April 1, 2021

Day: April 1, 2021

Donnell Poke, personal trainer and newlywed, dies at 33


After leaving her abusive ex-husband and restarting her life in Kansas City, Mel Denton was crippled by fear. She wanted the means to defend herself if anyone ever tried to hit her in the face or grab her by the hair again.

Donnell Poke offered to help. He trained her in self defense and mixed martial arts. And he did so free of charge.

“He helped me so much find my confidence and strength and just be able to get back out into the world without constantly having fear,” said Denton, who quickly developed a close friendship with Poke and

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JPMorgan, Salesforce join growing list of firms dumping office space

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Salesforce.com Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers are among the major firms looking to unload big blocks of office space, the latest sign that remote work is hurting demand for this pillar of commercial real estate.

Large companies typically sign office leases for a decade or longer, giving them few options for reducing their footprint beyond trying to sublease floors to other tenants. At the end of 2020, 137 million square feet of office space was available

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2020’s P/C Insurance Industry Results and What They Mean for 2021

The most recent tallies of financial results by rating agency analysts reveal that the property/casualty insurance industry weathered the storms of catastrophe losses and COVID, with one segment actually reporting better combined ratios and higher income than in 2019.

A Mar. 16 report from Moody’s Investors Service, “Rising commercial pricing and economic recovery support earnings in 2021,” reveals that catastrophe losses had a bigger impact than COVID on industry financial results. Analyzing the results for 22 rated U.S. P/C insurers, Moody’s estimates that the group posted $5 billion in coronavirus-related claims and $12.8 billion in weather-related catastrophe losses.

The $12.8

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To Maximize Growth, Get Sales and Finance in Sync

The CFO and sales leader have significant impact on their company’s ability to deliver on its strategies through processes. Unfortunately, the relationship between finance and sales is often more confrontational than collaborative. Given CFOs’ expressed interest in spending more time understanding customers — and sales teams’ concerns about re-engaging and re-energizing relationships strained by the pandemic — now is the ideal time for these reluctant partners to get together to improve their ability to measure and grow the “relationship capital” on which sales and enterprise growth depend. The author offers four strategies for focusing on customers and the customer experience

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Opinion: Here’s how you can save money on capital-gains taxes when you sell your home

You no longer must buy another home in order to claim the capital-gains exemption. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said you had to.

Dear Ms. MoneyPeace:

My first wife died in 2013 and I remarried in 2014. My will gives my wife my house. I have owned four houses in four states starting in 1964. Each appreciated in value. I have not paid any capital gains tax as yet. When my wife sells after my death, how will her cost basis be determined?

My will and my house are in San Diego.

Thank you
Capital-gains-less so far


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Personal protective equipment litter from the pandemic is killing wildlife

Waste from lifesaving personal protective equipment is killing birds, fish and other wildlife across the globe, a study has found.Animals are fatally ingesting or becoming entangled in discarded latex gloves and disposable face masks, while others have started building their homes using the same material, researchers said.”As always with these single-use items, you’re not really looking after them and they end up in the environment really soon. They start becoming a real problem,” Auke-Florian Hiemstra, a biologist at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and co-author of the report, told CNN Tuesday.”I think it’s ironic that the materials that protect … Read More