Personal finance

In this April 8, 2020 photo, laborers wear facemasks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they look at job postings at a labor market in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province. China has reported its biggest economic decline since the 1970s as it fought the coronavirus in the first quarter of the year. (Chinatopix via AP)
April 17, 2020 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending agency, the World Bank, on Friday pledged to step up their efforts to cushion the blow to the global economy from the coronavirus pandemic. The two agencies' assurance came at the end of their spring meeting where...
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FILE - This Jan. 22, 2020, file photo shows the likeness of Benjamin Franklin on $100 bills in Dallas. Many Americans are struggling financially due to the coronavirus. A recent federal relief package makes it easier for them to tap into their retirement savings by loosening rules for withdrawals and loans. But should they? (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
April 16, 2020 - 12:17 am
Many Americans are struggling financially due to the coronavirus. A recent federal relief package makes it easier for people financially harmed by the coronavirus outbreak to tap into their retirement savings for cash by loosening rules for withdrawals and loans. But should they use them? Experts...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday April 14, 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses an outline for what it will take to lift coronavirus restrictions during a news conference at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Newsom announced Wednesday, April 15, 2020, that he would spend $75 million of taxpayer money to create a Disaster Relief Fund for immigrants living in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
April 15, 2020 - 9:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to give cash to immigrants living in the country illegally who are hurt by the coronavirus, offering $500 apiece to 150,000 adults who were left out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress. Many Americans began...
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FILE- In this March 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump talks after speaking during a news conference about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. Trump’s name will be printed on the stimulus checks that the Internal Revenue Service will be sending to tens of millions of Americans around the country. It's an unprecedented move finalized this week. That's according to two officials with knowledge of the decision, who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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April 15, 2020 - 6:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's name will be printed on the stimulus checks that the IRS will be sending to tens of millions of Americans around the country, an unprecedented move finalized this week. The Treasury Department confirmed the decision in a statement Wednesday. It marks the...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 3, 2020, file photo, Instacart worker Arthur Berte delivers groceries to a home in East Derry, N.H. Some app-based delivery companies have announced hiring sprees, including Instacart, to cope with a surge in orders from millions of people stuck at home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 15, 2020 - 9:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A leap in U.S. unemployment has thrown a spotlight on one type of work in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic: Gig work delivering groceries, meals and packages. Some app-based delivery companies have announced hiring sprees to cope with a surge in online shopping. That...
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A man leans out the window on Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy and bangs together pot lids to show his support for those in the front lines fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, April 13, 2020. Citywide people open their windows each evening at 7 p.m. to make noise to support the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, EMT's and front-line workers who are risking their lives every day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 14, 2020 - 8:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The official death toll from the coronavirus soared in New York City on Tuesday after health authorities began including people who probably had COVID-19, but died without ever being tested. Officials reported 3,778 “probable” deaths, where doctors were certain enough of the cause...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2020, file photo, a car exits the drive-thru of a PNC Bank in downtown Scranton, Pa. Americans are beginning to see the first economic impact payments hit their bank accounts this week. The IRS tweeted Saturday, April 11, 2020, that it had begun depositing funds into taxpayers’ bank accounts and would be working to get them out as fast as it can. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)
April 13, 2020 - 4:56 pm
Americans are beginning to see the first economic impact payments hit their bank accounts. The IRS tweeted Saturday that it had begun depositing the funds into taxpayers' bank accounts and would be working to get them out as fast as possible. The one-time payments were approved by Congress as part...
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More traffic than usual on I-90 highway south bound in Chicago, Saturday, April 11, 2020. Data may show the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is growing at a slower pace than some projections had forecast, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his stay-at-home order will remain in place through the end of April.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 13, 2020 - 4:47 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Interstates and city streets are empty and cars are quarantined in their owners' garages, so consumer advocates argue that it only makes sense for auto insurance rates to reflect that. In the states of Washington and New York, the number of traffic crashes reported to state police...
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President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 10, 2020 - 10:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A watchdog has found that the Treasury Department appropriately handled Congress' request for President Donald Trump's tax returns, which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has refused to provide. But the acting inspector general for Treasury, Rich Delmar, also said he had no...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. The U.S. Education Department is promising to process student loan forgiveness claims for nearly 170,000 borrowers within 18 months as part of a proposed settlement announced Friday in a federal lawsuit filed in California. The lawsuit alleged that DeVos illegally stalled a program known as borrower defense to repayment, which forgives federal student loans for borrowers who are cheated by their colleges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 10, 2020 - 4:11 pm
The U.S. Education Department is promising to process student loan forgiveness claims for nearly 170,000 borrowers within 18 months as part of a proposed settlement announced Friday in a federal lawsuit. The suit alleges that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally stalled a program known as...
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