On March 30, 2020, Congress approved a relief plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions. You can read the original bill in full here. This plan is called the CARES Act, short for “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.”
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The U.S. economy has been in a state of flux this year. Between the yo-yo of the stock market, a manufacturing slump, and the trade war with China, fears of a recession within the next year are not entirely unfounded. Different sources and economists tend to disagree on whether or not a recession is in the future — after all, the stock market is back to record highs after last month’s big scare.
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For many of us, the fears of the Great Recession are still fresh in our minds. These fears aren't entirely unfounded. We remember the feeling of waking up to countless property values bottomed out and the complete Wall Street chaos of the late 2000s. But now, as we near 2020, we have to both recognize that we are in separate circumstances while also understanding the inherent risk of any investment.
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Plenty of factors figure into the state of the U.S. economy. When the economy crashed a few years ago, the housing market was largely blamed. Very slowly, we’ve been climbing out of this economic hole. The general public opinion of the recovering economy, however, is still mixed and hasn’t changed much from 2009. In a study by the Pew Research Center in February of this year, a reported 61% of Americans were hearing a mixture of good and bad news surrounding the U.S. economy and its recovery, 33% heard mostly bad news, and only 5% heard mostly good news.