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August is starting out promising for some investors, with global stocks on the rise. Bitcoin has also stirred to life. Here’s what our call of the day sees ahead for the crypto. See full story.

Stock futures point to higher start as August trade kicks off

U.S. stock futures advance on Monday, as investors eyed progress on an infrastructure bill, merger activity and a sign that central bank stimulus may continue. See full story.

Square to buy Australia’s Afterpay in $29 billion deal

Square Inc. has agreed an all-stock deal worth around $29 billion to acquire Australia’s Afterpay Ltd., an installment-payment company that positions its service as a cheaper and more responsible alternative to a credit card. See full story.

Videogames entered the mainstream in the pandemic, but the industry faces a rough transition

For decades, Wall Street has viewed videogames like most Americans: A fun little diversion from everyday life, but not something to take too seriously. But that changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. See full story.

This tool helps measure how climate friendly your 401(k) is — and dings Amazon.com for its fund offerings

Companies have beefed up sustainability pledges that span emissions reduction to clean-energy fleets to keeping plastic from clogging waterways, but too few take steps to make sure the 401(k)s their employees rely on for retirement are investing in stocks deemed Earth-friendly. See full story.

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‘My family all own homes, so they are pressuring me to buy something near them.’ See full story.

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