By Jacob Passy
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Funding for the extra $300 unemployment benefit is nearing depletion — but it’s lasting longer in some states
More than 94% of the FEMA disaster-relief money being used to fund the extra benefits has been distributed to make the $300-a-week payments across more than 20 states
Vacuuming — and 7 other things people stopped doing at home during the pandemic
If you're anything like us, you've somehow let certain household chores fall by the wayside over most of this strange year.
Americans are starting to feel more comfortable eating at restaurants, but experts say to proceed with caution
'When eating you physically can’t wear a mask but you can minimize that risk by popping it back on between bites,' one infectious disease doctor suggested.
Walmart is hiring 20,000 seasonal workers — here’s how a seasonal job could affect your unemployment benefits
Walmart, Target and 1-800-Flowers.com are among the companies taking on workers for the holiday shopping season.
See the Bel Air estate that Kathy Griffin is selling for $16 million
On the D-List no more, the comedian Kathy Griffin is selling her swanky Bel Air estate in Los Angeles for $15,995,000. Josh Altman and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman hold the listing.
Google will cover $2,500 of employees’ student-loan debt
Some 8% of U.S. companies offer student loan contribution benefits as of 2019, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.
My wife had a baby in June. She has $140,000 in student loans — and just asked for my ‘blessing’ to work part time
‘Losing $30,000 a year will limit our ability to save for our child’s education, save for retirement, and take vacations. We currently have child care 100% covered between two sets of grandparents.’
New home sales surge to highest level since before the Great Recession
‘Already, more new homes have sold in 2020 than did in all of 2019,’ one economist said.
Mortgage rates are near record lows — but many Americans will struggle to find a lender willing to give them a home loan
The supply of mortgages has dropped to the lowest level since 2014, according to one metric.
How to do Halloween safely during the pandemic: no trick-or-treating door to door or wearing costume masks
The CDC posted its Halloween and Day of the Dead coronavirus guidelines — but Americans are still stocking up on candy
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Mark Cuban wants the government to give every American a check for $1,000 every two weeks
Back in May, with the economy reeling from the coronavirus lockdown, Mark Cuban said it was time for the government to step in with “trickle-up economics” to save small businesses. He said this week that he stands by his plan.
Here’s where Trump and Biden stand on China and other trade issues
How Donald Trump and Joe Biden compare on dealing with China, trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bolstering U.S. manufacturing.
Why we need water futures
Investors will be able to make wagers on the price of water later this year with the launch of futures contracts, which are expected to better balance supply and demand for the commodity and hedge price risks.