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Governments are racing to develop their own virtual currencies—aiming to blunt the appeal of Bitcoin. Wall Street is paying attention.

It was just as ugly for European-listed tobacco stocks on Tuesday as it was for U.S. companies on Monday.

The crypto exchange looks a lot like Alphabet did at the time of its IPO. Will it be for crypto what Google is for search?

Facebook enters the social audio space, Apple is likely to launch new iPads today, Biden continues to lobby for infrastructure package, and other news to start your day.

First-quarter sales of medical devices, which plunged in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, came in higher than in the first three months of 2019.

Elon Musk weighed in on the Tesla crash that grabbed headlines after local authorities said they suspected no one was in the driver's seat of the vehicle.

Both per-share profits and sales were higher than expected, but organic sales growth was the slowest since 2018.

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With the world in the midst of an aging boom, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia is expected to triple by 2050 to 152 million—a bit more than the population of Russia today.

1. Direct payments: $1,200 per taxpayer with income up to $75,000, with a phaseout beginning at that income level and ending at $99,000. Families will also receive $500 per child. Payments will be issued by the Treasury Department through direct deposit and physical checks.

Long before GameStop, there was Piggly Wiggly. In 1923, the supermarket company—which still does business in the South and Midwest—was at the center of a short squeeze/market morality play that echoes the recent frenzy around $GME.

The coronavirus crisis will eventually pass. But life on the other side will look different than it did before. Here are some ways Covid-19 could change companies, governments—and you:

An increasing income and wealth disparity among Americans has been simmering for decades, a widening gap that could have long-term economic implications and threaten the market’s recovery.

Investors can ignore GameStop, but the trends that put $GME at the center of the stock market are here to stay.

The notion of using dividends as income in retirement is drawing plenty of interest these days. Experts say it can be done—with the right strategy.

2. A big extension of unemployment benefits: Jobless claims will be available longer and benefits will be improved for four months. Unemployment benefits will also be available to furloughed workers, freelancers, and so-called gig-economy workers like Uber drivers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on the inadequacies of the U.S. caregiving system and the enormous emotional and economic burden on families—and ultimately the economy—bringing the fight against Alzheimer’s to an inflection point.

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