Weekend roundup: When retiring early goes awry | GM vs. Tesla | Coming catalysts

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

1. Here’s what may put the stock market back on an upward course

A few words from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell were enough to drive a powerful rally for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.79%  and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.82% on Wednesday, following significant declines. Here’s what may spark a sustained rally for stocks and how to prepare for it.

More on stock-market jitters and a possible rally:

Crowd psychology supports a year-end rally in stocks

‘Reverse seasonality’ is plaguing the stock market — but that may change soon

2. When to say goodbye to a stock you have loved

No matter how far shares of General Electric GE, -5.54%  fall, there are investors who continue to believe they are undervalued. Jared Dillian explains how you can avoid the trap of struggling to sell longtime holdings that have turned into losers.

Don’t miss: How to avoid making stupid investing mistakes when the stock market drops

3. Tesla vs. General Motors

Here’s the argument for why Tesla TSLA, +2.73% will overrun traditional car companies like GM GM, +3.24% Better to follow Volkswagen’s VOW3, -0.77% VOW, +0.14%  example of radical transformation.

More on Tesla and GM:

Baron’s: Here’s How Tesla Can Keep Model 3 Profit Margins Up

Tesla was weeks from dying earlier this year, Elon Musk says

GM plan is good for GM — and it could shake up things at Tesla and Ford too

The dramatic chart behind GM’s job slashing

GM’s latest job cuts rank as 7th biggest in automobile sector since 2001

4. When retiring early goes awry

Here’s how several people who sought financial independence coped after running into unexpected challenges.

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