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China’s Economic Slump Bodes Ill for Birth Numbers

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Economic malaise and the impression of Covid-19 restrictions are inflicting some younger Chinese language to postpone plans to get married or have kids, working counter to Beijing’s efforts to raise births.

Some demographers now see 2022 because the 12 months that China’s inhabitants begins to shrink, partly on account of rising uncertainty among the many younger about the right way to earn a residing.

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It-Girl Iris Law on the Swiss Slopes

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Integrum Holdings Looks to Build a More Inclusive Approach to Private Equity

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Private equity has long been known for big personalities and even bigger deals. But Integrum Holdings casts itself as a different kind of firm, one that emphasizes collaboration and charity alongside profit generation.

The firm, which recently raised $1.1 billion from investors that include Canada’s British Columbia Investment Management, Australian pension fund Aware Super and GCM Grosvenor, plans to donate 10% of its share of fund profits to charity through a foundation formed alongside the firm. It has already made a distribution…

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Makers of Covid-19 Treatments Hit by Falling Demand

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Allied Healthcare Products, a respiratory medical-devices maker, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2020 expanding its product line to meet what it believed would be a surge in demand for ventilators at the onset of the pandemic. By the time it churned out more machines, demand fell short of expectations. Earlier this month, the company filed for bankruptcy and plans to sell its assets. 

“Having diverted a lot of resources—time, personnel, floor and machine space—to ventilator production, Allied found it had an inventory…

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Switzerland’s Central Bank Set for One More Rate Rise

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Switzerland’s economy looks to be cooling, offering the Swiss National Bank an opportunity to pivot to a smaller 25 basis-point rate increase at its meeting next month, Melanie Debono, senior European economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, writes in a note. The Swiss economy grew 0.3% in the first quarter, when not adjusted for sports events, avoiding a recession unlike its neighbor Germany, but the KOF barometer—a growth indicator published alongside gross domestic product statistics—slid for the second month in a row, after composite PMIs for April had fallen for a third consecutive month. Investment momentum will continue…

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How Workers Are Using ChatGPT, Midjourney and Tome to Save Time

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Get Ready for Work Faster: The Ultimate Women’s Get-Dressed-Quick Guide

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By Faran Krentcil / Photographs by F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

I AM NOT a morning person—in fact, I’m barely an afternoon one. Having an internal clock with the same operating hours as a Berlin nightclub was fine during lockdown when I could roll onto a 9 a.m. Zoom in my pajama top that, on a laptop screen, looked enough like a blouse to fool colleagues. But 100% remote work has become a more distant memory than “Tiger King,” and recently, my work obligations have required me to schedule in-person morning meetings and interviews and to arrive suitably attired.

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Bucking New Zealand’s Wine Tradition to Make Stellar Vintages

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For Hiroyuki Kusuda, 56, the ultimate vindication of his vision for Kiwi wine came when a well-known wine bar in Kobe, Japan, initiated a ritual: Each time they sold a bottle from France’s Romanée-Conti vineyard, one of the most expensive wines in the world, they also uncorked a complimentary bottle of Kusuda for the buyer, as if to say, “Sure, the thousands of dollars you just spent on a bottle of Romanée-Conti is worth it, but here’s something as complex and elegant, retailing for a fraction of that, made in a little-known corner of rural New Zealand.”

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Ford Foundation Drives Push for Diversity in Asset Managers

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The Ford Foundation is doubling down on increasing diversity in the asset-management industry after pouring nearly $400 million into “mission investments” over the past six years.

The New York foundation—one of the country’s most well-known and oldest charitable organizations—co-led more than 100 participants in a $168 million fund raised by impact investor Illumen Capital, which wrapped up the effort earlier this month. As a fund-of-funds manager, Illumen backs private-equity, venture-capital and growth investment strategies…

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Inside the Push to Make Everyone Friends at Work

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The Bigotry That Proudly Speaks Its Name

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Gerry Baker is Editor at Large of The Wall Street Journal. His weekly column for the editorial page, “Free Expression,” appears in The Wall Street Journal each Tuesday. Mr. Baker is also host of “WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker,” a weekly news and current affairs interview show on the Fox Business Network, and the weekly WSJ Opinion podcast “Free Expression” where he speaks with some of the world’s leading writers, influencers and thinkers about a variety of subjects.

Mr. Baker previously served as Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones from 2013-2018. Prior to that, Mr. Baker was Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal from 2009-2013. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and broadcasting for some of the world’s most famous news organizations, including his tenure at The Financial Times, The Times of London, and The BBC.

He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he graduated in 1983 with a 1st Class Honors Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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