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WeWork, the coworking company founded by the charismatic Adam Neumann, has declared bankruptcy. And it's about to try for the umpteenth time to relaunch itself.

Here's the vision from the owner of Tesla and Space X: by the end of 2024, X (the late Twitter) should be able to offer a bouquet of financial services, i.e. bank accounts, online payments, investment advice and management. Preview below.

Three weeks ago, LVMH shares lost up to 8.5% of its market value in a single day following the publication of lower-than-expected third-quarter sales. Fashion, leather goods, wines and spirits suffered a sharp slowdown in demand in most regions. LVMH shares are now down nearly 30% from their April high. And the Group headed by Bernard Arnault is not an isolated case...

Open banking is a rapidly growing industry with a market size valued at US 20.2 billion in 2022 and a projected CAGR of 20.5% from 2023 to 2032, fuelled by the escalating demand for digital banking.

Uranium, a heavy metal known for its dense properties and radioactive isotopes, has recently become the focal point of discussions and analyses in the financial and energy sectors. This element, which is fundamental to the production of nuclear energy, has witnessed a significant surge in prices and attention, marking a pivotal moment in the global commodity markets.

U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, stand out as a distinctive class of U.S. government bonds meticulously crafted to shield investors from the corrosive effects of inflation. While the value of traditional bonds gradually erodes due to inflation, TIPS promise a different path. Their value adjusts in harmony with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).



In the realm of innovation, few nations stand as prominently as Switzerland. The alpine nation holds the distinguished position of being the most innovative economy globally for the 12th consecutive year, as substantiated by the 2023 Global Innovation Index (GII).

The Electric Vehicle (EV) segment is growing rapidly, but faces a number of challenges, not least of which are charging solutions. Wireless EV charging is a revolutionary technology that promises to redefine the way vehicles are powered.

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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