NewsWatch: Goldman economists expect Fed to cut rates soon to head off impact of outbreak

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There is growing consensus that the world’s central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, will soon take policy action to avert a financial meltdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. See full story.

The S&P 500 index is extremely oversold — but not yet a buy

Remember: Oversold doesn’t mean buy. See full story.

Surgeon general wants you to stop buying masks to protect yourself from coronavirus: ‘They are NOT effective’

Stay home when you’re sick and wash your hands with soap more frequently. Those ‘everyday preventive actions’ are still the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus and other respiratory illness, according to the U.S. surgeon general. See full story.

China purchasing indexes sink to record lows as coronavirus epidemic hits economy

Official gauges of China’s factory and nonfactory activity plunged to record lows in February as the domestic economy struggled to resume normal production amid the coronavirus epidemic. See full story.

On Social Security benefits, Biden just came around to the increases Sanders has backed for decades

Older Americans should pay attention to the views of the top candidates on Social Security and Medicare. See full story.

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As popularity for the Affordable Care Act has hit an all-time high, the Supreme Court is taking on a new case that could decide its fate. See full story.

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