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Yahoo Finance’s morning wrap for Thursday

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Good morning.

Here’s everything you need to know in finance this morning.

The ASX is expected to open slightly higher this morning, after a positive lead from overseas. The SPI200 futures contract was up 9 points, or 0.14 per cent at 7:00am, suggesting a small rise for the S&P/ASX200 today.

Wall Street finished higher overnight after the US central bank kept interest rates on holdy, and the Aussie dollar is buying 68.81 US cents, up from 68.76 US cents on Wednesday.

Qantas will unveil an overhaul to its frequent flyer program, with chief executive Alan Joyce and divisional head Olivia Wirth set to announce the changes later today.

Working just one day a week is enough to reap the mental health benefits of paid work, a new report from Cambridge and Salford universities has found.

There was no evidence to suggest that working any more than eight hours in one week provided further boosts to mental health.

Sending your kids to school earlier could put billions back into Aussie parents’ pockets, a new study has found.

The study analysed the benefits to Australia of early learning in the year before school, finding that families could see a collective return of $1.4 billion in earnings for parents who can return to work.

Dream job alert? IKEA wants to send you to Denmark to find out why Danes are so happy. If you score the gig, you’ll earn around $11,636 for your two weeks in Copenhagen, get a temporary home, all travel expenses covered - and free meatballs.

If that’s not for you, a Marine Rescue Centre in the Maldives has put out a call for interns to help rescue sea turtles.

While the work is unpaid, your expenses while you’re there are fully covered. That means two weeks in a five-star luxury resort, meals in a fancy hotel and sunset cruises.

Around 35 per cent of skills required for jobs will change in the next few years, so how do you keep your employees and your workplace up to date? Take a look at these three ways to future-proof your business.

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