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COP26: Greta Thunberg says Glasgow summit should be postponed

COP26: Greta Thunberg says Glasgow summit should be postponed

Science
Greta Thunberg has told the BBC she does not plan to attend the UN climate conference due to be held in Glasgow this November.The 18-year-old Swedish climate campaigner is concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on attendance at COP26.She believes the summit should be postponed.She says the UK government, which is hosting the summit, should wait until global vaccination rates have risen.The summit will bring together world leaders with the aim of agreeing a plan to tackle climate change.Government has 'no plans' to delay climate summitCOP26: What, where, when?Who is Greta Thunberg and what does she want?Bishops would welcome Pope to COP26 climate summitMs Thunberg's decision is likely to be a significant blow for the UK government.The activist has attended every major climat...

Three reasons March should act as a ‘springboard’ for stocks into April

Finance
In this article.SPXUS10YXLKXLEXLVXLPXLUXLCCFRA's Sam Stovall sees three reasons April should spell gains for stocks.Stovall, who's known for building market forecasts based on historical trends, highlights market instability over the past two weeks as his top bullish signal."The period after the Ides of March is typically volatile — actually falling about 60% of the time," the firm's chief investment strategist told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Monday. "Whenever that has happened, it sort of set up a nice springboard into April."So far this month, the S&P 500 is up more than 4%. However, the index is virtually flat since March 15. When the index slumps in March's second half, Stovall finds a positive April happens 77% of the time.He lists corporations' quarterly results as the second rea...

Op-ed: Here are some safe money moves investors should make now

Finance
fstop123 | E+ | Getty ImagesDespite concern over rising bond yields, many investors see today as the best of times.The economy is growing and should get stronger as stimulus checks and child-care tax credits help millions of American families. More people are getting vaccinated daily, raising the prospect of a more open economy.  And, at least for now, inflation and interest rates remain low.Given this scenario, how should investors play the rest of the year?I believe that investors cannot actually time the market, no matter the economy's strength or the valuation of the stock market. Instead, through thick and thin, you stick to the same, solid diversified financial plan initially created to build financial independence.More from FA Playbook:Here's a look at other stories impacting t...
House builders ‘should drop appalling gagging orders’

House builders ‘should drop appalling gagging orders’

Business
James ThomasHouse builders that carry out repairs on newly built homes need to be more open about what work has been required, according to the chairman of Parliament's Housing Committee.Some home owners say they were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) as a condition of repairs being done.The practice was "appalling" Clive Betts MP told Radio 4's Money Box programme.The Home Builders Federation said NDAs were "not widely used" by developers.Mr Betts said housebuilders should be obliged to inform home owners when systematic defects were identified that might affect their property, which he said would be normal practice in other areas."If this kind of thing happens in the car industry for example, car companies have to tell their customers, issue a recall, and get the problem fix...

Op-ed: Families should plan to negotiate with colleges for more financial aid due to pandemic

Finance
recep-bg | E+ | Getty ImagesSpring typically represents a new beginning, a fresh start and a bright outlook for the future. This also indicates that the time is approaching for hundreds of thousands of high school seniors to decide on what college they will be attending.As a wealth advisor and parent of one of those upcoming high school graduates, this is on my list personally and something we have been planning for a long time. These plans have been complicated by the pandemic and all its impact. However, at the same time, they may present a unique opportunity for the class of 2021.Right now, colleges have been impacted financially due to the pandemic and are focused on maintaining their enrollments with the upcoming class.Many people do not even realize that negotiation is a possibility....