‘Holy smokes, I’m a $TSLA-naire!’ Here’s how quickly Tesla’s wild ride has turned modest investments into seven-figure windfalls

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Tesla shares have exploded for a gain of nearly 700% this year, having gotten a recent boost from joining the S&P 500. But a blockbuster 2020 is merely another chapter in the stock’s volatile journey to eye-popping returns. See full story.

House Republicans block bill for $2,000 stimulus checks, defying Trump as government shutdown looms

Republicans in the House blocked a bill put forward by Democrats on Thursday that would have sent $2,000 checks to individuals as part of a coronavirus financial aid package, up from the $600 agreed to in the measure approved by Congress earlier this week that President Donald Trump criticized as too meager. See full story.

The new stimulus bill didn’t extend the student-loan payment pause — but it has 8 provisions that will affect how families pay for college

The $900 billion COVID relief package provides emergency financial help for college students, simplifies the FAFSA form and repeals a ban on incarcerated students accessing the Pell grant. See full story.

My husband and I are planning to give our daughter a home for Christmas. Are we making a mistake?

‘2020 is a good year to gift just to time stamp use of a very generous unified gift and estate tax credit available now,’ one expert suggested. See full story.

How many people have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to reach herd immunity? ‘The faster we do it, the faster we get back to life’

‘If you have a highly efficacious vaccine and only 50% of the country gets vaccinated, you’re not going to have that umbrella of protection of herd immunity,’ Anthony Fauci said. See full story.

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Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories. See full story.