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Gold closes out Thursday trade higher, aims for weekly gain

Fannie Mae chief economist says the U.S. housing market has finally turned a corner and temporary child tax credits contributed to Americans’ financial security in 2021

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. The good news: Americans’ financial security soared last year. The bad news: That may be due to this lucrative, but temporary tax break The share of Americans who said they were able to cover $400 in emergency expenses, using cash or its equivalents, reached a 9-year-high. Read More …

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'The weight of this debt is crushing': I'm 74, and a retired speech-language pathologist with a student-loan debt of $200K. Am I obliged to pay it off?

‘What are the chances? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have?

Dear Quentin, I’m due to retire in two months and I have already moved to my new home in the sun. I have not sold my apartment in a major U.S. metropolitan area on the east coast, as I wanted to see how I settled into my new life. It’s a quiet, but beautiful city …

‘What are the chances? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have? Read More »

How racist policies and segregation marginalized Buffalo’s Black communities: ‘An entire generation saw little if any improvements in their lives’

How racist policies and segregation marginalized Buffalo’s Black communities: ‘An entire generation saw little if any improvements in their lives’

That segregation is part of what drew the suspected gunman to Buffalo Saturday afternoon, when he allegedly targeted Buffalo’s East Side and Tops Friendly Market because of the predominantly Black population living nearby. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told CNN that investigators believe the gunman targeted the surrounding ZIP code because it had the highest …

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Gold closes out Thursday trade higher, aims for weekly gain

‘Revenge travel’ is coming back in Summer 2022 and husband-wife lab researchers admit taking Pfizer vaccine data to develop their own cancer treatment

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. ‘I chose to take a gamble’: Husband-wife lab researchers admit taking Pfizer vaccine data to develop their own cancer treatment The plot unraveled after Chenyan Wu was caught trying to sneak toxic chemicals into the U.S. from China to start a lab in San Diego. Read More Airbnb …

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'The weight of this debt is crushing': I'm 74, and a retired speech-language pathologist with a student-loan debt of $200K. Am I obliged to pay it off?

‘We were surprised and appalled’: My wife and I enrolled our terrier, Spencer, at puppy day school. They used electric-shock collars. Should we ask for a refund? Or threaten to sue?

My wife and I adopted a terrier during the pandemic. It was the best decision we ever made, aside from getting married. But this is a close second.  We had some minor issues with Spencer — named after the late Diana, one of my wife’s favorite royal figures — “escalating the play,” according to one …

‘We were surprised and appalled’: My wife and I enrolled our terrier, Spencer, at puppy day school. They used electric-shock collars. Should we ask for a refund? Or threaten to sue? Read More »

'Pay is the No. 1 reason people decide to take a job or leave a job': Will record-high inflation push more people to go back to work?

‘Pay is the No. 1 reason people decide to take a job or leave a job’: Will record-high inflation push more people to go back to work?

Labor costs are driving up inflation. But will inflation also drive more people back to the workforce? The annual rate of inflation slowed to 8.3% in April from 8.5% the previous month, helped by a fall in gasoline prices, but consumers still face rapidly rising costs. The March reading was the highest since 1981. The …

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Fed official says he doesn’t buy the ‘Great Resignation’ and data from 2.1 million students in 10,000 schools reveal the impact of remote learning on academic achievement

Fed official says he doesn’t buy the ‘Great Resignation’ and data from 2.1 million students in 10,000 schools reveal the impact of remote learning on academic achievement

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. Data from 2.1 million students in 10,000 schools reveal the impact of remote learning on academic achievement The researchers issued a stark warning regarding remote learning for children. Read More Fed official says he doesn’t buy the ‘Great Resignation’ — and says employers ‘always say’ there’s a labor …

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Is now a good time to buy a home? Most Americans don’t think so — and Gallup says it’s the first time more than 50% of people feel that way

Is now a good time to buy a home? Most Americans don’t think so — and Gallup says it’s the first time more than 50% of people feel that way

Americans still hold onto the dream of homeownership — but rising prices are giving them pause. Markets finished lower Friday after plunging Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.30%, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.57% and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -1.40% all shedding gains after Wednesday’s post-Fed rally. A new poll from Gallup found …

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America split itself into tribes over abortion, climate change and immigration, Harvard professors say

America split itself into tribes over abortion, climate change and immigration, Harvard professors say

New research from Harvard University economists looks at political polarization in response to wealthy Americans prioritizing moral issues, even if these moral issues are split along party lines. The paper was released on Monday, hours before Politico reported that the U.S. Supreme Court appears set to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The …

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Will inflation be the thorn on the rose this Mother’s Day? One florist says costs grew by 50 cents to $3 per stem

Will inflation be the thorn on the rose this Mother’s Day? One florist says costs grew by 50 cents to $3 per stem

You may want to put a bit more money aside for mom’s carnations this Sunday. Because, just like everything else, flowers are getting more expensive.  For Mother’s Day on May 9, the National Federation of Retailers, a trade organization, predicts that people will spend up to $31.7 billion, up 12% on last year. The group …

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