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How many masks does it take to be protected?

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Public health officials suggest double masking to increase the level of protection from the coronavirus and its multiple, more contagious variants. A single-layer mask isn’t effective in blocking aerosols, studies show. Even homemade two- three-ply fabric masks are only partially protective – somewhere in the 50% to 60% range of effectiveness.

A 2020 study found medical-grade masks were about 50% effective at protecting the wearer from other people’s aerosols and between 60% and 70% effective at protecting others. A medical-grade mask under a cloth mask has over “91% removal efficiency for particles”.

Whatever mask you wear, be sure to do so correctly.


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Wall Street Confessions from an Ex-Floor Trader Turned MultimillionaireEven as 22 million Americans lost their jobs… 97,000 small businesses closed for good… and riots spread through every major American city…

Wall Street continued to rake in money:

  • Goldman Sachs brought in $10.748 billion so far.
  • JPMorgan brought in $29.94 billion.
  • Morgan Stanley brought in $11.7 billion.

Now, how have these firms done so well when the entire world is paralyzed by a pandemic? (clicking will opt you into Profit Pregame’s free e-letter – privacy policy)

NOT by playing fair, I’ll tell you that much.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t level the playing field…

And use Wall Street for your own financial gain. (clicking will opt you into Profit Pregame’s free e-letter – privacy policy)

You see, one former floor trader made himself a millionaire by beating Wall Street at its own game.

He discovered an obscure 18-digit “code” that let him see when the hedge funds and investment banks were making incredibly lucrative trades. The kinds of trades that almost certainly had the benefit of inside information. (clicking will opt you into Profit Pregame’s free e-letter – privacy policy)


After brokers at Robinhood said they “would allow limited buying” of GameStop’s stock, shares doubled this morning in the premarket.

But overall, the increased speculative trading in heavily-shorted names has many investors on edge. If hedge funds log massive losses, it could impact the market on a broader scale.

“Between Washington calling for hearings and reports [that] Robinhood was forced to not only draw down on its credit lines but also raise $1B from existing investors, the entire situation continues to erode market confidence,” said Vital Knowledge Founder Adam Crisafulli.

The market this morning reflected that loss of confidence, with futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.4%, S&P 500 futures slipping 0.5%, and the Nasdaq 100 futures plummeting 0.9%.

The poor performance comes even after a slew of strong earnings reports last night from Visa, Mondelez, Western Digital, and Skyworks Solutions.

This morning investors will hear from Caterpillar, Chevron, Eli Lilly, and Honeywell.

What else should you know this morning?

More Market Updates

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The best diet and fitness tips that royalty swears by

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Kate Middleton is known for her healthy habits and being physically fit, but what are the diet and fitness tips she swears by?

For starters, she is fiercely competitive, so she likes to have a little friendly competition with her sister when it comes to exercising. So if you’re looking to up your fitness game, pick someone to compete against in fun fitness challenges (such as who can get the most steps in a day or who can take the most flights of stairs). You’d be surprised what a little competition can end up doing for your physique.

Kate also swears by planking. So much so that she does three different types of planks multiple times per day. Kate is known for doing the basic plank, the side plank, and the prone skydive. She says planking helps strengthen her core and tighten her muscles. What other Kate Middleton fitness tips will have you looking like royalty in no time? 


Emails have become one of the most common means of communication in both the workplace and at home. But when it comes to their content, most people expect an email to be flawless, unlike a text message or something sent via Facebook Messenger.

That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule your email responses ahead of time. For one thing, you’ll have more time to proofread your email and fix any glaring grammatical mistakes. There’s nothing more embarrassing than sending a typo-filled email to your boss.

Pre-scheduling your email responses also allows you to develop better time management skills. You can write your replies at the end of the day and schedule them to send out first thing in the morning. No one likes getting an email blast in the late hours of the day.

And you’ll avoid the mistake of sending the wrong email to the wrong person or omitting key details and attachments if you take the time to schedule your responses and go over them before they’re sent out.

So, if you’re trying to manage your time better and develop your skills as a professional, consider scheduling your email responses the next time you need to send one out!


The year of the rat makes way for the year of the ox

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Although we’ve already celebrated the New Year here in the United States, in China, the New Year doesn’t start until February 12. So, maybe that’s why 2021 still feels a lot like 2020.

Last year – the year of the pandemic – what the year of the rat. And if you take a quick look at some of the common elements you’ll find in rat years, it wasn’t too far out of the possible range.

But now, we’re heading into the year of the ox. Specifically, the white metal ox.

The Chinese zodiac, like the Western one, is built around 12 signs. But instead of representing the month you were born in, the Chinese zodiac is based on which year you were born in.

“The ox represents being grounded, hard work, positivity, and honesty. Unsurprisingly, astrologers are saying these will be much needed in 2021. In China, the ox is also thought of as an animal of great strength linked to harvests and fertility.”

So, what might you expect to see happen in the year of the ox?

Stay Informed,


Rex Jackson

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