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Week InAdvance: March 30, 2020

The Covid Corner
 
  • Lockdowns work. The numbers prove it — and show how long it takes.
 
  • Immunity, vaccines, and what to do. top virologist answers key questions.
 
 
— The World Economic Forum

Week InReview: March 27, 2020

 
#wfh
Nutrition and how not to eat all day when staying at home.
Five workouts you can do at home
The kids are home, but you need to work. What do you do?
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: March 23, 2020

Mon Mar 23 FSOC meets in open & closed sessions. | Tue Mar 24 G7 foreign ministers summit held via video conference. | Wed Mar 25 BOE AI conference.

Week InReview: March 20, 2020

Working from home.
 
And on the umpteenth day of the coronavirus panic, the overlords commanded: Thou shalt work from home. Here are some tech tips to help you cope, and perhaps even thrive.
 
It can be challenging, particularly in small spaces or when others in your household are also working from home. Technology has made remote work possible, but it doesn’t always function as you expect — especially if you haven’t tested your home setup lately. And digital tools can’t always fully re-create in-person communication. Here’s some advice for how to work best from home.
 
Position your webcam smartly. Since we’re all on videochat now, just remember: Keep a light source on your face, and try to avoid sitting with a window behind you. Frame your head and shoulders in the shot, and keep the camera lens at or above eye level—use a cardboard box as a stand if necessary. And lift your head up. Your chin will thank you. Lastly, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe off the lens from time to time.
 
Kill notifications during chats. During video calls – especially if you’re sharing screens – no one wants to see your notifications or hear those dings and rings. So mute! In Windows 10, go to System > Notifications & Actions and turn them off. On MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion or later, click the three lines in the top right corner, then swipe down then turn on Do Not Disturb. Just don’t forget to turn your notifications back on once the call is over.
 

Week InAdvance: March 16, 2020

Finra, which started collecting transaction data for U.S. Treasuries in 2017, began publicly releasing weekly aggregate volume statistics last Tuesday. Reports covering the prior week will be published on Finra’s website on Tuesdays at 8am New York time (or on Wednesdays if Monday is a holiday).

Week InReview: March 13, 2020

Recipe of the week.
 
  • 1 cup of 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon of 98% glycerin
  • ¼ cup, 1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon (or 85 milliliters) of sterile distilled or boiled cold water
 
The World Health Organization has a comprehensive guide on how to make your own hand sanitizer. The only problem is, if you follow these instructions, you’ll end up with a lot of it. Like, exactly 2.6 gallons of it. If you want to make enough to last you, your family, and all your friends through a pandemic, you definitely can. But here it is on a smaller scale.
 

Week InAdvance: March 9, 2020

Mon Mar 9 ASEAN econ ministers in Da Nang. | Tue Mar 10 SEC muni conference. | Wed Mar 11 Buy-side conference in Boston. Blockchain summit in DC. | Thu Mar 12 G20 sherpa meeting.

Week InReview: March 6, 2020

Chart of the week.
 
The Bloomberg
U.S. Financial Conditions Index
is back to levels last seen
in December 2018

Week InAdvance: March 2, 2020

Mon Mar 2 OECD updates global growth forecasts. | Tue Mar 3 G20 environment meeting. | Wed Mar 4 SEC considers rules on capital formation. | Thu Mar 5 OECD environment forum. | Fri Mar 6 International Women's Day.

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