NYC health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, suddenly resigns amid tensions with mayor

New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, a leading figure in what was once the national epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, abruptly resigned on Tuesday morning,  Her departure from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene follows a souring relationship with Mayor Bill de Blasio, which was apparent in her absence from City Hall’s…

These fast-growing companies that track key consumer trends have produced a nearly 50% gain for one fund in 2020

Fund manager Gerald Sparrow picks stocks by screening 5,000 companies every quarter to find out which are growing most quickly based on unit sales. He runs a portfolio of more than 100 stocks in the Sparrow Growth Fund. With a portfolio that large, you might expect index-like performance, but this year’s results have been far…

Domestic abusers are taking survivors’ stimulus checks — and lawmakers want the IRS to do something about it

While millions of Americans have saved, spent or invested their stimulus checks, some domestic-violence survivors have found themselves deprived of the financial lifeline and often saddled with the knowledge that their abuser has the money.Now, senators and advocates are pressing the Internal Revenue Service to send replacement checks to survivors and set rules that would…

A record high for the Nasdaq ‘would all come crashing down,’ says Trump in a tweet, ‘including your jobs, stocks, and 401(k)s,’ if Biden wins presidency

“ ‘RECORD HIGH NASDAQ! It would all come crashing down, including your Jobs, Stocks, and 401k’s, if Sleepy Joe ever became President. China and others would own us!!!’ ” That is President Trump’s latest stock-market commentary, touting a record high for the Nasdaq Composite Index and suggesting a rebound in the overall market from coronavirus-induced…

What makes one person more likely than another to believe #fakenews and conspiracy theories about COVID-19?

Think before you click.People who get their news from social-media platforms like Facebook FB, +0.12% and Twitter TWTR, -0.76% are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, according to new study led by researchers at McGill University in Montreal. “Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow…

These money and investing tips can keep you in the loop because your portfolio doesn’t take a vacation

Don’t miss these top money and investing features: These money and investing stories, popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week, offer ideas and strategies about where to put your money now — and what to avoid — as investors continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on personal finances, consumer spending,…

Did you start a side gig during the COVID-19 pandemic? Think carefully before answering these IRS questions

Say you have an unincorporated activity that you think of as a business, consider these three things:1. It could be a brand-new endeavor that you started after the COVID-19 crisis separated you from your regular job. 2. You may have started in response to new opportunities opened up by the COVID-19 crisis — like making…

‘Wrong!’ Trump and Fauci clash over the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, shutdown of U.S. economy — and hydroxychloroquine

Anthony Fauci and President Trump are still at odds.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for three decade who has worked on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s, the Ebola outbreak of 2014 to 2016 and the anthrax attacks two decades ago, testified before Congress…

Apple is splitting its stock after a massive quarter — 3 things retail investors should know before they take a bite

Apple Inc. will enact a four-to-one stock split in August to become “more accessible to a broader base of investors,” the company announced Thursday in its knockout third-quarter earnings report.A stock split divides the original share price into smaller prices per share. A current Apple AAPL, +10.46% stockholder with one share will get three extra…