’ Upstart’s CEO says. Can AI make lending more inclusive — without creating bias of its own?

Netflix may have to battle Apple

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has announced that it will begin offering games over its streaming service. Jon Swartz explains how this may set up a conflict with Apple Inc.
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which insists on reviewing games individually for use on iPhones and iPads, rather than allowing them to be played within one app.

Shop for toys early this year

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Don’t wait for the holiday season — toy shortages are in the cards, Tonya Garcia reports.

REIT stocks have scored — here’s a quality screen

Shares of real estate investment trusts have roared back from the doldrums of 2020 — especially those focused on troubled property sectors, such as retail and offices. At this stage of the economic recovery, a focus on quality may be best. Here are 20 REITs that scored best on a screen of critical factors suggested by Frank Haggerty, a senior portfolio manager at Duff & Phelps Investment Management in Chicago.

Another screen: 10 software stocks with sales expected to increase up to 174% through 2023

How to watch the Olympics for free — even if you are a cord-cutter

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The delayed Tokyo Olympics have begun. Mike Murphy rounds up the various ways you can watch events in Tokyo for free, even if you don’t have a cable, satellite TV or streaming subscription.

More coverage: With a cost of over $20 billion, how much will Tokyo lose on the Olympics?

Tech stocks to buy instead of ‘tired’ Amazon

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are up 12% this year, after soaring 76% in 2020. Jeff Reeves presents five other stocks of rapidly-growing e-commerce companies to consider instead.

Thinking of buying a condominium unit? Here’s how to do your homework.

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By now you have probably seen images of the collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo, in Surfside, Fla. But the above photo can give you an idea of why people have been attracted to similar locations for decades — beautiful views and beaches.

Jacob Passy shares four ways to make sure whether a condominium building is structurally sound, while Margie Zable Fisher digs into the details of what information prospective condo unit buyers should demand of condominium owners’ associations when considering a purchase.

A better price-to-earnings ratio for stocks

The Wall Street stock promotion machine runs on analysts’ earnings estimates; as the estimates rise, stock valuations rise, based on price-to-earnings ratios. But professional investors know better to rely on P/E. For one thing, earnings numbers are often skewed by one-time events which can distort P/E ratios.

Mark Hulbert describes a simple way to make P/E a more useful indicator of stock performance.

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