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‘The housing market is on a sugar high’: Home sales are soaring, but is it a good time to buy? Here’s what the experts say
The domestic property market is fueled by a government stimulus and a COVID-fueled rush to low density housing, economists say.
These 14 states will offer $300 extra in unemployment benefits — 11 voted for Trump in 2016 and 2 are swing states
An executive order President Donald Trump signed Aug. 8 calls for distributing an additional $300 in weekly unemployment benefits from a $44 billion fund set aside for disaster relief.
‘We had everything in our favor’: Ireland is a test case on how NOT to battle COVID-19 — senior government figures resign
Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture and deputy chairperson of the Senate both resigned Friday after attending an 80-person golf-society dinner, contravening government guidelines.
Another warning from the 1918 flu for COVID-19: ‘Survival does not mean that individuals fully recovered’
‘We may never know the true mortality consequences of 1918 because of incomplete or inaccurate record keeping, issues that also undermine our ability to quantify the impact of COVID-19.’
‘New York City, dead? Never!’ says this lifelong resident. ‘I, for one, will not forsake my city. We roll up our sleeves and help’
‘The rampant income inequality and gentrification of the past 20 years were bound for a correction of some kind. It wasn’t sustainable,’ Matthew Conlon writes.
In a Native American community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, COVID-19 has been felt in unexpected ways
Temporary tents will be put up in the parking lot of Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College to accommodate some classes, until cold weather sets in.
These ‘We Build the Wall’ donors say they aren’t victims of fraud: ‘I hope I get to donate again’
Federal prosecutors allege that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and other leaders of the online fundraising campaign duped donors and took more than $1 million in donation money for their own use.
Colleges are asking students to sign agreements about the dangers of COVID before returning to class — but schools insist they aren’t liability waivers
‘They took the death and permanent disability part out of there, which is nice of them.’ Colleges are shifting responsibility to keep campus safe from COVID-19 onto students.
‘It’s unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus’: College students on an unusual fall semester
Students at UNC, Notre Dame and Michigan State talked to MarketWatch about how their schools are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Postal Service can deliver election mail securely and on time, embattled chief says
The Postal Service can deliver election mail securely and on-time, said the embattled chief Louis DeJoy, in testimony to a Senate panel on Friday.
Historian who has accurately called every election since 1984 says Biden will beat Trump in 2020 race
The historian who is known affectionately as the granddaddy of presidential prediction models says Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden is a shoo-in to win the 2020 presidential race.
Is the stock market more important to the economy than the $600 unemployment benefit?
The stock market has more influence over consumer spending than the now-expired weekly stimulus checks, one economist argues, and the Fed knows it.