Last Friday, March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Stimulus Act (CARES) was passed into Law. The bill provides a stimulus package of $2 Trillion of relief to individuals, families, small businesses and state and local governments.
Below is a breakdown on how that $2 trillion is divvied up.
A little over a week later and there is a lot of confusion around how to take advantage of it.
I put together two podcasts and articles this week explaining what options are available. The first one I published covered which benefits of the CARES Act can individuals and families take advantage of. There are recovery rebate checks, unemployment benefits on steroids, unprecedented access to use your retirement plan, and a moratorium for student borrowers who have federal loans.
The second podcast covered the CARES Act and the provisions to help out small businesses. This is where a lot of the confusion is. There are multiple programs that businesses can take advantage of and I received a lot of questions around:
- What are the eligibility requirements?
- Do I have to personally guarantee the loan or provide any collateral?
- What do the loan funds have to be used for?
- Is the loan forgivable?
- What’s the maximum amount of loan I can receive?
- How do I apply?
I cover those questions and more on the episode
The S&P 500 was down 20% in the first quarter. It’s the worst Q1 ever. There is hope for an about face. The previous worst Q1 was in 1938 when the S&P was down 19.4%. The rest of the year it gained an incredible 54.6% to finish the year up 24.5%
For the virologist in you, here is an interesting NY Ties article that breaks down the coronavirus genome
Make sure you are buying the right stock. Zoom Technologies (ZOOM) set an all-time high of $60 a week ago. The stock had ended 2019 at $1.05 per share. Unfortunately Zoom Technologies is an apparently defunct company based in China that used to distribute wireless communications products. It no longer operates as a companies.
If you want to buy Zoom, the video conferencing company that you have been using for meetings and happy hours make sure you use the ticker ZM
When you need need N95 masks send in the Patriots. The incredible story of how the Patriots were able to fly into China and procure 1.2 million masks.