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  • BlackRock CEO Larry Fink told CNBC on Tuesday stocks have more upside ahead and most investors should put more money to work in the market.
  • “I believe we still have more to go on the upside even in front of probably rising infection rates with COVID-19,” Fink said. 
  • With interest rates lower for longer and the likelihood of a second fiscal stimulus, Fink expects the market to move higher.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink told CNBC on Tuesday that stocks have more upside ahead and investors should put more money to work in the market. 

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“We have a strong conviction that the average investor still is under-invested and they’re going to have to be putting more and more money to work over the coming months and maybe even years,” Fink said. “I believe we still have more to go on the upside even in front of probably rising infection rates with COVID-19.” 

The CEO of the world’s largest asset manager said that he’s not concerned about markets, citing the Federal Reserve’s plan to keep interest rates lower for longer, and saying he expects the US will see another fiscal stimulus “whether it occurs this month or in January.” He added that even as coronavirus infection rates rise, hospitalizations are falling. 

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Another factor likely supporting the stock market’s climb upward is the record amount of retail participation, Fink said. He added that the coronavirus pandemic likely caused this surge in individual investing activity.

Fink told CNBC: “You report a lot about Robinhood and the day traders but across the board the average investor is putting more

“Systemic racism is a tragic part of America’s history,” CEO Jamie Dimon said.

JPMorgan Chase pledged $30 billion to help ameliorate the racial wealth gap in the U.S. and “reduce systemic racism against Black and Latinx people,” the firm announced in a statement Thursday.

The investment bank said the $30 billion commitment over the next five years will come in the form of loans, equity and direct funding to promote affordable housing, grow Black and Latinx-owned businesses, improve access to banking in communities of color, and build a more diverse workforce.

“Systemic racism is a tragic part of America’s history,” Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said in a statement. “We can do more and do better to break down systems that have propagated racism and widespread economic inequality, especially for Black and Latinx people.”

“It’s long past time that society addresses racial inequities in a more tangible, meaningful way,” the chief executive added.

PHOTO: People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York, Oct 25, 2013.

People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York, Oct 25, 2013.

People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York, Oct 25, 2013.

Brian Lamb, the bank’s global head of diversity and inclusion, added that he feels they have a “responsibility to intentionally drive economic inclusion for people that have been left behind.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated long-standing inequities for Black and Latinx people around the world,” Lamb said. “We are using this catalytic moment to create change and economic opportunities that enhance racial equity for Black and Latinx communities.”

Black and Latinx workers have been disproportionately impacted by unemployment amid the COVID-19 crisis, data from the Department of Labor indicates.

Some of the highlights from the bank’s outline of how the $30 billion will be parceled include originating an additional 40,000 home-purchase

The wealth of the world’s billionaires has surged by more than $2 trillion since the coronavirus pandemic began to reach an all-time high of $10.2 trillion.

The super-rich have been the big beneficiaries of the stock market rally from its March lows. Their total net worth rose by 27.5% between April and July to smash the previous record of $8.9 trillion set at the end of 2017. The number of billionaires has also grown from 2,158 in 2017 to 2,189. 

These are the findings of the 2020 UBS/PwC Billionaire Insights report. The annual study calculated that billionaires’ fortunes had fallen by 6.6%, or $564 billion, to $8 trillion through 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, in the run-up to the coronavirus crisis.

The scale of the bounce-back has surprised even the most seasoned wealth watchers.

“Billionaires did extremely well during and after the crisis,” said Josef Stadler, head of UBS Global Wealth Management’s family office division.

Some did far better than others though, depending on which sectors their businesses operate in. The pandemic has rapidly accelerated technology adoption as millions work from home and companies increasingly move their operations onto the cloud. At the same time, vast resources have been poured into the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine.

“What we’ve seen is a dramatic polarisation of fortunes. Billionaire innovators and disruptors in tech, healthcare, and industrials are fast and massively pulling ahead of the rest of the universe,” Stadler said. 

This trend had been in evidence through 2018 and 2019, he added, but “Covid-19 has accelerated this divergence”. The numbers underline the pace of change and those classed as

By Ebru Tuncay, Birsen Altayli and Orhan Coskun

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s wealth fund is in talks to provide emergency funding to flag carrier Turkish Airlines , one of the country’s hardest-hit companies when the coronavirus pandemic halted nearly all flights, four sources told Reuters.

The sources close to the matter said the company, which flies to more destinations worldwide than any other airline, could receive capital or financing support, though nothing had yet been finalised.

It was unclear how much funding the Turkey Wealth Fund (TVF) could make available in what one source called a “bailout”. TVF declined to comment.

In a statement to the stock exchange, Turkish Airlines said the company had not received any information regarding talks being conducted for the provision of capital or financing support to the company.

Measures restricting movement in the wake of the pandemic have led to big losses, layoffs and closures at airlines around the world. One of the biggest, Germany’s Lufthansa

, agreed a $10-billion government bailout in June.

Turkish Airlines posted a loss of 2.23 billion lira ($287 million) in the second quarter when lockdowns at home and abroad were most widespread. It has agreed with a labour union to cut wages by 30-50% until the end of 2021 but avoided layoffs.

“It is very clear that Turkish Airlines is in need of a bailout programme. This could be capital support or financing support,” one of the sources said.

The source added that TVF conducted a broader study of struggling Turkish companies in the transportation and tourism sectors, suggesting other bailouts could be forthcoming.

TVF owns 49.12% of Turkish Airlines, which has a market capitalisation of 14.6 billion lira ($1.9 billion). Its shares have dropped 31% since borders were temporarily closed and domestic and international flights were halted after

A women-run company led by investing titan Sallie Krawcheck, known as “the most powerful woman on Wall Street,” is taking on the ambitious role of narrowing the gender wealth gap.

“There have been two big drivers of wealth in our country: one of which has been real estate, which people of color have been redlined out of, the other of which has been investing,” Krawcheck told CBS News’ Michelle Miller. “And women and people of color have been kept out from that.”

The gender wage gap between men and women in the U.S. has been the subject of debate and countless campaigns for equality, and that wage gap is even steeper for women of color. That wage gap, coupled with women taking more time out of their careers to care for children and investing less than men, means that even women who successfully saved for retirement could find themselves with as much as $1 million less in assets than their male counterparts. 

“Women make 82 cents to a man’s dollar. It’s slowly getting better, but to be frank — it’s decades away from closing for White women, 100 plus years for Black women, and 200 plus years for Latinx women,” Krawcheck explained. 

The disparity then leads to a long term gender wealth gap, or “how much money we keep” versus how much is earned.

“That gender wealth gap is 32 cents for a man’s dollar, and just a single digit number of pennies for Black women,” she said. 

And unlike the wage gap, Krawcheck said the wealth gap is “moving in the wrong direction” and will take more than bigger paychecks to close. 

She realized it would take more than larger paychecks to close the widening gap — so in 2014, Krawcheck founded Ellevest, a digital investment platform designed