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Stronger prospects for another economic relief package from Washington, maybe even in time for the election next month, are injecting a dose of confidence in stocks.

JPMorgan Chase

sees the election as a positive catalyst, sticking to its year-end 3,600 target for the S&P 500. If that prediction holds, it implies another 6% gain from the current level. A Trump win could push the index to 4,000, J.P Morgan strategists said.

“Fundamentals are positive on both policy and economic developments,” said Marko Kolanovic, J.P. Morgan’s global head of macro quantitative and derivatives strategy, in a recent note.

Analysts and strategists agree that no matter who wins in November, the economic reopening will continue and will accelerate despite new spikes in Covid-19 cases in much of the country.

Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the

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Only 32% of Brits know where their pension is invested. Photo: Getty
Only 32% of Brits know where their pension is invested. Photo: Getty

The state pension age for both men and women will rise to 66 on 6 October.

When the State Pension was introduced in 1948, a 65-year-old could expect to spend 13.5 years in receipt of it – about 23% of their adult life, according to a government analysis. This age-span has been increasing ever since.

Latest projections from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people over state pension age in the UK is expected to grow by a third between 2017 and 2042, from 12.4 million in 2017 to 16.9 million in 2042.

“More than a decade of rising pension ages has made an enormous difference to people’s working lives. However, so far, it hasn’t made enough difference to their pensions,” said Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

“We don’t know how

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Back in the 1980’s when she was working as a chemistry teacher in Florida, Linda Rubin chaperoned a group of students on a trip to Europe. It was during their visit to Italy, that Rubin fell in love—with gelato. So it was only natural that, two years ago, after 20-something years in the nonprofit sector, Rubin decided to start her own gelato business from her current hometown of Keene, NH.

She also tapped her knowledge of chemistry to create her own proprietary base.

But more than just a gelato seller, the company, called Frisky Cow Gelato, has economic development in mind, using organic milk and other entirely locally sourced ingredients. “If we’re going to have an economic future, it will happen through small entrepreneurs like myself starting something cool and taking it to the next level,” she says.

A registered Benefit Corp, the company donates 15

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Business Planet travels to Madrid to see how the world’s biggest support network for SMEs is supporting firms during the COVID-19 crisis.

The coronavirus and advances in digital technology are transforming the way businesses communicate, but sometimes you can’t beat a bit of good old-fashioned networking. As the cliche goes, it’s not always what you know but who you know that counts. For that reason, no matter how good the company’s product or service is, having the right contacts and network can be crucial for any business trying to expand.

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Spanish life sciences firm Life Length is a world leader in cellular screening and telomere measurement. Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes which play a significant role in the ageing process. Every time cells replicate the telomeres shorten until they reach a point where the cells can no longer divide properly. Understanding the

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The impact of an ongoing pandemic best fought by a population of shut-ins has devastated the travel industry: Airlines are hunkering down for a years-long recovery. Planemakers have slashed production plans. Cruise companies are all but shuttered, and hotels are doing everything they can to attract guests. 

a large passenger jet flying through the air on a cloudy day: By virtue of their hybrid nature — they're both airlines and small businesses — some private jet companies accessed funds from two or even three buckets of federal aid. aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group/Getty

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By virtue of their hybrid nature — they’re both airlines and small businesses — some private jet companies accessed funds from two or even three buckets of federal aid. aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group/Getty

One pocket of the travel business, though, has handled the turbulence surprisingly well: the private jet industry. 


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The charter companies, fractional ownership organizations, aircraft management firms, and ground operations and maintenance companies that cater to elite air travelers have been hit less severely, and have recovered more thoroughly and swiftly, than commercial airlines. 

That’s partly because private aviation was able to successfully market itself as

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Featuring Javier Polit, Chief Information Officer of Mondelēz International, Ed Jennings, CEO of Quick Base, and Alex Clemente, Managing Director of Harvard Business Review Analytic Services

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Digital transformation has been a buzzword in the C-suite for the past decade. The drive to leverage digital capabilities comes as operational agility is seen as the answer for innovating new business models and serving rapidly shifting customer demands. The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the need for organizations to move quickly.

Yet for all the effort surrounding digital transformation strategies, few business leaders are celebrating success. Only 22% of the 445 global executives participating in a Harvard Business Review Analytic Services survey rate their current digital transformation strategies as “very effective.”

However, good news may be emerging from today’s disappointing situation. This survey shows that executives have a clear idea about how to increase transformation effectiveness. The vast majority of

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