Personal Finance Daily: The coronavirus had a surprising effect on bankruptcy filings and Mother’s Day gifts to stay connected

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The coronavirus has rocked America’s economy — but it’s had a surprising effect on bankruptcy filings

New data on April bankruptcy filings for both businesses and individuals comes a day after J.Crew filed for bankruptcy.

My son is staying with me, but my financially irresponsible ex-husband received the $500 stimulus check for our child. Is he right to keep it?

The combination of ethics, divorce agreements, the law and the IRS leads to a long and winding road filled with pot holes, sharp turns and speed bumps.

Cuomo asks: ‘How much is a human life worth?’ As states reopen for business, question hangs in air: Can the economy be saved without sacrificing lives?

‘What government does today will literally determine how many people live and how many people die,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

How the coronavirus pandemic could forever change home buying and mortgage lending

Borrowers and lenders will face these 3 new and unfamiliar ways of doing business, writes Sanjiv Das.

Wacky Mother’s Day gifts to stay connected — vibrating bracelets, virtual classes with top chefs and Wi-Fi ‘friendship lamps’

If you are looking to splurge on mom, consider one of these five social distance friendly gifts.

‘Where else am I gonna find a $145 sun dress with grapefruits on it?’ J.Crew will have to slash prices to get people to buy their clothes, analysts say

Websites for J.Crew, J.Crew Factory and Madewell will continue to operate, and brick-and-mortar stores will reopen in accordance with CDC guidelines, the company said.

Some are calling for a revival of the 2009 Cash for Clunkers program that paid up to $4,500 for old cars

The federal government gave cash vouchers to owners with old cars if they’d scrap them to buy a new one.

‘I was told I could never work remotely’: Before coronavirus, workers with disabilities say they implored employers to allow them to work from home

‘I have been trying for years in tech to get to a place where I could permanently work from home.’

Coronavirus cases plummet by 44% due to shelter-in-place orders, according to this study drawing on CDC data

People spent 5% to 10% more time at home in states where shelter-in-place orders were put into effect.

How to improve your chances of getting a refund on your flight, hotel or cruise if you cancel your summer vacation plans

Half of Americans are canceling vacation plans, and many have lost money on nonrefundable travel expenses because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Repairing ventilators that can save coronavirus patients shouldn’t be a business decision

Medical device companies often make it difficult for independent technicians to do their work.

Trump complains women White House reporters aren’t like Donna Reed — but she wasn’t like the housewife she played, either

The real Donna Reed was an anti-war activist known as a ‘troublemaker’ in Hollywood.

Disney earnings plummet more than 90% as coronavirus wipes out more than $1 billion

Walt Disney Co. profit dove more than 90% in the second quarter, an example of the drastic effects on the company from the COVID-19 pandemic, which executives said cost the media giant more than $1 billion in sales just in its theme-parks division.

Schwab’s plan to offer fractional shares starting in June is a shot across the bow at Robinhood, Stash

Discount-brokerage giant Charles Schwab on Tuesday announced that it will offer trading in fractional shares of individual stocks as soon as June, delivering on a promise made by its founder back in October, while providing competition for micro-brokerages like Robinhood and Stash who have drawn an increasingly younger demographic.