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Feb. 18, 2021, 5:29 p.m. EST

Yes, your employer can require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine and mortgage rates soar to highest level in months

Thursday's top personal finance stories

By Jacob Passy

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My wife has homeschooled our son and our best friends’ son since September due to COVID-19. Is it too late to bring up money?

‘She’s putting in about 15 to 20 hours each week. The two families have shared the costs of the curriculum, school supplies and art supplies.’

Can’t afford that luxury home? Just buy half of it

It’s pretty well known that demand for vacation homes has shot up in the past year as city folk become fixated on the idea of getting away and avoiding crowds. Whether the destination is a lake, a mountain range, the beach or just another city, almost everyone is looking for an escape.

Yes, your employer can require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the EEOC says

A New York waitress says she was fired from her job after resisting vaccination.

GameStop hearing challenges assumptions about rookie investors — ‘Retail investors making up this new surge are different’

Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev discussed average account sizes and user demographics during a congressional hearing on GameStop's rise and fall.

IRS chief says tax-collection bureau is having ’15 minutes of fame’ — and here’s how he’s hoping to make the most of it

The IRS budget, adjusted for inflation, has dropped 20% since 2010 and so has staffing.

Vice Media’s Shane Smith is selling his $50 million Santa Monica estate

The executive chairman of Vice Media, Shane Smith, has put his storied Santa Monica estate on the market for $50 million — making it the priciest property in the area.

The IRS says it’s done sending stimulus checks for now — here’s how to get your money if you were eligible and missed out

The IRS issued more than 307 million direct payments worth a combined $412 billion during the first and second round of stimulus checks.

Charitable giving rose in 2020, despite financial turmoil from COVID-19 — why did Americans show such generosity?

Protests over racial injustice last summer spurred one outpouring of donations

Mortgage rates soar to highest level in months amid inflation concerns

‘The market’s outlook seems to suggest that the days of all-time low rates may be a thing of the past.’

I racked up debt to help my mother buy a home, car and pay household bills. I don’t even have my own car. Will I ever be free?

‘She is in her late 50s and it has been difficult for her to find a job. Currently, she is earning money as a care giver and doing odd jobs to get by.’

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

No commission trading means ‘you’re the product,’ lawmaker says in Robinhood-GameStop hearing

The major players in the GameStock saga faced tough questions from members of the House Financial Services Committee Thursday, as the rapid rise and collapse of the video-game retailer stock has shined a spotlight on some of the more obscure, and some would argue troubling, aspects of market structure in the U.S.

Federal Reserve starts playing catch-up on climate change

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Thursday outlined the work the central bank is undertaking to protect the financial system from climate-change risk.

Bill Gates explains why he’s optimistic about preventing catastrophic climate change, even as he warns we have ‘no time to waste’

The transition to clean energy will have to be driven by both governments and the private sector working together—just as the personal computer revolution was, says Bill Gates.

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