High Ten: The weekend is: Would you volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine research?

It's encouraging that so many biotech and pharmaceutical companies are working on COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers will need many volunteers to do human trials.

Maybe you should participate. Arlene Weintraub describes the kind of person vaccine developers want for studies, along with what to expect if participating, the likelihood of getting a placebo, and possible side effects.

Record low mortgage rates

Jacob Passy describes what borrowers' paradise should be, but turns out to be a difficult market for home buyers.

A mural in front of Andy’s Bar, one of dozens of murals painted on buildings in Denton, Texas.

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Retirement goals

Silvia Ascarelli helps a woman who wants to retire and move from Maine to Texas with three possible goals.

A potential coronavirus drug has been kept out of the market

Gilead's remdesivir drug is a well-known treatment for people suffering from COVID-19 infections. Another Gilead drug may be more effective and less expensive, according to Rex Nutting, but the company refuses to test it.

Despite the incredible increase this year, the gold price is low compared to the S&P 500 index based on this 30-year chart.


The case for gold …

Above is a graph that shows the gold price versus the level of the S&P 500 index over the past 30 years. gold
is still relatively cheap compared to the benchmark after its remarkable rise this year. This is one of the reasons why Michael Cuggino, CEO of the Permanent Portfolio Family of Funds, believes gold could rise to $ 4,000 an ounce.

Connected:Gold hits new highs – these are the stocks you should buy now

… and the case against gold

However, Mark Hulbert says that the inflation-adjusted "fundamental value" of gold is currently so high that it would be stupid for investors to buy it.

This man is 52 – should he retire?

Alessandra Malito helps a man in interesting (mostly good) circumstances to decide whether early retirement is right for him.

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A question about early retirement

What if your parents aren't ready for retirement and time is running out?

Bringing luggage into a marriage

Quentin Fottrell – MarketWatchs Moneyist – helps a man whose fiancee is divorced and fears she's on the hook because of her ex-husband's $ 100,000 tax burden.

A rosy prediction

Michael Brush expects the stock market to be at a high level in a year.

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