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Fewer Americans will get a stimulus check this time around — here’s exactly how many, and mortgage rates soar above 3% — how high can they go before they scare off homebuyers?

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The secret to landing a second home in this market, according to a realtor/yogi/life coach

Here's what buyers need to know right now.

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.’

My single brother-in-law wants my husband to sign over the family home where he lives — in case my husband dies first. Should I agree?

The Moneyist gives what could be his shortest answer to date — with some caveats.

U.S. consumers made a record number of complaints in 2020 — this was their No. 1 grievance

‘As consumers dealt with the economic fallout of the pandemic, they increasingly faced problems with financial companies.’

‘This is pure politics’: Fewer Americans will get a stimulus check this time around — here’s exactly how many

Will the people who need the money the most get it under President Biden’s proposed third round of stimulus checks?

What do Republican voters think of Biden’s $1.9-trillion COVID-19 bill? Their views may surprise you

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called the relief package 'too costly, too corrupt and too liberal.'

Worried about your pension? Even if your employer goes bust, you’re not sunk

Safeguards are in place in case your employer can no longer meet its obligations.

Men: Here’s how to help the women in your life get ahead at work

Changing the status quo requires men to do more for gender equality.

My fiancé, 56, wants me to give up my affordable New York rental. Will his kids get his home when he dies?

‘I don’t want to be out in the cold.’

Mortgage rates soar above 3% — how high can they go before they scare off homebuyers?

Are there any upsides to rising interest rates?

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$1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package clears first Senate hurdle but long road awaits

Senators, used to leaving Washington on Thursday afternoons, were resigning themselves to the prospect of late nights and long hours going into the weekend as Democrats push to approve President Biden's $1.9 trillion economic aid package.

Biden says he wants U.S. to ‘lead the world’ on infrastructure as he meets with House lawmakers

President Biden said Thursday he wants the U.S. to be the world's leader in infrastructure, as he met in the Oval Office with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers.

Britain and the EU plunged into new crisis over food imports to Northern Ireland

The European Union said on Wednesday that it would take legal action against the unilateral decision of the U.K. government to extend a grace period for checks on food imports from Britain into Northern Ireland.

U.S. suspends tariffs on these U.K. goods and eases Airbus–Boeing trade tensions

The U.S. will temporarily suspend retaliatory tariffs on goods imported from the U.K., in a major easing of trade tensions from a long-running dispute over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.

Gov. Ron DeSantis under fire over January vaccinations at upscale enclave in Florida Keys

Bruce Rauner, the former Republican governor of Illinois with a residence in Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., subsequently donated $250,000 to DeSantis, according to reports by Chicago and Miami newspapers.

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