It’s the end of the year – are you forgetting to do these four important tasks?

Good morning, Brief Updates readers!

It’s the Monday before a holiday, which can make work feel even more daunting, but one of my favorite quotes is, “you either run the day or the day runs you.” So let’s get out there and have a phenomenal week!

If you need some extra Monday motivation, scroll to the bottom of this email for even more (if it gets cut off, simply click the three dots on the left to expand).

Now onto the news!


Multiple casualties in a drive-in shooting

Image Source: NBC News

Officers received a call on Saturday evening of a possible bomb inside a truck at a restaurant. Later a call was updated to reflect that a shooting had happened.

When police responded, they found four gunshot wound victims. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to a medical center for treatment. Their conditions are currently unknown.

A suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting. Roberto Carlos Silva has been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree arson in Saturday night’s attack.


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2020 has been one for the record books. It’s also been a year that – despite lockdowns, boredom and a “new normal” – has flown by faster than ever.

And in all of the insanity and uncertainty, there’s a pretty good chance that you, like so many others, may have overlooked some very important tasks.

Tasks that could come back to haunt you later.

Time is running out to put your money to work for you in 2020. And that could cost you big time in 2021 when it’s time to file your taxes.

Even if you’ve got a lot of year-end tasks still waiting for you on your to-do list, don’t overlook these four key financial concerns that demand attention to before the holidays.


What is happening in the markets this morning?

Image Source: Businessing Magazine

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford released promising data about their vaccine, saying that its average efficacy rate was 70%, though it could be up to 90% effective.

This news seemed to bolster the stock market this morning, as Dow futures were up almost 200 points this morning, while S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures were also slated for gains.

The forward momentum on the vaccine front comes as virus infections skyrocket. On Friday there were more than 195,500 new cases, and last week California and New York both took measures to stymie the spread

“Stocks this week will trade on lockdown concerns and rising cases,” said Boston Private CIO Shannon Saccocia. “But [they] could see a boost into early December as the optimism around a near term, stopgap stimulus package grows.”


Crowded grocery stores and shopping centers are never fun. And it’s even more troubling thanks to the pandemic.

Thankfully, Google has a little-known feature to gauge how busy a local business is before you even leave the house.

You may not have noticed it before, but Google searches for established businesses have a crowd meter to show you how busy a place is. The feature is now available in Google Maps as well. It can help you navigate your next shopping trip while maintaining good social distancing.

Be sure to give it a try the next time you venture out!

Stay Informed,


Rex Jackson

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P.P.S. Still feel like Monday is going to kick your butt? Check out this collection of motivational quotes. Let me know which one is getting you through the workweek!

Rex Jackson
Writer & Editor of Brief Updates