5 things to know for Dec. 7: Senate, Trump Organization, Gas prices, Apple, China

CNN — When astronauts snapped an image of Earth 50 years ago, no one knew it would become one of the world’s most widely reproduced photographs. The striking portrait of our planet, known as the “Blue Marble,” was taken on this day in 1972 – and still fills us with awe decades later. Here’s what … Read more

Another OPEC? Indonesia wants to create a cartel for battery metals

London CNN Business — Indonesia produces more nickel than any other country. As demand soars for batteries to power the energy transitionthat presents a huge opportunity, and the archipelago nation of 276 million people intends to take advantage of it. With the electric vehicle revolution driving up demand for key battery metals such as nickel, … Read more

What happened Monday | interest.co.nz

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today (or if you already work from home, before you shut down your laptop). MORTGAGE RATE CHANGESWe are still waiting for BNZ to change either fixed or floating rates after most of their rivals moved last week. Para Loan adjusted their rates … Read more

How two structurally different lemon pectins modulate the gut microbiota

A diet containing fruits and vegetables contains pectins (plant polysaccharides). Pectin cannot be metabolized by mammalian cells in the gastrointestinal tract but is fermented by the gut microbiota in the colon, where short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are released. Previous studies have examined pectin’s prebiotic properties. However, the results have been inconsistent, most likely because of … Read more

Is the worst over for bitcoin and the rest of crypto?

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. New York CNN Business — The meltdown of FTX has sent the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies tumbling more than 60% this year…and the carnage has spread to publicly traded companies … Read more

‘Somehow we live check to check.’ We make over $200K a year, but owe $100K on HELOC loans, never learned to save money and feel like we’ll never be able to retire. Do we need professional help?

Do you need a financial adviser? Getty Images Question: My wife and I are looking for help. We have never really learned how to save money, and we are really terrible at it. We both come from poor families who lived off government assistance. She and I now both make over $100K a year, but … Read more

What happened Friday | interest.co.nz

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today (or if you already work from home, before you shut down your laptop). MORTGAGE RATE CHANGESASB, Kiwibank, Cooperative Bank and HSBC all announced their floating rate changes today. They all also raised fixed rates, although ASB did not change their 4 … Read more

What happened Thursday | interest.co.nz

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today (or if you already work from home, before you shut down your laptop). MORTGAGE RATE CHANGESResimac and Kookmin Bank have raised rates today. Still no announcements from ASB, BNZ or Kiwibank. TERM DEPOSIT RATE CHANGESUnity Money and the Cooperative Bank raised … Read more

What happened Wednesday | interest.co.nz

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today (or if you already work from home, before you shut down your laptop). MORTGAGE RATE CHANGESWestpac has raised both its fixed and floating rates today, increases similar to yesterday’s by ANZ. More here. Rates also rose at China Construction Bank. TERM … Read more

US consumer confidence falls to the lowest level since July

Minneapolis CNN Business — US consumer confidence fell in November as inflation and economic uncertainty continued to loom large and potentially dampen holiday shopping plans. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index measured 100.2 for the month, lower than the downwardly revised 102.2 in October. The index is at its lowest level since July, when it … Read more