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Welcome to the time of the year when everyone you know develops very strong feelings one way or the other about “Love Actually.”
The concern surrounding Omicron continues to grow as we witness new cases spike in many countries. People’s comfort with going out to eat is at the lowest it’s been in months, but their inclination to go on vacation is showing some (ok, small) signs of recovering after a brief drop due to the variant. If you’re planning to take a trip, here are ways you can use Google to limit the impact of your trip on the planet.
Staying home? You can snuggle up with something off our winter reading list. There are some investing classics as well as ones with an eye toward aligning your money with your values. Some are first-person journeys, others more practical or big picture. Check them out:
- Broke Millennial Takes On Investing by Erin Lowry
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
- The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation by FWIW Advisory Board member John Hope Bryant
- Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World by Janine Firpo
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G Malkiel
- The Good Your Money Can Do: Becoming a Conscious Investor by Eva Yashari
- Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change by Morgan Simon
- GIVE: How to Manage Your Money and Make a Difference by Rebecca Orlowitz David
- The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
Conversation starters (that are not Omicron)
- What do Americans expect from corporations? Worker-related demands like paying a fair, living wage, health and safety protections, benefits, and work-life balance dominate the top 10 priorities in the latest JUST Capital survey.
- Just 8% of the most senior execs at America’s 50 biggest public companies are Black, according to an analysis by WaPo. At Merck, UPS, AT&T, UnitedHealth Group and Home Depot Black executives made up at least 20% of the C-suite. Walmart, Nvidia, Cisco, Pfizer, T-Mobile, Costco, Honeywell, and Qualcomm had zero.
- The Bank of England has hiked interest rates to curb inflation, becoming the first major central bank to do so since the start of the pandemic. When will the US Federal Reserve follow? Here’s why stock investors care about this stuff.