Future Returns: Investing in a New Consumer Behavior Era

Anticipating fiscal reactions to the shifts in consumer behavior caused by the Covid-19 crisis isn’t easy. But careful observers can find plenty of indicators for how people live and spend money in the new normal.

It’s important to keep in mind many changes, despite the circumstances, aren’t from left field. Nathan
Cockrell
, co-director of global research at Lazard Asset Management characterizes what we’re seeing as a fast-forward of shifts that were already underway.

“On the offline-to-online transition, this looks like it has created a step change, but the direction of travel was already established,” he says. “The longer that Covid has gone on, the more likely it is that enforced changes in consumer habits become learned and persistent. I definitely subscribe to the idea that something’s changed that is somewhat irreversible.”

He uses the example of China’s consumption, which has largely recovered back to 2019 levels. There, online channels

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Private Equity Using New Technologies, Tactics to Deliver Investor Returns Despite Decrease in Global Dealmaking

PE M&A Professionals Expect Due Diligence to Speed Up in Next Five Years

Despite a decrease in global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) year to date, private equity (PE) professionals, especially in North America, are leaning into new tactics and technologies, including the use of artificial intelligence, to deliver investor returns. This is according to findings from the Invest in Insight: Private Equity Market Brief report from Datasite®, a leading cloud-based technology provider for the M&A industry, and PitchBook, a financial data and software company.

The report, which is based on market data and a survey of over 500 global PE professionals, shows that PE professionals are actively investing by using new tactics, such as providing credit lines, engaging in private investments in public equities (PIPEs) and contributing to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) to capitalize on opportunities to buy publicly listed companies. Additionally, the report highlights the potential for emerging

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Biggest North Pole mission returns from ‘dying Arctic’

Researchers on the world’s biggest mission to the North Pole will return to dock on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

The German Alfred Wegener Institute’s Polarstern ship is set to return to the port of Bremerhaven after 389 days spent drifting through the Arctic trapped in ice, allowing scientists to gather vital information on the effects of global warming in the region.

The team of several hundred scientists from 20 countries have seen for themselves the dramatic effects of global warming on ice in the region, considered “the epicentre of climate change”, according to mission leader Markus Rex.

“We witnessed how the Arctic ocean is dying,” Rex told AFP. “We saw this process right outside our windows, or when we walked on the brittle ice.”

Underlining how much of the sea ice has melted away, Rex said

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This High-Yielding Renewable Energy Stock Could Generate Massive Returns by 2025

The renewable energy industry is starting to break out. With costs coming down and new technologies emerging, the sector appears headed for accelerated growth over the next five years.



a person in a dark room: This High-Yielding Renewable Energy Stock Could Generate Massive Returns by 2025


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This High-Yielding Renewable Energy Stock Could Generate Massive Returns by 2025

One beneficiary of that acceleration will be leading renewable power producer Brookfield Renewable (NYSE: BEP)(NYSE: BEPC). That’s evident in the company’s updated five-year plan, which forecasts high-powered earnings and dividend growth through at least 2025. Add that visible upside to the company’s already high-yielding dividend, and there’s good reason to believe it will produce substantial total returns for investors over that time frame.



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An excellent track record of enriching investors

Brookfield Renewable has been an early leader

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Already Weak, Air Travel Demand Is Fading. And Business Travel Demand Will Be Soft Whenever It Returns

The global decline in air travel will be worse than previously forecast and a new report on corporations’ plans for travel through 2021 shows that the recovery of business travel demand will continue to be sluggish even after one or more Covid-19 vaccines become available, hopefully, in the first half of 2021.

The International Air Transport Association, the airline industry’s global trade group, said Tuesday that global passenger traffic this year will be down a whopping 66% from 2019. Previously IATA had forecast a decline of 63%.

While the revised view is only 3 percentage points worse than IATA’s previous forecast, the enormous numbers of passenger miles

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3 Top-Ranked Technology Funds for Spectacular Returns

Risk lovers seeking healthy returns over a fairly long investment horizon may opt for technology mutual funds. It is believed that the technology sector is poised for a brighter earnings performance than others owing to greater demand for technology and innovation. Improving industry fundamentals and emerging technologies — such as wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality devices and AI — are the key catalysts for the sector.

Meanwhile, most mutual funds investing in securities from these sectors prefer a growth-oriented approach that includes focusing on companies with strong fundamentals and a relatively higher investment prospect. Moreover, technology now has a broader coverage than just hardware and software companies. Social media and Internet companies are also part of the technology landscape today.

Below we share with you three top-ranked technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform peers in the

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Reliance’s sketchy record of delivering returns to partners

The Money Culture, Michael Lewis’s 1991 book on Wall Street excesses of the 1980s, brought to the mainstream a wordplay on ‘OPM’: other people’s money. It derided the practice of large corporations using the money of other companies and investors to make leveraged buyouts. Continents away, an Indian company was being lauded for imbibing OPM in its original form: operating profit margin. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), as it was created and kept by founder Dhirubhai Ambani, aimed to implement projects on scale and break even at the operating level as fast as possible.

Dhirubhai’s son Mukesh stayed faithful to that blueprint for his old-economy ventures. But for his two new-economy ventures, Mukesh Ambani is falling back on Wall Street’s definition of OPM. RIL’s telecom play, Jio, has already raised about 1,52,000 crore from 13 technology vanguards and marquee investors. And now, it seems RIL is looking for an encore

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GeekWire Summit: Our annual look into the future returns, with amazing speakers (and a few twists)

The GeekWire Summit will look a little different this year. But in this unusual time, there’s one thing that won’t change: Amazing speakers and insightful commentary on where technology, science and innovation are driving us as a society.

Over the course of a three-week period in October, we are convening some of the planet’s top thinkers for the 9th annual GeekWire Summit. This virtual experience will provide insights and inspiration on topics relevant to the tech industry and our broader lives in these unprecedented times: travel, education, the future of work, computing, politics and policy, leadership, startups, health, vaccines and much more.

Early-bird tickets are on sale here, ranging in price from $29 for students, startups, non-profits and government entities to $149 for VIP level access. In addition, given these unprecedented economic times, we are making a pool of tickets available for free for those who can’t afford the regular

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Courtney Lima returns to teach at the New Bedford elementary school she attended – News – southcoasttoday.com

The building may be new and she is teaching remotely but it’s still the Taylor neighborhood kids

For some to say they have landed their dream job, it is usually an exaggeration. For Courtney Lima, her childhood fantasy has become a reality.

Lima, born and raised in New Bedford, dreamed of being a teacher at a young age, specifically teaching in the school she attended, the William H. Taylor Elementary School on the South End peninsula.

In her senior year at New Bedford High School, she held an internship at Taylor and graduated from Curry College this past May with a degree in elementary education and a minor in math education. Immediately upon returning home, she saw a listing on SchoolSpring, a job posting site for the education field. Today, she has returned to her roots to be the third-grade distance learning academy teacher.

Was it everything she had ever

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Reusable Chinese Space Craft Lands Returns Earth

The Chinese government has announced the safe return of a reusable spacecraft, called Chongfu Shiyong Shiyan Hangtian Qi (CSSHQ), to Earth, after spending two days in orbit. 

The unmanned spacecraft was launched on Friday, September 4th, 2020, from the Jiuquan Satelite Launch Center in northwest China’s section of the Gobi Desert, before safely returning to its scheduled landing site. The spacecraft’s purpose was reportedly to test reusable technologies that will provide ‘technological support for the peaceful use of space’, although no information about what technologies were tested has been made public. 

Adding to this, no pictures nor information of the spacecraft itself have been released into the press either, although the Chinese government did say that it was launched via a Long March-2F carrier rocket. This makes CSSHQ the 14th mission for the rocket, also used by the Chinese to send astronauts into orbit, as well as its own space

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