Tag: Political/General News

The weirdest inflation increases: Americans are paying more for window coverings, salad dressing — and more

It’s been well-documented that Americans are paying more for food, gas, and other essentials this year as inflation has hit a 13-year high, but last...

My deadbeat dad arrived at my brother’s Communion high on cocaine. He punched the cab driver. Am I liable for his end-of-life care?

My parents divorced when I was very young due to my father being a physically and emotionally abusive alcoholic and drug addict.  Although my brother...

A free iPhone 13? Wireless carriers’ subsidies could make it happen, with some catches

The new iPhone 13 lineup doesn’t offer too many new features, but wireless carriers will once again be offering hefty discounts — all the way...

Biden to announce new pandemic steps ahead of U.N. meeting Tuesday, as global COVID-19 case tally nears 225 million

The global tally of confirmed cases of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed closer to 225 million on Monday, with the U.S. leading by cases and...

Nicholas could bring catastrophic flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana — what we know about climate change’s impact

Hurricane Nicholas is making its way toward Texas and Louisiana, threatening to drench the region for much of the week, as inland flooding and tornado risks...

‘I just don’t trust my sister’: How do I gift money to my nieces without their mother having access to it?

Dear Moneyist, I am a devoted aunt to twins. This year, they are turning 13. Their mother and I have had problems in the past....

How Hurricane Katrina propelled this woman’s journey to financial independence

After Hurricane Katrina brought devastation to New Orleans in 2005, Sylvia Hall threw out everything except her books, family photos and clothes and packed it...

10 plug-in hybrids you can score used for under $20,000

If you like the idea of driving an electric car but you’re unable to commit to the EV lifestyle, a plug-in hybrid is a perfect...

My wife makes 65% of my salary. She wants me to pay her student loans. How should I respond?

Dear Quentin, I am a 22-year-old trade union member who has worked his way up the ladder to project manager. I went to trade school....

I’ve taken care of my father for 23 years. He gifted me $20,000 and a vehicle. Could my opportunistic siblings contest this?

Dear Quentin,  We live in Texas. My father has lived in my home for 23 years, and I’ve taken care of him. Two years ago,...

Californian man, 79, sentenced to 4 years for charging small businesses and charities hugely inflated prices for printer toner

It was the worst kind of paper jam. A 79-year-old toner salesman was sentenced to four years in prison for running a decades-long, multi-million dollar...

How debt enters students’ lives as early as kindergarten

Hello and welcome back to MarketWatch’s Extra Credit column, a weekly look at the news through the lens of debt. This week we’re examining the...

Opinion: Do spouses have special rules when it comes to inheriting an IRA?

Q. I understand surviving spouses have options that no one else does when they inherit their deceased spouse’s IRA. What are those options? -Sherry in...

Texas abortion law: Women will have to travel 496 miles on average round trip to get an abortion out-of-state

On Tuesday, Texas’ law which prevents abortions from occurring  after cardiac activity is detectable — around six weeks after conception — went into effect. In...

Student-loan borrowers have had $37 million in wages unfairly garnished, despite COVID-related pause on collections

Borrowers were still having their wages seized over defaulted student debt, months after the government instructed the student-loan industry to pause this activity during the...

How traveling the world actually helps this freelancing couple save money

Here’s a question for you to mull over: Is it possible to travel the world and save money? This was something my wife, Karen, and...

More U.S. companies are considering surcharges for unvaccinated employees

A company crackdown on unvaccinated workers could be coming, in the form of more mandates and more financial penalties, a new survey suggests. One week...

Retiring? Keep your skills sharp for your health, wealth and wellbeing

Many people enter retirement with the plan to relax — and that’s a normal, natural approach to this next phase of life — but they...

These are the most important things to check on a stock’s quote page before deciding whether to buy or sell

There’s a lot more investors can glean from a MarketWatch stock quote page than just the price and the change from the previous session. In...

Everything you need to know about upstate New York’s booming housing market

This article is reprinted by permission from The Escape Home, a newsletter for second homeowners and those who want to be. Subscribe here. © 2021....

‘They’ve been silent’: Many companies are on the sidelines about the new Texas abortion law — will they stay there?

Texas’ new abortion law has touched off a wave of criticism, including from President Joe Biden, scathing dissents from the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing...

Opinion: This chart says we’re partying like it’s 1999

We Americans invest more of our 401(k) plans in stocks than in any other asset class. In total we hold 39% of the money in...

I’m buying a house with my boyfriend because my credit isn’t good enough. What happens if something goes wrong in our relationship?

Dear Quentin, My partner and I have been together for three years. We’re talking about buying a house. His credit will be what gets us...

Opinion: America’s toxic ‘us vs. them’ politics is now spilling into the stock market and polarizing investors

Why do columns criticizing meme stock investing in such names as GameStop GME, -2.74% and AMC Entertainment Holdings AMC, -1.44% attract scores of comments deriding the author...

My sons are at odds after one abused the other 20 years ago. Should I appoint a third party as executor of my $1 million estate?

Dear Quentin, I’m 75 years old and have $1 million, plus assets, in a trust for my two sons, but I need to do some...