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Tuesday’s Personal Finance Stories
Happy Tuesday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:
Airlines are getting rid of flight change fees — but don’t expect air travel to get any cheaper
‘Just because airlines have eliminated change fees doesn’t mean we’re about to enter a new golden age of travel.’
Advice for Salesforce staff who reported having a mental-health issue — and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said about one-third of the firm’s employees reported experiencing a mental-health issue.
‘I tried walking more than 3 blocks, paying the price with chest pains and crippling fatigue’: One woman’s long-haul recovery from COVID-19
‘Sure, I had my life back, but it wasn’t my life. It was someone else’s life.’
It seemed safe to reopen Israel’s schools, but then came COVID-19 outbreaks — what can the U.S. learn from those mistakes?
After a strict lockdown in February, Israel reduced new daily coronavirus cases to double digits by May, leading the country to reopen schools. Now it’s trying again.
My roommate tested positive for COVID-19. The nursing home where I work told me to come in and get a nasal swab. I’ve refused
More than 3,400 nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for noncompliance with infection-control requirements and/or failure to report COVID-19 data.
My friends’ wedding was canceled due to coronavirus. They’re having a small ceremony next month with only close friends and family. Do I still send a gift?
‘The wedding itself was put off because of the coronavirus pandemic.’
‘A man cave on wheels’: My husband’s RV is his pride and joy — but he owes $75,000 on it. If he dies, am I liable?
‘My concern is that, if something happens to him, I will end up with a lien on my home.’
41 states have been approved to offer $300 extra in unemployment benefits — here are the 6 that have started to distribute it
An executive order by President Donald Trump called for distributing an additional $300 in weekly unemployment benefits from a $44 billion fund set aside for disaster relief.
Trump’s payroll-tax executive order could mean bigger paychecks this year — but 2021 is a different story
Employers ‘should be ready to answer questions, because they are going to get them.’
This graduate degree will be a job magnet as the world recovers from COVID-19
MBA holders will be in demand in the post-pandemic global economy.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Markets are bracing against risk of U.S. inflation surpassing 2% next year. Here’s how it could happen
Investors are bracing for the possibility that inflation may make an unlikely return next year.
White House’s Meadows says Senate aiming to unveil new coronavirus bill next week
Senate Republicans are aiming to unveil a new “targeted” coronavirus aid bill next week once lawmakers return from a break, a senior White House official and a Wyoming senator said Tuesday.
Brainard says Fed should shift to more aggressive strategy to boost the economy
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Tuesday said the central bank should “pivot” to providing more support for U.S. growth in the months ahead after a flurry of unprecedented moves earlier in the year to stabilize the economy once the coronavirus epidemic broke out.
Today’s Massachusetts primary contests: Sen. Ed Markey takes on a Kennedy, plus ‘a key race to watch for investors’
Massachusetts voters on Tuesday are casting their ballots in closely watched Democratic primaries, with Sen. Ed Markey facing a Kennedy in one race, while another could end the career of a powerful House chairman.
U.S. manufacturers grow fourth month in a row, ISM finds, but they aren’t bringing all their workers back
American manufacturers grew again in August for the fourth straight month, but companies still aren’t bringing back lots of workers or seeking to invest with the coronavirus pandemic still weighing heavily on the economy. The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index rose to 56% in August from 54.2%.
The pros are getting ready for a market crash — retail investors, not so much, top economist warns
Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz’s chief economic adviser, explained in an op-ed for the Financial Times how action in the options market should be taken as a warning by retail investors who have been cashing in on the stock market’s relentless push higher.
Robinhood, Vanguard and other brokerage platforms were down Monday — here are workarounds to get your stock trades through next time
Use apps and spread your money across more than one platform, says Michael Brush.