Existing home sales and stock milestones are making news today. Here's how the headlines could affect your money:
Tesla closed Thursday at a record high of $2,001.83 per share. Apple, meanwhile, just became the first U.S. company with a market value topping $2 trillion.
Market-watchers expect more movement in both stocks Friday: It's the so-called record date for Tesla's stock split, while Apple's is Monday. Both companies will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on August 31.
The combination of rising demand and fewer homes on the market pushed the median price of a home sold to a record high of $304,100 in July, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Sales of existing homes rose 24.7% in July compared with June. That's the biggest increase in the survey's 50-plus-year history.
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Because of the pandemic, more than half of U.S. adults have canceled an activity they already paid for, like a vacation or an event such as a concert or sports game, according to Bankrate, and about half of those who had to cancel didn't get a full refund.
To get your money back, experts recommend starting with the vendor who sold you your ticket and working your way up the customer service chain. No luck? See if your credit card issuer offers any protections or if your travel insurance policy has kicked in.
Shareholders of an actively traded stock change all the time. So companies use a record date — also called a date of record — as a cutoff to determine which shareholders are eligible to receive distributions like additional shares, in the case of a stock split like Apple or Tesla, and dividends.
And although the daily news can have an impact on your wallet, remember to take a long-term outlook when it comes to decisions on spending, saving, and investing.
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