Month: July 2021

Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images The IRS began issuing another 1.5 million tax refunds this week to people who received unemployment benefits in 2020. That adds to the nearly 9 million refunds, worth about $10 billion, the agency sent since May. Funds delivered by direct deposit this week started hitting bank accounts on Wednesday, and
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The Senate has begun deliberations over a bipartisan plan to provide $550 billion in new spending for a wide range of infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, public transit, broadband, and the electrical grid. The good news is that lawmakers avoided raising taxes to cover the cost of the new spending and instead used some reasonable
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In this article MA Mastercard Inc. credit cards. Benoit Tessier | Reuters Mastercard CFO Sachin Mehra told CNBC that consumer spending in America is on pace to exceed pre-pandemic levels, based on data from the company’s second-quarter earnings report. The payments giant reported Thursday that gross dollar volume, a metric that reflects purchase activity, increased
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When Jeff Bezos thanked Amazon customers for essentially paying for his first trip to space, he apparently wasn’t talking to Oliver Daemen, the Dutch teen who joined the billionaire on Blue Origin’s inaugural passenger spaceflight. That’s because the 18-year-old Daemen says he’s never actually ordered anything on Amazon before. Daemen, who became the youngest person
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People exit the headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday it will now require additional disclosures from Chinese companies seeking a listing on U.S. stock exchanges, following Beijing’s intensified crackdown on oversea share issuance. “In light of
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Affluent Hamptons residents are struggling to keep up with their new superrich neighbors — who hightailed it from Manhattan to the East End during the pandemic. “There’s so much money now it’s nauseating,” a longtime Amagansett homeowner told Vanity Fair. “I’m a 1-percenter. But I bear no resemblance to these people.” The unidentified woman told
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