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How home design trends are evolving for social distancing | Home

COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends:

Houses over apartments

Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action — work, entertainment and shops — and never planned on spending much time at home.

But the pandemic has changed that, and more people are going to want a home that offers plenty of room and outdoor space in case they need to self-isolate again.

Self-sufficiency

A hard lesson we’ve learned is that things and services we thought we could count on aren’t necessarily a sure thing, so items that increase self-reliance will become very popular.

Expect to see more homes with sources of energy like solar panels, sources of heat like fireplaces

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Fewer paychecks, less spending, threat to Social Security

Paul Brandus, Opinion columnist
Published 5:00 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2020

Millions must choose between working at home while watching the kids and helping them with school, or giving up the job, the paycheck and the career.

We’ve reached 200,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 in eight months — nearly half the U.S. death toll in World War II, which lasted over 45 months for America. As if that isn’t awful enough, damage from the pandemic keeps piling up in other ruinous ways. It’s all connected, meaning that one bad thing can make something else worse.  

Case in point: With schools now underway, 4.3 million workers might have to quit their jobs to take care of children learning from home. That’s according to research by Brevan Howard, an asset management firm, which says if these workers were counted as unemployed, they’d add 2.6 percentage points to the unemployment rate, standing at

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Congress should include practical, easy improvements to Social Security programs in next CR



a person sitting on a cart: Congress should include practical, easy improvements to Social Security programs in next CR


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Congress should include practical, easy improvements to Social Security programs in next CR

Recent reports indicate Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have reached an agreement to enact a clean Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30. A clean CR means the legislation will not have any “poison pills” attached to it, but even clean CRs typically have anomalies or adjustments for each of the federal agencies to deal with practical issues facing the agencies. The Trump administration has been reported to have a list of several anomalies it would like to see included in the CR, and the House and Senate appropriations committees are likely developing lists of possible adjustments to include in the CR.

Congress should add two specific adjustments to the CR to improve the administration of the programs run by the Social Security Administration (SSA). First, Congress should

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Home-Flipper Opendoor Going Public in Social Capital Merger

(Bloomberg) — Opendoor is going public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. II in a deal that gives the property technology startup an enterprise value of $4.8 billion.

The deal will provide as much as $1 billion in cash, including up to $414 million held by Social Capital II, the blank-check company led by Chairman Chamath Palihapitiya, according to a statement on Tuesday that confirmed earlier reporting from Bloomberg.

Social Capital’s shares surged as much as 22% to $15.98 in New York.

SPAC Popularity

Opendoor is the latest startup to go public through a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. The investment vehicles have gained popularity this year, offering a faster route for companies seeking to go public without the scrutiny or risks of an initial public offering.

Read more: From Bill Ackman to Billy Beane, Meet the New SPAC Barons

The deal marks the latest milestone

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Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank on corporate profits, social change

Billionaire businessman Arthur Blank told CNBC on Monday that businesses must care about more than just profitability, suggesting social responsibility should also be an area of emphasis.  

“If you don’t care about people, profit and the planet at the same time, profitability by itself isn’t really enough,” Blank said on “Power Lunch.” “And the truth of the matter is, you can have them both, and I think we should have them both.”

Blank, who co-founded The Home Depot in 1978, is now owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of Major League Soccer. His comments Monday came one day before the release of his book, “Good Company,” which details his business career and his views on corporate strategy. 

The remarks also come shortly after the 50th anniversary of the publication of economist Milton Friedman’s seminal essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits.” In recent

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