Portfolio Planning: Investment tips in the times of coronavirus

At some point when the stock markets stabilise, your returns from gold will slow down, but your equity returns will start improving again. The markets are reacting to the spread of the novel coronavirus. China sneezed, and the global economy went into a tizzy. Globally, stock markets are in a spin. Investors are worried. What should they do with their investments in a tough economy? Eyes on your goals First and foremost, always remember why you started an investment. Any investment must be tied to a specific goal. When you…

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Panic buying of masks puts health care workers’ ‘lives at risk,’ WHO says

A doctor wearing a mask while working at El Alto International Airport in Bolivia. Photo by AIZAR RALDES/AFP via Getty Images A shortage of masks, gloves, and other protective gear “is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases” warned the World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement on Tuesday. A frightened public has been buying up masks and other equipment, leaving limited supplies for health care workers who need the gear the most. Masks can be useful for people who are sick with a respiratory virus to keep…

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Digital media to garner 65% of ad investment in India this year: GroupM

Print still relevant to advertisers wanting to build credible brands Advertising investment in India is set to soar to ₹91,641 crore this year, representing an estimated growth of 10.7 per cent for 2020, according to GroupM, the media investment group of WPP, in its advertising expenditure (adex) forecasts for 2020. Even with an overall slowdown in the global economy, Indian media spends are expected to be between low to moderate in H1, with robust growth anticipated in H2 2020. India is the eight-largest market globally and is the largest contributor to…

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The State of Sustainable Investing in 2020

During the past decade, governments across the world have promulgated more than 500 new measures that seek to promote the use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in making investment decisions. A comprehensive report from global public accounting and consulting firm KPMG International explores these three broad issues related to sustainable investing and its impact on the alternative investment industry: the rate of progress in implementing sustainable investing, the barriers to more rapid progress, and responses to these barriers.1 Study Participants The KPMG report was produced in collaboration with CREATE-Research, “an independent research…

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National teachers union sues Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for repeal of student protections

The American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Education Department and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her repeal of Obama-era regulations designed to hold for-profit colleges and universities accountable to their students. The AFT accused DeVos of violating the law to repeal protections for students at for-profit colleges, and it argued that the regulations could save taxpayers over $5 billion on money going toward failing programs, according to the complaint. “The reason that we filed this lawsuit, the reason that the attorneys general throughout the country are doing this, is to…

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Why we need government schools: They are the only educational lifeline for 60% of India’s children

There is change in our government schools if one cares to look for it. In a survey my colleagues conducted in 2005 in northeast Karnataka, only four out of ten schools had obtained uniforms and books in time for the start of the academic year. Today, this number has more than doubled. Nearly every school I visited had planned and procured books and uniforms well in time, even if it meant that their teachers had to sacrifice some holidays. In most schools that we visited, attendance was over 90 per…

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