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Archive August 2021

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Week InAdvance: August 30, 2021

Mon Aug 30 Markets closed in London due to the U.K.’s Summer Bank Holiday. | Tue Aug 31 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House. | Wed Sep 1 FSB virtual financial stability workshop. Homeland Security Committee cyber hearing. OPEC+ meeting on output. | Thu Sep 2 Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. | Fri Sep 3 European House-Ambrosetti forum in Italy. U.S. unemployment rate.
 

Week InReview: August 27, 2021

The new work lunch.
 
As we inch back to office life and renegotiate working remotely, what will the midday meal look like? Here are tips on emerging trends, how to get the most out of the lunch hour and what we can expect to pay. One thing is clear: Lunch, like nearly everything else in our lives, is changing.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: August 23, 2021

Mon Aug 23 VP Harris in Singapore. | Tue Aug 24 G7 meets virtually over Afghanistan. VP Harris in Vietnam. | Wed Aug 25 A digital Gamescom. | Thu Aug 26 Jackson Hole shifts to virtual format. | Fri Aug 27 U.S. personal income/spending.
 
Fed-watchers will want to tune into this week’s Jackson Hole symposium, which may offer clues on the central bank’s timeline for tapering stimulus. The topic of this year’s event is “Macroeconomic Policy in an Uneven Economy.” 
 
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits Vietnam and Singapore to meet with government and business leaders. Discussions are expected to focus on the global semiconductor shortage, trade, and the pandemic

Week InReview: August 20, 2021

Miss your peeps?
 
Images: Bohdan Skrypnyk/iStock, CT/iStock
 
The most striking revelation from an 80-year Harvard study of health and aging is that close relationships are what keep people happy throughout their lives, and these relationships with family, friends, and community delay mental and physical decline. These social ties are better predictors of our happiness and longevity than social class, IQ, or genetics.
 
So if social connection, or belonging, is the most important driver of our well-being, how are we doing after more than a year of social isolation, fear, uncertainty, and social tension? Our social connectedness drives our happiness; after more than a year of social isolation, there’s a clear opportunity for brands that can build belonging.
 
— Fast Company

Week InAdvance: August 16, 2021

Mon Aug 16 Hedge Funds disclose 2Q investments in 13F filings. China releases July industrial output, retail sales data. | Tue Aug 17 U.S. retail sales, industrial production. China’s top legislative body meets. | Wed Aug 18 FOMC minutes released. | Thu Aug 19 SEC's Office of Minority & Women Inclusion HBCU sustainability roundtable.
 

Week InReview: August 13, 2021

'Miss Otis Regrets'
 
Illustration: Ruth Gwily
 
Saying no to social events can be tough, and people are inclined to provide all kinds of made-up excuses. Your question is whether it is better to invent a pretext for not showing up or rather to explain that you will be absent due to Covid concerns. The short answer is that in this case, it is better to be transparent and truthful.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: August 9, 2021

Mon Aug 9 UN IPCC releases climate change report. Japan observes the Mountain Day national holiday; financial markets will be closed. | Tue Aug 10 U.S. CPI. Elvis Week starts at Graceland in Memphis. | Thu Aug 12 Perseid meteor shower.
 
Borders are opening, even some that have been locked tight since the pandemic began. Hong Kong will allow residents to come home at last from some previously travel-banned countries. On Monday, fully vaccinated U.S. residents will be able to travel to Canada for the first time since March 2020. Also on Monday, French people will need to show a special virus ‘health pass’ to enter most public places. See the Bloomberg vaccine tracker.

Week InReview: August 6, 2021

Don't leave home without it.
 
Illustration: Emil Lendof/WSJ
 
Before you leave the house, don’t forget to take your phone, keys, wallet, mask — and some form of Covid-19 vaccine record.
 
Your vaccine card could soon be required at many of the best restaurants, clubs and shows. Store a scan of your card on your phone, and check if your state has a verified digital record system.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: August 2, 2021

Mon Aug 2 Ban on new investments in Chinese companies goes into effect. | Tue Aug 3 Senate hearing on oversight of regulators. Aspen Security Forum. | Thu Aug 5 BOE rate decision. | Fri Aug 6 U.S. payroll report for July.

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