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4:22 a.m. May 25, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I moved 200 miles to live in my girlfriend’s new house. We have a child, but she’s reluctant to get married. I’d be left with nothing if we broke up ‘How can I protect myself financially from being completely left out in the cold if she wanted to break up with me?’‘How can I protect myself financially from being completely left out in the cold if she wanted to break up with me?’
5:11 p.m. May 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My boyfriend inherited a home and $700K. He pays me $500 monthly rent. Should I ask him for $86K to pay off my condo? ‘I am 65 and get a monthly pension of $800 and receive $1,800 Social Security every month. I have no savings, and own two properties’‘I am 65 and get a monthly pension of $800 and receive $1,800 Social Security every month. I have no savings, and own two properties.’
6:17 a.m. May 18, 2021 - By David Benoit
JPMorgan Chase puts CEO contenders in charge of consumer operation CFO Jennifer Piepszak and CEO of Consumer Lending Marianne Lake are succeeding COO Gordon Smith, who is retiring at year’s endJPMorgan Chase & Co. is putting two of the contenders to succeed Chief Executive Jamie Dimon in charge of its sprawling consumer-banking operation.
8:34 a.m. May 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My boyfriend talked me into depositing my paychecks into his bank account, and paying for a car in his name. What can I do? ‘He financed a brand-new car in his name for me — it cost over $45,000. I made aggressive payments every month and even took money from my 401(k) to pay off the car’‘He financed a brand-new car in his name for me — it cost over $45,000. I made aggressive payments every month and even took money from my 401(k) to pay off the car.’
8:27 a.m. May 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
No, you’re not crazy. Yes, CDC mask guidelines are confusing — so should you stop wearing a mask in public or not? ‘We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,’ CDC director Rochelle Walensky said. But we are still far, far away from normal‘We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,’ CDC director Rochelle Walensky said. But we are still far, far away from normal
8:26 a.m. May 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Is it ethical for cruise lines, venues, schools or Broadway to restrict entry to people not vaccinated against COVID-19? Are vaccine holdouts ‘pathologically narcissistic’ or exercising their civil rights? And do private businesses have the right to refuse them? The Moneyist weighs inAre vaccine holdouts ‘pathologically narcissistic’ or exercising their civil rights? And do private businesses have the right to refuse them? The Moneyist weighs in.
1:47 p.m. May 9, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I have a ‘mundane’ First World problem: Should I buy a $30,000 bracelet during a global pandemic? ‘My husband said I should buy it’‘‘My husband said I should buy it.’
10:39 a.m. May 8, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
I’m a 57-year-old nurse with no retirement savings and I want to retire within seven years. What can I do? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com
8:42 a.m. May 8, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
My parents are unprepared for retirement — how can I help them? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.comHave a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com
7:54 a.m. May 8, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
How do super savers know when they can quit their jobs? These people on the path to early retirement took their time, even when they had the money to leaveThese people on the path to early retirement took their time, even when they had the money to leave
12:09 p.m. May 6, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow jumps over 300 points to log 23rd record close in 2021 and S&P 500 ends back above 4,200 amid late-session surgeU.S. stocks on Thursday finished a tumultous day firmly in positive territory and the Dow registered back-to-back record closes, supported by a round of strong corporate earnings and signs of continued improvement in the labor market as reflected in the jobless claims report ahead of a closely followed employment report due on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up by about 315 points, or 0.9%, to a record at 34,546, powered by gains in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Home Depot . The all-time closing high was the 23rd for the blue-chip index in 2021, outstripping all of the records produced in 2020, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The S&P 500 index closed up 0.8% at 4,200, while the Nasdaq Composite Index ended 0.4% higher at 13,633, snapping a four-session skid. A 1.4% rally in financials and a 1% rally in the technology sector helped to support Thursday's advance, which came as initial unemployment claims in the U.S. fell to 498,000 for first time in pandemic era, pointing to an improving labor market but also raising questions for some investors about the specter of rapidly rising inflation.
11:02 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Charles Schwab sold off more than 1 million shares of namesake brokerage in the past weekCharles Schwab Corp. disclosed Thursday that Chairman Charles R. Schwab sold 100,000 shares of his namesake brokerage and wealth management company the previous day, and has now sold 410,000 shares this week. In , Charles Schwab said Schwab sold 100,000 shares of common stock in the open market on Wednesday at a weighted average price of $69.8728, to raise $6.99 million. He also sold a total of 262,751 shares in the open market on Tuesday at a weighted average price of $68.5083, to raise $18.00 million, according to a MarketWatch calculation of SEC data. And on Monday, Schwab sold 47,249 shares in the open market at $68.0046 to raise $3.21 million, brining the total to $28.20 million worth of shares sold. But that's not all. He sold 248,967 shares in the open market on April 23 at a weighted average price of $66.5657, another 300,000 shares at $65.5879 on April 22 and 220,710 shares on April 21 at $64.8865. He also acquired 123,967 shares on April 23 at a price of $13.91 through the conversion of derivative securities. In all, he sold a net 1,055,710 shares and netted $77.05 million. The stock, which rose 3.1% in afternoon trading Thursday, has run up 39.8% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has gained 13.4%.
1:59 p.m. April 20, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier A jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts TuesdayA jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
10:38 a.m. April 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife drinks and gambles our money away, and my adult stepchildren are deadbeats who do drugs and play video games. What can I do? ‘We literally have nothing in savings and no plan for retirement, due to the fact that no one but me seems to care. At this rate, I am going to have to work until I’m 150’‘We literally have nothing in savings and no plan for retirement, due to the fact that no one but me seems to care. At this rate, I am going to have to work until I’m 150.’
12:09 p.m. April 7, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500 books 18th record close of 2021 in listless trading day after Fed signals commitment to lower ratesThe S&P 500 on Wednesday eked out a record, its 18th of the year, but trading action was otherwise lackluster as minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting appeared to reaffirm a commitment to a lower-rate regime as the COVID-stricken labor market recovers. The S&P 500 index closed up 0.2% at around 4,079, on a preliminary basis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up less than 0.1% at about 33,446, to mark its third gain in four sessions, while the Nasdaq Composite Index edged less than 0.1% lower to around 13,669. "While generally acknowledging that the medium-term outlook for real GDP growth and employment had improved, participants continued to see the uncertainty surrounding that outlook as elevated," minutes from the Fed's March 16-17 meeting read. The central bank said that its "current guidance for the federal funds rate and asset purchases was serving the economy well." Projections from Fed members indicate that policy makers won't look to normalize rates until at 2023 at the earliest but segments of the market have pushed back against that notion, amid fears that inflation will pick up as the economy improves.
8:59 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I want to hurt him the same way he hurt me’: My husband sprung a prenup on me days before our wedding. He kept all copies ‘For two years, I asked for a copy and he couldn’t find it. When I finally had enough, I found it in his office and made myself a copy’‘For two years, I asked for a copy and he couldn’t find it. When I finally had enough, I found it in his office and made myself a copy.’
5:34 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Frugality will continue to reign’: Eager to save hundreds of dollars, Americans flock to one type of product A new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trendsA new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trends.
2:38 p.m. April 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘It could take more than a year to dig out of the total jobs shortfall’ March marked the strongest job growth the country has seen since the initial recovery faded last summer, but the recovery has still a long way to go, said the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank.March marked the strongest job growth the country has seen since the initial recovery faded last summer, but the recovery has still a long way to go, said the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank.
12:21 p.m. March 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I lost my job at 55 and started my own successful business. I now constantly get texts from friends and former coworkers asking how I did it. What do I do? ‘I liken these friends and former colleagues to the kids at school who march right to the head of the lunch line to get their food, without waiting in line like the rest of us’‘I liken these friends and former colleagues to the kids at school who march right to the head of the lunch line to get their food, without waiting in line like the rest of us.’
2:28 p.m. March 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I have tried to be kind’: I gave my ex half of the first two stimulus checks for our child. He still calls me a ‘monster.’ What do I do with the third? ‘I am bugged by him paying nothing while also going on trips and buying vehicles when he gets extra money, instead of paying anything to me for our child. Maybe I am being petty’‘I am bugged by him paying nothing while also going on trips and buying vehicles when he gets extra money, instead of paying anything to me for our child. Maybe I am being petty.’
9:46 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Change can happen without us noticing’: COVID brought us a year of epic uncertainty — but here’s what I know for sure ‘The isolation doesn’t seem quite so intense one year later. Perhaps we have normalized it, but we can be forgiven if our stoicism turns to fatigue’‘The isolation doesn’t seem quite so intense one year later. Perhaps we have normalized it, but we can be forgiven if our stoicism turns to fatigue.’
2:29 p.m. March 13, 2021 - By Richard Connor
Trying to find the most tax-friendly place to retire? It’s not so simple Social Security, pensions, housing, inheritances — and everything else — are taxed differently depending on where you liveSocial Security, pensions, housing and inheritances are taxed differently depending on where you live
11:05 a.m. March 12, 2021 - By Gary Zimmerman
Retirees: Now is the time to make your money work for you Earning a higher return on investments enables retirees to do more, more often, for longerEarning a higher return on investments enables retirees to do more, more often, for longer
9:32 a.m. March 11, 2021 - By Paul Brandus
Another stimulus check — while welcome — won’t go far for cash-strapped seniors That money will go fastThat money will go fast
12:10 p.m. March 5, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow jumps 572 points in wild session as investors view jobs report as good for the economy---investors keep one eye on yieldsThe U.S. stock market finished Friday sharply higher and the broad market managed a powerful rebound in a turbulent session that highlighted the choppy week that bullish investors faced amid evidence that an improving economy may drive corporate borrowing costs considerably higher, wreaking havoc on richly valued, speculative names that have enjoyed a powerful bound in the COVID-19 era. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was on the frontlines during the period, on the brink of a correction at the conclusion of Thursday's close, the index finished 1.6% higher on Friday after notching an intrday low at 12,397.05, managing one of its biggest intraday comebacks in a year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a 572-point gain, up 1.9%, to around 31,496, while the S&P 500 index closed 2% higher at 3,842. The day's rally could be credited to monthly jobs report from the Labor Department that showed that the U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February, well above the forecast of 210,000. A rise in the 10-year Treasury note yield to 1.62% intially created a stiff headwind for equities but the lack of momentum in the bond selloff helped to refuel the rally in stocks. Bond prices fall as yields rise. For the week, the Dow closed up 1.8% thanks to Friday's rally, the S&P 500 put in a weekly climb of 0.8%, while the Nasdaq still notched a 2.1% drop, despite its Friday rebound.
6:12 p.m. March 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
As the market nosedived last year, my older brother advised me to sell. I lost $80,000. How can I ever forgive him? ‘It was only going to get worse, he proclaimed, and he had 40 years’ experience in the market’‘It was only going to get worse, he proclaimed, and he had 40 years experience in the market.’
5:04 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wealthy fiancée wants me to accept ‘standard-of-living’ costs should we divorce. I’m a proud veteran and won’t accept more than $50,000. Who’s right? ‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances’‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances.’
5:03 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I pay my boyfriend rent and help run his property business. He takes my commissions and won’t discuss marriage. What can I do? ‘Six months ago, I became very frustrated and made a few spreadsheets: one documenting the rent I have paid over the last 10 years, one for all of the unpaid labor’‘Six months ago, I became very frustrated and made a few spreadsheets: one documenting the rent I have paid over the last 10 years, one for all of the unpaid labor.’
12:08 p.m. Feb. 11, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P, Nadaq Composite notch closing records but Dow ends flat as investors struggle to eke out new peaksThe S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite finished at records on Thursday, with the indexes clawing back after relinquishing early gains in the session after all three benchmarks touched intraday records. Gains were powered by buying in technology shares but capped by a pullback in consumer staples and consumer discretionary sectors, as well as energy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed virtually unchanged at around 31,430, while the S&P 500 closed at a record at about 3,916, up 0.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed 0.4% higher at roughly 14,026. Markets focused on labor market data that showed that 793,000 Americans applied for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended Feb. 6, while new applications for the prior week were revised higher to 812,000. That data came a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell emphasized that the central bank would continue to keep monetary policy easy, anticipating challenges with the labor market recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic without sufficient fiscal aid.
12:08 p.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Stock market notches best weekly gain since November as investors shake off GameStop worries to focus on fiscal aidU.S. stock benchmarks finished mostly at records on Friday, notching the best rally in about three months, as fretting about the potential deterimental impact of trading in stocks popular with individual investors, like GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings , gave way to a focus on progress toward a fresh round of coronavirus aid led by the Biden administration. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 0.3% at 31,148, just missing out on a closing record at 31,188.38. The S&P 500 index closed at a record at around 3,886, up 0.4%, while the Nasdaq Composit Index booked another all-time closing peak at 13,856, up 0.6% for the day. For the week, the Dow closed with a 3.9% gain, marking its longest win streak, five straight days, since August and its best weekly gain since Nov. 13. The S&P 500 notched a weekly advance of 4.7%, and the Nasdaq Composite logged a five-session advance of 6%, marking their best weekly gains since Nov. 6. The big data point of the week was a reading of monthly employment. The Labor Department showed that 49,000 jobs were added in January, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7%. The results affirm the view that the recovery in the jobs market is stalling out amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has slammed the U.S. economy. Some 10 million jobs that vanished in the early stages of the pandemic still haven't returned. That said, the Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution, 51-to-50, that would allow for a fast tracking of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.
8:59 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I’m tired of being the only one with moral values’: My mother put me on the deed of her home. Now my brother wants half Before our mother passed away, she quitclaimed the deed of the home to me, and she also added me on to all of her bank accounts. My brother was there and he said nothingBefore our mother passed away, she quitclaimed the deed of the home to me, and she also added me on to all of her bank accounts. My brother was there and he said nothing.
10:10 a.m. Jan. 29, 2021 - By Jason Dorsey
7 things you need to know about Generation Z Here is what our research tells us about them as trend drivers for 2021 Here is what our research tells us about them as trend drivers for 2021
11:48 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Krystal Barker Buissereth
5 ways to make this year better than last year Make 2021 your year of wellness—including financial wellnessMake 2021 your year of wellness—including financial wellness
7:27 a.m. Jan. 23, 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.’
10:10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Cynthia Loh
What older investors like about robo advisers Robos and retirees: 4 myths, bustedRobos and retirees: 4 myths, busted
6:48 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Thomas O'Connor
Why fear-based investing is a terrible strategy Pessimistic voices just ramp up the anxietyPessimistic voices just ramp up the anxiety
10:37 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
More than 4,000 U.S. lives lost to COVID in single day, exceeding death toll from 9/11 attacks Numbers exceed even worst-case scenario forecasts of health experts as vaccine rollout continues to lag targetsThe U.S. set yet another record for the number of fatalities from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 and recorded the highest number of new cases since the start of the outbreak, with the latest numbers exceeding even the worst case scenario forecasts of health experts.
9:05 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.’
3:30 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.’
12:32 p.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.’
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