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Week InReview: October 29, 2021

Biden’s G20 challenge.
 
A worker looks at the G20 media center at the Palazzo dei Congressi, in the city's EUR district, that will host the G20 summit with heads of state from major nations for a two-day meeting from October 30-31, in Rome, Italy. Photo: Remo Casilli/Reuters
 
(Oct 27) — U.S. President Joe Biden entered office declaring that “America’s back” and vowing a new era of engagement with the world. He arrives in Rome this week for a meeting of the world’s largest economies facing deep skepticism that he can make good on that promise.
 
Initial optimism that Biden would undo the former president's go-it-alone approach has faded after a calamitous Afghanistan withdrawal and other early moves that alienated allies. And Biden’s struggle to deliver on his legislative agenda has fueled doubt that the U.S. can lead the world in fighting climate change, the post-pandemic economic recovery or other priorities.
 
Closing the perception gap between his foreign-policy promises and the reality of his presidency so far is crucial for Biden. That’s particularly true with the Group of 20, which helped the world recover from global economic disaster in the late 1990s and 2000s but whose impact has waned as fractures grow between the U.S., Russia, China and other members.
 
Source: Bloomberg Government

Week InAdvance: October 25, 2021

Mon Oct 25 CFTC meets on recent stresses in U.S. Treasury market. | Tue Oct 26 House hearing on taking stock of ‘China, Inc.' 38th Asean summit opens in Brunei. | Wed Oct 27 Final webinar in CISA annual cyber summit. | Thu Oct 28 SEC's asset management panel meets. | Fri Oct 29 G20 finmins meet before weekend leaders' summit. | Sat Oct 30 G20 leaders' summit opens in Rome.

Week InReview: October 22, 2021

Tyranny of the Early Birds
 
Illustration: Harry Haysom/FT
 
BEFORE the pandemic, working life trapped most of us in a one-size-fits-all schedule. During lockdowns, when homeworkers were suddenly able to choose their own wake-up times, most slept later.
 
“Standard employment schedules force [night] owls into an unnatural sleep-wake rhythm,” writes Matthew Walker in 'Why We Sleep.' “Job performance of owls as a whole is far less optimal in the mornings, and they are further prevented from expressing their true performance potential in the late afternoon and early evening as standard work hours end prior to its arrival.” Also, owls in particular sacrifice sleep in order to get to work at ridiculous times. Before the pandemic, nearly a third of Americans were averaging six hours a night or less.
 
Given that remote work is here to stay, the moral is obvious. Let people choose their own start-times whenever possible. There may need to be core hours when everyone in a team is working — between 10am and 3pm, say — but beyond that, let’s overthrow the tyranny of the early birds, though preferably only after a long lie in.
 
Financial Times

Week InAdvance: October 18, 2021

Mon Oct 18 5th Annual DC Fintech Week. OECD explores government beyond recovery. PRI digital conference. | Tue Oct 19 Gender diversity in the boardroom & C-suite on Fed's agenda. | Wed Oct 20 CISA webinar. COP26 prep. Beige Book. | Thu Oct 21 FSOC meets on climate & stablecoins. EU leaders hold two-day summit.

Week InReview: October 15, 2021

Sleep to Work.
 
Illustration: Marysia Machulska/WSJ
 
A LOT of people say work has invaded their sleep, especially during the pandemic, as boundaries have been obliterated and burnout is on the rise. Many of our dreams are about our deepest insecurities and fears, and the ways in which we think we’re falling short in our careers.
 
We dream about what preoccupies us, and during the pandemic things got weird. The good news: dreams can help us solve problems, or reach realizations about our careers and ourselves.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: October 11, 2021

Mon Oct 11 IMF/World Bank annual meetings start in DC. OECD green finance & investment forum. Bond markets closed in U.S. and Canada. | Tue Oct 12 'SEC Speaks' held virtually. IMF publishes its World Economic Outlook and Global Financial Stability Report. | Wed Oct 13 G20 finmins & central bank govs meet in DC. CPI released. FOMC minutes. CISA summit. | Thu Oct 14 FDA meets to discuss Moderna and Pfizer booster Covid shots. | Fri Oct 15 BIS GM participates in IIF fireside chat.

Week InReview: October 8, 2021

I work, therefore I am.
 
Photo: Dominic Bugatto/WSJ
 
WE PUT in too many hours; we don’t take vacation; we can’t say no to that 6 a.m. conference call. Underneath it all is something bigger: an emotional attachment to our jobs that exhausts us and squeezes out the other parts of our identities. For years, we were told to find meaning and purpose at work, while other parts of modern life, like church, receded. Then came the pandemic.
 
Boundaries gone, meetings multiplying, many say work has taken over their lives during the pandemic. Can we learn to care less? (Ideally, without having a brush with death?) What happens if we let go, just a little? Here’s how to gain perspective and take back control.
 
— The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: October 4, 2021

Mon Oct 4 Mainland Chinese markets closed through Thursday for the Golden Week holidays. | Tue Oct 5 OECD ministerial council, chaired by U.S. | Wed Oct 6 SEC, MSRB, FINRA muni compliance program. CISA webinar. IOSCO conference on securities, trading, and market infrastructure. BIS big tech forum. | Thu Oct 7 ECB/Fed conference. | Fri Oct 8 Nobel Peace Prize awarded. U.S.payrolls, unemployment rate.

Week InReview: October 1, 2021

Deflation, inequality, hackers... oh my!!
 
Mohamed El-Erian, Cathie Wood, and Scott Minerd
Photo: Bloomberg
 
THE RISKS facing investors and the global economy are myriad and growing. Bloomberg asked three of the most visionary people in the financial industry what they’re most worried about over the next five to 10 years: Cathie Wood, whose Ark Investment Management attracted billions of dollars in the past year after her tech-focused bets trounced the market in 2020; Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser to Allianz SE and a Bloomberg Opinion columnist; and Scott Minerd, chair of Guggenheim Investments. 
 
— Bloomberg Wealth

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