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Archive January 2021

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Week InReview: January 29, 2021

The future of meetings.
 
Is it time to rethink how meetings are conducted in more fundamental ways? The Journal spoke with management gurus, technologists, academics and startup founders to hear how technology has the potential to this essential and much-maligned fixture of work life. 
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: January 25, 2021

Mon Jan 25 Davos goes online. | Tue Jan 26 BISIH-CPMI crypto assets webinar. | Wed Jan 27 FOMC rate decision. | Thu Jan 28 U.S. 4Q GDP.

Week InReview: January 22, 2021

Take a break.
 
Pajamas in their natural habitat, and parading through the local supermarket. 
Illustration: Jack Richardson/WSJ
 
Throw on some sweatpants. Any pair will do, but here's a guide to turning sleepwear into perfectly respectable daytime duds to work from home in.
 
Pajamas are the new sweatpants. How to wear them everywhere.

Week InAdvance: January 18, 2021

Mon Jan 18 U.S. equity and bond markets closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. China releases 4Q GDP. | Tue Jan 19 Yellen confirmation hearing. | Wed Jan 20 Inauguration Day. China’s top legislative body plans surprise meeting. | Thu Jan 21 EU virtual summit. ECB, BOJ decide rates. U.S. initial jobless claims, housing starts.

Week InReview: January 15, 2021

Habit-forming home workouts.
 
Something for everyone. The unmotivated. The whole family. Quick recovery. Cardio fiends. Lapsed athletes. Absolute beginners. If you’ve ironed out the kinks of working from home, it may be time to address working out from home. The odds are stacked against you: barriers to equipment, a lack of guidance, waning motivation. The experts’ tip: Streamline and personalize.
 

Week InAdvance: January 11, 2021

Mon Jan 11 CES 2021. | Tue Jan 12 Virtual Fed event on racism & the economy. Fed AI forum. | Wed Jan 13 U.S. CPI, budget statement. Fed's Beige Book. | Thu Jan 14 CES is digital. U.S. initial jobless claims.

Week InReview: January 8, 2021

Hope for grounded fliers?
 
Photo: John Kuczala/WSJ
 
We can’t know the one thing we all want to know about travel in 2021: When can we confidently start traveling again safely? As we’ve seen lately, uncertainty continues with developments like the new variant of Covid-19 and slower vaccine distribution. But there’s a lot we can know about travel in the new year. Here are some predictions:
 
1. Get ready for prices to zigzag
2. Health records a standard part of flying
3. The frequent-flier free-for-all
4. The mask mandate arrives
5. Recovery starts closer to home
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: January 4, 2021

Mon Jan 4 OPEC+ meeting on output. | Tue Jan 5 World Bank global economic prospects report. | Wed Jan 6 Electoral College votes certified in the U.S. House of Representatives. FOMC minutes. | Thu Jan 7 U.S. initial jobless claims, Bloomberg consumer comfort, trade balance. | Fri Jan 8 U.S. employment report for December. The monthly U.S. non-farm payrolls will be the main data point to watch this week.

Week InReview: January 1, 2021

If your New Year's resolution is to 'do better,' here's a start
 
For so many, 2020 was a year of regrouping, rebooting, and rediscovering the appeal of 24/7 sweatpants. Now, as 2021 looms, the closet needs rethinking. But instead of going the Kondo route, it’s time to focus on meaningful gestures, not just minimalist ones.
 

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