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At last, a nation mourns

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In a somber ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday night, President-elect Joe Biden made his first stop in Washington. Biden signaled that honoring the grief that many Americans carry and the toll of the last year would be at his administration’s heart.

Approximately 400,000 Americans lost their lives to the virus. Many of the victims died alone. Their loved ones were robbed of the chance to say goodbye. The President-elect assured his country that he shares their grief, with his understanding of losing family to tragedy.

“It’s hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation,” Biden said in brief remarks before 400 lights were illuminated along the edges of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, marking the more than 400,000 Americans who have died from the virus.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spoke briefly at the memorial, noting that “for many months, we have grieved by ourselves. Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together.”


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Stocks were relatively flat this morning, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

After the ceremony, which will take place around noon today, Biden will become this country’s 46th president.

“Everything else could take a back seat to events in Washington as investors look ahead to big changes in policy and outlook from a new administration,” said JJ Kinahan of TD Ameritrade.

Already, Biden’s pick for Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee, imploring lawmakers to “act big” on the stimulus package front. Biden’s proposed relief plan comes in at around $1.9 trillion.

He has also said he will vaccinate 100 million Americans during his first 100 days in office.

“I believe there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel,” said one strategist. “We just need to make it through the next few months. I expect markets to continue to move in expectations of a robust recovery later in 2021 when vaccines are broadly distributed.”

What else should you know about the market this morning?


How breaktime can boost your productivity

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Too many times, when faced with a heavy workload, we refuse to take a break. We claim that stepping away from our work, even for a minute, will slow us down. But science is showing that people who take frequent breaks are actually more productive.

Some of the most successful people in the world are known for having a work schedule that allows for taking breaks at regular intervals. Researchers believe that it gives your brain time to reset and prepare to take on the next task.

For example, people who work for nearly an hour and then take a 17-minute break have a tendency to get more done during the day. But the catch is that, during those 17 minutes, you must completely disconnect your mind from the work that awaits you when your break is finished — no rethinking proposals or trying to remember that important email. You have to let your mind wander for a break to work properly.

So no, taking frequent breaks isn’t laziness or procrastination. They’ll help boost your daily productivity if done right!

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If you’re looking for new ways to get healthier and lose a little weight, a few simple food swaps could help you do both.

Instead of sweetening cereal, tea, and coffee with sugar, try using cinnamon. This swap will help you save 20 calories per teaspoon. Plus, cinnamon helps curb your sweet tooth, so it can help you cut down on your overall sugar consumption as well.

Another swap you can make is forgoing soda for fruit-infused water. Soda is full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, so the more you can limit your soda intake, the better. Drinking more water is great for losing weight and the fruit will help give it a pop of flavor that will help control your soda cravings.  What other food swaps can help you lose weight? 


So your car got repossessed - what happens next?

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So, 2020 was rough. And while there were a lot of efforts made to help Americans weather the storm, getting a few paltry stimulus checks and eviction protection only goes so far. Which is why there has been an increasing number of automobile repossessions since the pandemic set in.

First, it’s important to know that there is no “one size fits all” approach. How things work will depend a great deal on what state you live in.

But even when you get around local and state laws, navigating your financial life post-repossession can be a challenge.

Here’s what to do if you think this might happen to you soon, or if it already has…

Stay Informed,


Rex Jackson

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