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Archive for June 2020

The Future of Retail Raises More Questions Than Answers

Will we learn to live with less? Some lessons were learned when the U.S. initially closed up shop and told everyone to stay home. For example, we can live without extra-soft, double-ply toilet paper and go a whole weekend without shopping at a store or eating at a restaurant — but we’d rather not. Yet…

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Drug Prices Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

A study published in May in the Journal of Virus Eradication reported on nine potential medications that could be used to treat the coronavirus. Based on how much these drugs currently cost, researchers projected prices for a generic version. For example, in the case of sofosbuvir (a drug used to treat hepatitis C), the price…

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Health Care: What Lies Ahead

In 1960, the average American spent about $147 a year on health care expenses. In 2017, that number was $10,739. In the ’60s, the health care industry represented 5% of GDP. In 2017, it was nearly 18%.1 Unfortunately, annual incomes have not increased on par with this particular cost of living. As a result, more…

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Post-Pandemic Job Market

It will be interesting to see how the job market fares over the next few months. While millions of workers have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of those employers will be reopening and may or may not rehire those let go. Much depends on the direction of the outbreak: If it…

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The Perks and Pitfalls of Self-Employment

Sole proprietors in the U.S. caught a huge break in April. The Paycheck Protection Program, borne out of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, became available to solo entrepreneurs and independent contractors on April 10, 2020.1 According to a 2017 survey, 36% of U.S. workers are part of the gig economy.2 With so…

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