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Feb. 12, 2021, 4:32 p.m. EST

A majority in the U.S. personally know somebody who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and watch out for these key dates

Friday’s top personal finance stories

By Elisabeth Buchwald

TGIF, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:

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CDC recommends schools in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates not fully open for in-person learning

'Schools can be reopened safely prior to all teachers being vaccinated,' said CDC director Rochelle Walensky.

A majority in the U.S. personally know somebody who has been vaccinated against COVID-19

The steadily rising number could have positive implications for combating vaccine hesitancy.

Want a better relationship? Talking about money will help

Building a life together means fostering honesty and transparency on many levels.

I’m thinking of buying a home directly from the seller. He says I have to pay him a commission. Is that true?

Real-estate experts warn that buyers could encounter costly pitfalls if they purchase a home directly from the seller.

IRS to teachers: Go ahead and write off your mask and hand sanitizer costs

Teachers often have to pay for their own PPE, but now they can deduct up to $250 for unreimbursed expenses.

‘One of the nation’s most important’ tax seasons ever just started. Watch out for these key dates

The IRS started accepting returns Friday, Feb. 12, and the filing deadline is April 15.

Weekend reads: a marijuana-friendly retirement location

Also, cannabis stocks' wild movement, Elon Musk and bitcoin, and the meaning of Black History Month.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

This city just overtook London as Europe’s new top stock-trading venue

Amsterdam is displacing London as the exchange of choice to trade European shares and derivatives, in one of the first major financial consequences of the U.K. leaving Europe’s single market.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes heat after withholding nursing-home death data

Officials in both political parties on Friday rebuked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after learning his administration held off releasing a fuller accounting of Covid-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes out of its fear that former President Donald Trump’s administration would politicize the information.

The Fed’s new stress test is for a scenario easier than last year’s actual events

The Federal Reserve on Friday announced the conditions for the annual stress test simulations — and they are actually easier than what lenders experienced last year.

Prepare for ‘a big beauty party’ and the ‘roaring 20s’ post COVID-19, says L’Oréal

Once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, there will be a “roaring 20s” boom with a huge upside for the beauty industry, predicted the leaders of cosmetics giant L’Oréal on Friday.

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