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Rivian raised $11.9 billion in its IPO. The listing is the sixth largest in US history and the biggest globally this year. It values the electric truck maker higher than Ford Motor and rival Lucid Group.
China and the US made a surprise agreement at COP26. In a rare moment of cooperation, the two countries pledged to work together in the 2020s to cut emissions. The announcement comes on the heels of the summit’s first draft deal.
Evergrande is slowly being dismantled. According to The Wall Street Journal, China is quietly selling off some of the troubled property developer’s assets to Chinese companies to “manage a controlled implosion.”
Facebook and Instagram banned some ad targeting. Parent company Meta said it won’t let advertisers reach users based on their interaction with content about race, sexual orientation, and religion.
Nykaa made a blockbuster market debut. Falguni Nayar, founder of the beauty e-tailer with a $13 billion valuation, is now India’s richest self-made woman.
US inflation hit a 30-year high. Consumer prices jumped 6.2% in October, with a mix of supply challenges and strong demand driving up the cost of just about everything.
What to watch for
Singles Day, the annual online shopping event invented by Alibaba, kicked off officially at midnight in China. When it began in 2009, China still gave its tech giants free rein, but Beijing has recently been checking the untamed growth of its internet giants and the power of their billionaire founders.
The event begins in the midst of COP26, the UN climate summit. Singles Day 2020, which saw $115 billion in sales from China’s top two e-commerce firms, led to nearly 4 billion parcels being shipped, about 20% of which were plastic. This year, Alibaba platforms will feature more sustainable products and packaging (it’s unclear how products will qualify).
That’s nice. But, as with Black Friday shopping in the US, Singles Day will still be a stark illustration of a flawed economic model that, in its obsession with selling stuff, fails to account or pay adequately for the environmental costs involved.
The used car effect
US consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in 30 years in October, as pandemic-related supply chain issues and surging demand lifted prices of everything from gasoline to homes by an overall 6.2% from last year. After slowing down for three months, inflation is accelerating again, fueling concerns that prices could spin out of control and interrupt the US recovery.
Back in June, overall inflation rates were similar, but a single item, used cars, was largely behind the increase in the overall rate. This time around, prices for almost everything went up, with energy accounting for a big portion of the monthly rise. Inflation for these items should slow down as supplies normalize, like it did with used cars.
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