The world this week--Business
WeWork filed a long-awaited bankruptcy petition, completing its dramatic fall from grace.
In January 2019 the office-sharing company was valued at $47bn; it is now worth roughly 0.1% of that.
The petition is limited to the firm’s locations in America and Canada, and its franchisees will continue to operate.
American employers created 150,000 jobs in October, fewer than the market had expected and barely half the number for the previous month.
Despite hawkish talk from officials at the Federal Reserve and other central banks, investors took that as a signal that interest rates may fall sooner than they had previously thought.
Lower interest-rate expectations led bond yields to fall.
That was true not just in America, where the ten-year Treasury yield recently touched 5% and is now 4.5%, but also in Britain, Japan and much of Europe.
After a miserable few months, American shares ended their losing streak and surged, with the benchmark S&P 500 index posting its best week since November 2022.
Turkey borrowed $2.5bn on the dollar bond market, in its first such deal since April.
Investors are more inclined to lend to a government that has shaken up its economic team and begun to ditch unorthodox policies, such as keeping interest rates low despite extreme inflation.
The five-year “sukuk” bond was sold with a yield of 8.5%.
Carlyle, a private-equity giant, reported a disappointing set of results for the third quarter.
Investors have committed less capital than it had hoped to its new buy-out funds.
In the three months to September they attracted $6.3bn of new assets, an 11% decline from the previous quarter.
The firm is shedding jobs and has warned staff that “every single expense is on the table.”
KKR, a competitor of Carlyle, was much more upbeat.
It reported an improvement in fundraising during the third quarter, to more than $14bn, and announced the launch of new buy-out funds in America and Asia.
KKR’s share price finished results day 5% higher than it started.
Going by its share price, UBS also recorded good results, despite reporting its first quarterly loss since 2017.
Investors were in a forgiving mood because the loss derived from the costs of integrating Credit Suisse, another Swiss bank that UBS bought earlier this year.
(Without these, the bank would have made a pre-tax profit of $844m.)
The deal is nonetheless likely to provide a big fillip to UBS’s wealth-management business in the long run.
Its investment-banking division, meanwhile, joined many of its European peers in reporting a disappointing quarter. It lost $230m.