Day: July 8, 2020

Why Investors Should Keep an Eye on Changing Sales Strategies

In the first half of 2020, most car manufacturers are seeing decreased sales.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) recorded a 7% decrease in total vehicle sales in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the year-ago quarter, with sales falling 34% year over year in the second quarter. Ford (NYSE:F) saw a 21% decline in wholesales and a 15% decline in revenue year over year in the first quarter, with sales falling by a third in the second quarter compared to the prior-year quarter. Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) reported a 15% decrease in revenue in the first quarter compared to the prior-year quarter. Even Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) second-quarter deliveries fell 4.9% compared to the year-ago quarter, despite the much-awaited opening of its Shanghai Gigafactory.

One reason for the decreased sales is likely lower income from high unemployment numbers. However, another big contributor is the fact that most car sales are made

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Facebook Removes Pages And Accounts Linked To Roger Stone

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Facebook said that it has removed more than 100 accounts and pages linked to Roger Stone and his associates for violating their policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Stone, who has longtime ties to President Donald Trump, is scheduled to begin serving a 40 month prison sentence next week. In a post on his Instagram account before it was shut down, Stone asked the president to grant him clemency.

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The company said that 54 Facebook accounts, 50 pages and 4 Instagram accounts were removed.

“Almost all the Facebook accounts were fake accounts used, among other things, to establish, manage, and amplify the pages in this network,” according to an analysis conducted for Facebook by security research firm Graphika (Read their report here). “Many of them displayed profile pictures taken from other online sources. The remaining handful of accounts, on both Facebook

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10 Best Personal Finance Courses

If you want to learn how to make smart financial decisions, save more and eliminate debt, you’re in luck. Today, there are plenty of online personal finance classes offering money-management lessons.

Still, “people need to keep in mind that online personal finance courses should be seen as an education resource and not specific personal financial advice,” says Drew Feutz, a certified financial planner at Market Street Wealth Management Advisors in Indianapolis. “The information learned from taking a personal finance course should be applied within the context of your own financial situation, rather than following everything that is taught 100% to a T.”

“Some things that you learn about in a personal finance course may not be applicable to you or may not be appropriate to implement in your own life,” Feutz adds, noting that too often, people read or hear something from a personal finance expert or a course that

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Facebook blocks accounts linked to Roger Stone, Brazil president

San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook said Wednesday it took down accounts of Roger Stone, a longtime ally of US president Donald Trump, after an investigation uncovered links to a network involved in deceptive activity dating back to the 2016 US election.

Stone’s personal accounts at Facebook and Instagram were among those removed in a crackdown on “inauthentic coordinated behavior” in various parts of the world, the social networking giant said.

Facebook separately targeted fake accounts tied to Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and networks in Canada, Ecuador and Ukraine which disguised their true origins.

The Stone network was uncovered with the help of information unearthed by the Robert Mueller investigation, according to Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

Stone, who has been convicted on charges of lying and witness tampering in a federal investigation, was linked to more than 50 Facebook and Instagram accounts, and dozens of pages involved in

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Congress may slap limits on the next stimulus checks

It’s been more than three months since President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, the law that provided those $1,200 “stimulus checks” (and direct deposits and debit cards) to give Americans some financial relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

But maybe you could use more help. The outbreak is still raging and is worse than ever in many states. And millions are still struggling to meet expenses and deal with rising debt as unemployment remains high and incomes are squeezed.

So, the question keeps coming up again and again: When will there be another round of relief money?

White House and congressional officials are indicating that day may be getting closer, but they’re also suggesting new payments may come with limits.

Sorry to break it to you, but you may not get any cash this time.

How the next payments could be restricted

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Google, Amazon Funnel Money to Virus Conspiracy Sites: Study

(Bloomberg) — Digital advertising platforms run by Google, Amazon.com Inc. and other tech companies will funnel at least $25 million to websites spreading misinformation about Covid-19 this year, according to a study released Wednesday.

Google’s platforms will provide $19 million, or $3 out of every $4 that the misinformation sites get in ad revenue. OpenX, a smaller digital ad distributor, handles about 10% of the money, while Amazon’s technology delivers roughly $1.7 million, or 7%, of the digital marketing spending these sites will receive, according to a research group called the Global Disinformation Index.

GDI made the estimates in a study that analyzed ads running between January and June on 480 English language websites identified as publishers of virus misinformation. Some of the ads were for brands including cosmetics giant L’Oreal SA, furniture website Wayfair Inc. and imaging technology company Canon Inc. The data exclude social-media and online-video services, so

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10 Best Places to Buy Custom Wall Art (That Won’t Break the Bank)

When you’re putting the finishing touches on your home decor, finding the perfect wall art is often one of the last tasks to get checked off the to-do list. Art is not only an investment, but it can also be very personal, making it difficult to find pieces that resonate with you and match your individual style. If this rings true, then check out these amazing sources for custom wall art. Here, you’ll find personalized line drawings of your family, or a map that reminds you of your favorite vacation, or the night sky captured on the night you got engaged. This custom wall art will help tell your story—plus they make wonderful, personalized gifts for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and more.

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The Night Sky

The night you first fell in love. The night your child was born. The night you

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The Customer and the Company: COVID Changes Almost Everything

CX, or customer experience, is a well-established business discipline. But now we are in the era of COVID, with widespread home confinement and fear of contagion. Accordingly, the meaning of CX is evolving rapidly. Trust, digital connection, both physical and digital security, and even empathy are newly-reinforced elements in what it means to give customers a satisfying and positive experience.

To understand better how exactly companies are rethinking relationships with customers, Techonomy brought together three top thinkers for a discussion: Kahly Berg, CEO of full-service marketing agency and consultancy Rational; Eric Chaniot, global chief digital officer for Michelin, and Raj Kohli, president of Wipro Digital, who also oversees Wipro’s consulting for companies around the world. Wipro partnered with Techonomy for the session.

Berg kicked off with some big thoughts: “It’s a very forging time for relationships between brands and between people,” she said. “It’s been great to watch as brands

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What if you were receiving the $600 every week and then it stopped? Your COVID-19 money questions, answered

It’s hard out there. And, in this time of uncertainty, USA TODAY is working to find answers to your money questions – anything from stimulus checks or unemployment benefits to your 401(k) or retirement plans. You can submit your questions here and read earlier answers below.

We will be updating the Q&A, so check back often. But, also look to these places:

… Will it continue or has it stopped for New Jersey? Do you need to contact anyone?

If you are still receiving unemployment benefits, the extra $600 should continue until July 25 in New Jersey. If the missed money doesn’t show up in your next payment, you should contact the state’s unemployment benefits office.

If you are back to work full time, you will no longer receive jobless benefits. If you are back to work part-time, you can receive partial unemployment insurance which should include the extra $600 … Read More

As Premieres Go Virtual, They Create New Rules For Celebrity VIPs

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Red carpets remain rolled up; theater reopenings are uncertain. And if you’re a publicist responsible for touting the latest in VOD, that means redefining success. Their goals are the same — make people want to see the movie or TV show and raise the profile of the project — but what does that look like when themed premieres and Instagram moments are nonstarters?

“Since social media results are the most salient ROI for virtual events, we’ve adjusted our lists slightly to focus more on filmmakers and influencers who have a voice on social media,” said Darin Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer Consulting. “While there are of course key tastemakers like Paul Thomas Anderson who aren’t on social media that we’ll always invite, we’ve definitely given priority to those who have a productive voice on social media.”

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