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Archive July 2020

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Week InReview: July 31, 2020

The shift that shocked companies.
 
Tens of millions of Americans are working from home and many will never go back. Employers scramble to figure out what tools they’ll need to stay productive. Companies are quickly learning lessons about the varied necessities of remote work, from appropriate tools to new styles of management.
 

Week InAdvance: July 27, 2020

Mon Jul 27 Informal Brexit meetings. | Tue Jul 28 Senate panels examine Covid-19 programs. | Wed Jul 29 FOMC rate decision, news conference. | Thu Jul 30 House Financial Services examines the CFPB.
 
Many governments are cautiously easing coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions to revive economic growth, while attempting to control any resurgence of Covid-19; some are going in reverse. The U.K. plans to open gyms, pools and sports facilities this week. The AMC cinema chain planned to reopen theaters in the U.S. but has delayed until at least mid-August. Bali will welcome domestic tourists in spite of hitting a record high in coronavirus deaths. Aviation regulators in the EU and Singapore are working together to resuscitate air travel.

Week InReview: July 24, 2020

Architecture in a post-Covid world.
 
Six feet. As Covid-19 has torn through the world, that distance has come to define daily life. Six feet is how far we stand from other shoppers or the space we try to maintain while catching up with a friend.
 
It’s painfully clear that our world has been constructed for a reality that no longer exists. Crowded subway cars, packed restaurants, and bustling sidewalks all pose a threat every time someone nearby sneezes, talks, or even just breathes.
 
Eventually, architects and engineers will reconstruct the world around us to take into account the pandemic — and others that may follow. Temporary plexiglass barriers and markings on the floor may give way to designs that favor privacy and small groupings of people to limit the spread of pathogens. 
 

Week InAdvance: July 20, 2020

Mon Jul 20 Brexit negotiators gather for a week of talks. | Tue Jul 21 CFTC's Market Risk Advisory Committee receives status updates. | Wed Jul 22 SEC votes on rules affecting proxy advisers and shareholder proposals. | Thu Jul 23 MSRB EMMA webinar.
 
Many governments are cautiously easing Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions to revive economic growth, while attempting to control any resurgence of the coronavirus some are going in reverse. In the U.S., Walmart, Target, and CVS will require all customers to wear masks. The U.K. government is also making masks mandatory in shops as it prepares to reopen a wider range of facilities including indoor swimming pools and gyms later this month.

Week InReview: July 17, 2020

Get ready for your dog's separation anxiety.
 
Dogs have become “overly bonded” to their human companions. They’re more reliant on our presence to stay calm because, for the past four months, we’ve been around all the time. Dogs signal this dependency when they panic after you leave the room or, god forbid, the house. This phenomenon must be addressed now, long before you return to the office, to avoid doggie meltdowns.
 
— Bloomberg Businessweek

Week InAdvance: July 13, 2020

Mon Jul 13 ARRC's 'SOFR Summer Series.' | Tue Jul 14 FSOC meets on secondary mortgage market liquidity. | Wed Jul 15 Fed's Beige Book. | Thu Jul 16 Virtual special meeting of SEC's Asset Management Advisory Committee. | Fri Jul 17 EU leaders discuss Covid-19 recovery plan. | Sat Jul 18 G20 finmins meet.

Governments are gradually easing Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions to revive economic growth, while attempting to control any resurgence of the coronavirus. Singapore plans to open movie theaters and hotels with limited occupancy and mandatory temperature checks. JPMorgan’s office workers will start returning, with daily health checks. The Americas have reversed reopening in many areas as virus cases spike. Miami closed its beaches again and rolled back reopenings of theaters, casinos and bowling alleys. Australia ordered nine public-housing towers in Victoria to be quarantined, and the Victoria-New South Wales border has been shut.

Week InReview: July 10, 2020

Farewell protocol.
 
The pandemic has ruined the college drop-off. That emotional ritual in which parents leave their child on campus — is the latest Covid-19 casualty. What had morphed into an all-day affair for families in recent times will be a mostly students-only process this year.
 

Week InAdvance: July 6, 2020

Mon Jul 6 Virtual FinHub P2Ps all week. | Tue Jul 7 Fed holds crisis management PIM. | Wed Jul 8 WEF trade forum in Cologny. | Thu Jul 9 EU finmins vote on next Eurogroup prez. | Fri Jul 10 Trilateral Commission meets virtually.

Governments are gradually easing Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions to revive economic growth, while attempting to control any resurgence. It’s been six months since the World Health Organization became aware of the novel coronavirus, and the “worst is yet to come,” World Trade Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva last week. In Texas, where cases are rising at a rapid rate, Republican Governor Greg Abbott has called a halt to business reopenings and ordered bars and taverns closed.

Week InReview: July 3, 2020

What #backtowork could look like.
 
Follow Kat, a fictional U.S. office worker, for a glimpse of what your office might look like when you return. The office features thermal testing and Bluetooth sensors that let businesses know how much time employees spend six feet apart from their colleagues.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

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