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Week InReview: February 26, 2021

Week InReview
Friday | Feb 26, 2021
 
Travel in the Time of Covid
 
Photo: Malaka Gharib/ NPR
 
As lockdown orders are relaxed to some capacity in countries around the world, travel is starting to see an uptick for the first time since mid-March. But when it comes to taking a longer trip, is it better to travel by car or by plane?
 

Week InAdvance: February 22, 2021

Mon Feb 22 Janet Yellen speaks in NYC on regulating financial markets. | Tue Feb 23 CFTC market risk panel meets. Powell in the Senate. | Wed Feb 24 Powell in the House. | Thu Feb 25 Sustainable investment in the House. EU leaders summit. | Fri Feb 26 G20 finmins, central bankers meet.

Week InReview: February 19, 2021

Desperately Seeking Distraction.
 
Benjamin Davis's painting of Philadelphia Flyers mascot, Gritty.
Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers
 
There is a new masterpiece in the city of Philadelphia — but don’t expect to see this classical nude hanging on the walls of the Barnes any time soon. Why? Because it’s a portrait of Gritty, the beloved NHL mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers.
 
During last week’s loss to the Boston Bruins, Gritty stayed on the sidelines, dramatically casting off a white robe while the sounds of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” bumped through the arena. He spent the next 90 or so minutes reclining on a black leather coach, clad only in his hockey helmet, to pose for 28-year-old artist Benjamin Davis.
 

Week InAdvance: February 15, 2021

Mon Feb 15 U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day. Financial markets closed. | Tue Feb 16 SEC Form 13F deadline. Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and Mardi Gras celebrations will be greatly restricted this year. | Wed Feb 17 Fed minutes. ESMA clearers workshop. | Thu Feb 18 House hearing on GameStop and other stocks caught up in recent market volatility. Senate hearing on an equitable recovery from Covid. | Fri Feb 19 Group of Seven virtual meeting.
 

Week InReview: February 12, 2021

Face masks go high-tech, but do you need one?
 
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/WSJ, Illustration: Serge Bloch
 
The Wall Street Journal tested a few ‘smart,’ app-enabled masks to see if they’re too much trouble — or a breath of tech air.
 

Week InAdvance: February 8, 2021

Mon Feb 8 ECB prez at the European Parliament. | Tue Feb 9 OECD parliamentarian meeting. | Wed Feb 10 Fed’s Powell speaks. U.S. consumer price index. | Thu Feb 11 Senate confirmation hearing for labor secretary. | Fri Feb 12 Chinese New Year.

Week InReview: February 5, 2021

If it looks like a bubble... ?
 
Much of the market looks like it’s in a bubble and valuations look stretched, but the worrying behavior has mostly been contained to a handful of individual stocks, not larger indexes. In addition, interest rates remain low, further stimulus is expected and in many cases earnings have held up or been robust, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, investors are trying to identify what could cause bubbles among individual stocks to pop and whether any of the bursts will spread to the wider market. This week, investors will get fresh data on the manufacturing sector, earnings from Amazon and Google parent Alphabet, and the January employment report. Silver prices rallied to start the trading week, fueled by a wave of fresh enthusiasm from online traders.

Week InAdvance: February 1, 2021

Mon Feb 1 OECD blended finance forum. | Tue Feb 2 BCBS-FSB anti-money laundering webinar. | Wed Feb 3 Treasury's quarterly refunding announcement. Winter midpoint. | Thu Feb 4 Covid-19 stimulus hearing. | Fri Feb 5 U.S. employment report for January.

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