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In recent times, the United States has witnessed a remarkable resurgence in strikes and union activities, a phenomenon echoing the voices of workers from various sectors.

The city of Birmingham, the second largest in England after London, has announced to its residents that it can no longer meet its financial obligations. What are the causes and consequences? Birmingham has always been at the heart of the UK's growth, from its role in the Industrial Revolution as a manufacturing powerhouse to its current importance as a centre for finance, education and culture. Its diverse population, rich heritage and strategic location have made it a magnet for business, tourism and investment. However, the recent financial crisis has cast a shadow over its illustrious history, raising questions about its future and the wider implications for other UK cities.

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The worst month for S&P & Nasdaq since Dec 2022. Higher oil prices, higher yield and the increasing likelihood of a U.S. government shutdown continue to weigh on investors’ sentiment. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note peaked above 4.6% on Wednesday. However, yields ticked modestly lower after the release of encouraging eurozone and U.S. inflation data. The S&P 500 Index suffered a fourth consecutive weekly pullback. Within the index, utilities lost the most ground. Energy stocks, on the other hand, outperformed.

The world of fixed income investments faced significant headwinds in Q3 2023, as reflected in a roughly 4% decline in the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Bond Index, a prominent benchmark in the global fixed income market.



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For the past few months, ChatGPT and artificial intelligence have been making the headlines. This trend obviously quickly made its way into the crypto world. Below, we attempt to define AI tokens and take a closer look at some of the most prominent ones.

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