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U.S. funeral business is in trouble

U.S. funeral business is in trouble

The pandemic has made large, traditional funeral services a thing of the past, at least for now

Retirement communities pushed to edge by virus

Retirement communities pushed to edge by virus

That's bad news not only for the facilities, but for the municipal bonds that financed some of those facilities

Pandemic sorts out real estate winners, losers

Pandemic sorts out real estate winners, losers

Retail is taking a big hit, but the outlook for office space is more nuanced

Social Security has a quick cash solution

Social Security has a quick cash solution

Individuals who are 66 and older can request a lump-sum payment and still earn bigger future benefits

Cruises are coming back

Cruises are coming back

Preboarding health checks and masks are in, self-serve buffets are out, and ships will stick closer to home

Bored investors stuck at home are obsessed with options

Bored investors stuck at home are obsessed with options

Individual investors have been a force in the stock market's rebound, lured by free trading. But Wall Street thinks it will end badly

Early retirement looks tempting now. Don’t do it

Early retirement looks tempting now. Don’t do it

The financial benefits of continuing to work, even for one more year as the pandemic crushes the economy, outweigh the health risks for most people

Roth conversions pick up amid expectations that taxes will rise

Roth conversions pick up amid expectations that taxes will rise

The stock market declines help by shrinking the value of accounts, as well as the tax bill for converting assets

Hottest stocks suggest gloomy economic outlook

Hottest stocks suggest gloomy economic outlook

The companies whose shares are doing the best are those benefitting from the pandemic

Municipal bonds face biggest storm in modern history: UBS

Municipal bonds face biggest storm in modern history: UBS

Municipal junk bonds have been roiled by the pandemic and may not recover any time soon

College refunds and 529 plans

College refunds and 529 plans

To avoid tax consequences, parents should consider putting partial refunds back into 529 accounts or applying the funds to fall tuition

Rethinking retirement amid the COVID-19 crisis

Rethinking retirement amid the COVID-19 crisis

As experts revise the 4% rule — to 3%, or even lower — it helps to look beyond traditional investments and include all household assets in retirement income plans

All the ways tax season is different this year

All the ways tax season is different this year

Pushed-back deadlines for filing and paying, a one-time charitable deduction and the ability to make use of business losses are among the modifications to be aware of

Tobacco-backed muni bonds get boost from social distancing

Tobacco-backed muni bonds get boost from social distancing

The settlement payments backing the bonds are tied to cigarette sales, which are doing well this year, buoyed by stuck-at-home boredom

Nasdaq Composite reverses year’s losses on good earnings

Nasdaq Composite reverses year’s losses on good earnings

The index's rebound demonstrates the way tech companies have benefited amid the pandemic