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    Here’s Where the Jobs Crisis Is Hitting HardestAmerica’s current economy misery isn’t spread evenly.
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    Disney Is a Fascinating Case Study for the Coronavirus’s Economic EffectsAcross the company’s many businesses, the impact from the pandemic ranges from dire to positive.
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    Warren Buffett Should Have Listened to Warren Buffett About AirlinesHe was a longtime skeptic of the industry. Then he changed his mind. Now he’s changed his mind again.
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    Federal Government to Airlines: Keep Flying Those Empty PlanesAs part of the industry bailout, airlines are supposed to continue service to every U.S. city in their networks.
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    Drinking More Wine During the Lockdown? You’re Not AloneAlcohol sales are up in the crisis — but not all makers are benefiting.
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    Why Airlines Have Been Slow to Require Passengers to Wear MasksRemember when they were slow to ban smoking?
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    Why Mitch McConnell’s State Bankruptcy Idea Is So StupidThe negative economic and social effects of leaving states scrambling to pay their debts would be dire for everyone.
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    Only You Can Reopen the EconomyEven a state that loosens the lockdown will remain mostly frozen if consumers are reluctant to participate in the economy.
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    The Patchwork Approach of the CARES Act Is a Strong Coronavirus Stimulus PlanWhile the PPP is dry, the act’s boosted unemployment benefits provide another route to get federal cash to a worker at a distressed business.
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    Why the Fed Was the Part of Government Most Ready for This CrisisLessons the institution learned from 2008 have served it well amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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    Another Bloodbath Week for UnemploymentThe only sliver of good news is that expanded unemployment benefits will help keep more people financially afloat for a while.
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    Here’s Why So Many Planes Are Still Flying, Nearly EmptySchedule reductions haven’t lined up with the drop in demand amid COVID-19, as obstacles like logistics, DOT obligations, and algae get in the way.
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    Cruise Lines Are Already Getting the Support They Deserve in This CrisisBailout or no, the CARES Act’s support for consumers and tangential businesses, as well as lower interest rates, are helping to prop up the industry.
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    Job Cuts Will Hit Industries You Don’t ExpectJob loss across the economy, even in sectors where you may not have known to look for it, will lead to less spending power and its ripple effects.
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    The Unemployment Situation Will Get Worse Before It Gets BetterFriday’s jobs report doesn’t look too bad at first glance, showing March unemployment at 4.4 percent. But that number is stale and irrelevant.
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    The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package Should Work — for NowThe unemployment expansion and loans to businesses will help keep Americans afloat, but state governments are going to need more money down the line.
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    Today’s 3.3 Million Job Losses Is Just the StartWhile the initial unemployment claims figure released on Thursday is shockingly high, it also is probably low.
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    GOP Senators’ Objection to Expanded Unemployment Benefits Makes Little SenseWork incentives are just such an odd place to focus one’s attention right now. Currently, we need less work in America.
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    Here’s What the Fed Is Doing, Isn’t Doing, and Can’t Do to Address CoronavirusThe Fed is good at many things. But its natural limitations highlight how important it is for Congress to act, and to do so soon.
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    A Sufficiently Large Fiscal Package Is an Essential Virus-Fighting ToolA big spending package is needed to protect families, but it’s also necessary if we hope to retain public cooperation with costly anti-virus measures.
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    How a Riskier World Has Me Rethinking My InvestmentsMy strategy had long been to buy and hold for the long term. That changed – in part, anyway – earlier this month.
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    Part of the Coronavirus Conventional Wisdom Has Become Too PessimisticThe country is shutting now. But more testing should, in time, allow for more normal living.
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    Nobody Knows How Hard COVID-19 Will Hit the Economy — or Even Their Own CompanyWe are flying completely blind here.
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    The Federal Reserve Cut Rates to Zero, But Markets Aren’t That ImpressedThere are problems Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve can solve – and problems they cannot solve.
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    This Will Get WorseThe grim math of a coronavirus future.
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    Coronavirus Is Imploding Global Financial MarketsAll kinds of indicators are flashing red, indicating that the disease will wreak major damage to the economy.
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    Here’s Why It Matters That Interest Rates Are CrateringDropping yields on safe, long-term bonds signal that the coronavirus may have a serious, negative, and persistent effect on the economy.
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    How Airlines Are Reacting to Coronavirus: Fewer Flights, More Flexible TermsAirlines are cutting down on the frequency of service on some major business routes, while easing off rebooking fees to attract flexible customers.
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    Trump Is Right to Want Fed to Fight Coronavirus. But They Can’t Do That MuchA rate cut right now would be a good idea, which is why the markets expect one. But Trump has more important tools to work with.
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    Coronavirus Is Hitting Travel Companies Hard — But Nobody Knows How Hard, YetDeclining travel is both a symptom and a cause of broader economic problems.
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    So What Should I Do About Coronavirus Now?Besides just waiting.
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    Which Stocks Are Rising on Coronavirus Fears?The companies that bucked Monday’s 1,000-point Dow drop paint a bleak picture of what a coronavirus pandemic could mean for the global economy.
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    The Stock Market Is Plunging Because of Bigger Coronavirus FearsThe market is starting to price in two big concerns: supply-chain disruption and the chance of a global pandemic.
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    What Morgan Stanley Is Getting by Buying E-TradeThe lesson here for retail-brokerage clients is to figure out whether they are keeping too much money in cash.
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    Why Elon Musk Is Raising Billions in Cash for TeslaIf Musk’s instinct in 2018 was to buy shares when the price was low, it makes sense that Tesla is now selling stock when the price is high.
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    It’s Time to Get Rid of NYC’s Rental Broker Fees for GoodNew York City is expensive enough, and there are better ways to compensate real-estate agents.
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    Tesla Stock Is Way Up and Nobody Really Knows WhyThe price chart for Tesla shares has lately looked like a hockey stick. Are Elon Musk fans driving the action or is something else going on?
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    Paul Singer Wants to Save SoftBank From ItselfHow does one keep Masayoshi Son from squandering more of his billions on projects like WeWork?
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    How I Learned to Let Go of My Baggage — LiterallyThere are actually a lot of advantages to checking your luggage. And airlines have done their share to make it a better choice.
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    Here’s Why Wuhan Coronavirus Has U.S. Airlines Leaving ChinaFor a variety of political and practical reasons, all three of the major global U.S. airlines are suspending their flights to mainland China.
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    Why a Le Creuset Dutch Oven Is Worth Every PennyI love my Le Creuset pots and pans, and I guess I was an early adopter, since I bought my first one before Instagram existed.
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    Why the Stock Market Is So Worried About CoronavirusHistory suggests that outbreaks like the one in China can have negative effects that go well beyond their death tolls.
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    Fixing the MTA Bureaucracy Has to Start at the Top: With Andrew CuomoThe mourning over Andy Byford’s departure highlights the agency’s dysfunction: New Yorkers want a savior rather than just a competent manager.
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    Why Away Has Named Two CEOs — and Why It Won’t WorkThe luggage-maker wants to project that founder Steph Korey is in charge — but also that she is not in charge. It’s not a recipe for success.
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    When Buying in Bulk Is a MistakeSometimes stocking up can be a great investment — and sometimes a waste of money.
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    Wage Growth Is Unequal in This Economy — But Not in the Way We’ve Come to ExpectWorkers at the bottom end of the scale have been doing best for a change. What’s driving it?
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    Trump Admits China Isn’t a Currency ManipulatorThe essentially symbolic nature of this action fits with the essentially symbolic nature of the Phase One trade deal as a whole.
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    Casper Will Go Public, Offering the Latest New and Exciting Way to Lose MoneyDon’t call Casper a mattress company. Casper, which filed paperwork to go public on Friday, says it is “a pioneer of the Sleep Economy.”
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    Sad CEO Wants Tariffs That Hurt Other Businesses, Not His OwnHe has his reasons for making the argument he does. But the wider context is important: Overall, tariffs create more losers than winners.
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    How Would War With Iran Affect the U.S. Economy?Oil-supply shocks are still harmful. But they’re not as harmful as they used to be, and that has major foreign-policy implications.
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