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Bitcoin has hit $60,000 for the first time since November 2021 – putting the cryptocurrency in touching distance of a new record high. One Bitcoin cost $60,519 early on Wednesday afternoon after days of huge rises. It’s close to the all time high of $60,655 recorded on 31 October 2021 when many people turned to
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Bitcoin has returned to the $50,000 level for the first time since December 2021, riding on the coat tails of a wider rally for US stocks. The world’s largest cryptocurrency, which hit one-month highs last Friday, maintained its momentum on Monday by rising almost 5%. Rivals, such as ether, saw similar percentage moves. Analysts credited
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On today’s episode, Ian King speaks to the chief executive of Pandora about the jewellery firm’s latest results. He also discusses a merger between housebuilder Barratt Developments and its smaller rival Redrow. And the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s been awarded to two pioneers of wind power – Ian chats to the chairman of the
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In today’s episode, Ian King speaks with Dan Ives – managing director of the brokerage and advisory firm Wedbush Securities – to discuss Microsoft’s revenues and AI. Ian Johnston, global pharmaceutical correspondent at the Financial Times, discusses sales of popular weight loss drug ‘Wegvoy’, made by Novo Nordisk – as they say their sales almost
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A Hong Kong court has ordered the liquidation of China Evergrande, the real estate firm with more than $300bn (£236.1bn) of debts, amid deepening fears for the territory’s wider corporate health. Justice Linda Chan ruled Evergrande had been unable to offer a concrete restructuring plan to creditors – more than two years after defaulting on
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Just three weeks into 2024, one of the most eye-catching developments in financial markets has been a surge in issuance of corporate debt – the activity by which companies raise money selling bonds to investors. According to data from London Stock Exchange Group, investment-grade companies have issued $153bn (£120bn) worth of bonds this month, the
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On today’s show, we’ve got the latest reports about potential cutbacks at fund manager abrdn. Ian King speaks to Carina Namih, partner at Plural, about a new €400m (£342m) fund to back the next generation of start-ups. Yoko Spirig, co-founder and chief executive of Ledgy, discusses research showing almost three-quarters of UK tech companies would
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