Biden on using executive action to cancel student debt and as the stimulus bill stalls, eviction protection and other financial relief set to expire Dec. 31

What could rattle markets in 2021, even as vaccines are rolling out

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The pandemic has thrown this treasured piece of financial wisdom out the window

Let’s talk about emergency funds.

Blake Griffin scored a deal on a $5.8 million mansion in Brentwood

The NBA All-Star Blake Griffin has scored a mansion in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood for $5,876,000. Ron Smith and David Berg of Smith & Berg Partners at Compass represented Griffin in the transaction. Jordana Leigh with Rodeo Realty represented the seller.

As stimulus bill stalls, eviction protection and other financial relief set to expire Dec. 31

Many programs keeping struggling Americans afloat, including unemployment benefits for gig workers, are due to end soon.

Financial advisers play the Grinch when clients’ spending gets out of hand

Delayed gratification brings greater rewards

What John Mulaney reportedly going to rehab tells us about how Americans are struggling during the pandemic

Surveys and retail data suggest more people are using alcohol to cope in 2020.

Grammy winner Stephen Marley scores a tropical Florida estate for $3.4 million

Eight-time Grammy winner Stephen Marley — son of the reggae legend Bob Marley — has another hit on his hands. He just purchased a lush 5.6-acre estate near Miami for $3.4 million.

Biden on using executive action to cancel $50,000 in student debt: ‘I think that’s pretty questionable’

The President-elect waded into a debate over cancelling student debt that’s been raging for months.

The U.S. real estate markets that are poised for a post-pandemic boom in 2021

The pandemic has upended the country’s housing markets, and some cities and regions are better positioned to bounce back than others.

My father moved his girlfriend, her cousin and two kids into his 2-bedroom condo. I struggle to pay rent. What about me?

‘Living in the condo will help ease a tremendous financial burden, as I am sometimes unable to muster two pennies to rub together.’

I didn’t receive a $1,200 stimulus check during the first surge of COVID-19. Will I get a $600 check this time around?

‘With a second round of stimulus checks of $600 announced by Congress on Sunday, will the Internal Revenue Service give me a check based on my 2019 return?’

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