Dec 24, 2017

A sobering look at retirement without pensions

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"A preview of the U.S. without pensions," by WashPost's Peter Whoriskey: "The first full generation of workers to retire since [corporations began dropping traditional pensions about 30 years ago] offers a sobering preview."

  • Charles Glover, 70, a cashier at a Dollar General outside Tulsa who worked 27 years at McDonnell Douglas, then found work at a Whirlpool factory, then at a place that makes robots for inspecting welding, and also picked up some jobs doing computer-aided ­design: "I hope I can quit working in a few years."
  • Why it matters: Many "are buried by debts incurred for credit cards, used cars, health care and sometimes, the college educations of their children. Some have lost their homes."

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A busy week for IPOs despite upheaval from protests and pandemic

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This week is expected to be the busiest for U.S. IPOs since February, with Warner Music leading a group of four companies that could raise over $3 billion.

Why it matters: This shouldn't be happening, under any traditional rubric for how markets work.

How Big Tech has responded to the protests

A protester holds a sign in downtown Minneapolis to protest the death of George Floyd on May 31. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

An explosive weekend in America sent Silicon Valley grasping for moral clarity. While many companies and executives spoke out against racial inequities, critics and even some of the rank-and-file found some of the companies' responses lacking.

Why it matters: Tech companies have giant platforms, and their leaders have become public figures, many of them household names. History will record their words and actions — which, in the case of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, directly shape the bounds of public discourse.

Pandemic and protests can't stop the stock market

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United States equities were on pace to open higher Monday following big gains in Asia and Europe and a risk-on bid in currency markets.

Why it matters: Stock markets could continue to rise despite an unprecedented global pandemic, violent protests over police violence in the U.S. not seen since the 1960s, and spiking tensions between the world's two largest economies.