BREAKING NEWS BRIEF
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into whether 6 feet of distance is necessary to keep students safe at school. Is it possible that three feet will suffice? The debate carries significant implications for school reopenings. The current CDC guidance recommends maintaining 6 feet of distance between students, severely limiting the number of people who can safely fit into each classroom.
One study compared the rates of virus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts public schools with different physical distancing requirements. Among more than 240 school districts studied, case rates were similar whether the districts required physical distancing of 3 feet or 6 feet. The research concluded: “Lower physical distancing policies can be adopted in school settings with masking mandates without negatively impacting student or staff safety.”
Mask-wearing is key. A smaller distance would require 100 percent mask compliance. A CDC survey published in February found that just 65 percent of middle and high school students said their classmates wore masks at all times.
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WHEN A 1-PERCENTER STOPS TO GIVE YOU A WARNING, YOU SHOULD LISTEN
One Percenter: Do This Now to Cross the Chasm
If you’re worried that stocks are surging while millions of Americans are out of work, you need to listen to this warning from one of America’s richest men.
MORNING MARKET UPDATE
Stock futures were a mixed bag this morning, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average poised for an opening gain of 39 points, while both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 futures logged losses.
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve concluded its much anticipated two-day meeting, with Chair Jerome Powell announcing that inflation would need to rise above its 2% target for an extended period of time, and the labor market conditions would have to improve, before it changes its monetary policy.
“[The main point was] that the committee expects to be extraordinarily accommodative for a very long time to come, even as the economic outlook brightens,” one economist said. “The FOMC shares the market’s view that growth and inflation are likely to rebound as activity surges in 2021, but it does not view that surge in activity as durable.”
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A HEALTHIER YOU
If you’re looking for simple and practical ways to make your day a little better in a healthy way, we have 25 tips and tricks for you.
One tip is to allow yourself an escape during the day. Be sure to give yourself a mental break and allow yourself to check out from reality a bit. Whether this is by taking a quiet walk, reading a book, or doing some yoga, there are lots of fun and healthy ways you can escape reality for a brief moment during your day.
Another tip is to make sure you get some type of exercise each day. Exercising releases endorphins that are known for boosting your mood and improving your outlook, not to mention exercise is healthy for your body. What else can you do to improve your day in a healthy way?
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YOUR ENERGY UPDATE
Investments in clean energy have been a hot topic over the last few years. In fact, the renewables energy market has already become the energy industry’s biggest driver of growth and businesses and governments alike have taken steps to commit to green energy.
According to Goldman Sachs, this year is estimated to be the first time renewable energy will surpass oil and gas as the largest areas of spending in the energy sector. U.S. investment is also likely to increase under the Biden administration.
As the renewable energy shift continues to pressure greater adoption of clean energy measures, further investment in renewable production and cost-cutting, the market demand is expected to shift to green as well.
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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Having a financial roadmap for your twilight years will help you sidestep any obstacles you may come across. Many people find financial planning, especially for the future, boring and overwhelming. Luckily, there are some tools out there that can give you a great place to start — for the low, low price of free.
You’ll want to check out Betterment Retirement Savings Calculator, Fidelity Retirement Score, and a few more to find the best product for your needs and your wallet. These tools will guide you based on your answers to short, easy questions. There’s no time like the present, so have at it!
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