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Weekend reads: Will the Federal Reserve rescue the stock market from coronavirus?

Also, the best new ideas in health care and what to tell your children about family money

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By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch


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As the stock market plunges amid the spreading coronavirus update, should the Federal Reserve’s response be to cut short-term interest rates? President Trump says yes. Economists say it won’t help when the problem is disruption to the supply chain, not weak demand. Rex Nutting covers both sides of the argument.

Coronavirus updates

Just about all MarketWatch readers want to read, it seems, is the latest on the coronavirus and its effect on financial markets and the economy. Click here for the latest coverage.

Here’s a summary of what the 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -4.44%  and other large U.S. companies have said about the coronavirus’s effect.

What if there is a major outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S.?

Cirara Linnane and Tonya Garcia consider the potential damage to U.S. consumers and the companies they do business with.

And could the coronavirus end globalization?

What’s really happening in China?

China gets back to work — sort of. But here’s why the situation may be much worse than what has been reported.

What about the stock market?

First, there’s this sobering perspective: The coronavirus isn’t the stock market’s only problem.

If you hare wondering when to begin buying, Mark Arbeter explained how it looks from a chart-watcher’s perspective. And Mark Hulbert described a technical development that could set up a quick rebound for U.S. stocks.

Best new ideas in health care

MarketWatch peers into new developments in health care: the technologies that will change health care the most over the next decade, how medical schools are adapting because of climate change, how the U.S. can improve the health of seniors and toddlers at the same time and more.

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