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My husband and I set up a nonprofit for his parents. We charged them $10K. When his siblings found out ‘all hell broke loose’ — now they want $10K for simply doing chores
‘We spent an exhausting, but very happy and productive, year working nights, on the weekends and through vacations. We clocked more than 1,000 hours.’
‘There’s a lot of uncertainty and fear.’ Coronavirus is making it harder for some Chinese investors to buy U.S. real estate
Chinese nationals account for nearly 20% of all foreign buyers of American real estate.
My father left everything to my son. When I called the attorney about the will, my son got very upset. I now need financial help. Should I ask him for money?
‘Five years later, I finally got the chance to see my grandson, but I must carefully watch what I say and do.’
My stepfather and mother pooled resources to buy a home. My mom died in 2003 and he just passed away. His kids are selling their house — am I entitled to anything?
‘His son is the executor of the will and has made no mention of us inheriting anything once it sells.’
Mortgage rates fall to lowest level since 2016 — this could be the ‘last affordable’ spring home-buying season for a while, Realtor group warns
The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is now just 3.45%.
How to eat less meat without driving yourself nuts — and 3 good reasons to try it
These people are eating less meat to help the planet, and so can you.
Mike Bloomberg tells us about his approach to money, when to take a pay cut, and what’s in his wallet
The last time the author, MarketWatch editor-in-chief Jeremy Olshan, asked Bloomberg what he was most frugal about — back in 2010, when he wasn’t running for president — his answer was slightly more amusing: that he owned just two pairs of dress shoes.
Pete Buttigieg tells us about his approach to spending and saving money — and not getting scammed
MarketWatch asked each of the presidential candidates the same personal finance questions. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is up first — and he has a cautionary tale any kid who ever collected baseball or Pokémon cards can relate to.
Tempted to discuss Trump’s impeachment and acquittal with your coworkers? Stop. It could hurt your career
Talking politics can stoke toxic workplaces and even put your job at risk, human resources experts warn.
As the world focuses on coronavirus, don’t forget about the deadly flu that’s killed at least 10,000 Americans
At least 19 million people in the U.S. have experienced flu illnesses this season, the CDC says.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Trump’s impeachment acquittal echoes the collapse of ancient Rome’s republican ideals
A classics professor sees troubling political parallels between ancient Rome and America today.
Iowa caucus update: Top Democratic official calls for recanvass, as Buttigieg, Sanders still in tight race
Democratic presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders remain in a tight race in Iowa’s presidential caucuses with 97% of precincts reporting, while the Democratic National Committee’s chairman called for a redo.
How can the Democrats defeat Trump in November? Form a Bernie-Biden ticket
Party unity with the goal of unseating President Trump ought to be the Democrats’ highest ideal, writes Mark Y. Rosenberg.
Mitt Romney predicted he’d face ‘abuse’ from Trump and his supporters — and he was right
Many Republicans say the Utah senator is a traitor, but Dems are cheering #MittRomneyAmericanHero.
Republican ‘tree huggers’ face off against emission-slashing Democrats with congressional legislation
More young Republicans are demanding that climate-change deniers pipe down and legislators take up the fight against accelerating global warming, plastics pollution and more.