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Mar 23, 2021

Achieving “herd immunity” and returning to the workplace is pretty complicated

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Also on today's show: Appliance shortages are holding up home improvement and construction, and why retailers are opening so many brick-and-mortar stores this year.

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Corporate bond yields have been rising, too

Mar 23, 2021
Bond investors are demanding higher corporate bond yields. That's a good sign about where the economy's headed this year.
Bond investors expect inflation to pick up this year, though Fed Chair Powell doesn't expect it to have a lasting impact on overall inflation.
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Appliance shortages hold up home improvement and new construction

Mar 23, 2021
Homebuilders are passing the costs of delays on to consumers because demand for houses is so high.
Customers who order appliances such as refrigerators are waiting months for delivery.
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Why are retailers opening so many stores in 2021?

Mar 23, 2021
Many are discount chains occupying newly vacant space. Some stores offer experiences only available in person.
Discount stores like Dollar Tree have been seeing a surge in sales.
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When will there be enough herd immunity to return to the workplace?

Mar 23, 2021
For COVID-19, predictions of what it will take to reach herd immunity vary wildly, and it's more complicated than one magic number.
Don't count on herd immunity to eliminate workplace COVID-19 precautions just yet.
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Is the tax code racist?

Mar 23, 2021
Professor Dorothy Brown of Emory University became a "detective," searching for data on how the tax code impacts Black Americans.
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For this stationery retailer, it's been a sympathy card kind of year

Mar 23, 2021
A Michigan stationery retailer saw a big sales trend last year: sympathy cards with a "We're in this together" message.
"Our 'Thinking of you' or sympathy cards just took off," Annie Lang Hartman said. "Ours are kind of more cheeky and funny, kind of like 'We're in this together.'"
Courtesy of Annie Lang Hartman

Music from the episode

Lush Four Tet
Black Sail Chastity Belt
Greyhounds De La Soul, Usher
Sister Owls Monster Rally
Origins Tennis

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer