Long Hours, Low Pay, Loneliness and a Booming Industry

For 15 years, Yvette Dessin spent long work days with her elderly patients, accompanying them on walks, cooking them meals and bathing those who needed that most intimate kind of care. If a patient died, Ms. Dessin and her adult daughter attended the funeral services to pay their respects. Ms. Dessin worked up to 60 hours a week as a […]

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A Path to Financial Security That Doesn’t Lead to a 401(k)

Raul Duplessi became intrigued with the stock market nearly 15 years ago, when he landed his first job as a hotel doorman in Manhattan and a TV near his workstation played financial news on a continuous loop. But Mr. Duplessi, 36, a working-class native of the Bronx whose parents were from the Dominican Republic, wasn’t sure where or how to […]

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Want a Can’t Miss Productivity Tip? Forget About Being Productive.

How productive was your day? It’s a complicated question, especially for some remote workers over the past year and a half. Part of the problem is the definition of productivity. As a macroeconomic measure, it means the total output per hour of work. That is, the number of, say, frying pans a worker can make in an hour. The data […]

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Criminal charges are filed against PG&E in a fatal California wildfire.

By Ivan Penn Prosecutors in Northern California filed criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric on Friday in connection with the deaths of four people last year in a wildfire that was linked to the utility’s equipment. The Shasta County district attorney brought the charges — including manslaughter, along with other felonies and misdemeanors — in connection with the Zogg […]

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Faith vs. a Full Week of Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to [email protected] Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Not So High Holidays I recently started a corporate job and am wondering about how to handle my observance of the Jewish holidays this fall and in the future. This year, I’m using […]

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Dollar climbs as Evergrande uncertainty percolates

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar rose on Friday and was poised for its third straight week of gains against a basket of major currencies, as uncertainty over beleaguered Chinese property developer Evergrande helped the greenback bounce back from a sharp decline in the prior session.FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollar banknotes are seen in this photo illustration taken February 12, 2018. […]

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Factbox-Ready to taper or waiting for more data? Recent Fed officials' comments

(Reuters) – The Federal Reserve has said it will start to reduce its bond purchases as soon as November if the economy continues on its current track.FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File PhotoSome officials will watch the September jobs report, due Oct. 8, for a final bit of evidence that […]

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Two Fed policymakers say bar for taper met, nod to next debates

(Reuters) -A pair of Federal Reserve policymakers on Friday said they felt the U.S. economy is already in good enough shape for the central bank to begin to withdraw support for the economy, setting up for the next big debates for the central bank: when to raise interest rates and what to do with the Fed’s massive balance sheet.FILE PHOTO: […]

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Wall Street rally fizzles out as Evergrande worries persist; Nike drops

(Reuters) – U.S. stock indexes fell on Friday following a two-day rally, as worries persisted about the spillover from debt-laden China Evergrande, while Nike tumbled after cutting its sales forecast.FILE PHOTO: The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York, U.S., February 16, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoSix of the 11 major S&P sectors advanced […]

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Italy confident over Monte dei Paschi deal in October – sources

FILE PHOTO: Banca Monte dei Paschi’s headquarters in Siena, Italy, October 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File PhotoROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Treasury is confident it will be able to announce a deal clinching the sale of selected parts of Monte dei Paschi to larger bank UniCredit next month, four sources close to the matter told Reuters. The sources said the parties, which […]

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