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U.S. Futures Rise Amid Optimism on Economy

U.S. stock-index futures rose, indicating the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) will advance for a third day, as investors awaited reports on consumer confidence and initial jobless claims for signals of economic recovery.

(BLOOMBERG) London U.S. stock-index futures rose, indicating the Standard & Poor's 500 Index (SPX) will advance for a third day, as investors awaited reports on consumer confidence and initial jobless claims for signals of economic recovery.

Futures on the S&P 500 expiring in March gained 0.5 percent to 1,242.1 at 11:05 a.m. in London. The benchmark gauge has rebounded 13 percent since this year's low on Oct. 3 following better-than-forecast U.S. economic data and steps that euro-area leaders took to tame the region's debt crisis. Dow Jones Industrial Average Index futures expiring the same month added 53 points, or 0.4 percent, to 12,077 today.

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

Photo of a father with a son on his shoulders

Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

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When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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