Author: Andrew Keshner

Personal Finance Daily: Real-estate agents are rethinking decades of advice on pools and how COVID-19 rewrote American shopping lists

Happy Thursday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:

Real-estate agents are rethinking decades of advice on pools

The top keyword search on Zillow last year was … pool.

Planning to take a cruise in Pandemic Year 2? You won’t be allowed on board without a COVID-19 vaccination

Some 85% of people said they would take a cruise if people were required to be inoculated against COVID-19 in advance.

‘This hellfire of a year’: COVID-19 long haulers face financial and medical uncertainty in Pandemic Year 2

About 30% of COVID-19 survivors followed for up to nine months reported ‘persistent symptoms,’ a recent study found.

After a fight with his estranged wife, my partner transferred $250K into a trust for me. He died a week ago. Can she sue me?

‘His wife has been vindictive, mean and petty, refusing to pay for an ambulance to the hospice, refusing to provide funeral information to the hospice center.’

My father-in-law gave me his late mother’s car to drive. It’s now in my name. How do I sell it — without hurting his feelings?

‘My father-in-law is extremely attached emotionally to the car, because it belonged to his mother. That said, my wife and I are expecting our first child in roughly 3 months.’

Americans struggle to save in Pandemic Year 2 — and millions live paycheck to paycheck

Roughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 months.

‘It’s survival for people. It’s self-respect’: Americans need to file a tax return for their children — here’s why

An estimated 6.7 million kids, disproportionately in minority communities, miss the Child Tax Credit because their families make too little money.

More kidney beans and less cold medicine: How COVID-19 rewrote American shopping lists

We stocked up on oranges to fortify our immune systems, but we bought less cold and flu medicine, in part due to social distancing.

SAT and ACT scores may be optional this year, but many top schools still rely on them

Three out of every four students accepted at Penn through early admissions submitted test scores. At Georgetown, that number was 93%.

You don’t need a college degree to get a COVID vaccine — but people who have one are more likely to have gotten their shots

Some 30% of the more than 85 million Americans who have received at least one COVID vaccine dose so far have at least a bachelor’s degree, according to research published by Georgetown University

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Fed says limits on payouts, share buybacks to end for most banks after June 30

The Federal Reserve said temporary limits on dividend payments and share buybacks will end for most banks after June 30, following the completion of annual stress tests to determine their resilience to a hypothetical downturn.

Restaurants wait for chance to tap into $28.6 billion relief fund: ‘We will be one of the first ones in line’

Now that Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill has been signed into law, the wait is on for the launch of the huge package’s new aid program for restaurants.

Vaccine truce on the cards for U.K. and EU, as pandemic keeps spreading in Europe

The U.K. and the European Union said on Wednesday they had begun talks to work toward a negotiated solution of their quarrel over the export of COVID-19 vaccines, in an attempt to avoid bans and countermeasures.

As Robinhood IPO nears, critics say app design includes ‘subliminal messages’ to make users trade more

As online broker Robinhood prepares for an impending IPO, the company must content with a new push by lawmakers and regulators to examine its user interface after critics have alleged that the company employs techniques that cause users to trade more often than is in their financial interest.

Personal Finance Daily: Over 90% of CEOs want to know the employee answer to this question and a person with a COVID vaccine will get a Krispy Kreme doughnut every day this year

Happy Tuesday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:

Get a COVID vaccine, and get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut every single day this year

The sweet vaccination push sparked some backlash, as critics claim it promotes obesity

My in-laws are underwater on their mortgage and their home is in disrepair. Should they just walk away and move in with us?

‘My husband feels that walking away and them taking the credit hit of foreclosure is the best option.’

Americans are forming households at a much faster pace than builders are constructing homes

New home sales plummet amid bad weather, but analysts remain upbeat on construction activity.

My landlord gave me a waiver on rent as I waited for Section 8 rental assistance — 25 years later, she wants me to pay $1,700

‘The owner has a little black book and demands that I pay her back the debt that was supposedly waived years ago.’

‘I feel un-American’: I was broke in my 20s, and live in fear of debt. My wife wants to upgrade our home and life. What do I do?

‘During my 20s, I was broke. I bought my first house and lived alone, stretched to my limits. I had three maxed-out credit cards and lived paycheck to paycheck.’

My stepmother got nothing when my father died, per their prenup. She asked me to buy her a home. What should I do?

‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’

IRS misses ‘substantial’ tax evasion by the wealthiest Americans — far more than the average worker

‘Random audits, which do not detect most sophisticated evasion, underestimate top tax evasion,’ the authors of a new study said.

Over 90% of CEOs in this survey say they’ll want to know if employees are vaccinated — before they return to the office

It could be fall or winter before business returns to normal, according to a new survey of CEOs.

How to determine whether you qualify for pandemic-related mortgage relief

No matter what, keep talking, consumer advocates say, because mortgage troubles will likely only get worse if they’re ignored.

Door is shut to millions of American homeowners in need of mortgage relief as pandemic enters Year 2

Some 14.5 million single-family home loans are privately owned, with no federal backing, and occupy a gray area when it comes to government programs delaying foreclosure proceedings and granting payment forbearance.

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5 ways that DeJoy’s new USPS plan could affect your mail delivery

Are prices going up? Is First-Class Mail slowing down? What to know about Louis DeJoy’s new 10-year plan

U.S. doubts hit AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine just as Europe resumes its rollout

The latest news could have a bigger impact in the rest of the world than in the U.S.

Why humanity is at risk of losing the war against the coronavirus

Hoarding the COVID vaccines for ourselves will make us all worse off, because none of us is safe until all of us are.

‘We have to act’: Biden urges Congress to pass gun-control measures in wake of deadly shootings

President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Congress to act on gun-control measures in the wake of two recent deadly mass shootings, saying it should not be a partisan issue.

Why ARK Innovation’s red-hot returns aren’t as impressive as they seem

Statistical scrutiny brings this high-flying ETF down to earth.

A revolutionary ‘gray army’ of older workers is fighting our youth-obsessed culture — and we’ll all benefit if they win

The war against ageism will create career opportunities and a better work-life balance.