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Archive April 2021

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Week InReview: April 30, 2021

Comfort in. Status anxiety out.
 
Illustration: Shonagh Rae/FT
 
In fashion, there has already been a wave of heated debate about what to expect in the post-pandemic world. When it hit, Covid-19 caused demand for tracksuits, pajamas, hoodies, sportswear and other leisurewear to surge. Some designers think this has sparked a permanent move towards more comfortable styles.
 
Maybe so. But, according to a report from BCG consultants “Fashion won’t – and shouldn’t – return to what it was,” since “the behavior, preferences and shifts in mindsets that people have adopted during the pandemic will lead to permanent changes.”
 
 Financial Times

Week InAdvance: April 26, 2021

Mon Apr 26 Joint BIS, BoE, ECB and IMF forum. Bloomberg Green Summit. IOSCO's STF meets. The super "pink" moon. | Tue Apr 27 Senate Finance climate hearing. | Wed Apr 28 Biden addresses Congress. Fed rate meeting and Powell news conference. | Thu Apr 29 U.S. GDP, initial jobless claims, pending home sales. | Fri Apr 30 Disneyland reopens.

Week InReview: April 23, 2021

A post-pandemic 'third way' of working
 
Illustration: Dominika Lipniewska
 
After more than a year of remote work, the future looks hybrid: a mix of office and home-based working. The hope in many companies is that this sort of working pattern will allow employees to do focused work at home, reduce commutes, and enable them to better balance professional and personal lives. In turn, offices will become a destination for innovation, collaboration, networking, coaching, and socializing. But it's going to be hard for businesses to navigate well.
 
— Financial Times

Week InAdvance: April 19, 2021

Mon Apr 19 Boao Forum for Asia. Basel Committee on Banking Supervision meets. | Tue Apr 20 Apple product event. | Wed Apr 21 MSRB board meeting. | Thu Apr 22 Earth Day 2021. Biden hosts global climate summit. | Fri Apr 23 Yellen, Lagarde at Bloomberg event.

Week InReview: April 16, 2021

Happiness 101.
 
Illustration: Andrea Chronopoulos
 
It may seem simple, but it bears repeating:
sleep, gratitude, and helping other people.
 
— The New York Times

Week InAdvance: April 12, 2021

Mon Apr 12 Ramadan begins. NSA, NEC to discuss global microprocessors shortage. | Tue Apr 13 'Racism & the Economy' at the Fed. | Wed Apr 14 'Green Corruption' dialog in Zurich. Eurofi in Lisbon. U.S. Fed Beige Book. | Thu Apr 15 House Financial Services hearing on the end of Libor. | Fri Apr 16 Euro area finmins in Brussels.

Week InReview: April 9, 2021

Gym rat quandary.
 
Illustration: Ben Konkol/WSJ
 
For a fraction of the price of a premier gym membership or an in-person private trainer, new apps let the homebound schedule personalized, one-on-one coaching at convenient times.
 
But as we start to head back to the gym, are these remote trainers effective enough to replace weekly sessions with real-life coaches for good?
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: April 5, 2021

Mon Apr 5 Easter Monday is a public holiday for most of Europe. IMF-World Bank spring meetings all week. | Tue Apr 6 World Economic Forum tech governance summit. | Wed Apr 7 G20 finmins and central bank governors meet. FOMC minutes. | Thu Apr 8 ECB meeting minutes.

Week InReview: April 2, 2021

'I will totally miss the naps'
 
 Photo: Victor Espadas/Westend61 GmbH
 
Many people returning to offices in the coming months face an end to one of the secret perks of working from home: the daily nap.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

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