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No matter what Congress does, 12 million jobless Americans will temporarily lose unemployment benefits and how to get your ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ refund

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By Elisabeth Buchwald

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Here’s how to get your ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ refund

Amazon, Sony, Microsoft, Best Buy and videogame developer CD Projekt Red are giving refunds for the title featuring Elon Musk and Keanu Reeves.

No matter what Congress does, 12 million jobless Americans will temporarily lose unemployment benefits

Some 3 million workers in California were notified that their last unemployment checks will go out Dec. 26.

This is why nobody wants to buy President Trump’s childhood home — but will crowdfunding help?

For years, President Donald Trump's wildly overpriced childhood home in Queens, NY, has languished on the market. Undeterred, the owners of the modest Tudor are now trying to crowdfund their way to a huge, $3 million payday by appealing to the president's most devoted fans.

Financially fragile Americans during COVID-19 have difficulty answering these 15 money questions — can you?

A new survey asked who could cover unexpected expenses during the pandemic’s early days.

Weekend reads: Buy Nio’s stock instead of Tesla

Also, the Wish IPO, a skeptical view on gold and stock picks for 2021.

Will COVID-19 push more employees to work remotely after the pandemic? This economist says yes

A new Vanguard study quantifies the future of remote work, and looks at the number of potential hybrid jobs.

COVID-19 has created a ‘flight to safety’ for American job hunters

‘Our findings uncover a flight to safety channel in the labor market,’ a new study says.

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’: America’s nurses share their hope and relief as first colleague gets COVID-19 vaccine

More than 270,000 health-care workers contracted COVID-19 and 915 have died as of mid-December, according to the CDC.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Washington lawmakers focus on avoiding government shutdown Friday night as stimulus plan bogs down

Congressional leaders shift their sights Friday afternoon to keeping the government open past midnight tonight, as their attempts to find a deal both sides could live with on another coronavirus economic package looked to be stymied.

As the U.S. stock market surges in 2020, inequality has soared to a record high

As stocks staged a huge rebound from their lows in March, when the coronavirus pandemic threw the economy into recession, the gap between the wealthy and the poor extended a widening trend to historic proportions.

Move over, black swans; the Fed’s new worry is green swans

'Green swans' unpredictable, highly disruptive events tied to climate change of the kind that blow up markets, are now on the Federal Reserve's list of worries, a top central banker said Friday.

Paris City Hall fined for employing too many women in senior roles

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “I am happy to announce we have been fined,” as France’s civil service ministry imposed a $109,000 punishment.

U.S. leading economic indicators point to slower growth as coronavirus surges

The U.S. economy expanded again in November, according to a survey of leading indicators, but growth fell to the slowest pace in five months amid a record surge in coronavirus cases. The leading economic index increased 0.6% last month.

Elisabeth Buchwald is a personal finance reporter at MarketWatch. She is based in New York.

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