NewsWatch: The Dow just booked the worst 1st quarter in 124 years — here’s how the stock market tends to perform after brutal quarters

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How bad has it been for the stock market in the first three months of 2020? It has been historic, in a word; but returns are almost certain to improve over the longer term despite the current pain, if history is any guide. See full story.

Trillions in coronavirus spending could explode deficits to World War II levels

The trillions of dollars Washington is spending to combat COVID-19 is likely to push annual deficits relative to the size of the U.S. economy close to levels last seen during the 2007-2009 Great Recession — or even World War Two. See full story.

Should all Americans be wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus? These scientists say yes

The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina now require people to wear masks in public, while Austria requires their use in grocery stores. See full story.

Receiving Social Security disability benefits? Living abroad? How much — if any — of the $1,200 checks Americans in special situations will get

We answer your questions about the stimulus checks See full story.

Will companies in the Dow report earnings as usual despite COVID-19 disruptions, or delay them because they can?

Just because the Securities and Exchange Commission will allow companies to delay reporting earnings results, if needed, it doesn’t mean any of them will. See full story.


South Korea has implemented aggressive contact-tracing apps to track a person’s detailed whereabouts. See full story.