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Dr. Fauci: ‘For the first time in more than 30 years, I’m not spending the Christmas holidays with my daughters’

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.

See inside Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s $16.5 million Miami Beach penthouse

The film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer wants to orchestrate a real-estate deal.

I stayed in an Airbnb on my parents’ street for Thanksgiving. My mom pleaded with me NOT to write a bad review. What do I do?

We couldn’t believe what awaited us: unflushed toilets, dirty dishes in the dishwasher and uneaten food in the refrigerator.’

‘Even a small dollar cushion can improve a household’s financial situation’ — here’s how much

The savings rate of disposable income was 13.6% nationally in October, continuing a monthslong slip from record rate in April.

My stepfather lies about his drinking. I helped him buy a home after his divorce — now he wants me to pay for it. When is enough enough?

‘He charged me rent to live with him when I was a full-time student and added other charges. Because of that, I had a hard time paying bills.’

‘There’s always a lot of hype around IPOs’: Read this before buying Airbnb stock

The IPO comes a day after DoorDash finished its debut up more than 80%.

In one of the worst pandemics to hit the U.S., tens of millions of people are still without health insurance

'Health insurance is your ticket to health care in the United States.'

When financial advisers survey clients in these ways, they often get back more than they asked for

Honest customer feedback helps advisers be more responsive.

With mortgage rates at all-time lows, an estimated 19 million homeowners could benefit from refinancing

Strong demand for mortgages has kept interest rates higher than would normally be expected.

The homeownership trend fueling Airbnb’s rise

More people are buying second homes, but less than half of owners use them for more than four weeks of the year.

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How the strong euro is hindering the ECB’s attempts to boost eurozone inflation

The strengthening of the euro against the dollar complicates the European Central Bank's long-elusive goal of boosting inflation.

U.S. household net worth has impressive gain in Q3 despite economy’s woes

The net worth of U.S. households rose $5 trillion in the third quarter despite the economy's continued struggles with the pandemic, according to Federal Reserve data released Thursday.

U.S. November budget deficit narrows to $145.3 billion vs. $208.8 billion year-ago

The federal government ran a budget deficit of $145.3 billion in November, down from $208.8 billion in the same month last year, the Treasury Department said Thursday.

Pelosi, Mnuchin sound upbeat notes on fresh COVID-19 relief

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sounded upbeat Thursday on progress toward fresh aid to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, as lawmakers were weighing competing relief packages.

Here’s the case for Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and the rest of America’s billionaires sending $3,000 stimulus checks to everybody

"The rich get richer" doesn't even begin to truly capture what's been happening during the coronavirus pandemic.

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