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BC-Money & Markets Extra Digest

May 9, 2019

For the week ending Saturday, May 11, 2019

MONEY MATTERS-INSURANCE DENIALS

Patients are often shocked when an insurer denies coverage for a procedure, but research shows these rejections can be common, and patients may not put up their best fight to get the decision reversed.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Google promises better privacy tools; San Francisco bans credit-only stores; Lord & Taylor owner looking to sell nearly 200-year-old department store.

QUICK FIX

Spring cleaning _ it’s not just for closets and windows. Paperwork is one of the easiest areas to let a mess build and one of the more challenging categories to tackle.

WIRELESS & CASHLESS

Facebook is rolling out a flirtatious feature called Secret Crush to make it easier to strike up romantic relationships.

SMALL BUSINESS MONITOR

As employees increasingly place a premium on work-life balance, companies are responding by providing more forms of leave.

CENTERPIECE

US-China trade slump

American exports to China have plunged in the tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions, but Chinese industries the ruling Communist Party wants to promote also have been hit hard.

MARKET PULSE

Unbearable stench sends Spirit Airlines flight back to airport; Debt collectors could begin chasing debtors with texts, emails under new regulations; Eel harvest in Maine among best on record

OFF THE CHARTS-HEALTH CARE LIMPING

While much of the stock market sprints ahead powered by economic gains and investor confidence, the health care sector is limping behind.

INSIDER Q&A-ONLINE VIDEO EXECUTIVE

As costs for Netflix and other streaming video services rise, alternative free services such as Pluto, Tubi and Popcornflix are gaining popularity. Bill Rouhana, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, is betting the free option.

$1,000 DERBY

If you invested $1,000 at the start of this year in various types of stocks, bonds and commodities, how much would you have now?

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