UPDATE: Gold, Peer-2-Peer Payment, Pediatric Vax and the Lumber Markets

By Staff Reporters



The price of gold dropped below $1,800 an ounce and appears hyper-focused on the soaring U.S. Dollar Index, which rose to 107.15. Over the last five days, the index is up by more than two points, and has risen five points over the last 30 days.

The minimal reporting threshold for peer-to-peer payment platform transactions has decreased from $20,000 (or 200 transactions) to just $600 because of a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. That means that businesses that use platforms like Venmo, Cash App, PayPal, and even storefronts like Etsy and eBay can expect to receive 1099-K forms for the 2022.

Children in the US are getting vaccinated at a lower rate than the rest of the nation, with only 300,000 kids under five receiving the vaccine since it became available two weeks ago. Health officials say this was expected since most parents want to get their kids vaccinated at a doctor’s office.

Finally, lumber markets were a harbinger of economic shifts during the pandemic and today’s slumping prices could be just as prescient. Lumber prices hit a record $1,607 per thousand board feet in May 2021, due to soaring demand for new homes, a boom in DIY home renovation activities, and production and supply chain issues stemming from the pandemic. Twelve months later, lumber prices collapsed to $648, a more than 50% decrease from $1,464 in March. 



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