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Two leaders are emerging in autonomous driving and they may not be the companies you first think of in that space. Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Waymo subsidiary and General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) Cruise are both going to start sending out their test vehicles unmanned by the end of the year, pulling the backup drivers that have been a staple thus far.

Dozens of automakers from Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) to BMW have been adding driver-assistance features that are leading toward autonomy, but none have reached fully autonomous functionality yet. And most automakers haven’t put their prototype systems through their paces in millions of miles of real-world road tests with only an emergency backup driver, so Waymo and Cruise are ahead of the pack in that respect. …


There’s no question that solar energy is the fastest-growing source of new energy in the world today. It’s coming down in cost and going up on everything from rooftops to deserts around the world.

Initially, the increased competitiveness of solar energy will disrupt coal, nuclear power, and natural gas in power markets, but long term that’s only the start. As more vehicles are powered by electricity and more electricity is coming from solar energy, it makes sense that solar is indirectly replacing oil, especially if you’re charging an electric vehicle (EV) at home with rooftop solar. …


In the past 70 years, the S&P 500 index has lost at least 10% of its value on 38 different occasions. So it’s inevitable that it’s going to happen again. But here’s the good news: The S&P 500 recovered from all 38 of those crashes.

While stock market corrections and short-term volatility spook a lot of investors, there’s no reason to live in fear of another stock market crash. Your investments can recover — and even emerge stronger — if you don’t run when stocks plunge. Here are five steps you can take to prepare.

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1. Do nothing

If you have a long time horizon and you can deal with the stress of seeing your investments nosedive in the short run, the best thing you can do is nothing. When people fear a crash, they often stop investing. Or they cash out or rebalance too conservatively. Any of these strategies is far more likely to hurt your long-term returns than a market crash. …

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