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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, worth $117 billion, is getting burned online for only donating $690,000 to Australian wildfire relief
Metallica is donating $750,000, and Kylie Jenner is giving $1 million.
‘Real Housewives’ TV mogul wants to broker a deal with Meghan and Harry: ‘They’ve got lightning in a bottle’
‘They’re a branding machine,’ says Scot Dunlop, the producer of the original ‘Real Housewives’ franchise.
Guaranteed-income programs haven’t gotten this much attention in a half-century
Universal basic income has been a centerpiece of Democrat Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign, but the likes of Richard Nixon and Milton Friedman were fans in the past.
Do companies suffer by offering paid parental leave? These economists believe they’ve found an answer
A team of international researchers looked at the effects of paid parental leave policies at companies in Denmark, a country that’s long had policies mandating time off for new parents.
‘Even two paychecks can only go so far.’ How skyrocketing child-care costs put aspiring home buyers in a bind
Families making under $1,500 a month shelled out nearly 40% of their income to child-care expenses, according to one estimate.
The No. 1 job in America that requires no experience pays $100,000 a year — and it’s NOT in Silicon Valley
These 2019 figures are based on salary, openings, and the amount of experience required.
This is the age you’ll reach peak unhappiness (you’re welcome, America)
‘Many people are hurting,’ David Blanchflower, a Dartmouth College economist, writes in a new study.
Mark Hamill quits Facebook, saying Mark Zuckerberg ‘values profit more than truthfulness’
The ‘Star Wars’ icon slammed Facebook’s political ad policy.
‘I feel betrayed.’ My husband is splitting his estate between me and his daughter — should I find another man?
‘I can’t help but think that — even though I am now 63 — there may be a man out there looking for someone to marry and have as his family.’
Bow down! The No. 1 money secret dominatrixes know — and you should too
Plus, what the world of BDSM can teach you about getting ahead at work.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
China no longer a currency manipulator, U.S. Treasury says
The Trump administration reversed course Monday, saying China should not be designated as a currency manipulator.
Here are the 12 Democrats running for president, as Booker drops out and the first debate of 2020 looms
Six Democratic presidential hopefuls are preparing to square off Tuesday night in Des Moines in the first debate of the year, but the 2020 field is still a dozen strong with the primary season set to begin.
For stocks and the economy, welcome to the Roaring Twenties
The stars are aligning for a roaring decade for the economy and stocks, writes Peter Morici.
Trump has no strategy for dealing with Iran
The assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani was a reckless, provocative, and shortsighted move, writes former NATO secretary-general Javier Solana.
Canadian CEO blames ‘narcissist in Washington’ for downing of jet in Iran
Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, sounded off against President Trump in a series of tweets Sunday laying blame on the president for the Ukrainian passenger jet that was shot down by Iran.