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High Emotional Intelligence: 10 Signs You Have It

by Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of “The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness

People who are emotionally intelligent have the ability to identify and manage their own feelings. But just as importantly, they are also good at recognizing when someone else is feeling a certain way, and empathize with them. This makes them good friends, good partners, and good leaders.

Emotionally intelligent people:

1. Think about feelings.

Emotional intelligence is largely about awareness, both of self and others. Self-reflection is key, as is empathy. You may not agree with someone, but you can see where they’re coming from.

2. Try to control their thoughts.

You may not be able to control how you feel all the time, but you can control how you react by monitoring your thoughts. If you can rein in your thoughts, you can avoid becoming a … Read the rest

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New social impact trust aims to raise £100m

Schroders is aiming to raise £100m for a new Social Impact investment trust to be floated on the London Stock Exchange.

The Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust aims to be the first London-listed investment company to deliver “measurable positive social impact as well as long term capital growth and income.”

It will invest in a portfolio of social impact funds and similar investments.

Social impact investment firm Big Society Capital Limited will be a partner in the trust and the portfolio manager. A specialist in this area, it has worked in social impact investing for a number of years.

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The trust is being marketed to institutional investors, wealth managers, advisers and private investors in the UK.

Among the investments likely to be selected are high quality affordable housing for a wide range of groups, including people who have experienced homelessness or survived domestic violence, to low income renters

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Autonomous delivery startup Gatik raises $25 million in Series A funding

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Autonomous vehicle startup Gatik announced today that it has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round led by Wittington Ventures and Innovation Endeavors. The company did not disclose its valuation in the deal.

Gatik also announced a new agreement with Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest supermarket operator, to create a fleet of self-driving delivery vehicles. The announcement follows a ten-month pilot in Toronto. Gatik already has a similar agreement with U.S. giant Walmart.

Gatik cofounder and CEO Gautam Narang describes his company’s goal as addressing the “middle mile” of autonomous transport, between long-haul trucking and last-mile delivery robots. Gatik’s fleets will also be limited to fixed routes, which Narang describes as a realistic approach to the current state of self-driving technology.

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How To Sell Your Business For Maximum Profit And Why It’s Best To Sell When Business Is Thriving

by Michelle Seiler Tucker, author of “EXIT RICH: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit

Successfully starting and growing a business can be a tough challenge for even the most adept entrepreneurs. Exiting a business for maximum profit, however, can prove even more difficult. Approximately 46% to 80% of middle-market sell-side transactions fail to close and, according to Forbes, 8 out of 10 businesses do not sell at all. While Seiler Tucker has one of the best closing rates in the M&A industry, our years of experience have given us insight into why this failure rate is so high. The first culprit can be attributed to the fact that business owners don’t plan their exit strategy from day one. Second, sellers are not aware of what buyers are looking for in a business or the characteristics that enhance a business’s value. Third, sellers … Read the rest

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Pension scam 'red flags' high in October

Pensions transfer data showed a high proportion of ‘red flags’ in October with over 60% of transfers showing signs of possible scams.

Data from consultancy XPS showed that the Coronavirus pandemic seems to be causing an increase in the proportion of red flags being identified at the point of pension transfer.

According to the data, 38% of transfers showed signs of possible scams at the start of the first lockdown in April.

October data from XPS Pension Group’s Transfer Watch also saw transfer values moving marginally over the month and activity increasing slightly.

Average transfer values in October were £257,000 in comparison to £256,000 in September. This compared to £246,000 in January.

The Transfer Activity Index increased from 0.52% in September to 0.62% in October. This compared to 1.03% in January.

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XPS Pension Group’s Transfer Watch monitors how market developments have affected transfer values for a typical pension

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COVID put electronic trading to the test. It’s never buckled, Goldman Sachs says

Elizabeth Martin is betting on engineers to automate trading but not necessarily to make things faster.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s global co-head of futures and equities electronic trading says that the ‘Flash Boys’ era of the past decade has ceded some ground to customizing trading for clients.

“I’ve never in my career bet against innovation or smart people being able to make things faster,” she says. “There will be some amount of improvement in speed and latency but in terms of the differentiated drivers of what a broad base of clients need in order to deliver execution for them, it’s less important, because most of the big scale providers offer those services.”

Martin, a 20-year Goldman veteran, relocated to London three years ago and oversees the Wall Street bank’s electronic stock trading business. Martin spoke with Bloomberg about the pandemic, the future of finance and zipping around the city in … Read the rest

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Why You Should Consider Starting A Freighting Business During The COVID-19 Pandemic

While the world changed almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the more frightening aspect is the uncertainty that accompanied it. Nobody knows how much longer we’re going to have to endure our current situation and even when there are reports of a vaccine being developed, there is no way to determine yet when the pandemic will end.

One of the smartest things to do during the pandemic is to secure a reliable means of income, and one of the best businesses you can start is a freighting business.

A Recovering Economy Needs a Stable Supply Chain.

As businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic, the demand for supplies is only going to increase. A functional supply chain is not something that can be established immediately. It takes time for supplies to reach their destination and the sudden stoppage of operations will cause a shortage of supplies in … Read the rest

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Local MP backs planners’ FSCS levy fight

Sheffield-based Financial Planners Belmayne have enlisted their local MP to help them fight rising FSCS levy costs which have seen the firm hit with £2,000 bill increase.

Belmayne says it is taking its campaign for fairer industry regulation to Westminster with the help of local MP Lee Rowley.

Mr Rowley, who worked previously in financial services, is to write to industry regulators and the National Audit Office expressing concern about the actions of the FCA and raise the issue with the Treasury Select Committee, Belmayne said.

The firm, a member of LinkedIn lobbying group Financial Planners United, is urging an urgent review of the FSCS funding model.

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The company says on top of a unexpected FSCS levy bill this year of £2,000 it has also been hit with a 300% increase in the cost of professional indemnity insurance and a 76% increase in FSCS and FCA charges in

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Hawaiian paradise controlled by billionaire Larry Ellison is hit hard by COVID

Larry Ellison controls just about every part of Lanai, a Hawaiian island that for months was shielded from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.

As Covid-19 swept across the U.S. mainland in the spring and summer, Lanai didn’t have a single case. Its 3,000 residents avoided mass layoffs while tourism plunged, protected by the billionaire who owns 98% of the island.

Now, the gorgeous paradise, about 2,500 miles southwest of Los Angeles, is confronting a tough reality.

Ellison’s two Four Seasons resorts, which employ nearly a quarter of the island’s residents, laid off or furloughed almost all workers in August. Some employees returned last month for a reopening to tourists — which was then followed by a wave of virus infections. More than 100 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks of October. Four have been helicoptered off because Lanai’s lone hospital isn’t equipped with a critical care unit.

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Your Employees Kept You Going This Year. Thanksgiving 2020 Is The Perfect Time To Step Up Your Gratitude Game.

by Deb Boelkes, author of “Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring

Thanksgiving might look a little different for your employees this year. They may not be doing much traveling due to COVID-19, and their family gatherings are likely to be small, quiet affairs. But leaders can make Turkey Day special by giving workers the heartfelt “thank-you” they deserve and need right now.

For the better part of 2020, employees have kept businesses going strong. They’ve worked long hours, coped with the stressors of the pandemic, and done what’s necessary to function in unprecedented chaos. Not only is the Thanksgiving holiday a much-deserved break, it’s also the perfect time to honor their hard work with messages and gestures of thanks and appreciation.

Saying thank you isn’t just a nice thing to do during the holidays. It’s smart business year-round. It positively impacts everything … Read the rest