Apr 6, 2020

When can the economy “reopen”?

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Plus: consumer spending's drop-off, what happens when retailers stop paying rent and how social distancing can lead to social media overload.

Stories From this episode

A public health strategy to reopen the economy

Apr 6, 2020
A new report sheds light on what it will take to end the pandemic and the economic crisis it created.
Medical professionals work at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
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Too much virtual connection can be a bad thing

Apr 6, 2020
With millions working from home, video chats are on the rise. They can be exhausting.
One expert advises putting time limits on your work video calls during mandatory work-from-home due to the coronavirus.

Stress tests for banks aren't designed for a downturn as severe as this one

Apr 6, 2020
Today's news is worse — and coming faster — than in the scenarios the central bank tests for.
JPMorgan Chase is set to report earnings tomorrow.
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More companies suspending earnings guidance as economy tanks

Apr 6, 2020
Guidance is a way for a company to help others assess what its stock is worth, but right now, a lot of companies just don't know.
Stocks plunged on March 9 — one of many bad days on Wall Street during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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What happens when retailers stop paying rent?

Apr 6, 2020
Stores are closed. Sales have evaporated. A lot of retailers can’t pay their rent.
Urban Outfitters announced last week that it would stop paying rent at its stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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What's gonna happen to the consumer economy?

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending accounts for 70% of U.S. GDP. Is that going to change soon?
Consumer spending has carried a lot of weight in this economy for a long time.
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Music from the episode

Turnmills Maribou State
Suga Suga Baby Bash, Frankie J
Blue Monday Pete Rock
Fu-Gee-La Fugees
Nanjing Road East - Instrumental The Shanghai Restoration Project

The team

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