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Florida pulls $2 bln from BlackRock in largest anti-ESG division

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Florida’s Chief Financial Officer said on Thursday his department would pull $2 billion worth of its assets managed by BlackRock Inc (BLK.N), the biggest such division by a state opposed to the asset manager’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. The move will hardly dent BlackRock’s $8 trillion in assets …

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Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, attempted to distance himself from suggestions of fraud in his first public appearance since his company’s collapse stunned investors and left creditors facing losses totaling billions of dollars. Speaking via video link at the New York Times’ …

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COVID hit HIV detection in Europe threatens eradication progress

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing rates fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening a global goal of ending the disease by 2030, a report said. The joint World Health Organization (WHO) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report said that …

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HSBC eyes bumper dividend from $10 bln sale of Canada unit to RBC

Deal comes amid pressure from Chinese shareholder Analysts hail ‘sensible’ transaction Bank could return deal proceeds to shareholders LONDON/TORONTO/NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L) has agreed to sell its business in Canada to Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) for C$13.5 billion ($10 billion) in cash, paving the way for a potential bumper payout …

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Crypto lender BlockFi files for bankruptcy, cites FTX exposure

Filing follows weeks after FTX collapse FTX listed as BlockFi’s No. 2 creditor Bitcoin down over 70% from 2021 peak Nov 28 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it said on Monday, the latest crypto casualty after the firm was hurt by exposure to the spectacular collapse of the …

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