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WandaVision episode 3 recap: Marvel’s baby boomers

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“Is this really happening?” asked Wanda at the end of last week’s episode – leaving us with a new baby bump, a sudden shift to technicolour and a creepy beekeeper who lives in the sewer. It’s the question that hangs over the whole show, and WandaVision episode 3 finally gives a pretty definitive answer.

We’ve had homages to The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and Bewitched, but Wanda and Vision have now made it to something that looks like The Brady Bunch or All In The Family – with new hairstyles, new fashions and a new aesthetic that would put them somewhere around the early 1970s in the real world.

Of course, this isn’t the real world at all (probably), and Wanda skips a few trimesters in the first few minutes of the show. As soon as the happy parents have finished magicking themselves a new crib and practising a few nappy changes at lightning-speed, Wanda’s super-contractions start in full – causing all the pipes in the neighbourhood to start busting (cue the inevitable “my water’s broken” jokes). “Do you think something’s wrong?”, she asks at one point, before a visual glitch suddenly skips the tape skips backwards, resetting the scene to something safer and funnier involving a stray stork.

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Episode three is in full technicolour after a black-and-white first two chapters. Credit: Disney

Geraldine (or, as we also know her, Monica Rambeau, daughter of Captain Marvel’s Air Force friend, Maria) has turned up at the wrong moment asking to borrow a bucket and Wanda spends a good chunk of episode three using comedy fruit bowls to hide her bump, barely containing her contractions, and chasing a cheeky magic bird around the set. It’s a sweet bit of old-fashioned farce (although we do miss seeing a bit more of zany ’70s Vision while he runs around looking for a doctor), and it all builds up nicely to the birth of the twins, Tommy and Billy.

Fans of the comics will know that these kids don’t exactly have a happy future, (and that Wanda’s eventual tragic realisation about them causes a rift in the Marvelverse that ripples out to every other character), but it’s nice to see the WandaVision family growing for now. Not that the show gives Wanda long to enjoy it.

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Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, the mysterious ‘Captain Marvel’ character who befriends Wanda. Credit: Disney

As soon as the twins are born, she starts thinking about her own brother, Pietro. “He was killed by Ultron, wasn’t he…?” asks Geraldine, breaking the spell, casing Wanda’s mind to drift down to the S.W.O.R.D. (a top secret spy organisation) pendant she’s wearing around her neck. After the neighbours try to cryptically warn Vision about who Geraldine might be, he rushes back inside to find her alone.

“She left, honey. She had to rush home” says Wanda, with a slightly pained expression. The screen slowly expands to full widescreen in high definition as Geraldine comes bursting out the sky in the real(?) Westview, presumably dropkicked out of Wanda’s fantasy bubble. As the camera pans back and ‘Daydream Believer’ starts playing, we also see that Wanda’s bubble is exactly that – with her fake world surrounded by a military base and a giant protective sphere, Truman Show style.

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Kathryn Hahn cameos as Wanda and Vision’s eccentric neighbour. Credit: Disney

Is Wanda’s self-made reality being manipulated via her own powers of neuro-electric interfacing (read the comics to get into the science…) or is this something bigger and more sinister? We know that S.W.O.R.D. is involved in everything bad that happens in the show and that, at best, they’re monitoring Wanda’s sitcom world via hidden agents like Geraldine. In the comics, S.W.O.R.D. is the alien sister agency of S.H.I.E.L.D., so they’re not necessarily the bad guys, but last week’s creepy neighbourhood chanting of “for the children” coupled with the arrival of the twins also suggests Wanda’s world might be a cover for some kind of evil super-baby breeding programme.

It’s surprising that WandaVision has spilled so many big secrets so early on (we would have been more than happy to watch Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany ham it up through another dozen straight-up comedy homages before things started getting too Marvel-y), but there’s still more than enough that we don’t know. Next week, the ’80s?

Double vision

  • This week’s fake advert gives us ‘Hydra Soak’, a bar of soap for “when you want to get away but you don’t want to go anywhere”. Other than the obvious nods to the evil Hydra agency, the tagline “find the goddess within” could be hinting at any character in the Marvelverse from Hecate to Goddess.
  • The soap is also a neat reference to Agent Coulson’s “blue soap theory” that we first heard in an episode of Agents Of S..H.I.E.L.D. – is this how Hydra is mind controlling the population?
  • Look out for the name ‘Wentworth’ on the shopfront in the opening credits – surely a reference to Deidre Wentworth, aka key Marvel villain Suspiria (and another link to the A.I.M. criminal organisation that we saw alluded to last week with the creepy beekeeper’s costume).

WandaVision episode 3 is streaming on Disney+ now

Housing development projects on rise in Akron

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The former Riverwoods Golf Course & Driving Range on Akron-Peninsula Road could become 197 townhomes if Akron City Council approves the project.

The former Perkins Middle School site at the southwest corner of Mull and South Hawkins avenues will soon become a residential development. Akron City Council approved the project last July, which includes 82 total units.

GREATER AKRON — Several proposed and under construction housing development projects are one way City of Akron officials are hoping will grow the city’s population.
Some of the projects have been met with opposition from residents, who have voiced their concerns to the Akron Planning Commission and Akron City Council.
Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development James Hardy said not only does Akron want to grow its population, but also its housing stock that would draw people to the city.
According to the city’s Planning to Grow Akron report released in 2017, the city’s peak population occurred in 1960 with 290,000 residents. Since 1960, the city has lost 31 percent of its population, and in 2017, the population was 198,000.
The report states a goal was to grow the city’s population to 200,000 by 2020 and then to 250,000 by 2050.
Hardy said the city is waiting on the 2020 U.S. Census data for an update on the current population.
He said Akron’s infrastructure was built to serve 300,000 people, and with a current population under 200,000, taxes and fees go up for remaining residents to cover the shortfall.
“We don’t have 100,000 less sewer lines,” Hardy said.
Akron City Councilman Shammas Malik (D-Ward 8) said the city “absolutely” needs to grow its population. He echoed many of Hardy’s sentiments.
Hardy said between 2010 and 2017, the city demolished on average 500 homes per year. He said since 2017, the number of home demolitions has been reduced “substantially,” with 200 to 250 homes currently demolished each year.
The Planning to Grow Akron report in 2017 also stated the city was only building 10 new homes each year.
“We now have over 1,200 units available, under construction or in development,” said Hardy, referencing new housing since 2018.
He added the housing stock in Akron is still relatively old and the floor plans may not be what people are looking for in today’s market.
“As the baby boomers exit homeownership, it is increasingly difficult to sell to millennials,” Hardy said. “People in their teens and 20s — the buyers of tomorrow — are not looking for what we have to offer.”
While Akron features more older homes, he said, the city does offer a lot of what people want around a neighborhood, such as parks, shopping and restaurants.

The City of Akron is seeking conservation proposals for 45 acres of land at the intersection of Theiss and Hardy roads. The city has already received five housing proposals for the site.

City officials plan to release the Planning to Grow Akron 2.0 report in March, which will show an overview of housing since 2017. Hardy said while new construction has “skyrocketed” downtown and with new larger housing developments, the problem still exists with vacant lots in neighborhoods where homes were demolished.
Hardy added it is “really difficult” financially to make new home projects in existing neighborhoods work.
“We don’t have enough affordable housing in the city,” said Hardy of a problem he believes is not unique to Akron. “We desperately need federal housing reform.”
Last fall, a group of citizens concerned about development in Merriman Valley formed the Preserve the Valley group. Carolyn Spivak Colbow, a spokesperson for the group, said it is “not anti-development.”
“We want to find a way for citizens to be involved more in the process,” she said.
With Planning Commission and City Council committee meetings taking part in the middle of the day online via the Zoom videoconferencing application, it can be “difficult” for citizens to be part of the process, she added.
The group has approximately 12 core members and 400 newsletter subscribers. She added that anyone who wants to be involved with the group should visit preservethevalley.com.
Residential property tax abatement program
In an effort to spur housing construction in the city and increase the city’s population, Akron City Council approved in 2017 a residential property tax abatement program that provides tax breaks for new residential construction and renovation projects valued at approximately $5,000 or more.
According to city officials, the abatement allows owners to pay taxes solely on the pre-improvement assessed value of the residential property for 15 years after improvements are completed. At the end of the 15 years, the property will be taxed at its post-improvement assessed value.
Schools and other property tax-funded organizations will continue to receive all tax revenues they currently receive, according to city officials.
Akron Public Schools Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Ryan Pendleton said the district is supportive of the city’s residential tax abatement.
“Prior to the tax abatement, there was very little new construction,” Pendleton said. “A good, healthy and vibrant community depends on growth.”
He said if the district was in a growing suburb, the school board and administration might have a different perspective on the tax abatement.
While the district has to wait 15 years for the extra tax revenues, the abatement also provides the opportunity to grow the district’s student population, he said. Currently, the district’s student capacity is between 80 and 85 percent, with room for additional students without needing to expand the district’s buildings footprint, he said.
“Any new construction gives an opportunity for a family to move in,” Pendleton said.
Pendleton also said the district received the first positive property appraisals since 2008, which he said is a “good sign.”
Riverwoods Golf Course development
The 76-acre site at 1870 Akron-Peninsula Road was the former Riverwoods Golf Course & Driving Range. The property is now owned by Petros Homes Inc., which is proposing to construct 197 townhomes, with 169 of them being for rent and 28 for sale.
Petros CEO Sam Petros said a combination of factors made the property attractive to the company, including the demand in the market and the 15-year residential tax abatement being offered by Akron.
He said there are some people who “really love” the valley and are “stewards” of the valley.
“The idea of living in the valley is very attractive,” Petros said.
He called the style of one-story townhomes proposed “attractive,” with no common shared areas and featuring an outdoor patio.
Petros said the target market for the new townhomes is professionals and those who are semi-retired.
According to the proposed plans, 45 acres of the property would be dedicated public open space. Petros said this project should be the “poster board” development considering the amount of green space being preserved. Without the tax abatement, Petros said, the development would not have been able to happen.
Hardy said the city doesn’t have a lot of ranch-style housing and these townhomes would be ideal for those over age 60.
Malik added he is recusing himself from discussions and voting on the Riverwoods project due to a potential conflict with the law firm for which he previously worked.
Theiss, Hardy roads development
In August 2020, the city solicited proposals for residential development of a 45-acre Theiss Road site, which is bordered by Theiss Road to the north and west, with Northampton Road as the eastern border and Hardy Road as the southern border.
According to city officials, the Theiss Road property appears to have been used as farmland from approximately 1937 to 1970.
The city received five proposals for residential development of the 45 acres, with at least 13.5 acres to be maintained as open space. Last month, the city announced plans to seek full conservation proposals as an alternative to residential development proposals, and these are being accepted until March 31.
Once the conservation proposals are received, city officials will review them along with the residential proposals and make a recommendation to the Planning Commission and City Council.
Malik said he is “thankful” the city is looking at conservation proposals and said he has had a lot of “positive” conversations with conservation groups regarding the property.
“The city owns [the property],” Malik said. “We are the deciders.”
Spivak Colbow said Preserve the Valley has an online petition with over 12,500 signatures opposing a housing development for the land.
Residence at Good Park
In July 2020, Council approved a conditional-use permit to establish a residential development at the southwest corner of Mull and South Hawkins avenues.
The 11.6-acre site was home to Perkins Middle School, which was demolished.
Plans call for 82 total units consisting of 34 townhomes, 23 single-family homes and 24 custom-home lots, according to Tom Fuller, executive director for Alpha Phi Alpha Homes. Fuller estimates the project is just under $20 million.
Hardy said other new housing projects in Akron include the Crossing at Auld Farm on Diagonal Road, The Homes on Hickory off Memorial Parkway and several housing projects in Downtown Akron.
Malik added moving forward there will be a mix of housing and conservation projects.
Impact on school districts
Woodridge Local Schools Superintendent Walter Davis said the biggest concern with proposed residential development on Akron properties located in the district is a combination of Akron’s residential tax abatement and the possible influx of new students.
Both the Riverwoods and Theiss Road developments are in the Woodridge Local School District.
“When these kinds of things [developments] happen, we end up learning about them as the general public hears about them,” Davis said.
He added when development projects are proposed in the City of Cuyahoga Falls, the city reaches out, but that hasn’t been the case with Akron.
“Not knowing what is coming makes it difficult to plan,” Davis said.
He said he has had several conversations with Malik, whose ward includes Merriman Valley and the Theiss Road area, as the district has approximately 700 students who live in Akron Wards 1, 2 and 8.
“When the City of Akron seeks to grow population through residential development using schemes that offer developers and builders tax abatement, the Woodridge School District loses,” Davis said. “With no say in the matter, our board is assuming responsibility for the education of Akron resident children without tax support for the 15-year term of the tax abatement.”
Davis said the average student is in the district for 13 years, so it is possible a student who lives in a home that received the 15-year tax abatement could go through the district at very little cost to the property owner.
“There will be a loss of revenue to the school district, but yet we will be responsible for the cost of the education of these kids,” said Woodridge Treasurer Tom Morehouse. “With the way that schools are currently funded, there would be no additional money in our foundation, as the state of Ohio is currently flat funding schools regardless of any increase or decrease in [number of] students.”
Morehouse said even if a student moves into these new housing areas and open-enrolls in their previous school district, if possible, the open-enrollment dollars would still come from Woodridge. If a child opted to attend a private school, there could be transportation costs for Woodridge, he added.
“These types of abatements really are not fair to the current taxpayers of our school district,” Morehouse said. “They will be paying for the cost to educate these children.”
Davis said in commercial abatement scenarios there is often incentives or payments in lieu of taxes that are offered to the schools to offset the losses.
“Thus far, with this proposed development [Riverwoods], there has been no discussion, no talk at all with the schools about anything, let alone any financial incentives,” Davis said.
This school year, a Woodridge education will cost over $11,000 per child, he added.
“As a district that receives less than $700 per pupil annually in state aid, we are heavily reliant on property tax revenues for the majority of our budget,” Davis said.
Hardy said city officials studied tax abatements in other cities similar to Akron and felt “strongly” about it for new developments and infill housing. He added the residential tax abatement does not abate any existing taxes and school districts stand to gain additional revenue after the 15-year period.
“The tax abatement is making infill housing work,” Hardy said. “It is really helping jumpstart new construction we couldn’t get before.”
He predicts over time property values will increase, which also will benefit school districts.
“We are not in the business to harm school districts,” Hardy said.
He added it is unclear who will move into new developments proposed in Woodridge’s boundaries, but if there were an excessive number of students, city officials would be willing to work out a solution with district officials.
Valley Master Plan
Davis and Morehouse want to see a pause on development until the creation of a master plan for the valley, something Cuyahoga Falls and Akron have allocated money to do.
“We are ready to be a partner in that [the master plan],” Davis said. “It seems if we all sat down and brainstormed, we could all benefit.”
Morehouse said Woodridge is not against developments, nor Akron growing.
“I believe the more population that Summit County can have will benefit everyone in the future,” Morehouse said. “However, I believe it would be beneficial for everyone to work together. Woodridge would like to also be more informed as new developments proceed, not read about them in the newspaper.”
Malik said the master plan would be “beneficial” and “helpful” in guiding the future of the valley.
Spivak Colbow said the Preserve the Valley group would also like to see a pause on development until the master plan is completed. She added the plan will bring both Akron and Cuyahoga Falls together along with stakeholders to share a vision for the valley.
“We want residents to express their hopes and visions for the valley along with their concerns,” said Spivak Colbow, adding she would like to see a town hall meeting scheduled where residents can engage in the process.

New housing units have been constructed on Hickory Street and benefited from the City of Akron’s residential tax abatement program. Photos: Eric Poston

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Worldwide Leisure Travel Industry to 2027

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Dublin, Jan. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Leisure Travel Market by Traveler Type, Sales Channel, By Age Group and By Expenditure Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2027” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The global leisure travel market size was valued at $1,006.5 billion in 2019, and is projected to reach $1,737.3 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 22.6% from 2021 to 2027.

The leisure travel economy comprised of a well-entrenched biosphere of industries including but not limited to logistics, accommodation, food, retail, recreation and other tourism services Companies, large and small in associated industries continuously strive to create experiences bringing people together, support communities and boosting economics of country. Substantial investment on tourism have multiplier effects in the expansion of economy including infrastructure development, stimulating private investment, aggregate demand and jobs. Tourism offers direct and indirect aid to a nation’s economy as a result past few years have saw remarkable growth in the attention paid by tourism development experts, policy makers, and industry leaders especially in the developing region of Asia-pacific and Africa region.

Recent years have seen paradigm shift towards experience rather than goods. Spending on consumer durables, apparels have seen faltering however, experiential spending on recreation, travel, and eating have seen rapid growth. As a result, travel is outpacing demand for goods. The trend is in sync with growing number of global outbound tourists in the last few years. The robust growth is expected to continue in the estimated future, driven primarily by the expansion of low cost airlines, government initiatives and technological advancements.

While the expansion in tourism industry has led to creation of jobs, a proliferation of tour operators, and increased ease in booking accommodation, logistics and services, the push comes with its own set of unique challenges – economic slowdown, infrastructure, and political tensions, among other.

The leisure travel market has been segmented based on traveler type, sales channel, age group, expenditure type and region. Based on traveler type, the leisure travel market is bifurcated into solo and group. Based on sales channel the global market is studied across conventional channels, online channels. By age group, it is divided into baby boomers, generation X, Millennials and Generation- Z. On the basis of expenditure type, the market is categorized into lodging, transportation, food and beverages, events & entertainment and others. Region wise, the market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The key players profiled in the report includes Expedia Group, Priceline Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, JTB Americas Group, World Travel, Inc., American Express Travel, Travel Leaders Group, TUI Group., Thomas Cook (India) Limited and Cox & Kings Ltd.

Key Benefits

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the leisure travel market analysis from 2019 to 2027 to identify the prevailing leisure travel market opportunities.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the leisure travel market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market industry.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global leisure travel market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1. Report Description
1.2. Key Benefits for Stakeholders
1.3. Key Market Segment
1.4. Research Methodology
1.4.1. Primary Research
1.4.2. Secondary Research
1.4.3. Analyst Tools and Models

Chapter 2: Executive Summary
2.1. Key Findings of the Study
2.1.1. Top Impacting Factors
2.1.2. Top Investment Pockets
2.2. CXO Perspective

Chapter 3: Market Overview
3.1. Market Definition and Scope
3.2. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.3. Market Dynamics
3.3.1. Drivers
3.3.1.1. Pursuit of Unique Experiences to Augment the Global Tourism Industry
3.3.1.2. Mobile Applications, Big Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence Evolving Together Amidst Proliferating Tourism Industry
3.3.1.3. Rise of Social Media Positively Impacting the Travel Industry
3.3.2. Restraints
3.3.2.1. Increase in Unrest Due to Terrorism and Domestic Issues in Countries
3.3.2.2. Confined Tourism Due to Natural Environmental Conditions
3.3.3. Opportunities
3.3.3.1. Unique Destinations Gaining High Traction Among Tourists
3.3.3.2. Eco Friendly Tourism-New Trend Among Millennial
3.4. Covid-19 Impact on Leisure Tourism Market
3.5. Global Business Travel Market Size
3.5.1. Overview

Chapter 4: Leisure Travel Market, by Traveler Type
4.1. Overview
4.1.1. Market Size and Forecast
4.2. Solo
4.2.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
4.2.2. Market Size and Forecast
4.2.3. Market Analysis by Country
4.3. Group
4.3.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
4.3.2. Market Size and Forecast
4.3.3. Market Analysis by Country

Chapter 5: Leisure Travel Market, by Sales Channel
5.1. Overview
5.1.1. Market Size and Forecast
5.2. Conventional Channels
5.2.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
5.2.2. Market Size and Forecast
5.2.3. Market Analysis by Country
5.3. Online Channels
5.3.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
5.3.2. Market Size and Forecast
5.3.3. Market Analysis by Country

Chapter 6: Leisure Travel Market, by Age Group
6.1. Overview
6.1.1. Market Size and Forecast
6.2. Baby Boomers
6.2.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
6.2.2. Market Size and Forecast
6.2.3. Market Analysis by Country
6.3. Generation X
6.3.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
6.3.2. Market Size and Forecast
6.3.3. Market Analysis by Country
6.4. Millennials
6.4.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
6.4.2. Market Size and Forecast
6.4.3. Market Analysis by Country
6.5. Generation Z
6.5.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
6.5.2. Market Size and Forecast
6.5.3. Market Analysis by Country

Chapter 7: Leisure Travel Market, by Expenditure Type
7.1. Overview
7.1.1. Market Size and Forecast
7.2. Lodging
7.2.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
7.2.2. Market Size and Forecast
7.2.3. Market Analysis by Country
7.3. Transportation
7.3.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
7.3.2. Market Size and Forecast
7.3.3. Market Analysis by Country
7.4. Food & Beverages
7.4.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
7.4.2. Market Size and Forecast
7.4.3. Market Analysis by Country
7.5. Events & Entertainment
7.5.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
7.5.2. Market Size and Forecast
7.5.3. Market Analysis by Country
7.6. Others
7.6.1. Key Market Trends, Growth Factors, and Opportunities
7.6.3. Market Size and Forecast
7.6.4. Market Analysis by Country

Chapter 8: Leisure Travel Market, by Region
8.1. Overview
8.1.1. Market Size and Forecast, by Region
8.2. North America
8.3. Europe
8.4. Asia-Pacific
8.5. LAMEA

Chapter 9: Competitive Landscape

Chapter 10: Company Profiles
10.1. American Express Travel
10.1.1. Company Overview
10.1.2. Key Executive
10.1.3. Company Snapshot
10.1.4. Operating Business Segments
10.1.5. Product Portfolio
10.1.6. Business Performance
10.2. Carlson Wagonlit Travel
10.2.1. Company Overview
10.2.2. Key Executive
10.2.3. Company Snapshot
10.2.4. Product Portfolio
10.3. Cox & Kings Ltd.
10.3.1. Company Overview
10.3.2. Key Executive
10.3.3. Company Snapshot
10.3.4. Operating Business Segments
10.3.5. Product Portfolio
10.3.6. Business Performance
10.3.7. Key Strategic Moves and Developments
10.4. Expedia Group
10.4.1. Company Overview
10.4.2. Key Executive
10.4.3. Company Snapshot
10.4.4. Operating Business Segments
10.4.5. Product Portfolio
10.4.6. Business Performance
10.4.7. Key Strategic Moves and Developments
10.5. Jtb Usa, Inc.
10.5.1. Company Overview
10.5.2. Key Executive
10.5.3. Company Snapshot
10.5.4. Product Portfolio
10.6. Priceline(Booking Holdings Inc.)
10.6.1. Company Overview
10.6.2. Key Executive
10.6.3. Company Snapshot
10.6.4. Product Portfolio
10.6.5. Business Performance
10.6.6. Key Strategic Moves and Developments
10.7. Thomas Cook India Ltd.
10.7.1. Company Overview
10.7.2. Key Executive
10.7.3. Company Snapshot
10.7.4. Product Portfolio
10.7.5. Business Performance
10.7.6. Key Strategic Moves and Developments
10.8. Travel Leaders Group
10.8.1. Company Overview
10.8.2. Key Executive
10.8.3. Company Snapshot
10.8.4. Product Portfolio
10.9. Tui Group
10.9.1. Company Overview
10.9.2. Key Executive
10.9.3. Company Snapshot
10.9.4. Operating Business Segments
10.9.5. Product Portfolio
10.9.6. Business Performance
10.9.7. Key Strategic Moves and Developments
10.10. World Travel, Inc.
10.10.1. Company Overview
10.10.2. Key Executive
10.10.3. Company Snapshot
10.10.4. Product Portfolio

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MediaVillage Announces Multitude of New Podcasts, Videos and Columns

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NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — MediaVillage founder Jack Myers wants you to watch, listen, and learn from his team of over 30 journalists and columnists creating content on diversity and marketing topics for the media, marketing, advertising, and entertainment community. The world’s leading practicing media ecologist today announced more than a dozen new podcasts, videos and columns that have or will debut on MediaVillage’s multiple platforms including: AdvancingDiversity.org, MediaVillage Knowledge Exchange, TV/Video Download, and Watch, Listen & Learn.

“Growth through education and diversity is our mantra for 2021, as it has been for decades. We have more columnists, more subject matter experts, and more intellectual commentary than any other publication in media, advertising, and marketing, by far,” said Myers. “We are proud to add new voices contributing to our library of more than 15,000 original thought leadership commentaries, educational articles, white papers, podcasts and videos MediaVillage has published over the past decade, all accessible through search, along with content from more than 30 curated publications, at www.MeetingPrep.com.”

Among the new video series:

  • #AskGen-Z: Video Content Director Amanda Keaton focuses on voices within the media industry who influence the demographic born into the internet and mobile age.
  • In the Loop: News, views, and commentary about social media content from TV/Video Download Correspondent Kelly Kozakevich.
  • Leadership Conversations: Jack Myers hosts newly relaunched discussions with industry leaders who are activists for change.
  • Legends & Leaders: Jack Myers interviews senior leaders on state of the media industry, data and analytics, marketing, talent development, and more.
  • Storytelling Revolution: Raquelle M. Zuzarte, Founder & CMO of Equity Project for All, interviews changemakers in the world of advertising, media, branding, creativity, innovation, and global business.
  • The Update: Video Content Manager Christian Taylor brings viewers up to date on some of the most recent content at TV/Video Download.
  • WomenAdvancing: Purpose-driven leadership interviews with Kate Byrne, editor of WomenAdvancing.org, featuring female thought leaders passionate about positive social impact across a wide range of industries.

Among the new podcasts:

  • Jack Myers ThinkTank: Jack Myers speaks his mind on two-to-five-minute podcasts providing prescient advice and economic insights into the future of business, culture, and society.
  • The Pool: Hosted by Philip L. McKenzie, executive director of AdvancingDiversity.org, the podcast highlights the wealth of diverse talent in our community. The cultural anthropologist features leaders investing in advancing diversity, equality, and inclusion programs from advocacy to activism.
  • View from the Grandstand: Audio Content Manager Justin Paura provides Gen Z perspectives on media coverage of sports and insights into multi-platform distribution and advertising strategies as marketers look to score with existing audiences and connect with new ones in the ever-evolving world of sports media.

Among the new columns:

  • The Age of Aging: Larry Samuel, founder of Age Friendly Consulting, and author of Aging in America and Boomers 3.0, joins Boomer expert Peter Hubbell to explore the untapped marketing opportunities and buying power of baby boomers.
  • Insights for Curious Marketers: Tamara Alesi, Sector Head of Agencies & Media, YouGov, provides a data-driven look into understanding consumers and the advertising landscape fueling business growth.
  • LGBT+Advancing: Kryss Shane, a leading advocate for LGBT+ rights and educator at Columbia University and Brandman University, brings her experience guiding the world’s top business leaders on their diversity, equity, and inclusion needs, to her new column.
  • Media in the Age of Algorithms: Media marketer Pattie Glod examines how the data explosion has created a dilemma for the media business and the need to come into the modern age without forgetting everything we have learned so far.
  • Multicultural Media: Dr. Christopher Boulton, an advertising researcher, documentary filmmaker, and associate professor of communication at the University of Tampa, explores the intersection of race, gender, and class within the media and advertising business.
  • On Performance Marketing: Wendy Arnon, an award-winning performance media marketer, provides deep understanding of data analytics and cross-channel content strategy to improve user experience and drive better relationships across points of contact.

The more than a dozen new columnists and journalists join over 30 writers and industry experts delivering authoritative commentary about and for the media, marketing, advertising, entertainment, and education communities. Editorial Director of MediaVillage is Ed Martin, who oversees an editorial and subject matter expert team including Ainsley Andrade, Simon Applebaum, Jacqueline Cutler, Michael Farmer, Steve Gidlow, Kent Harrington, Bill Harvey, Brian Jacobs, Paul S. Maxwell, Jeff Minsky, Jim Motavalli, Erich Prince, Alli Romano, Oriana Schwindt, and Charlene Weisler. Visit aboutMediaVillage.com/our-columnists-journalists.com for more.

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Why are so many millennials feeling burnt-out?

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By the time I was 15 – back in 2009 – the now much-mocked millennial saying, “I can’t even”, had become ­ubiquitous: a comic expression of teen ennui, deployed with a theatrical sigh, a fluttered hand to the chest or a sharp roll of the eyes. Parental faux-pas, badly behaved boyfriends, cruel teachers, impossible homework, early mornings and weekend boredom: those three words became millennial shorthand for all manner of tiny woes. We loved saying it to each other because it signposted immediate relatability.

A few years later, however, and “I can’t even” slipped out of millennial jargon and into the mainstream media, seized upon as evidence of my generation’s snowflake sensibilities: we were too soft, too easily overwhelmed, too lazy, too negative. This surely explained why we couldn’t secure jobs after university, or ascend the housing ladder, and constantly required therapy!

If only it were that simple, argues fellow millennial (anyone born between 1981 and 1996) and former BuzzFeed journalist Anne Helen Petersen in her new book, Can’t Even. Focusing on burnout, a state of emotional paralysis that Petersen herself experienced after working non-stop covering political elections and a mass shooting, Can’t Even seeks to unearth the root of our generation’s angst. She finds it within moments: an obsession with joining, and remaining in, the ever-expanding middle-class. And it all began with our ­parents: the baby boomers.

According to Petersen, the boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) were the first generation crippled with class anxiety. Following a period of economic stability after the two world wars, and the solid growth of the middle class, the 1980s pulled the rug out from under the boomers’ feet. In America, wage stagnation and unemployment under Reagan threatened (mainly white) middle-class ascendancy, which led, says Petersen, to social hostility, egoism and “the cultivation of me”. Boldly blaming boomer behaviour for millennial burnout, she writes: “Surrounded by perceived threats and growing uncertainty, middle-class boomers doubled down on what they could try to control: their children.”

And so, through a series of interviews with burnt-out millennials at school, at university, at work and in parenthood, Petersen examines the many facets and triggers of this middle-class exhaustion.

Beginning with childhood overachievement, she finds burnout is aggravated by towering student loans, social media’s demands of perfection, email’s 24-hour communication line and an expectation of constant cultural consumption of everything from Twitter to podcasts. Petersen calls it “an attention death spiral”. At times, Can’t Even slogs along as a series of yawningly similar case studies. But Petersen’s personal interjections and deft contextualisation of current issues with American history and politics more than compensates, while the toll of the pandemic on our mental health makes her research feel all the more timely.

Be warned: boomers will finish the book enraged and millennials even more dejected than before.

Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation is published by Chatto & Windus at £14.99. To order your copy for £12.99 call 0844 871 1514 or visit the Telegraph Bookshop

Why Everyone Should Care About Social Security’s Trust Funds

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Whether you’re already collecting Social Security or hope to receive benefits later in life, you might not have thought much about how the program gets money to pay seniors. You should be concerned with at least one key Social Security cash source — the program’s trust funds. Once those funds run out of money, recipients could be in line for major benefit cuts. That’s something you’ll need to know.

How Social Security gets its money

Social Security’s primary revenue source is payroll taxes — the ones workers pay on their income. Each year, a wage cap determines how much tax workers will be liable for. This year, the wage cap sits at $142,800. It’s worth noting that Joe Biden wants to reinstate Social Security taxes on wages above $400,000.

In the coming years, Social Security is expected to owe more money in benefits than it collects in payroll tax revenue. Baby boomers are expected to retire en masse, and there won’t be enough replacement workers coming in to make up for their departure.

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When Social Security’s benefit obligations exceed its incoming revenue, it can turn to its trust funds for help. Think of those trust funds as savings accounts of sorts. You may not always bring in enough money in your paychecks to cover your bills, but you can dip into your savings to make up for a shortfall. Social Security does the same. But what happens once your personal savings account runs out? The next time your paycheck doesn’t cut it, you’re in trouble.

Unfortunately, Social Security is in a similar predicament. The program’s Trustees projected this past April that the Social Security trust funds would run out by 2035. At that point, Social Security may not have enough incoming payroll tax revenue to keep up with its obligations, and it also won’t have its savings account. The program may have no choice but to implement substantial benefit cuts. That could, in turn, leave current Social Security recipients suddenly cash-strapped and put future beneficiaries at risk of meeting a similar fate.

Can benefit cuts be prevented?

Having millions of seniors plunge into poverty following benefit cuts isn’t ideal. Lawmakers have been working to find a way to prevent that from happening. If Joe Biden’s proposed payroll tax hike on higher earners goes through, it could generate a substantial amount of revenue for Social Security — perhaps enough to avoid cutting benefits within the next 14 years.

But imposing a massive tax on the wealthy has consequences. Not only is it apt to be met with backlash, but many lawmakers won’t support it. While Democrats now control the Senate, that doesn’t guarantee they’ll unanimously back Biden’s tax initiatives.

If you rely on Social Security or plan to at any point, it pays to keep tabs on what’s happening with the program’s trust funds. Unfortunately, current recipients may not be in a position to do much to compensate for future benefit cuts. If you’re still working, however, you have an opportunity to boost your personal cash reserves to make up for what could be a much lower retirement benefit. Stay informed so you know what action to take. While it’s always a good idea to ramp up your savings, you may be even more inspired to do so once you see how Social Security is faring.

How about a Mike for the White House?

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Despite the popularity of the name over the decades, we’ve never had a U.S. president named Michael

Mike Richard
 |  Special for The Gardner News

This coming Wednesday, the United States will welcome a Joe to the White House. But, he’s just not your average Joe.

He will be the first Joe or Joseph among the past 46 men to be called President of the United States.

When looking at first names of presidents, James is the all-time leader with six (Monroe, Madison, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, Carter), while John (Adams, Quincy Adams, Tyler, Kennedy) and William (Harrison, McKinley, Taft, Clinton) are close behind with four each.

And by George, even that first name has three (Washington, H.W. Bush, W. Bush).

But, for the love of Mike – and I say this for all of the Michaels of the world – What about us?

You would have thought that in more than 232 years of putting a guy in the Oval Office, at least one Michael or Mike would have made it.

We’ve had a Rutherford, a Millard, a Grover, a Woodrow, even Calvin, Lyndon Theodore and Chester.

But – and I implore you once again – where are all of the Mikes?

As baby boomers begin to infiltrate the White House, it is important to take a look at the popular first name Michael over the years.

For the better part of the past half-century, it has been a rather interesting Mike-ro-cosm. During the decade of the 1950s – when this Michael was born – it was the second most popular first name for a boy baby behind James.

And then let’s go through the next four decades, and the most popular first name during those years:

1960s: Michael

1970s: Michael

1980s: Michael

1990s: Michael

When the new millennium of 2000 was ushered in, the most popular boys name became Jacob. With Michael No. 2.

Then in 2010, Michael took several steps back to No. 7 overall, behind such new handles as Noah, Liam, Mason and Ethan.

So, not to be a Mike-ro-manager, but once again, the question beckons: What about us?

We almost had a pop in 1988 when Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis challenged George H.W. Bush, only to be defeated in his quest to become the 41st president, 53.4% to 45.6%.

Finally, in 2016, President Donald Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to become his vice president. With that move, he became the first and only Mike to serve in that capacity.

Think about that for a moment.

Prior to that, we’ve had seconds-in-command with first names like Elbridge (Gerry), Hannibal (Hamlin), Schuyler (Colfax), Levi (Morton), Adlai (Stevenson), Alben (Barkley) and Spiro (Agnew).

Seriously? It seems to be one slight after another to the Mikes of the world.

Remember in 1969 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man” while Buzz Aldrin was right behind him to traipse around Tranquility Base.

And what about the third guy on the crew – Michael Collins? He was left behind on the Command Module Columbia to mind the store while Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours, 36 minutes, cavorting on the lunar surface.

And I, for one, think Mike and Ike are far more tasty candies than Good & Plenty, and yet their sales wane in comparison.

How about some of the more famous Michaels or Mikes?

Let’s start with Michael the Archangel (I defy you to find a better archangel than him).

The most decorated Olympian of all-time – Michael Phelps (28 total medals)

One of the greatest fighters of the past half-century was “Iron Mike” Tyson. (Are you gonna argue with him?)

Generations of basketball fans wanted to “Be Like Mike,” favoring Michael Jordan as the greatest hoops player of all-time. 

There’s Michael Richards (no, not me, he uses an ‘s’ on his last name) who played the quirky character Kramer on “Seinfeld.”

Has there ever been a more celebrated commercial character than “Mikey” who “likes it,” with the “it” being Life cereal?

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history.

There’s a Michael who has worn the title as “King of Pop” – Michael Jackson. (OK, save all of your Michael Bolton and Michael Buble comments.)

Baseball fans of today point to Mike Trout as the best player on the planet and a sure-shot Hall of Famer. 

I can even remember during the 1975 World Series when the Red Sox featured an all-Michael “middle name” outfield with Carl Michael Yastrzemski in left, Fred Michael Lynn in center and Dwight Michael Evans in right.

We Mikes can finally take a little bit of solace in Gardner that after a Chester, an Albert, a Gabriel, an Ulric, a Cyrille and a Linus, among others, we finally have a Michael in the corner office of City Hall — Mike Nicholson.

And for that, we Mikes can all walk a little prouder.

Comments and suggestions for The Gardner Scene can be sent to Mike Richard at [email protected] or in writing to Mike Richard, 92 Boardley Road, Sandwich, MA 02563. 

Need a New Knee or Hip? A Robot May Help Install It

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“When I started practice 30 years ago, if someone had hip pain, we’d take an X-ray and even if they had arthritis, and were in their 40s, we’d tell them to modify their activity and wait,” said Dr. William Maloney, professor of orthopedic surgery at Stanford University.

No longer. “The technology caught up with our patients’ desire to stay active,” he said.

One of the biggest innovations came in the late 1990s and early 2000s — just in time for the marathon-running, tennis-playing boomers to start showing signs of wear and tear.

“The industry figured out a way to make the implants better,” said Robert Cohen, president of digital, robotics and enabling technologies for Stryker’s Orthopedic joint replacement division in Mahwah, N.J. “We used the exact same plastic — relatively soft, but durable — and put it through a post process, of heat and radiation, that made it even stronger.”

The “highly cross-linked polyethylene” implants significantly reduced the need for revision surgery. “One of the main reasons for revision was the polyethylene breaking down in the replacement joint,” he said.

Thanks to the advent of the stronger, more durable material, he says, “we’ve pretty much eliminated that.”

The new implants also helped lead to faster recovery times.

“When I was a resident, people were admitted to the hospital for 10 days after a total hip or knee,” said Dr. Dorothy Scarpinato, in Melville, N.Y. “Now they get them out after a day or two.” As a result, she added, “people aren’t as afraid of this surgery as they used to be.”

The factors contributing to the shorter hospital stays, Dr. Maloney said, include less invasive surgery, accelerated rehabilitation protocols, better pain management methods and the use of regional as opposed to general anesthesia.

How the New Normal is Shaping Fitness

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During 2020, we have witnessed an unprecedented acceleration in the awareness of how much physical exercise impacts one’s well-being with the reaffirmation that it’s one of the most powerful forces for good health. The most important trends have emerged from this study in the fitness and wellness sector at a global level for the coming year. Topping the list for the projected 2021 trends by the annual ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends are the online exercise, wearable technologies and body weight training.

1)  Online Training

This upward trend success with online and virtual training is certainly due to the alternating long lockdown periods and fitness center closures, but it has also opened up new perspectives for the foreseeable future, when the pandemic emergency has finally passed. So, whether it’s at home or at the gym, they want to follow their passions – like running, cycling, rowing, strength or functional training – feel part of a community and workout with their favorite trainer or on their preferred virtual landscape. With the Technogym Live platform, available on all Technogym cardio equipment, one can choose their Training Experience from an extensive on-demand library of video contents: live classes with a favorite indoor-cycling trainer, one-to-one cardio or strength training sessions, athletic training routines, basic workouts or virtual routes set in nature or in favorite cities. Or again for those who love spinning Technogym Bike, the innovative bike, which allows one to participate from home to indoor cycling classes, live or on-demand, of  favorite trainers from various fitness studios around the world.

2)  Wearable Technologies

Wearable technologies, which have been on the podium every year since 2016, are also premiere standout trends for 2021. Fitness trackers, heart rate monitors and smartwatches are useful for both consumers and practitioners to monitor and store biometric data, prompting people to work on their performance and improve it over time. In this regard, Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 can be synchronized to all Technogym cardio equipment, or to the Mywellness 5.0 platform (also compatible with Fitbit, Garmin and Polar) for a fully connected workout experience. Users can therefore keep track of their progress on each device for every workout on Technogym equipment or even outdoors.

3)  Body Weight Training

The global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions have also encouraged the development of bodyweight training, virtual training and free weights (among others), all of which can be done at home with the right guidance. Body weight training uses the weight of the body as resistance, performing simple to complex movements. Technogym’s Mywellness platform offers users a full library of on-demand body weight workout and fitness clubs the possibility to produce their own workouts – both bodyweight or with equipment – and offer them to their members also at home.

4)  Outdoor training

One of the most current growing trends, can be combined with indoor training. It can also simultaneously monitor and track other workouts with wearables and apps such as Technogym’s Mywellness 5.0.

5)  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

It involves interval training sessions consisting of high intensity exercises followed by medium to low intensity breaks, which is also a novelty. Its key element lies in the reduction of workout time, which, due to the level of intensity, is effective even when performed for short periods. This type of training can be done in fitness clubs, but also at home or outdoors, and is therefore also one of the trends for 2021. Technogym’s answer to this trends includes different training experiences – such as SkillRun Bootcamp or Skillathletic Training – designed around Skill Line, the equipment range designed for those willing to improve their athletic performance.

6)  Virtual Training

Technology makes us more and more connected; and is increasingly able to provide us with personalized experiences based on our tastes, passions and personal goals, exactly when we want to experience them: at the gym, at home or on our mobile. Virtual Training is a key element of most of Technogym’s products: from Technogym Live, that offers on all cardio products the possibility to exercise in immersive natural or urban backgrounds, to MyCycling that allows you to try your hand at some of the most legendary stages of cycling, such as climbing the Alpe d’Huez or the Stelvio Pass for home.

7)   Exercise is Medicine

The medical fitness trend is booming in the market. Since the beginning, Technogym has always been an active forerunner in this field that also includes rehabilitation, with its offering of specific protocols for healthcare and prevention. A leading innovator in this field is Technogym’s Biocircuit – the circuit training solution and method that offers a personalized workout to help users achieve their goals in a short amount of time. Thanks to its Prescribe Mode, physiotherapists and trainers can record customized session training programs remotely with the Prescribe App, while curtailing specific training methods and personalized parameters based on the individual user’s needs.  

8)  Strength Training with Free Weights

Technogym Bench – the new functional training station –  has been designed to combine maximum exercise variety with minimum footprint by enabling the user to perform the largest range of exercises for resistance, strength and core training in a limited space, thanks to its innovative design and enclosed tools. All the tools needed are rationally stored in dedicated spaces within the training station. Exercise options include the possibility to combine weights, elastic bands, dumbbells, weighted knuckles, and a training mat to empower you to perform endless total body workouts.

9)  Fitness Programs for Older Adults

Exercise is perceived as an opportunity for wellbeing for everyone, including the elderly. People are living longer, working longer and staying healthy in retirement. This trend underlines the fitness needs of Baby Boomers and older generations, who generally have more money than younger generations. Fitness clubs could therefore benefit from this growing market. Technogym’s Biocircuit represents the ideal answer also to this trend, thanks to its unparalleled safety and ease of use: after the initial log in, every single equipment adjusts automatically on the user physical size and on the personalized workload and program.

10) Personal Training

Over the years, the figure of the personal trainer has evolved and become more accessible thanks to the internet in fitness clubs, as well as at home or in workplaces with gyms. People have finally realized that the role of the trainer is essential in assessing one’s condition, prescribing the correct training program, and offering achievable goals based on concrete needs.

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Claiming Social Security at 62? 3 Things You Need to Know First

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The earliest you can begin claiming Social Security benefits is age 62, which is also the most popular age to claim. According to a report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, approximately 48% of women and 42% of men file for benefits at age 62.

Claiming Social Security as early as possible can be a smart move for many retirees, but it’s important to make sure you’re aware of how it will affect your benefit amount. So before you begin claiming, consider these three factors.

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1. You’ll receive smaller checks for the rest of your life

One of the most common Social Security misconceptions is regarding the fact that your benefits will be permanently reduced if you claim early. Nearly 70% of baby boomers believe that if they claim early, their benefit amount will increase once they reach their full retirement age (FRA), according to a survey from the Nationwide Retirement Institute.

In reality, if you want to receive the full benefit amount you’re entitled to, you must hold off on claiming until your FRA — which is either age 66 or 67, depending on the year you were born. If you claim before that age, your benefits will be reduced by up to 30% for the rest of your life.

2. Your benefits may be reduced if you continue working

While retirement and Social Security often go hand-in-hand, it is possible to claim benefits and then continue working. However, if you claim early, your benefits could be reduced if your income exceeds certain limits.

If you won’t be reaching your FRA in 2021, your annual benefits will be reduced by $1 for every $2 you earn over the limit of $18,960 per year. So, for example, if you claim benefits at age 62 and continue working part-time earning $30,000 per year, your benefits would be reduced by $5,520 per year, or $460 per month.

Depending on how much you’re earning, you could potentially have your entire benefit amount withheld. However, once you reach your FRA, you’ll start receiving larger checks to make up for the benefit reductions. Although these reductions aren’t permanent, it’s still important to be aware of how working while claiming benefits will affect the size of your monthly checks, so you’re not caught off guard.

3. Your decision is (mostly) final

In general, once you begin claiming benefits, you can’t change your mind. You do have one opportunity to reverse your decision after you file, but you must withdraw your application within 12 months of claiming and repay all the benefits you’ve received so far. That could potentially amount to several thousand dollars, which won’t be feasible for everyone.

If you miss the window to withdraw your application, there is another option. Once you reach your FRA, the Social Security Administration can suspend your benefits up until age 70. Then when you begin collecting benefits again, you’ll earn larger checks to make up for the time you weren’t receiving benefits. Although this option can result in higher monthly payments, your checks will still be smaller than if you had waited until age 70 to claim in the first place.

The age you file for Social Security benefits will have a permanent effect on the amount you receive each month, so it’s crucial to make this decision carefully. When you’re aware of how claiming early will affect your monthly checks, you can ensure you’re making the best decision for your situation.