U.S. HR executives see working from home as part of new normal: survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than three out of four U.S. human resource executives think more employees will continue to work from home even after the threat of the novel coronavirus subsides, according to a survey by a large business association released on Wednesday.

The epidemic has upended traditional face-to-face working practices, with millions of employees at least temporarily based at home in businesses that have been able to make the switch to curb exposure to the potentially deadly virus.

The Conference Board report said 77% of respondents in the April 15-28 survey expect more employees to work from home more than three days a week, with information technology and financial services, already areas with the highest remote working rates, set to lead the way.

Tech giants such as Alphabet Inc’s <GOOGL.O> Google, Facebook Inc <FB.O> and Twitter Inc <TWTR.N> have said they would allow most employees to work remotely until

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ETF Asset Report of May

The month of May was all about the gradual reopening of global economies and relentless research on coronavirus vaccines as well as some positive outcomes on it. Moderate corporate earnings have also led to market strength.  The energy market staged a comeback too. Key U.S. indexes were in the green in the month. In this scenario, we highlight ETF asset flows for the month of May.

High-Yield Bond ETFs Top

Risk-on sentiments and the Fed’s monetary favor are working wonders for the segment.In mid-April, the Fed said it would expand its bond-buying program to include debt that was investment-grade rated as of Mar 22 but was later downgraded to no lower than BB-, or three levels into high yield. The very move made iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF HYG appealing and it added about $4.38 billion in assets in May. SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF

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Should Wise Talent Information Technology Co., Ltd’s (HKG:6100) Weak Investment Returns Worry You?

Today we are going to look at Wise Talent Information Technology Co., Ltd (HKG:6100) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), since that will give us an insight into how efficiently the business can generate profits from the capital it requires.

First, we’ll go over how we calculate ROCE. Second, we’ll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. And finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE measures the ‘return’ (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.

How Do You Calculate Return

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QQQ Joins An Elite Club

  • Last week, the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) crossed the $100 billion in assets mark, joining three S&P 500-based ETFs and a total stock market offering from Vanguard.
  • While thought of as an information technology ETF, more than half of QQQ’s assets are from other sectors. CFRA finds many of the stocks inside to be attractively valued and having underappreciated earnings potential.
  • CFRA thinks it could be three or more years before another fund joins the $100 billion club given competitive pressure and modest returns for bond funds. But actions by the Federal Reserve could boost one fund into the upper echelon.

QQQ Joins $100B Asset Club
QQQ reached the $100 billion assets under management threshold last week, according to ETF data from First Bridge, aided by a 12% total return in the past month and a strong $9 billion of net inflows this year. The fund is the fifth largest

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