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COVID-19 Weekly Update 10

May 31st, 2020

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I resume the global tour in Week 10 of the COVID-19 series which features my friend Eric Wong in Singapore.  We discuss his personal experience with the pandemic so far, how Singapore is handling the situation generally, and how Eric's industry, hospitality, has been devastated by this global crisis, and what the future might look like.

COVID-19 Weekly Update 9

May 24th, 2020

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Week 9 of the COVID-19 series is a break from the global tour.  Matthew Siwiec joins me from his home in Toronto to review the "alphabet soup" of Canadian emergency benefits there are out there.  From EI to CERB to CESB to CEWS to OCECRA, among others, we try to make some sense of them.  Since these benefits change all the time is a good idea to talk about them as much as possible. 

Here are links to some of the resources mentioned in the episode:

Matthew's COVID-19 page – look for updates later this week

TPL Event – May 27th 5 to 6pm EST  - this coming Wednesday, open to the public

Benefits Finder for individuals – Didn’t get to this in the episode, but it is a great resource

Summary of benefits 

CERB Questions and Answers

COVID-19 Weekly Update 8

May 17th, 2020

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Week 8 of the COVID-19 series features my cousin Jay who lives in Berlin, Germany.

Every week during the pandemic Beau will find someone in a different part of the world with a different personal pandemic experience to share their perspective and tell their story for others to hear. 

In this episode Jay shares his COVID-19 experience so far in Germany, where he currently lives with my cousin Liz and their son Hudson.  Jay works for a company called HERE Technologies and Liz is an experienced travel writer, having most recently researched and written for 20 Fodor's guidebooks over the last 8 years.

For Jay, Liz and Hudson, travel is their way of life.  Though they are ok financially during this pandemic and acknowledge their privilege in this regard, this doesn't diminish the fact that they may have to rethink how they live and earn in the "new normal" that emerges after the COVID-19 dust has settled.  

(As we discussed in the episode, Hudson has his own Instagram account called Hudson in Hotels and can be found here:  https://www.instagram.com/hudsoninhotels/)

COVID-19 Weekly Update 7

May 10th, 2020

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Week 7 of the COVID-19 series features James Mwombela from North Carolina.  

Every week during the pandemic Beau will find someone in a different part of the world with a different personal pandemic experience to share their perspective and tell their story for others to hear. 

In this episode James shares his COVID-19 experience so far in North Carolina, which is currently on lockdown but that is changing this week as they enter Phase 1 of "reopening".  James was already working from home so his work situation has not changed much.  In fact, an interesting effect of this global pandemic is that people who may have been less focused on their finances are realizing this is the time to really figure things out.  As a Certified Financial Planner in the US, James is well equipped to help people with their finances during normal times, and the pandemic has provided him the opportunity to reach more people and help them make plans to survive and thrive in the future.

COVID-19 Weekly Update 6

May 3rd, 2020

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Week 6 of the COVID-19 series features César Tánchez from Guatemala.  

Every week during the pandemic Beau will find someone in a different part of the world with a different personal pandemic experience to share their perspective and tell their story for others to hear. 

In this episode César shares his COVID-19 experience so far in Guatemala, which has less than 700 cases of the coronavirus and only 17 deaths as of today.  For comparison, the global numbers as of today are almost 3.5 million cases with nearly 250,000 deaths.   César also explains how there is no employment insurance in Guatemala and how the pandemic is changing the way the people of his country view saving for the future and personal finance in general.

Search for César's podcast, "Trascendencia Financiera con César Tánchez", wherever you get your podcasts.