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Today in the Market (8/28/2023)

Good Evening! On Monday, U.S. stock prices saw an upward trend across several sectors. Additionally, investors prepared themselves for the release of significant data on Inflation and Employment numbers (Scheduled for Thursday and Friday respectively).

To start off the week, all three indexes finished the day up with the Nasdaq Composite increasing by 0.84% and the Dow Jones and S&P 500 rising by roughly 0.63%

EV DEAL IS GOING DOWN

XPeng (XPEV), a major Chinese electric car manufacturer, has entered into a development agreement with Didi, a leading mobility and ride-sharing company in China. This collaboration brings together two significant players in the Chinese technology industry.

How big is the deal? In a transaction valued at $744 million (equivalent to HK $5.84 billion), Didi will acquire a 3.25% ownership interest in XPeng via an all-stock agreement, wherein Didi will transfer its electric vehicle and autonomous technology assets to XPeng. In turn, XPeng is set to introduce a new brand named Project “MONA” in collaboration with Didi, which will focus on the production and sale of EVs under the “Smart EV” category

What does this mean for Didi? Didi’s decision to enter into a development agreement with XPeng might be seen as a strategic move to maintain its EV and autonomous vehicle enterprises, which have seen difficulties in recent times.

What about Xpeng? The agreement with XPeng is another major partnership for the firm, as it seeks to broaden its electric vehicle portfolio via strategic partnerships with other companies. In the previous month, the firm made public its strategic collaboration with Volkswagen, in which Volkswagen would allocate a substantial sum of $700 million. In return, XPeng will undertake the development of B-class EVs specifically for Volkswagen, with a focus on the Chinese domestic market.

THE TIME HAS COME

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Student loan borrowers who were granted a temporary suspension of interest and payback obligations throughout the pandemic will see the eventual expiration of this reprieve later this week.

What to expect! Starting this Friday, the accrual of student loan interest will recommence, marking the first phase before the resumption of loan payments in October. The transition signifies a period that several borrowers and firms believe will present challenges and disorientation for borrowers, who will now have a new financial responsibility after a prolonged period of respite. The first installment for student loans is as soon as October 1st.

Some good news for borrowers! The Biden administration has just introduced a new income-driven repayment plan in response to the expiration of pandemic relief measures. This strategy aims to enable eligible borrowers to reduce their monthly payments, expedite the forgiveness process for some individuals, and avoid the accumulation of unpaid interest on their outstanding sums.

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