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The fortunes of investors riding a 13-year bull market are being shattered by a dizzying reversal in technology-startup financing. The new climate has quickly brought high-flying businesses to a halt: layoffs, cautious investors, a fund outflow, and the threat of a valuation cut.

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Last month, China's economy fell deeper into a Covid-19-induced slump, raising concerns about China's ability to cushion the hit using fiscal and monetary policy instruments.

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The first quarter of 2022 saw a 13% drop in global venture investment quarter over quarter, marking the first time in a year of financing records that startup capital investment declined from one quarter to the next.

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With a 40-year high in inflation, the Fed raised its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point on Wednesday. Additional half point increases are expected in June and July with the market expecting rates in the 2.75%-3% range by year end, from a range of 0.75%-1% today.

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China's economy is experiencing a period of sluggish growth as a result of Beijing's zero-tolerance stance to Covid-19. Economists are debating whether or not to use the term "recession" to characterize the situation.

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 cover image of Tech Companies Are Always Growing "Fast"

Fast, a firm that offers online checkout and identity services, has raised $102 million in a Series B round back in March 2021. Stripe, a previous investor in Fast, led the current fundraising round.

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More than 23 million American families (nearly one in every five) got a pet during the pandemic and many new owners have spent big on their pets. U.S. consumers spent $21.4 billion on non-medical pet supplies in November 2022.

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Most recently IPOed companies have seen their valuation cut in half in the last months. These include well-known companies like SoFi, Marqeta, Robinhood, Affirm and many other so-called FinTechs or SaaS companies.

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On Wednesday, the Chinese government signaled support for the listing of Chinese companies abroad and that its crackdown on technology companies would end soon.

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Russia and Ukraine produce the majority of the raw materials used in chip manufacturing. Both neon gas, which is used to feed lasers that print circuitry onto silicon, and palladium, which is utilized in subsequent production stages, are abundant in the countries.

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According to a Western official and a US diplomat, the US has knowledge that China has expressed some interest in giving Russia with requested military and financial aid as part of its attack on Ukraine.

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