On the 28th of October, Facebook Inc. announced its official rebranding to Meta Platforms Inc. This was accompanied by the plans of a Metaverse – a digital reality, combining aspects from the likes of augmented and virtual reality, along with areas of social media and gaming to allow users to interact virtually (similar to the…

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On 6th December 2013, Dogecoin was launched as a proof of work cryptocurrency, based upon the existing protocols of Litecoin and Luckycoin. Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer created Dogecoin as a joke, based around the popular internet Shiba Inu meme. Generally, it has stayed that way since its launch: a joke within the market as…

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Under Margaret Thatcher’s government in the mid 1980s, the City of London underwent a wave of financial deregulation, including the abolition of fixed commission charges and the movement to an entirely electronic system of share trading. 35 years later, in early 2021, a report conducted by Lord Jonathan Hill and commissioned by the UK Chancellor…

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On March 15th, 2021, Deliveroo confirmed its intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). With the last round of private funding providing a valuation of over 5 billion GBP, and rumours of a 7 billion GBP valuation target, the transaction has the potential to become one of the…

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Greensill Capital, a provider of working capital finance, is on the verge of insolvency after 10 billion USD of funding from Credit Suisse was frozen on Monday 1st March. With impacts on financial markets ranging from Switzerland to Australia, Greensill offers an insight into the interconnectedness of global financial markets. With the saga being far…

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OakNorth Bank Inc. is a digital bank that primarily lends to small and medium-sized companies, offering them financing solutions that are typically limited to larger firms who can access corporate banking services at traditional banks. In addition to loans and digital deposit products, OakNorth offers a forward-looking, cloud-based credit assessment platform that combines AI with…

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Over the last decade, index providers have been facing increased scrutiny into their operations as concern has been growing over the power they hold over markets. Whilst regulated in Europe since 2018, the situation differs in the US. Technically classed as data publishers, index providers face little scrutiny from financial regulators, leading some to question…

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