Personal Finance Daily: Why home buyers may face an uphill battle in securing low mortgage rates and when are stimulus checks being sent out

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Hope you stay safe and healthy this weekend, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:

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Coronavirus is stressing 7 of 10 U.S. workers to the max, and companies need to help them now

COVID-19 crisis is taking a huge toll on employees’ mental health and productivity, writes Russell Glass, CEO of mental-health app Ginger.

This tech CEO is paying restaurants hit by the coronavirus to make food and deliver meals to people in need

Support small businesses and food service workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

Mortgage rates are near record lows, but home buyers may face an uphill battle in securing them

Given the volatility of mortgage rates in recent weeks, time is of the essence for those looking to secure cheap home financing.

Need cash fast during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are the best and worst places to go

Some traditional financial advice doesn’t apply in these unprecedented times.

Know someone who STILL isn’t taking coronavirus seriously? This could help convince them

‘Anecdotes are much more convincing than statistics,’ one psychology professor told MarketWatch.

When are stimulus checks being sent out? Here’s how to make sure you get yours

The IRS is launching a tracker for the ‘economic impact payments’ of up to $1,200 that it’s sending to most Americans.

These U.S. housing markets are most vulnerable to a coronavirus downturn

Having a high number of coronavirus cases doesn’t necessarily make a housing market more likely to be impacted by the disease outbreak.

Can my cat get coronavirus? Should my dog wear a mask? What pet owners need to know about COVID-19

Here’s how to take care of pets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Did you lose your job and your health insurance due to coronavirus? Here’s how to get coverage before time runs out

‘People shouldn’t wait — they should start investigating,’ one economist said.

The most important COVID-19-related federal tax relief measures — including some that can result in hefty tax refunds

Some of the new rules are retroactive back to 2013.

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Trump says new ‘Opening Our Country Council’ will help with ‘biggest decision I’ll ever make’

President Donald Trump on Friday says his administration plans to announce on Tuesday who will serve on a new “Opening Our Country Council,” as he describes a decision to “re-open” the U.S. economy as “the biggest decision I’ll ever make.”

Democrats, Republicans at impasse over boosting coronavirus aid program for small businesses

U.S. lawmakers are struggling to reach an agreement on setting aside additional coronavirus aid for small businesses. Analysts predict an extra $250 billion for a Paycheck Protection Program could get approved next week.

How Congress is spending trillions in response to the coronavirus crisis — in one chart

As Congress breaks records with its spending in response to the coronavirus crisis, it might all get a bit hard to track. So here’s a handy chart.

How the Fed plans to keep credit, a crux of the American economy, flowing to U.S. consumers during the pandemic

The Federal Reserve is beefing up a crisis-era lending facility to keep the credit flowing amid the coronavirus crisis, but will it work?

16 million people just got laid off but U.S. stocks had their best week in 45 years

How can these two things — double-digit unemployment and double-digit stock gains — be true at the same time?

No, we’re not heading toward the next Great Depression

There are three big differences between today and 1929, says Cullen Roche.

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