Judge blocks $1 billion in funding for President Trump’s border wall

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Trump administration unveils $16 billion bailout to farmers hurt by China trade war

The Trump administration announces a $ 16 billion aid program for American farmers that includes a three-pronged package of aid for American farmers who have been hurt by the U.S. trade war with China.
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WeWork lost $1.9 billion last year, but it’s considering going public

The We Company, parent company of WeWork, is the latest in a string of richly valued start-ups set to go public this year. But though it is valued at $ 47 billion, it's far from turning a profit. Instead, it's hemorrhaging cash.
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Jurors punish Monsanto with a record $2 billion verdict over Roundup weedkiller. But the story’s not over

A jury said Roundup gave a California couple cancer. So it gave them the largest award of any personal injury case this year and the 8th biggest in US history.


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Trump seeks extra $1.6 billion in NASA spending to return to moon by 2024

The Trump administration asked Congress on Monday to increase NASA spending next year by an extra $ 1.6 billion as a “down payment” to accommodate the accelerated goal of returning Americans to the surface of the moon by 2024.


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Bayer to pay $2 billion after losing suit that claims weedkiller Roundup causes cancer

Bayer AG on Monday was ordered by a California jury to pay $ 2 billion to a couple who say they were diagnosed with cancer after using the company's weedkiller Roundup.
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US trade deficit widens to $50 billion in March

The U.S. goods and services deficit with its global trading partners widened slightly in March as demand for foreign goods buoyed imports.
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Warren’s massive $640 billion student loan cancellation questioned over fairness to students who paid off their debts

Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s plan to cancel existing student loan debt for millions of Americans is facing questions whether it’s fair to use taxpayers’ money to pay off someone else’s agreed commitments and if the people who paid off their student debts would be penalized for meticulous financial planning.
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It would cost $12.7 billion to end homelessness in the San Francisco Bay region, a new report says

The estimated cost to end homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area is $ 12.7 billion and additional billions annually to fund ongoing services to the needy, according to a report released Wednesday.
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Japan Has Y528.5 Billion Trade Surplus In March

Japan posted a merchandise trade surplus of 528.5 billion yen in March, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday.
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General Electric agrees to pay $1.5 billion civil penalty

CNBC's Dom Chu reports on the settlement reached between General Electric and the Department of Justice. General Electric agreed to pay a $ 1.5 billion penalty for allegations related to subprime lending unit
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Australia February Trade Surplus A$4.801 Billion

Australia had a seasonally adjusted merchandise trade surplus of A$ 4.801 billion in February, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday.
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Americans borrow $88 billion annually to pay for health care

Americans borrowed a staggering $ 88 billion in the past year to pay for health care, a new survey finds.


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Welcome to the era of $10 billion tech giants

Get ready, the march of the “decacorns” is coming to Wall Street. What’s a decacorn? A few short years ago, if you were a private company with a valuation north of $ 1 billion, you were dubbed a “unicorn.” This new crop of tech darlings have valuations of far more than $ 10 billion. Last week kicked…
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When CEO Brittany Johnson heard that fashion brands were refusing to sell to her clothing rental startup FashionPass because they had entered into exclusive agreements with Rent the Runway, she felt “almost flattered.”

“[I thought] ‘Whoa, Rent the Runway actually sees us as a competitor? This is crazy!” Johnson told The Daily Beast.

After all, Rent the Runway is a heavyweight in the fledgling industry of clothing subscription services. The model allows customers to book an outfit for a day at a fraction of the retail cost, and return the piece after wearing it once. Just this week, Forbes reported that Rent the Runway, which was founded 10 years ago, had hit $ 1 billion in valuation.

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Merck KGaA goes hostile in $5.9 billion Versum takeover battle

German pharma group Merck KGaA launched a hostile $ 5.9 billion all-cash takeover offer for Versum Materials on Tuesday to boost its presence in the semiconductor materials market and sideline a rival bidder.


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Biogen announces $5 billion buyback days after shelving Alzheimer’s trials

Biogen said on Monday it would buy back shares worth $ 5 billion, days after its stock slumped on the drugmaker's announcement to end two Alzheimer's disease trials.
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Skittish investors pull more than $20 billion from stocks, rush into bonds: BAML

Global equity funds saw massive outflows this week, a sharp reversal from last week’s inflows as pessimism over economic growth gripped investors once again, driving them instead to search for yield…


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Alibaba, Tencent, car makers set up $1.5 billion China ride-hailing venture

Alibaba, Tencent, Suning, and car makers including Chongqing Changan Automobile have set up a $ 1.5 billion Chinese ride-hailing venture, a move that could test the dominance of ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing.


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Hong Kong is building an $80 billion artificial island to fix its housing shortage

Secretary for Development Michael Wong said in a speech Tuesday that around 1,000 hectares of land would be constructed to deal with Hong Kong's "serious shortage of land supply."
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‘The Dropout’ Part 4: Theranos wins huge backing, rises in value to $9 billion by 2014

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Activist investor Starboard Value says it will oppose Bristol-Myers’ $74 billion deal for Celgene

The activist investor says it intends to use its stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb to oppose its acquisition of Celgene.
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The Real Crazy Rich Asian Palace Is Worth a Cool $3.5 Billion

In the heart of Singapore, one of the most expensive cities in the world, there’s a sprawling, vacant plot of private land 30 times the size of The White House.

Just down the road from the U.S. embassy and bordering condos worth S$ 4.5 million ($ 3.3 million) each, the swathe of untended jungle hides the remains of two abandoned palaces and would be worth a cool $ 3.5 billion if sold for development, according to one estimate. In a city where almost 8,000 people are crammed into each square kilometer and real estate prices are among the world’s highest, it is one of the greatest urban anachronisms in Asia.

“Owning a piece of land in Singapore is certainly a privilege as land is the most precious resource in the city-state,” said Christine Li, a senior director and head of research for Singapore at Cushman & Wakefield Inc. “Over the past five decades, land prices have appreciated significantly. This has fueled wealth creation for older generations. Many also aspire to own a landed property as it is a status symbol for the well-heeled.”

If something about this story sounds familiar, it’s probably because the plot line was borrowed by Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, the book about Asia’s insanely rich that was made into a hit movie last year. The fictitious Young family inhabits a sprawling ancestral home, set within Singapore’s Tyersall Park.

In the real-life version, the 34-year-old Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, is the registered owner of the 210,875 square meter plot, which lies in the former Tyersall Park, next to the Botanic Gardens. Inside, ravaged by fire and decay, are the ruins of Istana Woodneuk, the palace built by his ancestors in the late 19th century.

The plot owned by the Sultans of Johor was once larger, but has gradually reduced as the Singapore government acquired land to extend the Botanic Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage site. In 1990, the state bought a chunk for S$ 25 million and it got another 98,000-square-meter piece in 2009 for an undisclosed amount.

Malaysia has a constitutional monarchy, where the national throne rotates between rulers of the country’s nine states every five years. The southern state of Johor is ruled by the Crown Prince’s father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Last year, the 60-year-old patriarch put 12 luxury cars from his extensive collection on display at an event held to mark the 90th anniversary of Singapore’s Fullerton Heritage precinct. They included a 1991 Lamborghini LM002 and a 1938 Lagonda Lightweight LG6, the only one in the world.

His other assets include a 22 percent share in Malaysia’s Forest City, a $ 100 billion Chinese-built project with apartments on artificial islands in the country’s south, and the family also owns stakes in a variety of public companies from 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd. to telecoms firm REDtone International Bhd.

The Crown Prince, however, won’t be able to cash in on his Singapore land any time soon, even if he wanted to. The undeveloped area is zoned for “special use of green space,” meaning development for other purposes, such as residential or commercial, is restricted.

Were that to change — the land does sit in one of Singapore’s most desirable residential districts — it could be worth at least S$ 4.7 billion, according to a calculation by Alan Cheong, a senior director at brokerage Savills Plc.

The most expensive residence to change hands in Singapore over the past year was a so-called good class bungalow (luxury landed houses that are off limits to foreigners) also near the Botanic Gardens. The property was purchased by Tony Tung, the chairman of oil trader Winson Group for S$ 105.3 million ($ 78 million), the Business Times reported earlier this month, saying it was a record for that type of dwelling.

A representative for the Crown Prince didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

His father is pragmatic when it comes to matters of money.

“Let’s be honest here, we are a constitutional monarch. I have to earn my living like everyone else,” the Sultan said in a 2015 interview with local newspaper The Star. “I cannot depend on my allowances of RM27,000 ($ 6,640) a month. I must earn a living, like ordinary Malaysians.”

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How health-care costs us $89 billion a year in lost time

Americans spend more time traveling and waiting for health appointments than for any other service, according to a new analysis.
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Johnson & Johnson to buy Auris Health for $3.4 billion

The purchase gives J&J, one of the world's largest maker of health products, an entry into robotics and builds on the company's partnership with Alphabet's Verily.
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Google will spend $13 billion on U.S. real estate in 2019, expanding into Nevada, Ohio and Texas

Google will expand into Nevada, Ohio, Texas and Nebraska for the first time, adding new data centers in those states and offices elsewhere.
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Earth’s earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago

Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own.


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The shutdown cost the economy $11 billion – including a permanent $3 billion loss, government says

Overall, the CBO projected economic growth will slow this year to 2.3 percent, compared with the 3.1 percent rate last year, as the benefits of the new tax law begin to fade.
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Air Force receives first Boeing KC-46 tankers after a two-year delay and $3 billion in cost overruns

The two KC-46 tankers, derived from Boeing's commercial 767 airframe, touched down at McConnell Air Force base in Kansas on Friday after departing the company's Everett, Washington, facility.
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White House preparing draft national emergency order, has identified $7 billion for wall

The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $ 7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.


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Trump offers 3-year extension of protection for ‘dreamers’ in exchange for $5.7 billion for wall; Democrats call it a ‘non-starter’

The president’s proposal, in a rare Saturday address, is designed to ramp up pressure on Democrats, but many already say it is unacceptable.
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House Democrats to propose $1 billion for border security without money for wall

House Democrats are pushing forward with legislation to beef up security at the borders without funding for the wall demanded by President Donald Trump, a move bound to intensify the standoff over a partial government shutdown heading into its fifth week.


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Microsoft wins $1.76 billion defense contract: Pentagon

Microsoft Corp has been awarded a five-year contract worth $ 1.76 billion for delivering enterprise services for the Defense Department, Coast Guard and intelligence services, the Pentagon said on Friday.


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Australia Has A$1.925 Billion Trade Surplus

Australia had a seasonally adjusted merchandise trade surplus of A$ 1.925 billion in November, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
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Alphabet’s Verily gets $1 billion in funding round led by Silver Lake

Alphabet's Verily is getting $ 1 billion in outside funding led by Silver Lake, providing more options and flexibility moving forward.
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The $35 billion race to cure a liver disease that affects 30 million Americans

In the U.S. 30 million Americans suffer from a form of fatty liver disease that turns into a form of liver cirrhosis that leads to death unless a patient can receive a liver transplant. Now drug companies are spending billions to help find a cure.
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Altria looks to a future beyond cigarettes but investors aren’t cheering its $15 billion bet

Altria has paid a total of $ 14.6 billion for a hand in companies beyond its traditional hold in cigarettes over the past two weeks — a 45 percent share of cannabis company Cronos and 35 percent stake in e-cigarette maker Juul.
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SoftBank’s Biggest Backers Balk at Planned $16 Billion Acquisition of WeWork

Key investors in SoftBank’s giant tech fund have balked at a planned $ 16 billion investment in co-working startup WeWork, leaving SoftBank Chief Masayoshi Son to find an alternative as his ambitions hit up against the limits of his financial firepower.
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Juul gets $2 billion bonus from Altria deal — to be split among its 1,500 employees

Juul's 1,500 employees are receiving a $ 2 billion bonus from Altria, averaging about $ 1.3 million each, as part of the tobacco giant's $ 12.8 billion investment in the e-cigarette maker, people familiar with the matter say.
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Shoppers spent a record $30 billion on Alibaba for Singles Day this year

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reported its highest individual sales day ever on Singles Day, an informal holiday dedicated to people who aren’t in relationships. 

Singles Day is on 11/11 (see all those “1”s? they symbolize being alone) and has become in recent years a bigger Chinese shopping day than Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Alibaba was a pioneer in offering discounts on the holiday, and their sales are promoted with a live TV show advertising the discounts available on the website.  Read more…

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Apple’s $1 billion Austin campus is the latest big investment from top tier firms: Texas governor

"Texas is the Alabama when it comes to recruiting in college football. We get to pick the 5-star recruit companies that are coming to the Lone Star State," Abbott says.
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J&J loses $39.8 billion in market value after report claims J&J knew about asbestos in baby powder

Investors sold off shares of Johnson & Johnson on Friday after a Reuters report said the company knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos, an allegation J&J has denied.
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Eddie Lampert offers $4.6 billion to buy Sears out of bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Chairman Eddie Lampert’s ESL Partners LP has submitted a $ 4.6 billion bid to buy the bankrupt retailer, the hedge fund said on Thursday. Sears, which had filed for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 15, faces a Dec. 15 deadline to find a buyer to keep it in business, according to court papers.
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London to lose $900 billion to Frankfurt due to Brexit, German finance group claims

Lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance claims London's financial sector is poised to lose billions of euros in assets by March 2019.
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CVS creates new health-care giant as $69 billion merger with Aetna officially closes

CVS and Aetna have closed their merger about a year after announcing the deal to combine a drugstore chain, a pharmacy benefit manager and a health insurer.  
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Alibaba smashes through $25.3 billion Singles Day sales record — with hours to go before midnight

Alibaba smashed through its Singles Day sales record, with several hours still remaining in one of the world's largest shopping events.
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Alibaba Singles’ Day sales hit $10 billion in first hour

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd settled roughly 69 billion yuan ($ 9.92 billion) in the first hour of its annual Singles’ Day on Sunday, up roughly 21 percent from last year’s early haul of 57 billion yuan. Singles’ Day is the world’s biggest online sales event and last year netted Alibaba 168 billion yuan ($ 24.15 billion) in total sales.


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$500 Billion: Study Finds Parents Spend More on Adult Children than Retirement

Recent study insights reveal a telling tale of the extent of a parent’s love — and maybe even negligence — when it comes to their adult children. According to research, retirement security has taken a backseat for parents who are putting their children’s financial well-being ahead of their own future financial security, and they’re halting their golden-year plans just to make sure their offspring are thriving.

According to the study, “The Financial Journey of Modern Parenting: Joy, Complexity and Sacrifice” which was conducted by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave, parents today spend $ 500 billion annually on their adult children — ages 18-34 — double the amount they contribute each year to their retirement accounts.

More than 2,500 American parents were surveyed for the study which marks the third in a multi-year research series from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, a company that studies maturing consumers.

“In this new era of delayed financial independence of young people, financial planning is no longer a solo or coupled activity,” Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., CEO, and founder of Age Wave said in a news release. “It’s become an ongoing family project with longer and different social, housing and economic interdependencies than we’ve seen before.”

80% of parents say they would be willing to make a major financial sacrifice for adult children, including dipping into their savings or cutting back their lifestyles. 25% would take on debt or pull money from retirement accounts. The research also found 31% of early adults ages 18-34 live with their parents, but even if the child is out of the house, parents are chipping in on school costs, health insurance, rent, and car expenses. 59% expect to help pay for their children’s weddings, 26% expect to contribute to their children’s first homes, and one-third plan to contribute to their grandchildren’s college costs.

Despite the financial sacrifices, 93% of respondents said being a parent was the most rewarding aspect of their lives and 94% said raising their children — and the costs that come with doing so — has been worth “every penny.”

“When emotions and money become intertwined, parents risk making financial decisions that can compromise their — and their children’s — financial futures,” Lisa Margeson, head of retirement client experience and communications at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said in the release. “Parents can navigate this difficult balance by setting clear boundaries about their level of support, fostering financial independence in adult children, and reconciling spending on children with long-term savings goals to avoid jeopardizing their own financial security.”

 

 

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New Zealand Trade Deficit NZ$1.560 Billion

New Zealand posted a merchandize trade deficit of NZ$ 1.560 billion in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday – representing 36 percent of exports.
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Exclusive: U.S. sports leagues could see $4.2 billion annually from legal betting

The four major U.S. professional sports leagues could reap a combined $ 4.2 billion annually as a result of legal sports betting, most of it indirectly from increased fan engagement, according to a casino industry survey to be released later on Thursday.


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Virgin’s Branson halts talks on $1 billion Saudi investment in space ventures

British billionaire Richard Branson said on Thursday that his Virgin Group would suspend its discussions with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over a planned $ 1 billion investment in the group’s space ventures, in light of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


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$500 Billion: Study Finds Parents Spend More on Adult Children than Retirement

Recent study insights reveal a telling tale of the extent of a parent’s love — and maybe even negligence — when it comes to their adult children. According to research, retirement security has taken a backseat for parents who are putting their children’s financial well-being ahead of their own future financial security, and they’re halting their golden-year plans just to make sure their offspring are thriving.

According to the study, “The Financial Journey of Modern Parenting: Joy, Complexity and Sacrifice” which was conducted by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave, parents today spend $ 500 billion annually on their adult children — ages 18-34 — double the amount they contribute each year to their retirement accounts.

More than 2,500 American parents were surveyed for the study which marks the third in a multi-year research series from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, a company that studies maturing consumers.

“In this new era of delayed financial independence of young people, financial planning is no longer a solo or coupled activity,” Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., CEO, and founder of Age Wave said in a news release. “It’s become an ongoing family project with longer and different social, housing and economic interdependencies than we’ve seen before.”

80% of parents say they would be willing to make a major financial sacrifice for adult children, including dipping into their savings or cutting back their lifestyles. 25% would take on debt or pull money from retirement accounts. The research also found 31% of early adults ages 18-34 live with their parents, but even if the child is out of the house, parents are chipping in on school costs, health insurance, rent, and car expenses. 59% expect to help pay for their children’s weddings, 26% expect to contribute to their children’s first homes, and one-third plan to contribute to their grandchildren’s college costs.

Despite the financial sacrifices, 93% of respondents said being a parent was the most rewarding aspect of their lives and 94% said raising their children — and the costs that come with doing so — has been worth “every penny.”

“When emotions and money become intertwined, parents risk making financial decisions that can compromise their — and their children’s — financial futures,” Lisa Margeson, head of retirement client experience and communications at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said in the release. “Parents can navigate this difficult balance by setting clear boundaries about their level of support, fostering financial independence in adult children, and reconciling spending on children with long-term savings goals to avoid jeopardizing their own financial security.”

 

 

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