Month: March 2020

Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, listens during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Images Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg via Getty Images Leading Democratic senators on Tuesday called on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure proper oversight of a $500 billion fund aimed at helping companies hit
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NoDerog | E+ | Getty Images Those government stimulus checks should be on their way soon to millions of Americans. Many people have still have a lot of questions about them. Last week, Washington lawmakers approved a $2 trillion relief bill in response to the coronavirus outbreak that includes a payment of $1,200 for single taxpayers
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Don’t be surprised if your employer pauses its contributions to your 401(k) plan during the U.S. economic downturn. As the coronavirus pandemic wallops the economy, and businesses deal with dropping revenue and limited cash flow, employers are exploring how to trim their obligations to those plans without violating federal regulations. Companies commonly give to worker’s
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Amid a global pandemic and sharp economic slowdown, college-bound high school seniors are giving their state schools a second look. Thanks to heightened financial concerns, students and families may be more likely to choose local and less-expensive public schools rather than private universities far from home, according to Robert Franek, editor in chief of The Princeton Review
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Investors who are seeking to capitalize on the stock market’s recent steep declines must be disciplined, Bank of America Vice Chairman Keith Banks said Tuesday.  “I think a lot of people are trying to get clever and time the market,” Banks said on “Squawk Box.” “The reality is, it’s time in the market, not timing the market.”
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Joe Biden in an interview on MSNBC. Source: MSNBC Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he was not reconsidering his opposition to single-payer health care despite the strain that the coronavirus pandemic has put on the existing health-care system.  “Single-payer will not solve that at all,” Biden said during an interview on MSNBC. 
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The Virgin Orbit ventilator device. Virgin Orbit Richard Branson’s California-based rocket company Virgin Orbit partnered with medical researchers and developed a ventilator device that the company plans to mass produce and send to hospitals around the United States to fight coronavirus. “[It is] a very, very simple and robust design that we can get out to
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SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said Monday that the practice of short selling — effectively betting that a stock will drop — is needed to “facilitate ordinary market trading.” “We shouldn’t be banning short selling,” Clayton told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” However, he said the Securities and Exchange Commission did replace the old uptick rule with a
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Investors should be buying individual stocks, not indexes, as there is still more coronavirus-driven market volatility ahead, economist Mohamed El-Erian said Monday.  “If you feel it’s the all clear, go out and buy the index … I don’t think we’re there yet,” the chief economic advisor at Allianz said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” ”We’re not in an all clear.” El-Erian,
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JGI/Jamie Grill There’s one thing you may be overlooking when it comes to managing your cash during the coronavirus outbreak — your health savings account. An HSA is a savings account you can use to pay for qualified medical expenses. You contribute momney pre-tax, the savings grow tax-free and your withdrawals generally aren’t taxed. HSAs
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Hank Paulson David Orrell | CNBC Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson warned that the U.S. faces a “very difficult road ahead” after President Trump signed a historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.  Paulson, a key figure in helping the country avoid economic catastrophe during the 2008 financial crisis, drew on his experience from that tumultuous period
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College acceptance letters are already in the mail. Now high school seniors must decide their fate for September. Up until now, National College Decision Day, the deadline for high school seniors to choose which college they will attend, has always been May 1. This year, however, the global coronavirus pandemic and extreme economic uncertainty have pushed many
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