COVID-19 News

Second stimulus check on top of the first stimulus check

Will There Still Be a Second Stimulus Check?

A second stimulus check could be just one tweet away. Then again, it could easily die one tweet from now as President Donald Trump nimbly demonstrated in a confusing series of social media posts. Trump’s first tweet on more economic relief for COVID-19 had a “game over” feel. It said: “I have instructed my representatives […]

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Workers lined up for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic

$300 Federal Unemployment Benefits

When Congress left Washington in early August, they had yet to agree on the specifics of a second stimulus package. They reconvene Sept. 8, and if a deal is reached in the first days or week after returning, you could receive a second stimulus check by early October. That’s if the new coronavirus relief bill […]

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For sale sign in front yard of house

Coronavirus and the Real Estate Market

Dorothy surely wasn’t thinking of life in a COVID-19 pandemic when she clicked those heels in the “Wizard of Oz” and opined that ‘there’s no place like home.’ But her words have proven true in 2020. In times of a contagious virus and high unemployment, home ownership and home sales are increasing. That may seem […]

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Graduated students with the burden of debt

Handling Student Loans During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has put a plug in the nation’s cash flow, forcing graduates to dig deeper into their pockets if they want to avoid drowning in student loan debt. Fortunately, the CARES Act, signed into law on Mar. 23, halts student loan payments and stops interest from accruing on federal student loans until Sept. 30, 2020. […]

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Senator Mitch McConnell at a podium

Details on the HEALS Act

Congress and the White House are still debating whether the HEALS Act, HEROES Act – or some compromise Act in between – will deliver the next round of coronavirus relief to a wobbly American economy, but at least they’ve set a deadline. Well, sort of a deadline. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief […]

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Calendar with dart on second stimulus date

When Will a Second Stimulus Check be Delivered?

As warring congressional leaders play chicken with the nation’s fifth round of coronavirus-related relief, the only apparent certainty is a second stimulus check will, eventually, find their way into America’s bank accounts. In a perfect world, the (Republican) Senate and (Democratic) House of Representatives would realize the economic urgency of the moment and work out their […]

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Document titled Unemployment Benefits

New Federal Unemployment Benefits Proposed in the HEALS Act

If you’ve lost your job due to the coronavirus crisis, your unemployment benefits are likely to decrease very soon. It’s just a question of how much. That will be decided the next two weeks as the Senate and House try to hammer out the differences in their relief bills. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled […]

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Nancy Pelosi at a podium

Details on the HEROES Act

When the House of Representative passed the $3-trillion HEROES Act on May 15, it all but guaranteed that a second stimulus check would arrive for Americans in need of financial help for COVID-19. How much that guarantee is worth and when it will be delivered is up to the U.S. Senate, which is debating the many […]

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Bankruptcy court with COVID-19 sign

COVID-19 Bankruptcies

The storm is coming. American consumers will be filing personal bankruptcies in record numbers by the end of 2020. That is the projection from bankruptcy attorneys, bankers and other experts who project that the COVID-19 era will lead to a historic financial tsunami. “Tsunami, hurricane, flood, bloodbath … there are a variety of words you […]

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Image of the stimulus COVID-19 relief check distributed by President Trump

Stimulus Checks for COVID-19 Relief

The phrase “stimulus check” is second only to “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” as something to talk about these days and people are definitely talking. About 159 million Americans have received the $1,200 check promised by the federal government, but millions more are still waiting to get stimulated. The IRS estimated that another 30-35 million consumers are […]

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