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The biggest tech companies are about to undergo a major reshuffling on the stock market — here’s what’s coming, and why it matters

Some big changes are coming to the US stock market.

Effective on Monday September 24, S&P Dow Jones Indices and GICS will create a new sector for tech, media, and telecoms companies, and it’s a change that will affect many of the the biggest and most popular stocks on the market.

Here’s what you need to know.

Walmart reportedly warns Trump’s trade war will hit regular Americans hard

Walmart, the largest US retailer, is sounding the alarm on President Donald Trump’s trade war, saying it is “very concerned” about the impacts the newly announced tariffs may have on American consumers.

In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the company — which employs 2.3 million people worldwide, including 1.5 million in the US — said the immediate impact of the fresh tariffs “will be to raise prices on consumers and tax American business and manufacturers,” according to a report from CNN Money.

“As the largest retailer in the United States and a major buyer of U.S. manufactured goods, we are very concerned about the impacts these tariffs would have on our business, our customers, our suppliers and the U.S. economy as a whole,” Walmart wrote.

Wells Fargo says it will cut as many as 26,500 jobs in the next 3 years

Wells Fargo said on Thursday it would cut its staff by about 5% to 10% within the next three years.

The third biggest US bank has 265,000 employees, meaning the cuts would encompass as much as 26,500 people.

Wells have been hit with a range of problems over the last several years, beginning with the fake-accounts scandal in 2016, when the firm said employees had opened millions of customer accounts without their consent in order to meet sales targets. The revelation forced the resignation of CEO John Stumpf. His replacement, Tim Sloan, has been battling to overcome the scandal and a series of subsequent issues.

New York City homeowners are cutting prices in a way not seen since the financial crisis

In one way, it’s 2009 all over again in New York City’s housing market.

The number of home sellers who cut their asking prices reached the highest level since 2009 during the week after Labor Day, according to StreetEasy.

Sellers needed to be more aggressive with pricing because buyers had many more choices. Grant Long, a senior economist at StreetEasy, said the listings website saw its biggest two weeks for new listings at the same time, as sellers moved to entice New Yorkers who were returning from their summer vacations. This only worsened an existing glut of for-sale inventory on the market.

The firestorm at HSBC’s investment bank is escalating as the bank hits back against internal dissent

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HSBC fired back at internal criticism over its investment banking practices following a staff-penned memo to management late last month.

In a statement given to Financial News, HSBC said that its global banking teams have a “clear strategy that is working.”

HSBC did not immediately respond to Business Insider request for comment about the issue.

Dissent within the bank is centered around a memo, reportedly titled “Global Banking & Markets: Rewards for Persistent Failure” and sent on August 25. It is said to have attacked HSBC’s leadership for what it says is a failure “to create a successful strategy.”

2 major brokerages are suing Goldman Sachs for blocking their clients from investing in IPOs

The widening rift between Wall Street and Main Street was once again on display as two major brokerages accused Goldman Sachs of blocking their clients from potentially lucrative investments in initial public offerings.

In a lawsuit suit filed with the New York State Supreme Court Thursday afternoon, TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab said Goldman has abandoned a 2001 agreement to hold 15% of the IPO shares it underwrites for retail investors.

Until now, this arrangement allowed investors who aren’t Goldman clients to buy a stock at its IPO price, rather than placing a market order and potentially paying much more if the stock begins trading above that price, as often happens with IPOs. Take Eventbrite, for example, which opened at $36 in its trading debut on Thursday after initially pricing at $23.

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
SEE ALSO: Sakaja resigns from Covid-19 Senate committee, in court tomorrow

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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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