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Dec. 16, 2020, 5:20 p.m. EST

Remote learning is here to stay for many K-12 schools and America’s nurses share their hope and relief as first colleague gets COVID-19 vaccine

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By Elisabeth Buchwald

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Bad news for parents: Remote learning is here to stay for many K-12 schools

‘Even when kids are home because of snow, they’ll still be learning,’ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week.

Will COVID-19 push more employees to work remotely after the pandemic? This economist says yes

A new Vanguard study quantifies the future of remote work, and looks at the number of potential hybrid jobs.

Millions of Americans are in ‘survival mode’ — beware, decisions made in this frame of mind can make or break you

‘Unfortunately, our ability to see the big picture is severely limited when we’re in fight-or-flight mode.’

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’: America’s nurses share their hope and relief as first colleague gets COVID-19 vaccine

More than 270,000 health-care workers contracted COVID-19 and 915 have died as of mid-December, according to the CDC.

Financially fragile Americans during COVID-19 have difficulty answering these 15 money questions — can you?

A new survey asked who could cover unexpected expenses during the pandemic’s early days.

‘No one likes to admit they’re struggling’: Americans are feeling guilty this Christmas about their finances. Here’s why

‘Sometimes you just have to swallow some pride, though, and do what’s best for you, especially in crazy economic times like these.’

COVID-19 has created a ‘flight to safety’ for American job hunters

‘Our findings uncover a flight to safety channel in the labor market,’ a new study says.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Here’s proof that tax cuts for the rich don’t boost the economy

GDP per capita and unemployment rates are nearly identical after five years in countries that cut taxes on the rich and in those that did not.

Waiting is the hardest part – stimulus deal close, Washington leaders say, but not done yet

Congressional advocates of a second round of direct stimulus checks to households may get their wish as talks among congressional leaders on an overall aid package go down to the wire.

These are the last days of small government and investors need to prepare for ‘neofiscalism’

Government is going to take a bigger role in the economy and that will affect your investment decisions.

What a Biden FCC means for social-media and internet regulation

The Federal Communications Commission is one of the most powerful arms of the federal regulatory apparatus, with vast powers to regulate some of the largest corporations in America, and with a gridlocked Congress likely preventing President-elect Joe Biden from advancing his economic agenda through legislation, it could become an epicenter of policymaking during the next four years.

I admit it — these are my 5 dumbest investment calls of 2020

Jeff Reeves says he was wrong about COVID-19's impact on the S&P 500, about marijuana stocks, about bitcoin and more.

Elisabeth Buchwald is a personal finance reporter at MarketWatch. She is based in New York.

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