Top Ten: Weekend roundup: The best-read stories of MarketWatch in 2017

There are many ways to look back on 2017. At MarketWatch, the most-read articles of the year reflect our focus on all things money, whether today’s financial markets and investing ideas or how to be smarter about how you spend your cash.

We put dollar amounts of everything from a company’s public-relations fiasco to the Tomahawk missiles fired on Syria. And, of course, the tax changes, with an immensely popular calculator.

As the stock market set record after record (and MarketWatch set readership records), the most popular stock pages were for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.48% Apple AAPL, -1.08% United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings UAL, -0.21% the S&P 500 SPX, -0.52% Amazon.com AMZN, -1.40% the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.67% and Tesla TSLA, -1.27%

Here’s our list of the 10 articles readers read most:

1. The MarketWatch tax calculator: Will you pay more or less under the Trump tax plan?

MarketWatch helped 1.8 million people estimate how their finances will be impacted by the tax changes signed into law in December.

Also read: These 10 numbers reveal the average American’s financial health — how do you compare?

2. This is the most expensive city in the world

No, it’s not New York. Or San Francisco.

3. Bottled water has finally overtaken soda in popularity

And MarketWatch explains why you should avoid both.

4. United Airlines’ $255 million mistake

Oh, there was the dead giant rabbit. And hurricanes. But this is what really got to investors in United Continental Holdings UAL, -0.21%

5. Bill Gates may not really be the richest man in the world

He supposedly has a long way to go to catch the real richest man because the Forbes list doesn’t take into account the world leaders and “dictators who derive their fortunes entirely as a result of their position of power.”

6. The cost of those 59 Tomahawk missiles

President Trump fired the missiles on Syria back in April in response to a chemical-weapon attack on civilians. MarketWatch readers were fascinated by the cost to taxpayers.

7. The reality of that ‘one-sided’ trade between the U.S. and Mexico

Just days after being sworn in, President Trump called Nafta a “one-sided deal from the beginning.” MarketWatch took a look, and the answer is more complex than the president’s tweeting suggests.

8. Janet Yellen’s take on the stock market

Guess when she said this: “I think market participants likely are anticipating shifts in fiscal policy that will stimulate growth and perhaps raise earnings.”

9. Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Hurricane Irma destroyed these luxury Caribbean homes.

10. Americans aren’t that keen on a weekend in Havana after all

Interest waned a year after Cuba was opened up to U.S. visitors.

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