Will we still be wearing masks in 2022? When will life return to normal? Dr. Fauci cautions, ‘It really depends on what you mean by normality’

Dr. Anthony Fauci said America’s New Normal after the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations is delivered depends on a number of unknowns. He cautioned against sound bites promising a return to how life was before the coronavirus pandemic.When asked whether Americans will still be wearing masks in 2022, Fauci, the director of the National Institute…

Amid water shortages and power outages, Texans cry foul over price gouging for bottled water, gas and $1,000 hotel rooms

Some businesses in Texas are hitting consumers when they’re down. Lina Hidalgo, the judge Harris County, the largest county in Texas, said this week that Houston residents, already hit by power outages and severe weather, have complained about exploitative prices. “We’ve heard reports of outrageous prices on necessary items like food, water and housing. We…

Yes, your employer can require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine and mortgage rates soar to highest level in months

Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceMy wife has homeschooled our son and our best friends’ son since September due to COVID-19. Is it too late to bring up money? ‘She’s putting in about 15 to 20 hours each week. The two families have shared the costs of the curriculum, school supplies and…

My wife has homeschooled our son and our best friends’ son since September due to COVID-19. Is it too late to bring up money?

My wife and I have a 7-year-old son who would normally be attending the public-school system this year. However, for a variety of reasons mostly driven by the pandemic, we decided we would homeschool our son for first grade this year. My wife is currently a stay-at-home mom (she decided to take a pause in…

‘My husband has burned through all of our finances. If we divorce, I don’t want him to get one penny.’ How can I protect myself?

Dear Quentin, I live in New Jersey, which is a community property state. My husband and I have had a very rocky relationship and are contemplating divorce for the second time. My parents are both elderly but are in good health, thankfully. It has been suggested that when they die, I will inherit some money…