More stimulus, low-rates and Bitcoin — Here's what we're reading this week

Bankrate's investing and wealth management reporter, Jim Royal, shares his reading list for the week.

More stimulus, low-rates and Bitcoin — Here's what we're reading this week


    Meet Jim

    James F. Royal, Ph.D., is a senior reporter for investing at Bankrate, and has been investing in the stock market for more than two decades. Royal is the author of The Zen of Thrift Conversions, and holds a doctorate from the University of Florida.

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