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COVID-19 makes it harder for commercial shipping crews to go home

Apr 2, 2020
Around 100,000 people in the world’s commercial shipping crews are finding it hard to change shifts as COVID-19 shuts down ports of entry.
A crew member wearing orange overalls and a safety helmet working on the deck of a cargo ship at sea.
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Stiglitz: How the U.S. economy recovers from COVID-19 hinges on Americans' debt

Apr 2, 2020
"For those businesses that are getting so much help from the government, part of that should be used to help the debtors," said Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.
"What we need right now is a stay to make sure that people can pay by postponing it until the economy is running again," economist Joseph Stiglitz says of credit card debt.
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How a debt jubilee could help the U.S. avert economic depression

Apr 2, 2020
One economist believes hope of avoiding a COVID-19 economic depression lies in full forgiveness of personal debts.
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Pay no attention to Friday's jobs numbers

Apr 2, 2020
The BLS monthly jobs report is based on surveys conducted in mid-March, before the recent wave of layoffs and furloughs.
Job listings are down in hospitality and travel during COVID-19. Above, a note of closure on the door of the Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 19.
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Shipping in the age of COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020
How a Mississippi barge business is navigating the coronavirus outbreak.
A tug pushes a barge down the Mississippi River through St. Paul, Minnesota.
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How did we end up in a ventilator bidding war?

Apr 1, 2020
Competition among states for ventilators has driven prices sky high.
A ventilator and other hospital equipment is seen in an emergency field hospital to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Park on March 30.
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Some companies are cutting retirement contributions in the COVID-19 cash crunch

Apr 1, 2020
During the Great Recession, about 20% of companies scaled back matching funds.
You probably don't want to check your 401(k) just now, or you might look like this trader did on March 9.
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COVID-19 hammers merger activity

Apr 1, 2020
Uncertainty means companies can't put a proper valuation on the companies they want to buy. And banks are tightening financing, too.
A sparsely populated Financial District in New York City due to COVID-19 on March 16.
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How do Chinese employees get paid for February when they didn't work?

Apr 1, 2020
Most people in China are just getting paid wages for February and by law, employees are supposed to receive their regular salaries even when their companies were shut because of the coronavirus. Did they?
Workers in Shanghai are back on the roads as the Chinese economy tries to gear up again.
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