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MFM & BCCA Virtual Media Finance Focus 2020 Keynote to Explore Home Entertainment Choices and Gaming Culture

Media Financial Management Association’s (MFM’s) Media Finance Focus will host a conference keynote on Tuesday, August 18 at 1:00 p.m. The two-part session will feature an address by Mark Orne, EVP, Cross Platform Team, Screen Engine/ASI titled, “Entertainment Choice in the Home: Understanding the Impact of Increasingly More Options.” His session will be followed by a fireside chat, “Mass Appeal: Gaming Entertainment, Esports and the Cultural Zeitgeist” between Jennifer Dill vice president, esports, Turner Sports and Howard Homonoff, a leading media industry executive, strategic advisor, and writer. When it became apparent that an in-person meeting would not be safe for members, MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association, decided to make Media Finance Focus 2020, the Associations’ 60 annual conference, a virtual event.

Orne will open the keynote session with a deep dive into the latest data from Screen Engine/ASI’s GETT (Global Entertainment

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An Expert Guide To Buying & Styling Affordable Art For Your Home

Art is an immense and relative term, making it either a dream or a nightmare for those attempting to navigate it on a buyer’s level. Regardless of if you’re deciding where to hang a print, debating whether or not to pull the trigger on a first acquisition, or still wondering where the hell to even start your search, the artwork-purchasing process can feel like a tremendous endeavor — but, you don’t need to feel intimidated by it. We tapped experts across the online art-space to break down any stigmas still surrounding researching, buying, and home-styling quality pieces as beginners on a budget.

We’ve come a long way from an art world that once felt accessible to insiders only; today the influx of online galleries allows both buyers and artists all around the globe to seamlessly connect across a multitude of mediums, styles, and price points. Ahead, the stylists, curators, editorial

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Even Trading Floor Diehards Are Now Embracing Work From Home

(Bloomberg) — For a sense of how dramatically perceptions of remote work are changing in the coronavirus era, consider Koji Motokawa.

Like many traders in office-obsessed Japan, the deputy head of fixed income at Mizuho Securities Co. had never even considered working from home until the pandemic hit. Now, for the first time since he stepped onto the trading floor 25 years ago, Motokawa spends at least one day a week outside the office and plans to keep it up.

“My initial thinking was that it was going to be pretty difficult given the way markets operate,” he said. “The reality is it’s actually doable.”

As Covid-19 forces financial professionals around the world to re-examine the way they operate, anecdotal evidence from Japan — ranked last among developed markets by the OECD for work-life balance — suggests the move toward more remote work could be widespread and enduring. Tokyo-based brokerage

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20 Ways GH Editors are Staying Sane While Sheltering at Home

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Photo credit: courtesy

From Good Housekeeping

The Good Housekeeping staff usually spends hours together devising fun crafts and cooking projects, home decor ideas and cleaning hacks, beauty tips and the best products for, well, everything. We get such joy out of working as a team and then sharing the results with you, our readers. And over the past few months, we’ve kept on keeping on – just from our separate abodes and living situations. Throughout our time sheltering at home, we’ve all had to get creative to keep ourselves and our families safe and entertained and to find a moment of sanity wherever and however we can. That looks different for everyone, just like our circumstances do, but we realized all of our techniques have one thing in common: They might be useful for others, too.

As many of us face an uncertain summer, we thought you might like a

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For HBCUs, the coronavirus pandemic hits especially close to home

Leaders of historically Black colleges and universities are grappling with a challenge others in higher education don’t fully share: how to reopen their campuses to a population that has proven especially vulnerable to Covid-19.

Black people are dying at 2.5 times the rate of white people, according to the Covid Racial Data Tracker. And nearly a third of deaths among nonwhite Americans were in people younger than 65, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compared with 13 percent among white people under that age.

“We have to acknowledge and recognize that African Americans with comorbidities have fared far worse in this pandemic than any other group,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick in an interview. “I think, for an HBCU in particular, there’s a lot of differences in terms of opening that are probably a little more accentuated because of our circumstances.”

Howard,

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Pandemic turns Europe’s retail sector on its head as shoppers stay close to home

By Victoria Waldersee

LISBON (Reuters) – City centre shops and malls may have lost their lustre during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as lockdowns ease across Europe many stores in and around residential areas stand to benefit as consumers remain reluctant to venture far from home.

While retail sales appear to be rebounding – surging 17.8% in the euro zone in May and approaching pre-lockdown levels in Britain in June – shoppers are increasingly staying local, leaving Europe’s most renowned shopping districts from London’s West End to Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm struggling in the absence of office workers and tourists.

On Germany’s main shopping streets in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, footfall in June was as much as 50% lower than a year earlier, according to the German Retail Federation, while in London’s West End it was down 75%, according to the New West End Company, an association of retailers and landlords in the

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Comic-Con 2020 ‘At Home’ Saturday Schedule

To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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24 Money-Making Apps That Turn Sitting at Home Into a Side Hustle

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Photo credit: katie buckleitner

From Cosmopolitan

Besides nailing a Tiktok dance, there’s no better feeling than watching your bank account level up (hey Ciara). Between scrolling through Instagram, adoring Nicki M’s maternity photos, and anticipating that text back for shooting your shot, why not make some extra cash?! Making money can literally be a no brainer if you have the right technology.

Maybe learning to invest is on your bucket list, or your closet’s calling (she needs some space), or you just want some free food. Whatever your situation, there’s an app to utilize your skill set with their unique, money-making platform. And that’s pretty freaking amazing since many of us could use A LOT more money right about now.

Check out these kinda genius apps for making money at home, but beware: Time flies when you’re making $$$ so keep your charger close.

1. If You Want to Start

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Comic-Con 2020 Opens ‘At Home’ in Uncertain Times

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To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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With mortgage rates now under 3%, most home loans are due for a refinance, study says

Few people ever expected to see mortgage rates slide so low, and many homeowners have been caught off guard. Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages are now averaging less than 3% in multiple surveys — and are offering major refinance savings.

Though mortgage holders have been flocking to get new loans with sharply reduced interest rates, plenty of homeowners are still sitting on mortgages that are now too expensive.

In fact, a new report from mortgage company Fannie Mae says most mortgages with outstanding balances should be refinanced. Maybe that includes yours.

If you have a mortgage that’s closer to 4% than 3%, your monthly mortgage payment is probably hundreds of dollars higher than it could be.

Who needs to refinance?

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An estimated 60% of homeowners with mortgages can chop down their interest rates by at least one-half of one percentage point by refinancing, Fannie Mae says.

“The

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