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Three forecasts that will shape the economic recovery this year

Economic forecasting is challenging in the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic, but there are always scenarios that are more likely than...

Coronavirus is crushing emerging markets. Why the rest of the world will pay a price

Without adequate public health resources, the ability of developing countries to deal with the coronavirus pandemic is questionable. While home to around half of the...

Apple shows its investors some love as Amazon tells them to take a seat during coronavirus

Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are taking drastically different approaches toward their investors, reflecting the separate challenges the tech giants face during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Gold timers have now turned bullish, so don’t look for the metal to shine

The gold-timing community has become exceedingly bullish, and contrarian investors know that excessive bullishness is a bad short-term omen. Consider the average recommended gold GC00,...

Stimulus checks need to arrive faster so Americans can get all the coronavirus money Washington has promised

In battling the coronavirus crisis and its effects, every second counts. Technology and the speed with which it can be deployed determines financial survival, quality of...

Russia is the world’s biggest loser from oil’s crash, and that’s reason to worry

Karl Marx wrote that “history repeats itself twice, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce.” The collapse of the Soviet Union...

4 things you can do to help kids cope with upheaval from coronavirus quarantines

About 55 million U.S. schoolchildren attend schools that have been closed or are being directly affected by the new coronavirus social distancing rules. Erika London...

These policy options could help businesses avoid layoffs more effectively than those cumbersome SBA loans

The coronavirus recession began with the biggest, fastest job cuts in modern times — 26 million added to the U.S. ranks of the unemployed in...

One $1,200 stimulus check won’t cut it. Give Americans $2,000 a month tax-free to fire up the economy

Since the coronavirus struck our shores, my focus has been on keeping Americans safe and ensuring working people don’t get left behind. Their struggles today...

The nursing home COVID-19 tragedy — how did this happen?

Charlie Baker wants answers. The governor of Massachusetts — a Republican, and a former health care executive — wants to know why so many people...

Catastrophic economic data put pressure on governments to ease lockdowns. Here’s why they should resist it.

The terrible state of the European economy reflected by the closely watched purchasing managers’ indexes in Germany, France and the U.K. made for splashy and...

Coronavirus will make America’s cities feel the pressure of pension debt

Municipal pension debt is among the many aspects of the economy that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 not only exposes, but...

26 safe dividend plays for income investors to buy now

With the sharp declines in the stock market, we now see attractive dividend yields all around. But while dividend yields rise as stock prices fall,...

Human ingenuity will solve the coronavirus, but I’m worried we might screw up everything else

It is very, very hard to be short human ingenuity. For example, when you buy commodities, you are betting, partially, that people will be incompetent...

How China could win over the post-coronavirus world and leave the U.S. behind

To understand the post-COVID-19 world that is coming, there is one important human statistic we must bear in mind: 330 million people live in the...

‘This is going to hurt’ — pain is on the way for the four big U.S. banks

The four largest U.S. banks posted profits in the first quarter, even though they set aside billions of dollars for expected loan losses. Some analysts...

5 stocks that have surged lately — but will surely disappoint

Like many folks, I’ve watched more than the usual number of movies lately. And I’ve determined that, like many of you, I have quite a...

Why the stock market is nowhere near a bottom and investors can expect a massive hit

Stock prices have rebounded on the news that the COVID-19 pandemic is improving in New York and other parts of the U.S., and on the...

Stocks will revisit their coronavirus crash low, and here’s when to expect it

Is the great coronavirus bear market of 2020 now history? Many exuberant bulls would have you believe that it is, since the S&P 500 SPX,...

Is this the retirement apocalypse?

If you just retired last year, you were feeling pretty good about things: Stocks kept hitting all-time highs and your portfolio looked as if it...

Coronavirus moves in on luxe Florida locality that’s home to Rush Limbaugh and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

The coronavirus crisis is taking its toll even on America’s most exclusive retirement community: tony, and generally conservative, Palm Beach, Fla. But everything is relative....

Your DIY mask makes a difference against coronavirus — here’s what science tells us

With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public...

The most important part of any craft beer M&A deal: Keep it local

The connection that craft breweries have with local communities is an impressive aspect of their rise as an industry. The fact that communities are fighting...

The one big difference between Trump and Hoover

Nearly a year ago, I wrote a column called “The Trump era could wind up like the 1930s,” meaning an era of deep economic pain...

This tech CEO is paying restaurants hit by the coronavirus to make food and deliver meals to people in need

I walk or bike to work most days from my home in the center of San Francisco to the Twitch offices downtown. I usually stop...