NoDerog | E+ | Getty Images Those government stimulus checks should be on their way soon to millions of Americans. Many people have still have a lot of questions about them. Last week, Washington lawmakers approved a $2 trillion relief bill in response to the coronavirus outbreak that includes a payment of $1,200 for single taxpayers
Don’t be surprised if your employer pauses its contributions to your 401(k) plan during the U.S. economic downturn. As the coronavirus pandemic wallops the economy, and businesses deal with dropping revenue and limited cash flow, employers are exploring how to trim their obligations to those plans without violating federal regulations. Companies commonly give to worker’s
US President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with Supply Chain Distributors to discuss the response to COVID-19 at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2020. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images This year, heirs of retirement accounts can bypass mandatory withdrawals from those IRAs. The coronavirus relief bill, which President
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signs the bill after the House passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill, on March 27, 2020, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Edelman | AFP | Getty Images For people who turned 70½ last year and were required to take a withdrawal from their individual retirement
The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package President Trump signed into law Friday significantly expands unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. The law pays laid-off and furloughed workers an extra $600 a week, for up to four months, and extends existing state benefits by 13 weeks. It also offers jobless benefits to previously ineligible groups, such as
College acceptance letters are already in the mail. Now high school seniors must decide their fate for September. Up until now, National College Decision Day, the deadline for high school seniors to choose which college they will attend, has always been May 1. This year, however, the global coronavirus pandemic and extreme economic uncertainty have pushed many
Cabania | iStock | Getty Images Plus Congress has passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, and you’re probably already counting up the money you could receive in relief checks — if you’re eligible. Generally, individuals who earn $75,000 or less qualify for $1,200 one-time payments, while couples making $150,000 or less may receive $2,400.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, speaks during a news conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2020. Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images New Yorkers are getting more time to submit their 2019 income tax returns to the Empire State. Individuals filing a New York
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks after taking the oath of office in Trenton, New Jersey, January 16, 2018. Lucas Jackson | Reuters New Jersey homeowners whose finances have been affected by the novel coronavirus will get a 90-day reprieve on their mortgage payments, said Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday. Lenders will also waive late
The pandemic affects everyone — even cats and dogs that are clearly surprised at the change in routine. Younger children might not understand everything that’s going on, and older ones might realize life has changed but not know how to get clarity from their parents. The current situation is different from anything anyone’s experienced in
A ride share driver picks up passengers at O’Hare Airport on April 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson / Getty Images Earlier this month, as talk of a new virus outbreak in the U.S. revved up, Robert Richwine, an Uber driver in Columbus, Ohio, devised a game plan to try to stay on the road.
Small businesses are getting a potential lifeline from Congress. The massive $2 trillion economic rescue package — expected to get final approval from Congress on Friday — includes provisions aimed at helping smaller employers weather the economic storm brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. “We are cautiously optimistic that this will provide the cash flow
Tetra Images | Getty Images Congress passed new legislation Friday that will put stimulus relief checks in the hands of millions of Americans. The checks will amount to $1,200 for those who earn $75,000 or less, and $2,400 for couples making $150,000 or less. The legislation now heads to the desk of President Donald Trump,
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol March 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong | Getty Images A series of key retirement provisions have made it into the latest version of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Tucked into
Yellow Dog Productions What does the legislation do? The bill — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — expands unemployment insurance, a program enacted in 1935 to provide temporary income support for workers who lose their jobs. The legislation does three primary things: offers bigger unemployment checks, increases the duration of those payments and extends
People looking to start investing have found the right moment, personal finance expert Suze Orman told CNBC on Thursday. “There couldn’t be a better time to start investing [than] right now,” Orman said on “Fast Money.” Orman’s comments came after another strong day for stocks amid weeks of coronavirus-driven volatility. The S&P 500 rose more than 6%
An ambulance sits outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, March 23, 2020, as the Senate continues negotiations on a relief package in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The historic stimulus package Congress is expected to pass to inject relief into an economy
NoDerog | iStock | Getty Images As Congress pushes through a $2 trillion stimulus bill, some Americans can expect checks from the government to help them cope with the economic devastation stemming from the coronavirus crisis. Those payments are expected to be $1,200 for individuals, or $2,400 for those who are married and file income
Everyday Americans are about to get a one-time cash infusion. As part of a relief bill to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the government is expected to provide payments of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples, up to a certain income threshold, as well as $500 per child.
People waiting in line at an unemployment office. Yellow Dog Productions A coronavirus relief bill unveiled Tuesday would significantly expand unemployment benefits for Americans who lose their jobs due to the country’s recent economic contagion. The measure would beef up the nation’s unemployment insurance program, a state-administered program that provides temporary income support for out-of-work
Jamie Grill | Getty Images More than a decade ago, the markets were sent into a tailspin during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. But it turns out investors who left their retirement nest eggs alone fared best. That’s according to research from J.P. Morgan, which used the firm’s own data combined with research from the
katleho Seisa Congress may permit retirees to skip required minimum distributions from their retirement savings. The House coronavirus relief bill, which was released yesterday, contains a provision that waives for 2020 the required minimum distributions from individual retirement accounts and workplace retirement plans. A similar provision is in the latest version of the Senate bill.
Grace Cary The coronavirus pandemic is continuing its assault on the U.S. economy, forcing businesses to close, lay off workers or reduce their hours. Many Americans may need fast cash, beyond what can be generated by strict budgeting. But where to turn? Here are some of the possibilities, according to financial advisors. Unemployment insurance “File
Getty Images Several Democratic senators have teamed up to propose giving Social Security beneficiaries an extra $200 per month in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic devastation it is causing. The plan was put forward last week by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The extra income
Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) takes part in a discussion on “Impacts of Phobia in Our Civic and Political Discourse” during the Muslim Caucus Education Collective’s conference in Washington, July 23, 2019. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts introduced legislation on Monday that would suspend student loan
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the financial stability of millions of Americans is in jeopardy. In a statement, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency encouraged banks to work with their customers affected by COVID-19. A growing number of financial institutions, including Ally
Erica Cisneros, of San Anselmo, California, helps her daughters, third-grader Emilia and fourth-grader Eden, with schoolwork at their home. Both of the schools that the girls attend are closed because of COVID-19. Ezra Shaw It’s no fun thinking about scary things that may or may not happen. However, what’s even less fun is not being
PeopleImages Coronavirus scams are emerging, and many look remarkably similar to frauds from the 2008 financial crisis. Government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued warnings this week for Americans to be vigilant as con artists attempt to steal from consumers spooked by an onslaught of bad news related to
Princeton University’s campus was largely deserted as of March 18, 2020 as a growing number of colleges require students to leave for the remainder of the spring semester. Jessica Dickler | CNBC “Stay healthy, stay home,” reads a lit-up sign outside the gates of Princeton University. On campus, the majority of students are gone although
Tara Moore | Getty Images A bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calls for sending checks of $1,200 to $2,400 to most Americans as a result of the economic damage stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Based on the language of the bill, most Social Security recipients should be covered. But whether that will