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Archive May 2021

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Week InAdvance: May 31, 2021

Mon May 31 U.S. markets closed for Memorial Day holiday. U.K. markets closed for Spring Bank holiday. | Tue Jun 1 WEF's jobs reset summit in Geneva. OPEC+ meeting on output. | Wed Jun 2 Green Swan Conference meets on coordinating climate financing. Fed's Beige Book. | Thu Jun 3 CFTC Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee meets. G20 infrastructure investors dialog. | Fri Jun 4 Yellen travels to London for a meeting of her G7 counterparts. Basel Committee meets. U.S. employment report for May.

Week InReview: May 28, 2021

Enough with the face time.
 
There’s vampirical – I mean, empirical – proof. A high frequency of video calling can cause general, social, emotional, visual, and motivational fatigue. Video calls used to be a rare treat. Now, they’re everyday soul suckers.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: May 24, 2021

Mon May 24 EU leaders summit. Public holiday across most of continental Europe. | Tue May 25 Fed's Quarles gives Senate testimony. | Wed May 26 Wall Street CEOs in the Senate. Bigtech on CPMI's agenda. Blood supermoon & total lunar eclipse. | Thu May 27 Wall Street CEOs in the House. U.S. initial jobless claims, GDP, durable goods, pending home sales. | Fri May 28 G7 finance ministers, central bankers meet.

Week InReview: May 21, 2021

WFH bent us out of shape.
 
Illustration: Rosie McGuiness/WSJ
 
Over the past year, the cumulative effect of work-from-home scenarios – makeshift workstations at kitchen tables, on couches or beds, without proper chairs or desks; bare or slipper-shod feet, without the support of shoes – has been noticeably detrimental. Prolonged sitting is the main cause of this misalignment.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: May 17, 2021

Mon May 17 G20 sustainable finance forum. Money managers disclose holdings on SEC’s Form 13F. | Tue May 18 Senate Finance infrastructure hearing. | Wed May 19 FOMC minutes. NYC reopens. | Thu May 20 Dept. of Commerce, tech giants discuss global chip shortage. | Fri May 21 Money market mutual fund reform and Libor transition on FSOC's agenda.

Week InReview: May 14, 2021

Digital Nomads.
 
Photo: jacoblund/iStock; Artturi Jalli/Unsplash; Alex Azabache/Pexels
 
The typical business traveler of the future might not be boarding a plane or checking into a hotel because they have to visit a client or attend a conference. No, they might be on the road because the want to take advantage of the ability to work anywhere and treat hotels as temporary offices and homes.
 
— Fast Company

Week InAdvance: May 10, 2021

Mon May 10 EU begins to test its vaccine certificate system. | Tue May 11 NY Fed's Alternative Reference Rates Committee holds Sofr webinar. | Wed May 12 Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of Ramadan. U.S. CPI report. | Thu May 13 FDIC economic inclusion meeting.

Week InReview: May 7, 2021

Back to work, darkly.
 
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
 
Companies are slowly calling staff back to the office. They bring with them the emotional scars of a year filled with fear, isolation and sorrow.
 
From casual Fridays to after-work drinks, those weekly rituals once taken for granted are returning as Americans head back to the office. And while masks, plexiglass and empty conference rooms will alter the cubescape, employers are nevertheless invested in getting things back to normal — or at least as normal as possible.
 
But that won’t be easy. Covid-19’s damage may be felt in the workplace long after the disease has receded. That’s thanks to the mental and emotional toll the pandemic has taken on employees. 
 
— Bloomberg Workplace

Week InAdvance: May 3, 2021

Mon May 3 'Just Economy Conference 2021'. | Tue May 4 G7 foreign ministers meet. Climate change in the House. | Wed May 5 Basel Committee high-level meeting. | Thu May 6 IOSCO/CPMI/BCBS roundtable on margin practices. BOE rate decision and monetary policy report. Art fair in NYC. | Fri May 5 U.S. employment report for April.
 

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