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4:54 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My coworker owns 10 homes, 9 of which are rented. How did he get a stimulus check while I didn’t? ‘I happened to have inherited my mother’s house, so if I don’t qualify, that’s fine. I’m working’‘I happened to have inherited my mother’s house, so if I don’t qualify, that’s fine. I’m working.’
4:35 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘They get free money’: People will receive more stimulus payments and unemployment insurance. Why is there no accountability? ‘I’ve heard of one case where a young adult purchased a ‘new’ used car with cash. Another one is approaching the $13,000 mark in savings from unemployment’‘I’ve heard of one case where a young adult purchased a ‘new’ used car with cash. Another one is approaching the $13,000 mark in savings from unemployment.’
7:57 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Dr. Fauci on COVID-19 infections: ‘Things will get worse as we get into January’ Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned of a ‘dark time’ in mid-January Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of a ‘dark time’ in mid-January after Christmas and Hanukkah.
8:05 p.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother gave me a substantial financial gift. I gave it back. My soon-to-be ex-husband says half belongs to him ‘My husband persuaded me to add his name to the account with the money from my mother’‘My husband persuaded me to add his name to the account with the money from my mother.’
2:30 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My grandfather gave me $150,000 in shares and $20,000 to buy a car, but my family interferes in my life. Should I give it back? ‘In my family, you don’t move out of state, not show up to get-togethers, or send gifts back unless you’re trying to send a message. This is a decision I do not take lightly’‘In my family, you don’t move out of state, not show up to get-togethers, or send gifts back unless you’re trying to send a message. This is a decision I do not take lightly.’
11:32 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I’m lucky to get by on $75,000 a year’: The $600 stimulus program doesn’t sound reasonable to me. Why am I left out? ‘Be grateful that you have a home and family to go home to tonight’‘Be grateful that you have a home and family to go home to tonight.’
5:20 a.m. Dec. 30, 2020 - By Catey Hill
She’s 63 and living by the beach in Mexico on $1,000 a month: ‘I can’t imagine living in the U.S. again’ After losing her job as a journalist, Janet Blaser left Santa Cruz for Mazatlán, where she started her own magazineAfter losing her job as a journalist, Janet Blaser left Santa Cruz for Mazatlán, where she started her own magazine. Here are the pros and cons of her life abroad.
10:44 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
As some hospitals near 90% capacity due to COVID-19, this map can tell you if your local hospital is almost full A new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their areaA new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their area.
10:40 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Americans prepare to travel again for Christmas, while hospitals brace for post-Thanksgiving surge The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations this month with more than 109,000 patients, and the number of people with the virus in intensive-care units surpassing 21,200The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations this month with more than 109,000 patients, and the number of people with the virus in intensive-care units surpassing 21,200.
1:18 a.m. Dec. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Joe Biden’s pandemic plan: Restore Obamacare, mandatory masks, paid sick leave and free COVID-19 tests The President-elect said: ‘Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face’The President-elect said: ‘Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face.’
8:12 a.m. Dec. 5, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Thanksgiving is over. Christmas is coming. What now? COVID-19 spread when 5 million people left Wuhan for Chinese New Year — yet 50 million Americans traveled for ThanksgivingCOVID-19 spread when 5 million people left Wuhan for Chinese New Year — yet 50 million Americans traveled for Thanksgiving.
12:20 a.m. Dec. 5, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m 41. My fiancé is 61. I’m worth $1.3M. He’s worth $250K. He won’t marry if I insist on a prenup. How can I protect my assets? ‘I have struggled so much financially before finding my niche, and now I am worrying about what would happen should this marriage fail’‘I have struggled so much financially before finding my niche, and now I am worrying about what would happen should this marriage fail.’
12:12 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
From jobs to child care: How this second surge in COVID-19 can damage your finances — as well as your health More people were having trouble getting enough food on the table in early November compared to five weeks earlierMore people were having trouble getting enough food on the table in early November compared to five weeks earlier.
2:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
I have 8 nieces and nephews. What is the appropriate age to stop giving envelopes full of money during the holidays? ‘Sometimes, we don’t even see the kids for the holidays and we’re just pushing around cards and envelopes’‘Sometimes, we don’t even see the kids for the holidays and we’re just pushing around cards and envelopes.’
2:12 a.m. Nov. 29, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My fiancé and I have 3 kids each. My stepson, 16, ‘forgot’ his Christmas gift last year. Should I get him nothing this year? ‘I spent the last 2 years trying very hard to be kind to him, and to always greet him and include him regardless of his attitude. But recently, I just no longer care about his approval’‘I spent the last 2 years trying very hard to be kind to him, and to always greet him and include him regardless of his attitude. But recently, I just no longer care about his approval.’
4:01 a.m. Nov. 28, 2020 - By Morey Stettner
How to get older without screwing it up From kindness to exercise and learning TikTokFrom kindness to exercise and learning TikTok
10:45 p.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Dr. Fauci on Cuomo’s decision to review vaccines for New Yorkers after FDA approval: ‘Trust the process’ The veteran immunologist in a Washington Post video interview: ‘The numbers can be stark, sobering and, in many cases, they can be frightening’The veteran immunologist in a Washington Post video interview: ‘The numbers can be stark, sobering and, in many cases, they can be frightening.’
3:31 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Davide Mamone
It’s 2:30 a.m. in Wyoming: ‘You’re holding a smartphone to let a husband say goodbye to his wife via FaceTime after 60 years of marriage’ Doctors and nurses in North Dakota and Wyoming tell MarketWatch what it's like on the front lines of COVID-19Doctors and nurses in North Dakota and Wyoming tell MarketWatch what it's like on the front lines of COVID-19.
9:05 a.m. Nov. 20, 2020 - By Krystal Barker
Wrapping up 2020: Now is time for a financial reset As we reflect on the challenges of 2020, we could all use a little financial self-careAs we reflect on the challenges of 2020, we could all use a little financial self-care
8:47 a.m. Nov. 9, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Joe Biden announces his COVID-19 task force The team of public-health experts will advise the Biden administration and the transition’s COVID-19 staffThe team of public-health experts will advise the Biden administration and the transition’s COVID-19 staff.
10:02 a.m. Nov. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
I filed for bankruptcy after rehabbing my husband’s home. Now he wants an open marriage and says I own nothing. I feel trapped and bamboozled ‘I don’t pay bills, which has left me pondering the idea of just staying with him out of convenience — but at what cost to me mentally?’‘I don’t pay bills, which has left me pondering the idea of just staying with him out of convenience — but at what cost to me mentally?’
8:46 a.m. Nov. 3, 2020 - By Catey Hill
We get $2,470 a month from Social Security and want a warm, friendly city near the ocean. Where should we retire? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email chill@marketwatch.com for suggestions. Here are three spots to consider.
7:03 a.m. Nov. 3, 2020 - By Morey Stettner
Retiring in a pandemic is the ultimate party pooper How to get closure and fight off lonelinessHow to get closure and fight off loneliness
6:08 a.m. Oct. 25, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m 24 and dating a 64-year-old man. He wanted to get married, but I discovered he never got divorced. Have I been conned? ‘He’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a person: He’s smart, funny, intelligent, caring and handsome’‘He’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a person: He’s smart, funny, intelligent, caring and handsome.’
10:06 a.m. Oct. 22, 2020 - By Deborah Cullinan
To build racial and wealth equality in post-pandemic America, invest in a Cultural New Deal COVID-19 recovery period can be an opportunity to revive American communities and restore the country’s frayed foundationHow the COVID-19 recovery period can be an opportunity to revive American communities and restore the country’s frayed foundation.
2:27 a.m. Oct. 18, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘COVID-19 remains a serious public-health threat’: New Yorkers don’t have hope that their city will recover anytime soon The impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, continues to weigh most heavily on people of color in New YorkThe impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, continues to weigh most heavily on people of color in New York.
2:21 a.m. Oct. 18, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Dr. Fauci: ‘This is an outbreak of historic proportions, the likes of which we’ve not seen in 102 years’ The veteran immunologist said, ‘I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble’The veteran immunologist said, ‘I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble.’
9:10 a.m. Oct. 16, 2020 - By Morey Stettner
Retiring in a pandemic? Here’s how to get closure and fight off loneliness Saying goodbye virtually can be joltingSaying goodbye virtually can be jolting
11:59 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020 - By Kerry Hannon
Resort owner, baker, independent filmmaker: Entrepreneurs flip the switch on the pandemic A wedding cake business switches to virtual cooking classes, and other pandemic pivotsHow these small-business owners have managed to survive in a COVID-19 era.
11:56 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Broadway won’t reopen in 2020 — here’s the new timeline ‘Our audience has to be safe no matter what age they are,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, but she acknowledges social distancing will prove difficult‘Our audience has to be safe no matter what age they are,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, but she acknowledges social distancing will be difficult.
12:35 a.m. Oct. 1, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
The $1.7 trillion question that did NOT come up during Trump-Biden presidential debate This issue affects millions of Americans, and has become especially prescient during the COVID-19 pandemicThis issue affects millions of Americans, and has become especially prescient during the COVID-19 pandemic.
11:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2020 - By Diane Eastabrook
Is it safe to retire in a college town in the pandemic? Sports, concerts, classes, lectures, restaurants, a vibrant social scene—many of the things retirees enjoy aren’t there, or they feel unsafe doing themCollege towns are often economically vibrant communities that promote healthy aging. But times have changed.
5:48 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Richard Quinn
Making these small spending and saving changes can buy you a better retirement 10 easy ways to save $870,00010 easy ways to save $870,000
10:30 a.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Tents fit for a wedding reception and artfully constructed wooden bandstands: Welcome to outdoor classrooms during a pandemic — and now for the bad news ‘We have several children who are runners, and that terrifies us. In a building you can control the situation, but outside you can’t,’ says Rosier-Rayburn, a special-education teacher. ‘We have several children who are runners and that terrifies us. In a building you can control the situation, but outside you can’t,” says Rosier-Rayburn, a special-education teacher.
2:00 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Wyndham Destinations says August sales improved versus July Wyndham Destinations Inc. said Monday that gross vacation ownership, or VOI, sales came to $168 million in July and August with the trend improving in August from July. The vacation club company said August VOI sales were down 57% from a year ago, after being down 69% in July, due to the pandemic. Volume per guest improved more than 30% in each month versus the prior-year period. As of Aug. 26, 84% of the company's resorts and 76% of its sales operations were open. Occupancy at open resorts was 59% in July and 58% in August, and over the Labor Day weekend, it achieved average occupancy of 77%, in line with prior-year levels. Shares were not active premarket, but have fallen 40% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 3.4%. Re-openings in Hawaii and California are being pushed out, the company said. "As we said in July, we're continuing to see the green shoots of the recovery with continued steady growth in VPG as resort occupancy started to rebound while our owners began to enjoy their summer vacations," said the company. "While many resorts in Hawaii and California have yet to reopen, we're able to reaffirm key business metrics that demonstrate the resiliency of our business."
6:58 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - By Virginia K. Smith
As months of closures wear on, New York City yoga studios move online—or shut their doors permanently Even online classes are not making up for the lost revenue stream from in-person sessionsWhile the Paycheck Protection Program was a shot in the arm for struggling studios, more aid is needed to prevent further closures.
4:07 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - By Tonya Garcia
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers shares rise after improved comp salesRed Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. stock rose 3.8% in Thursday premarket trading after the restaurant chain's latest business update showed improved comp sales at company-owned locations. For the week ending September 6, comp sales at Red Robin's company-owned restaurants were down 21.9%, up from the week prior when comp sales were down 22.1%. Comp sales were down more than 30% each of the weeks ending in August. Average net sales per restaurant dipped slightly to $39,593 in the most recent week due to the Labor Day holiday, which the company said hurt comparable revenue by 3% to 5%. Paul Murphy III, Red Robin's chief executive officer, said the improvement coincides with the addition of seating, primarily outside. "Looking ahead, we expect to build further momentum from the implementation and related seating expansion of all-weather tents and booth partitions by early in the fourth quarter along with indoor dining rooms beginning to re-open in California," he said in a statement. As of September 6, Red Robin had $104 million in cash and equivalents and its credit facility. The company will be hosting investor meetings and is participating in the J.P. Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Management Access Forum. Red Robin stock is down 63% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index has gained 5.2% for the period.
6:23 a.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My brother was my best friend’: He moved into my late father’s home, changed the locks and blew through his money. Should I pursue criminal charges? ‘He and his wife were in serious financial debt prior to dad’s death. When I confronted my brother he blocked me on social media, and has refused to talk to me ever since’‘He and his wife were in serious financial debt prior to dad’s death. When I confronted my brother he blocked me on social media, and has refused to talk to me ever since.’
6:22 a.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Another warning from the 1918 flu for COVID-19: ‘Survival does not mean that individuals fully recovered’ ‘We may never know the true mortality consequences of 1918 because of incomplete or inaccurate record keeping, issues that also undermine our ability to quantify the impact of COVID-19’‘We may never know the true mortality consequences of 1918 because of incomplete or inaccurate record keeping, issues that also undermine our ability to quantify the impact of COVID-19.’
2:48 a.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Think twice before wearing a face shield to protect against COVID-19 instead of a cloth face mask — here’s why Teachers and students are returning to schools and colleges — sometimes wearing face shields in lieu of masksTeachers and students are returning to schools and colleges — sometimes wearing face shields in lieu of masks.
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