Personal Finance Daily: Mortgage rates hover near record lows to close out 2020 and New Year’s resolutions to stay on top of the world in 2021

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‘I’m lucky to get by on $75,000 a year’: The $600 stimulus program doesn’t sound reasonable to me. Why am I left out?

‘Be grateful that you have a home and family to go home to tonight.’

‘I planned to buy new tires for the winter’: I didn’t get a stimulus check because I owe back child support. It’s so morally wrong. Will I get one this time?

‘Minnesota’s child-support program took all the money. The government could have left me with at least some of this money.’

My husband, 67, wants to leave his $2 million estate and home to his disabled daughter and his sister’s kids. Can he do that? I could outlive them

‘It just seems a little harsh that I can only have the house to live in and not sell, if I need the money for future medical expenses. He’s very controlling of his money.’

I took care of everything after my father died. My aunt, who claims she’s entitled to $27,000, says I only care about his money

‘I called my father’s bank, and I was told that his sister was listed as an authorized person on his bank account.’

See inside tattoo artist Kat Von D’s historic Indiana mansion

The tattoo artist Kat Von D continues to ink real estate deals.

Weekend reads: The streaming services worth paying for in 2021

Also, investors look ahead after a surprising 2020.

Mortgage rates hover near record lows to close out 2020 — now here’s the bad news

Throughout 2020, mortgage rates dropped to all-time lows on more than a dozen occasions.

Who needs France? The English are making their own bubbly, good for toasting the new year

Nyetimber is an increasingly popular brand from the land of ‘The Crown.’

These streaming services were worth paying for in 2020 — but might not be next year

Netflix was the most popular for our streaming critic, but two other services ranked higher for quality shows. Here’s what consumers should take into consideration when spending their streaming money

After one hell of a year — 10 New Year’s resolutions to stay on top of the world in 2021

Taking a breath and maintaining grace under pressure will result in less impulsive, more far-sighted money decisions, experts say.

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are planning to return to Georgia to continue supporting Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock before Tuesday’s crucial runoff elections.

Trump plans to campaign on Monday in Georgia county with low early voter turnout

President Donald Trump is planning to visit Georgia next week in a final attempt at garnering support for the state’s two Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, before their crucial runoff elections.

McConnell digs in against bigger stimulus checks, calling them ‘socialism for the rich’

The logjam over bigger stimulus checks in the Senate showed no signs of breaking Thursday, likely dooming the proposal until after Joe Biden takes office in mid-January.

U.K. health service pushes back interval for delivering second Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to a duration company says is untested

The U.K. National Health Service has pushed back the window for people to receive the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech — to a duration the companies tested on only a small percentage of patients.

These money and investing tips can help you face 2021 in a cool, calm and collected way

These money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.

Top fund manager of 2020 warns more than half the S&P 500 is at risk from technological upheaval

Technological innovation puts at risk whole swaths of industries — energy, industrials, consumer discretionary, communications services, health care, and financial services, says a leading fund manager.

Apple cost short sellers $7 billion this year, but there’s a stock that was much more brutal for the bears

There are the giddy “Teslanaires” who understandably will talk your ear off about how amazingly well they’ve done this year, and then there’s the other, much darker, side of the trade: Those betting against Elon Musk.