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BRICS actively working on national currencies’ payment platform, says Russian FM

BRICS meeting to discuss international relations, conflict resolution and interaction in leading multilateral platforms

Cash losing ground to digital payment solutions in Latin America: Report

In just two years, debit cards have surpassed cash as the preferred payment option among Spanish-speaking Latin Americans

U.S. banks’ profits surge 79.5 percent to $64.2 billion in Q1 2024

Non-interest income of U.S. banks saw a 15.2 percent increase, up $10.3 billion

India to buy back $4.81 billion worth of government bonds: RBI

Last week, the central bank accepted bids to buy back 52.7 billion rupees worth of bonds

Japan maintains global top creditor status, net external assets reach record $3 trillion

This growth was driven by a weaker yen and overseas corporate acquisitions, which boosted the value of Japan's foreign assets

Use quantitative easing carefully, urges ECB official

ECB officials recently agreed a new framework for how to run policy in the future

China’s natural gas YoY consumption surges 11.9 percent to 143.73 billion cubic meters in January-April period

In April alone, consumption rose by 11.8 percent compared with the same period last year to total 35.46 billion cubic meters

EU natural gas demand declines by 7.4 percent in 2023

EU recorded the largest jump in demand in Finland with a 25.6 percent increase

China’s gasoline exports fall 50.8 percent to lowest in 9 years in April

Domestic travel saw a 28 percent increase compared to 2019, fueling demand for gasoline

2.5 million barrel drop in U.S. crude, 235,000 barrel gasoline drawdown as refining, demand rise: EIA

Gasoline product supplied last week was 8.9 million bpd, up slightly from the previous week

Oil demand to increase by 2.25 million barrels a day in 2024: OPEC+

OPEC projects demand for crude to reach 43.2 million barrels per day in 2024

Electric vehicle shift in China, U.S. to impact petrol demand in 2024

Meanwhile, India and Indonesia continue to experience booming car sales

The weight loss market in 2024: three key questions we can no longer ignore

Unlocking the $100 billion weight loss market opportunity

Workplace wellness: 5 tips for a healthier office environment

Enhancing employee well-being improves organizational performance

Navigating the impact of social media on kids’ mental health and well-being 

Middle East home to some of the highest engagement with apps  

The convergence of biosciences and computation

 The Global Effort in Accelerating the 5th Industrial Revolution

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EU to impose up to 38 percent in tariffs on Chinese battery electric vehicles

The EU will start applying provisional tariffs on imported Chinese electric vehicles by July 4

China’s exports grow 7.6 percent in May, supporting trade surplus growth to $82.62 billion

China’s crude oil imports saw little change from January to May 2024

U.S. trade deficit rises 8.7 percent to $74.6 billion in April

Exports saw a slight 0.8 percent increase to $263.7 billion with goods exports rising to $172.7 billion

Australia’s trade surplus recovers to $4.34 billion in April as imports fall 7.2 percent

Exports fell 2.5 percent driven by a decline in metal ores and minerals exports

South Korea records 8th straight month of YoY export growth, reaching $58.1 billion in May

Imports declined 2 percent year-on-year to $53.1 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $4.96 billion

Global air cargo demand surges 11.1 percent in April: IATA report

Asia-Pacific and European airlines lead growth in demand

Japan spends record $62 billion to prop up yen amid currency volatility

This amount exceeds the nearly 9.2 trillion yen Japan spent on yen-buying, dollar-selling operations in late 2022

Gold prices decline on stronger dollar ahead of key economic data

First-quarter GDP data expected to reveal resilience in the U.S. economy, impacting rate cut expectations

Gold prices dip as traders reduce rate cut expectations ahead of U.S. inflation data

Fed officials say the central bank needs to wait for significant progress on inflation before cutting interest rates

Gold prices dip as focus shifts to U.S. inflation data

Strong dollar, possible interest rate hikes are major risks to gold prices

Gold prices recover from 2-week low ahead of U.S. inflation data

Gold prices achieved a record high of $2,449.89 but have since lost over $100

China issues $5.5 billion worth of 20-year treasury bonds

China plans on issuing 20-year, 30-year and 50-year ultra-long-term national treasury bonds this year

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World Bank to provide affordable healthcare to 1.5 billion people by 2030

Expected shortage of 10 million healthcare workers by 2030 to further exacerbate healthcare access

10 biggest companies in the world by market capitalization

Energy powerhouse Saudi Aramco makes it to the list

What is EBITDA?

Understand one of the most popular metrics for a business's financial health

What is CFD trading and how does it work?

Know the basics of trading contracts for difference

Pros and cons: Guide to investing in gold in 2024

Weighing the precious metal’s pros and cons

Real Estate

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China’s new home prices rise 0.25 percent in May, maintain 9-month positive trend

The central bank's $138 billion support in May helped prop up the real estate sector

Saudi Arabia, China ink two key deals to boost Kingdom’s housing sector

Agreements to develop and raise the quality of residential projects across the Kingdom

Germany’s commercial property prices down 9.6 percent in Q1 2024: Report

In Q1 this year, residential property prices declined 4.3 percent

Hong Kong home prices up 1.1 percent in March, first rise in 10 months

Higher mortgage rates, an outflow of talent and a weak market outlook impact property sales

U.S. luxury real estate sales rise over 2 percent as prices hit all-time highs

The number of luxury homes for sale increased 13 percent in the first quarter of 2024

Brazil introduces measures to support small businesses, low-income families, and real estate market

The "Acredita" program helps provide microcredit to CadUnico registrants, enabling access to social programs like Bolsa Familia

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