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The next big thing in ETFs could give a boost to long suffering active investors

The next big thing in ETFs could give a boost to long suffering active investors

Finance
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 10, 2020 in New York City.Kena Betancur | Getty ImagesActive portfolio managers could get some help in the battle against passive investing if a new kind of financial instrument gains traction with investors: the "nontransparent ETF."A nontransparent ETF is an exchange-traded fund that — unlike traditional ETFs — would not disclose what its actual holdings are on a daily basis. Instead, some nontransparent ETFs will publish a portfolio with other stocks that is representative of the underlying strategy. Other nontransparent ETFs will make their holdings available without giving the away the exact weighting of each holding.Previously, traditional mutual-fund managers have been hesitant to put their strategies into ET
When lawns go unmowed, biodiversity gets a boost

When lawns go unmowed, biodiversity gets a boost

Science
Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Put the mower in the shed and forget about it. Lazy lawn care is a boon to invertebrate and plant diversity, according to new research. As part of a new meta-analysis study, scientists amalgamated the findings from dozens of studies on lawn management and biodiversity. "Even though the studies were often very different (i.e. measured different organisms, were conducted in different countries, etc.), we still saw quite dominant effects," Chris Watson, lead researcher and a professor at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, told UPI in an email. The studies showed broadly that biodiversity benefits from a hands-off approach to lawn management. Watson and his colleagues also found that intensive mowing increased the odds of invasion by herbivorous beetle larvae and a
Grandmother killer whales boost survival of calves

Grandmother killer whales boost survival of calves

Science
Grandmother killer whales boost the survival rates of their grandchildren, a new study has said.The survival rates were even higher if the grandmother had already gone through the menopause.The findings shed valuable light on the mystery of the menopause, or why females of some species live long after they lose the ability to reproduce.Only five known animals experience it: killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, belugas, narwhals and humans.With humans, there is some evidence that human grandmothers aid in the survival of their children and grandchildren, a hypothesis called the "grandmother effect".These findings suggest the same effect occurs in orcas."If a grandmother dies, in the years following her death, her grand-offsp...
How political parties are using GIFs to boost their campaigns

How political parties are using GIFs to boost their campaigns

Technology
Here's a question. What's performed really well online for the SNP this year?It's not an incendiary tweet or an aggressive video, or any of the sort of things normally associated with political success online. No - it's a GIF of Nicola Sturgeon raising her eyebrows. Since this second-long moving image was created by the party in February, it's had more than 1.4 million views - more than 30,000 times the SNP's most popular video on YouTube.This isn't a fluke, but a triumph of digital strategy. Advertisement Since 2016, the SNP has been creating content for use inside mobile apps. The Nicola Sturgeon GIF is just one of 408 items it has uploaded to its channel on GIF database Giphy. More from General El...
General election 2019: Tory pledge to boost GP numbers

General election 2019: Tory pledge to boost GP numbers

Health
The Conservatives say they will fund the training of 500 more GPs in England every year to increase appointments for patients, if they win the election.They claim the plan would mean up to 3,000 more newly-qualified GPs, or doctors doing their GP training, in surgeries by 2024-25.However, a previous Tory pledge to recruit an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 is not close to being met.Labour said it planned to invest in family doctor services and more GPs.The party added it had become "harder and harder to get a GP appointment under the Tories".The Conservatives say their plan would see the current tally of 3,538 GPs in training every year rise to around 4,000 from 2021-22.Recruiting more GPs from overseas while improving efforts to retain current staff will lead to...