It was bad enough that the consumer price index was up 6.2% in October from a year earlier, and that prices rose 0.9% in only one month. But you have probably encountered your own sticker shock at the supermarket or other places, with much higher price increases.

How can you protect yourself from a decline in your buying power? Mark DeCambre explores the use of bitcoin as a hedge against inflation.

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Nvidia’s amazing run and a look ahead

Here’s a chart showing the rise of Nvidia Corp.’s stock over the past year, compared with the S&P 500 Index and the Invesco QQQ Trust, which covers the tech-concentrated Nasdaq-100 Index:

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It has been an excellent 12 months for the broad stock market, but Nvidia’s performance has been breathtaking. And if we look back three years, the result for the maker of graphics processors has been even more impressive:

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Mike Feibus explains Nvidia’s strategy to keep it ahead of its competitors.

Jeff Reeves shares five catalysts that might push Nvidia’s stock even higher.

These tech stocks may eventually join the trillion-dollar club

The financial media has made plenty of hay out of trillion-dollar-plus market capitalizations for Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Tesla Inc. But which big tech giants might join that group? Daniel Newman looks at three companies that might break into the megacap group of tech stocks.

More from Daniel Newman: Amazon, perpetually bashed by politicians, is taking on big social initiatives, and investors should reward it

Value stocks for inflation time

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Some investors believe a long period of high inflation will favor value stocks — generally those of mature companies that trade low to expected earnings and which may feature attractive dividend yields. If you’re a believer in the value thesis, Mark Hulbert has a list of 10 stocks for you.

Read on: Inflation is boosting prices and stocks — here’s why that isn’t a surprise

Investigating an elder-care provider

If you hire a company to provide complete care to an elderly loved one, two things you want are assurance that the patient won’t be neglected and that you will be able to get in contact with caregivers easily. Eleanor Laise looks into complaints by customers and regulators that InnovAge Holding Corp., the well-connected elder care provider that went public in March, hasn’t been doing its job.

Related: ‘They promise so much.’ Are those Medicare Advantage TV ads for real?

The infrastructure bill and electric cars

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President Joe Biden plans to sign the $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Nov. 15. Claudia Assis explains how the new spending can accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.

More on the infrastructure bill:

5 infrastructure stocks to buy now that Biden’s bill has been passed, according to Jefferies

Here’s what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure bill — and how it’s paid for

A ‘brilliant’ way to track diamonds — blockchain

Tonya Garcia profiles Brilliant Earth Group, which recently went public through a successful offering of shares, and follows an ESG-friendly approach to the diamond trade by tracking the stones from their production until they get to customers.

The supply chain’s weakest link

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It’s trucking, and here’s why.

How to save and invest for college

MarketWatch’s How To Invest series continues, as Alessandra Malito explains how to set up a financial plan for university tuition.

Do you really want to hire people?

Employers are feeling the pinch in the tight-labor economy — a record 4.4 million people quit their jobs in the U.S. in September.

Jon Picoult has advice for employers desperate to add good new staff member: Treat job applicants the same way you do your customers, not with these infuriating indignities.

Another source of workers? Democrats plan revamp for green cards in possible win for tech sector, as Republicans object

Retirement planning and the information you might be overlooking

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Jim Blankenship has a guide to an expanded information source for people planning for retirement — the Social Security website.

More on retirement and planning for it:

Want to beat pension fund experts? Think like an idiot

Gen Z is committed to retirement investing — and doesn’t flinch when the market swings

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