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  1. Klarna said it's hoping to become profitable again next year
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  3. Data showed China’s economy has headed further into the doldrums

Klarna’s Cutting Down

Klarna’s Cutting Down

What’s Going On Here?

Buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firm Klarna is still shedding cash, but it said on Wednesday that it’s getting closer to turning a profit.

What Does This Mean?

Klarna was the darling of Europe’s tech startup space not long ago, showered with praise and funding alike – but how the mighty have fallen. The global economy’s hit a rut now, and capricious investors have fixed their attention on companies that can actually turn a profit. And Klarna doesn’t, which could be why the firm’s valuation plunged from $46 billion to $7 billion in July. Since then, Klarna’s been proving skeptics right, racking up a $200 million loss last quarter, twice the sum at the same time last year. Now, though, Klarna’s determined to turn things around: the firm bid farewell to 10% of its staff back in May, and it's tightening up the conditions of the loans it offers. With a little luck, it’s hoping those moves will see it turning a profit again within a year.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming in: Grand ambitions.
Cutting costs is just one way Klarna’s trying to make up ground. The other is by tapping into revenue streams beyond the BNPL space it sprang from. Case in point: the firm recently rolled out a new price-comparison tool, built on its $1 billion purchase of PriceRunner last year. That’s one step in the firm’s plans to turn Klarna into a one-stop-shop for online bargains, rivaling similar services offered by Google and Amazon.

Zooming out: Inflation steps off the gas.
Inflation has doled out nothing but suffering to most firms, but it’s probably been kind enough to Klarna: after all, quick online loans can be handy for hard-up shoppers waiting on their next paycheck. But now there are signs that inflation’s easing in Europe, falling to a lower-than-expected 10% in November versus the same time last year – the first time the metric’s decreased in a full 17 months.

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abrdn Sees The World On The Brink Of Recession

abrdn Sees The World On The Brink Of Recession
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Economists at abrdn see the global economy teetering on the precipice of a recession – and they say the investing world might not be ready for it. 

They reckon the market’s been underestimating the potential depth and severity of the slowdown that’s coming. 

In their 2023 outlook, they outline their base-case forecast and the outcomes they view as less likely.

That’s today’s Insight: what abrdn sees coming and how you can prepare for it.

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Unpopular And Ailing

Unpopular And Ailing

What’s Going On Here?

Data out on Wednesday showed that China’s economic activity slowed even further last month, as Covid infections and restrictions played havoc with industry.

What Does This Mean?

Irate citizens are just one result of China’s ongoing restrictions: business has also taken quite a bruising. Over half of Chinese firms reported Covid cases in the workforce last month, as November’s infections hit an all-time high. And with the country’s uber-strict Covid rules still in force, it’s no surprise that’s sapping manufacturing: gauges measuring raw material stock, new orders, and employment all shrank in November, taking the overall activity reading for the sector to the lowest since April. And the results in other areas, like services and construction, didn’t make for pleasant reading either, notching up shiver-inducing contractions of their own.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming in: Lower your expectations.
This data will be another blow to the Chinese government, which was once counting on economic growth of 5.5% this year. Economists at Bloomberg now reckon the figure will be more like 3% – and this week the International Monetary Fund warned that it may have to cut its 3.2% prediction even further. But experts are hopeful the government will beef up economic stimulus in response, including cutting interest rates, to offset some damage and help spur a recovery.

The bigger picture: Or just relax.
The Chinese government could always just ease up on its zero-Covid stance, of course – a path it already seems to be taking in manufacturing-heavy Guangzhou. On Wednesday authorities relaxed restrictions in about half of the region’s districts, despite Covid cases numbering in the thousands. And the uncharacteristic move has caught the eye of investors: it seems they’re hoping this signals a tactical pivot, which might be why a key index tracking Chinese stocks in Hong Kong jumped 2%, to close out November with its biggest monthly rise in 19 years.

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