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Credit Suisse seeks to calm worried investors



Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam sought to calm investors, saying the bank had ample liquidity and capital to weather current market turbulence.

His comments came as the price of Credit Suisse’s credit default swaps (CDS) – a key indicator of market confidence in a company’s ability to repay its debt – rose sharply, nearing the levels seen during the global financial crisis in 2009.

“I want to reassure you that Credit Suisse is a safe and stable bank,” Thiam said in a video message to staff.

“We have more than enough liquidity and capital.”

Credit Suisse’s CDS spreads widened by over 30 basis points to around 400 basis points on Friday, according to data from IHS Markit. That was the biggest one-day move since 2011 and took the spreads to their highest level since March 2009.

The moves sparked fevered speculation online that Credit Suisse could be on the verge of collapse, with some social media users comparing the situation to the 2008 Lehman Brothers crisis.

Credit Suisse’s share price has also been under pressure, falling by 60 percent over the past year.

The lender has been hit by a series of scandals and losses, including a costly write-down on the value of U.S. shale assets in 2016 and revelations earlier this year that it had helped wealthy Americans evade taxes.

Thiam said Credit Suisse was working hard to restore confidence and rebuild trust. “We know that we still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “But I am confident that Credit Suisse will emerge from this period stronger and more resilient.”

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.


Billionaire boss pays for staff holiday to Disney



The happiest place on earth became home to the happiest staff on earth after a boss paid for a company break

Ken Griffin is the billionaire boss who booked out an entire Disney World for his staff to cap off a successful year.

Mr Griffin is the Chief Executive at Citadel LLC—a multinational hedge fund and financial services company.

He paid for his staff to visit Walt Disney World in Florida for an all-inclusive weekend away.

“We have built the most extraordinary team not only in our history, but also in the history of finance,” he said.

Around 10,000 people attended the three-day celebrations, including families of Griffin’s staff.

He paid for airfares, hotels, parking tickets, meals and entry into the happiest place on earth.

According to The New York Post, the mega-rich boss said the company has lot to look forward to.

“We have an incredible future ahead of us—and I look forward to the chapters yet to be written.”

A range of musical acts also performed, including Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepsen and DJ Diplo, as part of the weekend of celebrations.

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How did Musk lose his title as the world’s richest person?



Elon Musk has briefly lost his title as the world’s richest person

This is all following a steep drop in the value of his stake in Tesla and his $44 billion purchase of Twitter.

Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH, which includes luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, briefly took over the title, with a personal wealth of $185 billion.

Musk has held the top position since late 2021, but has seen his wealth drop, as Tesla investors are worried that he is focused more on Twitter than the electric vehicle company.

Tesla has lost nearly half of its market value and Musk’s value has fallen approximately $70 billion since he made a bid for Twitter back in April.

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Europe plans to bar Meta from using your personal data 



Europe plans

Europe plans to bar Meta from using your personal data in major ruling

Meta will require permission from its users to serve advertisements based on their personal data, if a confidential EU privacy body has its way.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has issued the agency that overseas Meta one month to issue the ruling.

This is yet another blow for Meta. The company makes around 98% of its revenue from advertising, equating to $27.16 billion in the third quarter of 2022 alone.

Meta attracts advertisers due to its ability to specifically target users based on their geographical location, age, and interests. But the company has been forced to reduce a number of its targeting options recently.

This is to avoid advertisers from targeting users based on sexual orientation, health, religion, and a number of other personal characteristics.

But this recent move from the EDPB is just another blow for the social media giant. The company also having to weather Apple’s iOS 14 update that allowed users to opt out of off app tracking, further reducing the ability for advertisers to specifically target individuals with ads.

Providing users with further control over their personal data is another evolution in the data rights discussion. The issues has been raised in various articles and documentaries, including The Great Hack

If passed, Meta users will once again be faced with the million-dollar question. Would they prefer tailored ads or ads that may not be relevant?

While regulations around data privacy will continue to evolve, advertising will never cease. This is particularly true for Meta, which relies on advertising revenue for its existence.

By Dr Karen Sutherland, University of the Sunshine Coast and Dharana Digital 

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