Month: November 2020

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A historic Atlantic hurricane season is ending. Here’s a look at the records it shattered

Danielle Fontenot runs to a relative’s home in the rain with her son Hunter ahead of Hurricane Delta, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. Gerald Herbert | AP An unforgiving hurricane season shattered records this year, producing the most named storms ever seen in the Atlantic and battering parts of Central America and …

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Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Moderna, IHS Markit, Nikola, Carnival & more

Moderna in Cambridge, MA is pictured on Feb. 28, 2020. David L. Ryan | The Boston Globe via Getty Images Check out the companies making headlines midday Monday: Moderna — Shares rallied more than 14% after the drugmaker said its coronavirus vaccine candidate was more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19 during a trial. The …

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Op-ed: Here’s why women’s money decisions will shape the future for the U.S.

krisanapong detraphiphat | Moment | Getty Images The rising economic power of women in this country is one of the most significant financial shifts of recent decades. The bottom line: Women are generating and managing an increasing amount of wealth in the U.S. Today, women control more than $10 trillion (about 33%) of total U.S. …

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Huge November gains may make the usual year-end ‘Santa Claus rally’ less likely

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. NYSE A big year-end rally? Don’t get too excited yet. December is traditionally an up month: Since 1945, the S&P 500 rose nearly 1.5% in all Decembers and advanced in price 73% of the time, according to Sam Stovall at CFRA Research. But hopes for the …

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Shareholders challenge the companies they invest in to promote good in the world

TommL | E+ | Getty Images With sustainable investing, you cannot only use your money to make the world a better place, you can also use your money’s voice. Such is the job of shareholder advocacy, a primary strategy under the umbrella of sustainable/socially responsible investing. A small, but dedicated number of financial advisors, along …

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Time is running out to make changes to your Medicare coverage for 2021. Here’s why you should check your options

andresr | E+ | Getty Images You don’t have much time left to give your Medicare coverage a yearly checkup and make changes for 2021. The program’s annual enrollment period ends Dec. 7. If you take no action, you’ll automatically remain enrolled in your current plan. However, if you pass on the opportunity to see …

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Fauci says Christmas and New Year’s restrictions will be necessary due to holiday coronavirus wave

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, wears a protective mask during a news conference in the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Chris Kleponis | Bloomberg | Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the U.S. …

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White House health advisor Birx hopes to brief Biden Monday on coronavirus response

Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on April 21, 2020. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah …

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Top Wall Street analysts are betting on these stocks heading into December

Frank Calderoni, CEO of Anaplan. Adam Jeffery | CNBC In the final leg of 2020, stocks have delivered a record-breaking rally. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently closed above 30,000 for the first time, with the other major U.S. stock indexes hovering close to record highs. Encouraging updates on the advancement of a coronavirus vaccine …

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Not all end-of-life decisions are covered in a will. Here’s what else you need

shapecharge | E+ | Getty Images With the number of deaths from the coronavirus continuing to mount, your own mortality may be more on your mind than usual. In fact, The Covid-19 pandemic has produced a rise in estate planning, according to certified financial planner Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial.  Pandemic or …

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Black Friday shopping in stores craters 52% during pandemic as e-commerce sales surge

Shoppers walk past an Apple Store at Franklin Park Mall during Black Friday. Shoppers go to stores to take advantage of Black Friday sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Traffic at stores on Black Friday fell by 52.1% compared with last year, as Americans by and large eschewed heading …

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For families with multiple generations under one roof, the pandemic has brought unique challenges

Oliver Rossi When Kaitlin Stupka, 31, her husband and two children moved in with her parents in October 2019, the plan was to stay for six months while they built their dream house in the Dallas-Forth Worth area of Texas. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now, it’s likely the length of their stay will triple, …

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Black Friday 2020 looks bleak at stores, malls, as shoppers stick to couch surfing during the pandemic

Hardly any lines. Empty parking lots. More employees than customers in stores. These are just some of the scenes playing out across the United States the morning of Black Friday 2020, a shopping holiday that in the past has drawn hoards of people to stores to score doorbuster deals before daylight even breaks. But this …

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Beam customers are getting money back, but savings app still faces federal investigation

Customers of mobile savings app Beam, some of whom complained that they had been unable to access their deposits for months, say they are finally getting their money back. The troubles, however, are far from over for the San Francisco-based startup behind the app. The Federal Trade Commission is seeking a court order against alleged …

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Long lines for Covid testing not going away anytime soon, Summit CityMD CEO says: ‘We are being inundated’

The lines that in recent weeks have stretched for hours at urgent care locations around New York City are not going away anytime soon, Summit CityMD CEO Dr. Jeffrey Le Benger told CNBC on Friday. Of the roughly 34,000 patients that Summit CityMD sees everyday in New York and New Jersey, about 70% are Covid …

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Congress stalled on stimulus talks and time is running out as millions face a ‘benefits cliff’

Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images “If we are going to get another round of stimulus, I can’t imagine that won’t be included in it,” said Michael Strain, director of economic policy studies at right-leaning think tank American Enterprise Institute, of a new weekly subsidy. Strain added, however, that he thinks “it’s …

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