Dow Jones Surges 300 Points as Apple iPhone Event Approaches, Cisco Stock Shakes Off Downgrade

A winter wave of COVID-19 may be brewing in the U.S., with many states reporting distinct increases in confirmed cases. More economic stimulus may be necessary if the pandemic worsens from here, but Congress remains deadlocked on the issue. Despite all of this, the stock market was surging on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) up 1.05% at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

Tech giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was the Dow’s top performer on Monday, rallying hard one day before the company is expected to announce iPhones that feature 5G technology. Shares of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) were also higher despite an analyst downgrade.

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Apple surges ahead of iPhone event

If 2020 were a normal year, Apple’s latest iPhones would have likely already launched. But supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced Apple to delay the launch by a few weeks. At an event in September,

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Mission-Driven Fintech Kontist Shakes Up The Future Of Work For Self-Employed

Pandemic or not, the time has come for freelancers and the self-employed to be prioritized by the fintech industry. In Germany, freelancers spend an average of 25 days and €3000 ($3,510) a year attempting to organize their finances through disparate banking, accounting and tax advisory services.

Due to a lack of education, complex processes and subsequent delays, the self-employed are deprived of a clear, holistic view of their finances and are therefore, exposed to liquidity bottlenecks and the risk of being cash-strapped, especially problematic amid uncertainty as a result of Covid-19.

A one-stop shop solution is required. To resolve this issue, Berlin-based mobile business bank Kontist has recently launched a service that makes accounting an integral part of bank transactions so that corporate and income tax calculations can be made in real-time.

While accountants and tax agents are ready to help, it is

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