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Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – December 31, 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020 Ringing Out 2020 With Records. Equity benchmarks finished higher Thursday, the last trading session in 2020, to end the year on a strong note after plunging into a bear market in February and March as the Covid-19 pandemic threw the global economy into a deep recession. The promise of vaccines and [...]

Matthew McConoughey’s thoughts on taking ownership of your life in 2021

The dance of fate and control According to Donald Miller and Matthew McConoughey “Fate is a terrible writer -- and it shouldn’t be the one in the driver’s seat of your life. But there has to be a balance between fate and control, right?” Matthew McConaughey’s take on this topic is an inspiring one, [...]

Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – December 24, 2020

Friday, December 24, 2020 Stocks Gain on Christmas Eve. Stocks closed higher on a low-volume, holiday-shortened Thursday. The status of a $900 billion fiscal stimulus bill that passed in Congress this week remains unclear after President Donald Trump demanded last-minute changes. Still, investors don’t seem concerned—it’s likely a matter of when, not if, the package [...]

Freelance and Social Security

Freelance and Social Security Thankfully, there's one benefit you won't have to relinquish if you pursue a freelance career: Social Security. Freelancers have the same access to Social Security as salaried employees and are eligible provided they rack up enough lifetime credits (40 credits). Former freelance workers can begin collecting those benefits between age [...]

Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – December 18, 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020 Stocks Slip as Lawmakers Haggle. U.S. stock indexes on Friday pared declines into the close but finished the session lower as investors monitored last-minute negotiations toward cementing a coronavirus aid package amid worsening infections and hospitalizations. The day's trading action also was colored by quadruple witching and Tesla's nearing inclusion in [...]

Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – December 11, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020 Investors Still Waiting on Stimulus Package. U.S. stock indexes finished mixed Friday, capping a week marked by unsteady progress toward another coronavirus relief package by Congress and thus-far unsuccessful negotiations on Britain’s trade relationship with the European Union. Hand-wringing about overly bullish sentiment and lofty valuations, despite progress on a coronavirus [...]

Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – December 4, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020 Record Finish. Major stock benchmarks scored a round of records Friday to cap another week of gains for equities as investors looked past a weaker-than-expected jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Russell each ended at an all-time high, the first simultaneous record finish for the [...]

Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – November 27, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020 Stocks Rise During Thanksgiving Week. U.S. stocks finished the day and week in positive territory on Black Friday, with the technology-laden Nasdaq Composite leading the way higher in a holiday-shortened session. The Nasdaq Composite Index finished at a record on the session, ending up 0.9% at about 12,206, the S&P 500 [...]

Barron’s Weekly Market Updates – November 20, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020 Stocks Slip as Fed, Treasury Clash on Spending. Stocks closed out the week with losses, as Covid-19 cases surge, states shut down, and the threat of expiration of five Federal Reserve credit facilities looms. Technology stocks outperformed, however, ending with a weekly gain. For the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average [...]

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