Here are the top personal finance stories to kick off your week with:
Scientists pour cold water on ‘intriguing’ — and potentially fatal — similarity between COVID-19 and 1918 influenza
‘Cytokine storms,’ a hyperinflammatory immune response to the influenza of 1918, were seen as one reason healthy people were so hard hit. How big a role have they played in 2020?
President-elect Joe Biden has signaled he’s open to canceling student-loan debt — the question is when and how much
An idea that first bubbled up during Occupy Wall Street is now being talked about as a Day 1 priority for President-elect Joe Biden.
How to protect yourself from holiday scammers and identity thieves
Here are 13 things that can help protect your mobile devices, recognize and avoid risks, and guard against identity theft.
‘We need to do another stimulus package’: Former Obama economist tells MarketWatch what advice she would give Joe Biden
'Asking people to stay home and not work is fine if they can afford to do that,' says Sandra Black, who served on former President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.
Joe Biden didn’t get a ‘blue wave’ but here are 5 ways he can advance his tax agenda
With two Senate seats up for grabs, what does this mean for families thinking about their tax bill in a Biden era?
The pandemic isn’t stopping one New York councilman from hosting a big Thanksgiving gathering — and a new survey shows he’s not alone
People are planning gatherings even as daily COVID-19 case counts keep breaking records.
Smaller turkeys are flying off the shelves as Americans downsize Thanksgiving plans
Demand for small birds runs counter to how turkeys have been bred for the past few decades. The average commercial bird is now 37.5 pounds.
‘Help is coming — and it’s coming soon’: Dr. Fauci outlines when COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all Americans
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said: ‘When we get both of those things together — vaccine and public health measures — that would really be a game changer.’
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Fed’s Clarida: Recent rise in 10-year bond yield is not a concern
Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Monday he wasn't worried by the recent rise in long-term bond yields, saying the level remains accommodative.
Apple has been hit with privacy complaints from the same digital activist who successfully took on Facebook
Apple is being targeted with two strategic privacy complaints in Europe by Max Schrems, a privacy activist who has successfully taken on Facebook’s user data practices.
Sweden stages coronavirus U-turn, banning public events with more than eight people
Sweden is switching from its voluntary lockdowns, with a much stricter approach that will see public events of more than eight people banned.
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate sparks market rally after achieving 94.5% efficacy in late-stage trial and requires only standard refrigeration
Moderna Inc. said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine candidate met its primary endpoint in a Phase 3 trial, demonstrating 94.5% efficacy, a far higher benchmark than originally expected, sparking a broad-based market rally.