FT News Briefing

FT News Briefing

By Financial Times

A rundown of the most important global business stories you need to know for the coming day, from the newsroom of the Financial Times. Available every weekday morning.

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Episodes

Private equity now says sharing is caring

Europe has only a fraction of the air defence capabilities needed to protect its eastern flank, BHP’s £39bn takeover bid for Anglo American has collapsed, and Israel bonds are a hot commodity in US municipalities. Plus, the FT’s Brooke Masters explains why private equity firms are pivoting towards profit sharing. Mentioned in this podcast:Nato has just 5% of air defences needed to protect eastern flankIsrael’s borrowing spree reaches Palm Beach as US municipalities pile inBHP’s £39bn pursuit of Anglo American collapsesHigher rates have changed the game for private equityThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/05/2411m 13s

A pivotal election for South Africa

Hess shareholders approved a controversial takeover bid from Chevron, and South Africans vote today in the most contested election since the end of apartheid,Plus, the FT’s James Kynge argues that China is winning the tech war with the US. Mentioned in this podcast:South Africa’s ‘lost leader’ faces the end gameGeorgia adopts Russian-inspired ‘foreign agents’ lawTech Tonic podcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/05/2411m 54s

Behind the Money: Berkshire after Buffett

This episode features a truncated version of a recent Behind the Money podcast as it travels to Omaha, Nebraska for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting. At this year’s event, there’s a lingering question over what will happen once Warren Buffett is no longer at the helm. Buffett has a successor in mind, and we explore the challenges they could face when taking over America’s “last great” conglomerate.Mentioned in this podcast:Behind the Money podcastBerkshire after Buffett: prized energy business faces upheavalThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Michela Tindera, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/05/2410m 39s

The ECB readies for rate cuts

The European Central Bank looks almost certain to be one of the first major central banks to cut rates, a tense dispute over Guyana is casting a shadow over Chevron’s bid to takeover Hess, and Thames Water pumped 14.2bn litres of sewage into the river Thames last year. Plus, the nuclear power industry is seeking to lure back thousands of retired engineers. Mentioned in this podcast:ECB is ready to start cutting interest rates, says chief economistBlow to $53bn Chevron-Hess deal as investors advised to abstainNuclear industry brings back ‘silver tsunami’ of retireesThames Water pumped 14bn litres of sewage into Thames in central London in 2023 The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/05/2410m 57s

Swamp Notes: Can you trust the polls?

American voters still say the economy is their most important electoral issue, and a growing number are less than pleased with Joe Biden’s economic management. The FT’s deputy Washington bureau chief, Lauren Fedor, and the vice-president of North Star Opinion Research, Jon McHenry, join this week’s Swamp Notes to break down the results of the most recent FT-Michigan Ross poll. Mentioned in this podcast:Support for Joe Biden’s economic policies wanes amid inflation fears, FT poll findsFT-Michigan Ross poll: Biden’s election hopes fall as prices rise againSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Original music by Hannis Brown. CLIPS: @atrupar on XRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/2414m 11s

Ukraine’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ moment

Elon Musk’s xAI has secured new backing from three Silicon Valley venture capital giants, women in Ukraine have increasingly stepped into roles men used to perform before Russia’s full-scale invasion, and the FT’s Soumaya Keynes explains why the UK’s Labour party benefits from being boring. Mentioned in this podcast:Elon Musk’s xAI secures new backing from Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia and TribeUkrainian women wanted in factories as men drafted into armyHow large might Labour’s ‘dullness dividend’ be?Introducing The Economics Show with Soumaya KeynesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/05/2411m 21s

Sunak’s early election gamble

Rishi Sunak has taken a huge gamble by announcing a July 4 election, record sales of artificial intelligence chips sent Nvidia’s revenue soaring 262 per cent in the past quarter Adani Group passed off low-quality coal as far more expensive cleaner fuel in transactions with an Indian state power utility, according to evidence seen by the Financial Times, and the first batch of genetically engineered non-biting mosquitoes will be released in Djibouti on Thursday.Mentioned in this podcast:Rishi Sunak calls July 4 UK electionNvidia’s revenue beats high expectations as AI chip demand climbsFederal Reserve officials were open to further US rate rises to quell inflationAdani suspected of fraud by selling low-grade coal as high-value fuelDjibouti looks to genetically engineered mosquitoes to quell urban malaria wave The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/05/249m 37s

PwC’s Evergrande audit comes back to bite

UK deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden went on a secret trip to the UAE, PwC is bracing for penalties over its audit of collapsed Chinese property developer Evergrande, and traders are anticipating huge swings in Nvidia shares after the company reports earnings on Wednesday. Mentioned in this podcast:UK launches charm offensive with UAE after relations sourPwC partners brace for Chinese punishment over Evergrande auditTraders brace for big swings in Nvidia sharesEU trade deficit with China shrinks to lowest level since 2021Follow Untold: Power for Sale on Apple Podcasts or SpotifyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/05/2411m 52s

ICC weighs stepping into Gaza conflict

The death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has dealt a shocking blow to the Islamic regime, and the public mood in advanced countries remains low as the cost of living crisis keeps households under pressure. Plus, the decision by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to apply for arrest warrants against Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant is a huge setback for Israel. Mentioned in this podcast:The Rachman Review podcastA crushing blow for Israel and a massive gamble by the ICCPresident Ebrahim Raisi’s death deals blow to Iranian regimeConsumer confidence still below pre-pandemic levels despite economic reboundThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/2411m 49s

Niger’s first oil exports

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday, Niger is on the verge of becoming a regional oil major, and western countries are trying to replace a UN body that monitors compliance with international sanctions on North Korea. Mentioned in this podcast:Helicopter carrying Iran’s president crashesBorder dispute hinders Niger’s China-built oil pipelineRussia has stopped UN from monitoring North Korea sanctions. Who is watching Kim?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/05/2411m 16s

FTNB Live! News Trivia at FT Weekend Fest

A special live recording of the FT News Briefing at the FT Weekend Festival in Washington, DC on May 4, 2024. Our wonderful colleagues played a friendly game of news trivia. How does your knowledge stack up? The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/05/2420m 25s

Swamp Notes: Trading tariffs for votes

Joe Biden once criticised Donald Trump’s trade war with China, but things look a lot different in an election year. The FT’s US climate reporter, Aime Williams, and US financial editor, Brooke Masters, join Swamp Notes to explain why the president announced such sweeping tariffs on Chinese goods this week, and how it could help him win votes. Mentioned in this podcast:Why Washington’s new tariffs on Chinese clean tech goods matterJoe Biden and Donald Trump battle to prove who can be toughest on ChinaSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Original music by Hannis Brown. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com CREDIT: CBS News Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/2412m 24s

It’s all about the dollar

The US Supreme Court rejects an existential legal challenge to the country’s top consumer finance watchdog, a $10bn US property fund is running low on liquidity as investors demand their money back, and Russia and China agree to tighten military ties and deepen their economic partnership after talks in Beijing. Plus, central banks around the world are impatiently waiting for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates.   Mentioned in this podcast:US Supreme Court rejects challenge to top consumer finance agencyVladimir Putin and Xi Jinping vow to co-operate against ‘destructive and hostile’ USDangers of dollar nationalism hang over the world economyCan the strong dollar be tamed?Starwood’s $10bn property fund taps credit line as investors pull moneyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Manuela Saragosa, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/05/2410m 42s

The cult-like appeal of Modi

The US inflation report sent stocks to record highs and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot on Wednesday. Plus, the FT’s John Reed explains why India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is so popular. Mentioned in this podcast:US inflation falls to 3.4% in AprilSlovak premier Robert Fico shot and injuredNarendra Modi launches candidacy in India’s marathon electionHow to understand Modi’s IndiaCREDIT: Sansad TVThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Breen Turner, Jyotsna Singh, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/05/2411m 3s

Will investors buy Anglo American’s break-up plan?

The Biden administration is encouraging Arab states to participate in a multinational force that could deploy in Gaza once the war ends, Anglo American plans to thwart BHP’s £34bn takeover bid by breaking itself up, and the US is sharply raising tariffs on Chinese imports from electric vehicles to solar cells. Plus, Singapore’s new prime minister has his work cut out. Mentioned in this podcast:US encouraging Arab states to join multinational postwar force in GazaAnglo American plans break-up to thwart £34bn BHP bidUS sharply raises tariffs on Chinese EVs and semiconductor importsLawrence Wong, Singapore’s next PM faces an ever trickier balancing actThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Mischa Frankl-Duval, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/05/2410m 27s

Indonesia’s nickel is a gold mine

The carmaker behind Fiat and Peugeot is in talks to invest in Indonesian nickel, the meme-stock movement came back to life, and Chinese authorities have kicked off plans to sell $140bn of long-dated bonds to stimulate the economy. Plus, what Russia’s new defence minister means for the country’s war effortMentioned in this podcast:GameStop soars in meme stock flashback as ‘Roaring Kitty’ reappearsWho is Andrei Belousov, Russia’s new defence minister? Stellantis in talks with Vale to invest in Indonesian nickel smelterChina fires starting gun on $140bn debt sale to boost economyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/249m 30s

Rishi Sunak tries to rally Conservatives

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tries to revive Conservative morale with a speech in London, four Chinese generative artificial intelligence start-ups have been valued at more than $1bn in the past three months, and US shale oil companies are under the spotlight over allegations of manipulating prices. Plus, the frontrunner in Mexico’s presidential election is promising more of the same.Mentioned in this podcast:Rishi Sunak to warn Britain ‘at a crossroads’ as he readies Tories for electionUS shale companies accused of collusion over oil priceFour start-ups lead China’s race to match OpenAI’s ChatGPTMexico’s presidential frontrunner defends sweeping legal reformsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/05/2412m 28s

Swamp Notes: The Fed’s political pressures

The US Federal Reserve is fiercely independent, but that doesn’t mean politicians always treat it that way. The FT’s US national editor, Edward Luce, and acting US economics editor, Claire Jones, join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain how the central bank’s policy could affect the economy and therefore have an impact on the election result. Plus, why a second term for Donald Trump could put pressure on the Fed to play politics.Mentioned in this podcast:Trump’s dot plot for the FedJay Powell’s dilemma: the US economy is too strong to cut ratesGlobal inflation and interest rates tracker: see how your country comparesSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Original music by Hannis Brown. CREDIT: US Federal ReserveRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/2412m 32s

Pandemic winners turned losers

Anglo American’s crucial South African shareholders are open to a takeover offer from BHP, Nippon Steel has vowed to push ahead with its $14.9bn acquisition of US Steel, and China’s President Xi Jinping has hailed Hungary as one of Beijing’s most important strategic partners. Plus, most pandemic corporate winners have turned into post-pandemic losers. Mentioned in this podcast:Anglo American’s South Africa investors open to improved BHP bidNippon Steel predicts ‘calmer discussions’ with unions after US presidential electionXi Jinping upgrades China’s ties with Hungary to ‘all-weather’ partnership Pandemic-era winners suffer $1.5tn fall in market valueThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Josh Gabert-Doyon, Mischa Frankl-Duval, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/05/2410m 4s

Singapore wants to shake up its stock market

Shares in Arm drop after it reports lacklustre revenue projections, Singapore is studying proposals to shake up its struggling stock market, EU countries have agreed to use an estimated €3bn in profits from Russia’s frozen state assets to buy weapons for Ukraine, and a newly expanded pipeline in Canada breathes life into the oil industry. Plus, hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall has lost a legal battle with the South African government over shipwrecked treasure. Mentioned in this podcast:Arm shares drop as revenue forecast falls short despite AI boomSingapore battles to revive struggling stock marketEU agrees to arm Ukraine using profits from Russian state assetsCanada’s oil industry cuts reliance on US market as pipeline expandsHedge fund boss Paul Marshall loses case over silver salvaged from shipwreckThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Mischa Frankl-Duval, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/2410m 47s

Israel moves into Rafah

Reddit's first-quarter earnings as a listed company surpass expectations, Israel threatened to expand its military operation in Rafah, and TikTok filed a lawsuit against the US government to block a potential ban of the social media app. Plus, global trade growth is set to more than double this year as inflation eases and a booming US economy helps drive activity.Mentioned in this podcast:US revokes licences for supply of chips to China’s HuaweiTikTok challenges divest-or-ban bill in US courtIsrael threatens to expand Rafah operation as US struggles to revive talksGlobal trade growth set to more than double this yearUS revokes licences for supply of chips to China’s HuaweiReddit soars 16% after beating Wall Street estimates in first post-IPO quarterThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Mischa Frankl-Duval, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/05/248m 54s

Paramount’s a long way from its peak

SoftBank is leading an investment of more than $1bn into a UK self-driving car start-up, and poppy and marijuana farming money is disappearing from rural areas as traffickers shift to synthetic drugs. Plus, the FT’s Anna Nicolaou explains the rival bids to buy Paramount. Mentioned in this podcast:SoftBank leads $1bn funding for UK artificial intelligence group WayveEl Chapo’s opium heartland bereft as Mexico cartels embrace fentanylShari Redstone, a media scion weighing the future of her ravaged empireJames Cameron and Ari Emanuel back Skydance bid for ParamountBrussels seeks to ban Russian funding of European politiciansThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/05/2410m 56s

Xi’s balancing act with Europe

Warren Buffett said Greg Abel should have the final decision on investments at Berkshire Hathaway, the US and Europe disagree on how to manage Russia’s frozen assets, and Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Europe. Plus, college students in the US are calling for their universities to divest from Israel, but it’s not that simple. Mentioned in this podcast:Bonhomie and hardball: Xi Jinping visits Europe to avert trade warThe clash over whether to commandeer Russia’s frozen assetsDivestment is not as easy as it may seemBerkshire Hathaway’s cash pile hits record as Buffett cuts stake in AppleBuffett lays out expansive role for successor Greg Abel at poignant Berkshire AGMThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/05/2412m 22s

Swamp Notes: The uproar at American universities

Student-led protests against Israel’s war in Gaza have spread across the US in recent weeks, with demonstrators building tent encampments on university grounds, and even storming university buildings. The FT’s Washington bureau chief, James Politi, and FT New York correspondent, Joshua Chaffin, join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain why the protests could hurt President Joe Biden’s re-election chances.Mentioned in this podcast:New York police storm Columbia University and arrest pro-Palestinian protestersPolice raid UCLA protest camp as clashes over Gaza spread across USSign up for the FT’s Election Countdown newsletter hereSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Original music by Hannis Brown. CREDIT: NBC News New York, X/@JaunMaBenitez, X/@AnthonyCabassa_, PBS NewsHourRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/2414m 20s

The murky moves behind the yen

Apple’s revenue fell 4 per cent in the first three months of 2024, Japan apparently intervened several times this week to support the yen, and US regulators have accused the former boss of the largest US shale oil producer of trying to collude with the Opec cartel. Plus, Europe solved its Russian gas problems in the short term, but created long-term problems.Mentioned in this podcast:Apple’s revenue weighed down by falling China salesJapanese government spent $35bn to prop up yen, BoJ figures suggestJapan is haunted by a return to emerging-economy statusFTC accuses ex-Pioneer boss of seeking to collude with Opec How Europe solved its Russian gas problemThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/05/2411m 9s

Higher rates for even longer (and longer)

The Federal Reserve has signalled that US borrowing costs are likely to remain higher for longer, and cruise operator Viking Holdings rose on its market debut. Plus the FT’s Owen Walker explains what the exit of HSBC chief executive Noel Quinn means for the bank’s China strategy. Mentioned in this podcast:Federal Reserve signals that interest rates will remain higher for longerCruise line Viking rises after launching year’s second-largest US IPOWhat triggered Noel Quinn’s shock exit from HSBCThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/249m 25s

Private equity’s green thumb

Strong sales at Amazon’s cloud computing division helped the Big Tech giant beat analyst estimates for revenue and profit, private capital is playing a growing role in the green energy transformation, and foreign carmakers are teaming up with Chinese technology groups to compete in the local market.  Mentioned in this podcast:Amazon’s strong cloud sales help power revenue gainsCan private equity accelerate the green transition?Jeremy Hunt warns FCA against ‘naming and shaming’ business‘Everything has changed’: foreign auto groups embrace local technology in ChinaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/05/2412m 5s

Scotland’s first minister resigns

Humza Yousaf is resigning as Scotland’s first minister, and WeWork’s senior creditors are poised to take control of the reorganised co-working space provider. Plus, an Africa-focused venture capital firm has steered one of the region’s biggest fundraising efforts of the past five months. Mentioned in this podcast:Humza Yousaf quits as Scotland’s first ministerWeWork agrees restructuring deal that shuts out Adam Neumann’s comeback bidAfrica-focused fund draws early investors to tech industryFT Life & Art podcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/04/2411m 30s

Big Tech investors question AI pay-off

Financial companies scramble to rework contracts after US Federal Trade Commission rule bans non-compete agreements, the largest western banks that remain in Russia paid the Kremlin hundreds of millions of euros in taxes last year, and Turkey is in talks with the US energy supermajor ExxonMobil over a multibillion-dollar deal to buy liquefied natural gas. Plus, the message from Big Tech companies to investors about when AI will be profitable: be patient. Mentioned in this podcast:Ban on non-compete agreements sends shockwave across Wall StreetMicrosoft and Alphabet enjoy AI-powered gains from cloud divisionsQuestion of pay-off from AI hangs over Big Tech earningsWestern banks in Russia paid €800mn in taxes to Kremlin last yearTurkey in talks with ExxonMobil over multibillion-dollar LNG dealThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/2411m 35s

Swamp Notes: The Supreme Court weighs presidential power

The US Supreme Court set out to answer a big constitutional question on Thursday: can a president be charged for potential crimes committed while in office? The FT’s Washington bureau chief, James Politi, and US legal and enforcement correspondent, Stefania Palma, join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain why the answer could determine the outcome of Donald Trump’s federal trials and the future of the American presidency.Mentioned in this podcast:US Supreme Court debates limits of presidential immunity in Donald Trump appealDonald Trump prepares his final pitch on presidential immunitySign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. CREDIT: CNNRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/2412m 40s

A mining industry mega-deal

Microsoft beat expectations for revenue and cloud sales, Alphabet shares rise by double-digits after first-quarter earnings beat expectations, markets are no longer fully confident of a US interest rate cut before September, and the EU is turning to draconian tactics to curb migration. Plus, a merger between mining giants BHP and Anglo American could get investors excited about the industry again. Mentioned in this podcast:Alphabet shares surge past $2tn after search giant unveils first ever dividendMicrosoft’s revenue and cloud sales beat expectationsBiden dealt blow as investors scale back bets on pre-election rate cutWhy is BHP bidding for Anglo American?BHP proposes £31bn takeover of Anglo American in mining mega-dealHow Europe is paying other countries to police its bordersThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/04/2412m 47s

What new US aid means for Ukraine

Meta’s revenues jumped by more than a quarter in the first three months of the year, Brussels raided the offices of a Chinese security equipment supplier, and earnings from Boeing reflected a slowdown of 737 Max production and compensation to customers. Plus, weapon shipments are heading to Ukraine after President Joe Biden signed a highly anticipated $95bn foreign aid bill. Mentioned in this podcast:Meta shares fall as it predicts higher expenditure on AIEU conducts ‘dawn raid’ on Chinese security equipment supplierPentagon rushes $1bn in weapons to Kyiv after Biden signs aid billJoe Biden tells Volodymyr Zelenskyy US weapons will arrive ‘quickly’Boeing burns through $4bn in first quarter after door plug blowoutThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/2411m 18s

Spotify grows up

Tesla reported a 9 per cent decline in first-quarter revenue, Spotify kicked off a more mature era for its business after years of freer spending, and the US Federal Trade Commission banned non-compete clauses for employees. Plus, international investors have rushed into Egypt’s debt after the most populous Arab nation secured a $55bn bailout.Mentioned in this podcast:Tesla revenue declines in first quarter as vehicle sales slowSpotify hits record quarterly profit as it enters ‘new phase’US FTC bans non-compete agreementsDemand for Egyptian debt surges after $55bn bailout and investment packageLatin American cocoa farmers rush to expand planting as prices spikeThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Katya Kumkova, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/04/2411m 35s

Taking the Byte out of TikTok

The New York Stock Exchange is polling market participants on the merits of trading stocks around the clock, ByteDance ready to ‘move to the courts’ after the US pushes ahead with a bill demanding the Chinese parent sell its viral app in the country, and traders have built up bets that the Federal Reserve could actually raise interest rates. Plus, Goldman Sachs has relocated its head of financial institutions group for Europe from London to Paris.Mentioned in this podcast:Goldman Sachs moves senior banker to Paris in post-Brexit revampTikTok gears up for legal fight in US to prevent banInvestors price in growing chance of further Fed rate risesNew York Stock Exchange tests views on round-the-clock tradingThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/04/2410m 30s

Beijing bets on manufacturing

Tesla shareholders are bracing for the carmaker’s worst earnings performance in seven years, oil markets have remained steady as Middle East tensions rise, and China’s first-quarter GDP shows the effects of President Xi Jinping’s bet on manufacturing. Mentioned in this podcast:Tesla shareholders braced for worst results in 7 yearsWhy oil prices remain steady even as Middle East tensions escalateCovid vaccine makers to clash in London over mRNA patent disputeChina warns west of ‘survival of the fittest’ as manufacturing boosts economyParisians struggle to cash in on Olympic Games rentalsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/04/2410m 24s

Swamp Notes: How do you win Pennsylvania?

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden made campaign stops last week in Pennsylvania, whose 19 electoral votes could decide the outcome of the 2024 election. But in a state with such a range of demographic groups, how can each find a message that will stick? The FT’s deputy Washington bureau chief, Lauren Fedor, and US political editor Derek Brower join to discuss. Credit: The Independent, The Times and the Sunday TimesMentioned in this podcast:Joe Biden’s speech to steel workers underscores union’s burgeoning influenceJoe Biden calls for tripling of tariffs on Chinese steelJosh Shapiro warns Joe Biden gas stance could hurt election hopesSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/2412m 54s

Big business bets on Modi

Netflix profits surged during the first quarter, global markets had a rocky week due to worries over US inflation, and India’s prime minister is getting a big boost from the business class in his re-election campaign. Mentioned in this podcast:Netflix profits surge on strong subscriber growthThe great bet on rate cuts is offEuropean stocks suffer worst day in nine monthsUS to grow at double the rate of G7 peers this year, says IMFJay Powell says US inflation ‘taking longer than expected’ to hit targetBusinesses bank on Narendra Modi election win to ease India’s bottlenecksLuxury automakers hit by Korea’s new neon green licence plate rule for company carsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Cara Shillenn, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/04/2413m 0s

AI’s electricity problem

Iran is exporting more oil than at any time for the past six years, EU leaders are debating whether to unify the bloc’s fragmented capital markets, and the IMF warns that the US’s massive fiscal deficit poses significant risks to global markets. Plus, artificial intelligence needs an abundance of electricity to run, but the world is struggling to generate it.Mentioned in this podcast:Iran oil exports hit 6-year high as west prepares sanctionsMajority of EU states object to capital markets reform pushUS deficit poses ‘significant risks’ to global economy, warns IMFBooming AI demand threatens global electricity supplyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Cara Shillenn, Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/04/249m 58s

A glow-up for China’s state-owned enterprises

Andreessen Horowitz hauls in one of the largest funds since the downturn in the tech sector, stocks from China’s state-owned enterprises are faring well compared with the wider market, and the IMF says that the US is on track to grow at double the rate of any other G7 country this year. Plus, a full-scale conflict has depleted Ukrainian defences. Israel could face a similar plight despite the weekend’s successful interceptions.Mentioned in this podcast:Andreessen Horowitz raises $7.2bn and sets sights on AI start-upsBeijing reforms unloved state-owned enterprises to win back investorsUS to grow at double the rate of G7 peers this year, says IMFUkraine’s air defence struggle shows risks to IsraelThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katya Kumkova, Josh Gabert-Doyon, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/04/2411m 28s

CVC hopes third time’s the charm

Goldman Sachs surpasses profit estimates by almost $1bn, CVC’s revived listing plan follows years of internal discord over whether the PE firm should go public, and Tesla is laying off 10% of its global workforce. Plus, the FT’s Michael Stott explains why the Darién Gap has become an important migration route for people heading towards the US.Mentioned in this podcast: Goldman Sachs traders help fuel 28% profit increaseGoldman Sachs knows what fits it best — plenty of dealsCVC’s tortuous path to an IPOTesla to cut 10% of global workforceThe migrant highway that could sway the US electionThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/2412m 9s

Israel debates retaliation against Iran

US lawmakers face new pressure to approve military aid for Israel, and Tianqi Lithium’s strategy is at risk as Chilean President Gabriel Boric’s government works to take back control of resources. Plus, depositors put pressure on big US banks.Mentioned in this podcast:Net interest income may have peaked for Wall Street banksChina’s Tianqi Lithium’s $4bn bet on Chile at risk of backfiringIsrael weighs response to unprecedented attack by IranPressure mounts on US lawmakers to approve new aid for IsraelCredit: NBC The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Josh Gabert-Doyon, Denise Guerra, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/04/2412m 2s

Swamp Notes: What’s the Republican party’s position on abortion?

Donald Trump championed the reversal of Roe vs Wade. He even called himself the “most pro-life president” in US history. But with voters outraged by abortion restrictions, Trump and other Republicans are staking out a new position on the issue. The FT’s global business columnist, Rana Foroohar, and Washington bureau chief, James Politi, join to explain why.Mentioned in this podcast:Arizona court bans almost all abortions in Trump-Biden swing stateDonald Trump says abortion law should be left to statesSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereTell us what you’re thinking about the US election!  Swamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. CREDIT: Forbes Breaking NewsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/2412m 43s

Prime money markets funds are in trouble

Three more US regulators have opened probes into Morgan Stanley, managers are planning to shut or convert US prime money market funds ahead of new regulations, and the European Central Bank held interest rates steady. Plus, sanctioned Russian oligarchs got a big win in a top EU court. Mentioned in this podcast:EU’s sanctions regime in turmoil after oligarchs win legal battleManagers to shut or convert $220bn of US money market funds before rule changeUS allies urge Iran not to retaliate against IsraelEuropean Central Bank holds interest rates at 4% in contested decisionRegister for our FTWeekend Festival in the US! Promo code for 10% off tickets: weekendpodcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Ethan Plotkin, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/2413m 29s

Higher for even longer

Traders slashed bets on Federal Reserve interest rate cuts, the US audit regulator issued its biggest fine ever against KPMG, and the UK’s Lloyds Banking Group plans to cut jobs in risk management after an internal review found the function was a “blocker to our strategic transformation”.Mentioned in this podcast:Markets slash rate cut bets after US inflation rises to 3.5%Investors lose hope of rapid US interest rate cuts this yearKPMG fined $25mn over exam cheating scandal at firm’s Dutch armLloyds Bank axes risk staff after executives complain they are a ‘blocker’Register for our FTWeekend Festival in the US! Promo code for 10% off tickets: weekendpodcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Cara Shillenn, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/04/2411m 15s

Ecuador’s ‘unprecedented’ Mexican embassy raid

OpenAI and Meta are on the brink of releasing new artificial intelligence models, police in Ecuador stormed the Mexican embassy to arrest the former vice-president, and big investors are selling US Treasuries and buying European government bonds. Plus, Australia is trying to boost its manufacturing sector to protect against supply chain disruptions. Mentioned in this podcast:OpenAI and Meta ready new AI models capable of ‘reasoning’Ecuador’s president displays strongman credentials with Mexico embassy raidBig investors buy European bonds over US as economies diverge‘Made in Australia’ drive aims to shift economy from ‘world’s quarry’ labelRegister for our FTWeekend Festival in the US! Promo code for 10% off tickets: weekendpodcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/04/2411m 8s

TSMC doubles down on Arizona

The US, UK and Australia on Monday said they were considering working with Japan in the trilateral Aukus security pact, the world’s biggest chipmaker will build cutting-edge facilities in Arizona in exchange for billions of dollars in subsidies, and the Environment Agency for England and Wales is allocating £11mn collected in fines against water companies, to environmental restoration projects.Mentioned in this podcast:TSMC boosts Joe Biden’s AI chip ambitions with $11.6bn US production dealUS, UK and Australia say Japan could join part of Aukus pactRegulator seeks to quell public anger on UK water with £11mn restoration fundRegister for our FTWeekend Festival in the US! The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/04/2411m 22s

AI is coming for Google’s search

Israel moves some of its troops from southern Gaza to prepare for an operation in the city of Rafah, Google is considering charging for AI-powered search, and European defence companies are worried about their reliance on China for a critical component in gunpowder for ammunition. Plus, global stock market concentration has risen to its highest level in decades.Mentioned in this podcast:Israel says it has pulled out of Khan Younis to prepare for move on Rafah European defence groups warn over reliance on Chinese cotton used in gunpowderHow Google lost ground in the AI raceGoogle considers charging for AI-powered search in big change to business modelGlobal dominance of biggest stocks rises to highest in decadesRegister for our FTWeekend Festival in the US!The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Mischa Frankl-Duval, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/04/2412m 43s

Swamp Notes: Inside Trump’s new inner circle

Donald Trump’s first term as president featured mainstream Republican figures — respected military officials, centre-right policymakers, and neoliberal business leaders — who promised to temper his more extreme instincts. But if Trump takes office again, his White House could feature a very different cast of characters. The FT’s Washington bureau chief, James Politi, and deputy Washington bureau chief, Lauren Fedor, join this week’s Swamp Notes to discuss what a second Trump White House would look like. Mentioned in this podcast:The Trump machine: the inner circle preparing for a second termSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/2412m 28s

Pressure builds for early elections in Israel

The supply of equity shares on the market is shrinking, more people in Israel are calling for early elections, and Prague says Russia is mounting cyber attacks on railway systems throughout Europe. Plus, a new plan to give a boost to Africa’s agriculture.Mentioned in this podcast:Benny Gantz calls for early elections in IsraelIsraelis hold biggest rally against Netanyahu since start of Gaza warCan Africa one day help feed the world’s growing population?Global equity supply falls at fastest pace in decades Russia is trying to sabotage European railways, warns PragueThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Zach St. Louis, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/04/2411m 26s

Tesla dip: blip or bust?

Lower than expected eurozone inflation number bolsters expectations of ECB interest rate cuts by summer, People’s Liberation Army mobilisation units reflect Xi Jinping’s focus on security, Tesla faces a tough moment, and big investors line up behind management at Disney. Mentioned in this podcast:Eurozone inflation falls to 2.4% in MarchChinese companies revive Mao Zedong-era militiasWhere Tesla departs from the Mag 7The big worry for carmakers: what if the EV slowdown is not a blip?Bob Iger defeats Nelson Peltz by wide margin in Walt Disney board clashThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Michela Tindera, Cara Shillenn, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/04/2411m 20s

Thames Water hits the gutter

Nato is trying to ‘Trump-proof’ funding for the war in Ukraine, Thames Water’s owners will start urgent restructuring talks, and birth rates are declining despite wealthy countries investing in family- friendly policies. Mentioned in this podcast:Thames Water owners to begin urgent restructuring talksWhy family-friendly policies don’t boost birth ratesNato plans $100bn ‘Trump-proof’ fund for UkraineSouthern growth spurt creates two-speed eurozone economyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Michela Tindera, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/04/2411m 56s

US and UK team up to study AI

Three senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were killed on Monday in an air strike, research institutes in the US and UK will work together to mitigate the risks of AI, and Robinhood gets into the credit card business.Mentioned in this podcast:Iran accuses Israel of killing general in strike on Damascus consulateUS and UK sign landmark agreement on testing safety of AI Beyond memes: Robinhood seeks to broaden its appealSign up for the FT Alphaville pub quiz!The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/04/2410m 19s

EU takes on fake news ahead of elections

Online fake news and hybrid campaigns increase ahead of European elections, investors are concerned about President Lula’s interventions in the economy, and China’s factory activity has expanded for the first time in six months.Mentioned in this podcast:Europe battles ‘avalanche of disinformation’ from RussiaLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva steps up interventions in Brazil’s largest companiesChina’s factory activity adds to signs of recoveryThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Ethan Plotkin, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/04/2412m 27s

Sam Bankman-Fried gets 25 years in prison

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange, and Thames Water shareholders might take a big financial hit. Plus, what instant noodles can tell us about the economy. Mentioned in this podcast:Thames Water shareholders signal readiness to take £5bn hitFTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison for fraudLloyd’s of London chief calls for quick insurance payouts on Baltimore bridgeOodles of noodles: how a global favourite became an economic red flagThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Ethan Plotkin, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/03/2412m 10s

A new day dawns for the yen

The end of negative interest rates in Japan threatens to bring a new era of volatility for the yen, and Florida and Disney resolve a legal dispute. Plus, US small-cap stocks are suffering their worst run of performance relative to large companies in more than 20 years. Mentioned in this podcast:End of negative interest rates in Japan raises threat of yen volatilityUS small-caps suffer worst run against larger stocks in over 20 yearsDisney settles lawsuit in Florida theme-park disputeThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Ethan Plotkin, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/03/249m 55s

Trump’s Truth Social hits the Nasdaq

Shares in Donald Trump’s social media business soared following its New York market debut, and Visa and Mastercard have agreed to cut their US transaction fees. Plus, UBS needs to boost its wealth business to make its Credit Suisse acquisition a success. Mentioned in this podcast: Donald Trump has $4.6bn stake in social media group after market debutVisa and Mastercard agree $30bn settlement over US transaction feesCan UBS become Europe’s Morgan Stanley?In German groceries, even computers have to obey century-old ban on Sunday workThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/03/2412m 24s

Why Russia was caught off guard

The UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding a ceasefire in Gaza, the Ukraine war distracted Russian security forces from addressing Islamist terrorism threats, and Boeing chief executive Dave Calhoun plans to step down at the end of the year. Plus, the FT’s Antoine Gara explains how infrastructure went from an investment backwater to a $1tn asset class. Mentioned in this podcast:How Ukraine war distracted Moscow from Isis-K threatInfrastructure: from investment backwater to a $1tn asset classIsrael cancels Washington visit after UN resolution demands Gaza ceasefireBoeing CEO Dave Calhoun to step down as company battles safety concernsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Kyra Assibey-Bonsu, Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/03/2411m 20s

India’s quid pro quo trade strategy

US and Japan’s security alliance gets a makeover, a record amount of money has flooded into US corporate bond markets this year, and India is using a ‘quid pro quo’ strategy for trade talks. Mentioned in this podcast:US and Japan plan biggest upgrade to security pact in more than 60 yearsInvestors pour money into US corporate bond funds at record rateIndia’s ‘quid pro quo’ strategy for trade talksThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/248m 42s

Swamp Notes: Is Maga good for Biden?

Democrats have honed in on a novel campaign strategy over the past few election cycles: elevate Trump-backed candidates in GOP primaries, and then blow past them in general elections. So far, the strategy has mostly paid off, but will this risky gamble work in 2024? The FT’s deputy Washington bureau chief, Lauren Fedor, and US managing editor, Peter Spiegel, join to discuss. Credit: Associated Press, WCPO-9 Mentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump-backed US Senate candidate clinches Republican nomination in OhioSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/2413m 16s

US prosecutors take a bite out of Apple

Reddit shares soared during its public market debut, US prosecutors filed a landmark antitrust lawsuit against Apple, and the FT’s Sujeet Indap explains why Hertz’s pivot to electric vehicles went awry.Mentioned in this podcast:US accuses Apple of building smartphone market monopoly in antitrust caseHow Hertz’s bets on Tesla and a Goldman veteran veered off courseSocial media site Reddit soars 48% in New York IPOGet 40% off a digital FT subscription: ft.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Kyra Assibey-Bonsu, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/2410m 50s

Why inflation is sticking around

The west is focusing on new technology in nuclear energy to reduce reliance on Russia and carbon, and profits at Chinese ecommerce group PDD Holdings soared 146% in three months to December. Plus, price rises in services in the US are making the Federal Reserve’s decision-making over interest rates more complicated.Mentioned in this podcast:Macron to revive demands for European defence bonds Security concerns fuel nuclear energy renaissance Has inflation stopped falling?Temu-owner PDD doubles revenues to cap ‘pivotal’ yearGet 40% off a digital FT subscription: ft.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/03/2412m 26s

Bank of Japan ditches negative rates

Microsoft has hired the co-founder of Google’s DeepMind, the Bank of Japan raised interest rates for the first time since 2007, and leading European and UK artificial intelligence start-ups have been lobbied to move their headquarters to rival nations. Mentioned in this podcast:Microsoft hires DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman to run new consumer AI unitBank of Japan ends era of negative interest ratesUnilever to split off ice cream business and cut 7,500 jobsRival nations seek to poach top UK and European AI start-upsGet 40% off a digital FT subscription: ft.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/03/2410m 54s

What Putin’s victory means for Russia

Nvidia announced a new “superchip” and Vladimir Putin’s expected electoral victory is an inflection point for Russia. Plus, the FT’s Heba Saleh explains why young people in Gaza are being called the lost generation. Mentioned in this podcast:Nvidia unveils new ‘superchip’ in push to continue dominance of AI marketVladimir Putin cements Russian rule for another six yearsThe lost future of young GazansGet 40% off a digital FT subscription: ft.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Zach St. Louis, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/03/2410m 56s

It’s central bank week!

Central banks take centre stage this week, Benjamin Netanyahu defies western allies over his strategy in Gaza, and the US National Labor Relations Board is facing challenges from some major companies. Plus, after years of negative news surrounding South Africa, there are grounds for medium-term optimism.Mentioned in this podcast:US labour watchdog attracts enemies from Amazon to SpaceXThe bullish case for South AfricaBenjamin Netanyahu defies western allies over Gaza strategyCentral bankers take centre stageGet 40% off a digital FT subscription: ft.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Zach St. Louis, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/03/2412m 10s

Swamp Notes: The play for union power

Union workers used to be a reliable pillar of the Democratic party’s voting coalition. Then Donald Trump arrived on the scene. The FT’s global business columnist, Rana Foroohar, and US labour and equality correspondent, Taylor Nicole Rogers, join this week’s Swamp Notes to examine how President Joe Biden is trying to win workers back, and why unions may decide November’s election. Mentioned in this podcast:America’s most powerful union leaders have a message for capitalUnion workers score big pay gains as labour action sweeps USSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. CREDIT: UAWRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/2411m 52s

Can Telegram clean up its act?

The UAE is in talks to invest in OpenAI’s chip- making business and an Uber courier makes an app to fight against the company’s algorithms. Plus, a look at how the encrypted messaging app Telegram has become both an important news source and a hotbed of criminal activity. Mentioned in this podcast:Abu Dhabi in talks to invest in OpenAI chip venture Telegram: social media giant or the new ‘dark web’?The delivery rider who took on his faceless bossPre-Order: ‘Code Dependent’ by Madhumita Murgia The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/03/2412m 18s

Ukraine strikes targets deep in Russia

Far-right firebrand Geert Wilders has conceded he will not become prime minister of the Netherlands, Ukraine has stepped up drone strikes on oil refineries deep inside Russia, and a bill to ban TikTok in the US passed the House of Representatives. Plus, Nigeria is in the middle of a currency crisis and the government is blaming Binance for a lot of it.Mentioned in this podcast:Geert Wilders announces he will not be PMUkraine strikes oil refineries deep inside RussiaUS House votes through bill to ban TikTokNigeria pushes Binance for user data in stand-off over naira speculationThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/2411m 45s

The surprise winner of the US-China chip wars

The EU and US found some stop-gap funding for weapons for Ukraine, China is scrapping a number of infrastructure projects in indebted regions, and US inflation ticked up unexpectedly. Plus, tension between Beijing and Washington over access to technology has prompted many companies to open factories in south-east Asia. Mentioned in this podcast:EU and US find stop-gap funding for Ukraine weaponsChina’s treatment of local debt ‘ulcer’ threatens growth targetUS inflation rises to 3.2% in FebruaryMalaysia: the surprise winner from US-China chip warsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Breen Turner, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/03/2410m 42s

Reddit hits the road ahead of IPO

Reddit’s public offering could set the tone for start-ups looking to list in 2024, and the EU wants to give Ukraine up to €3bn. Plus, there are new plans to deliver aid to Gaza to help the enclave avoid famine. Mentioned in this podcast:Brussels aims to fast track up to €3bn for Ukraine from frozen Russian assetsReddit aims to raise more than $500mn in IPOEU ministers approve ‘status quo’ rules for gig economy workers Can ships carrying aid help avert famine in Gaza?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/03/2410m 50s

What we learned from the collapse of SVB

America’s regulators say new rules will help maintain the dominance of US Treasuries, and there are still weaknesses in regional banking a year after the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. Plus, a new Bain & Co report reveals that private equity groups are sitting on a record of unsold assets.Mentioned in this podcast:The radical changes coming to the world’s biggest bond marketNumber of weak US banks jumps as NYCB stabilised on $1bn capital raiseDealmaking slowdown leaves private equity with record unsold assetsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Saffeya Ahmed, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/2410m 41s

Swamp Notes: Did Biden's State of the Union hit the mark?

Joe Biden was in the spotlight this week as he made his annual State of the Union address. It was his chance to not only speak directly to the American people, but also prove that he’s up to the task of campaigning for re-election. So how did he do? The FT’s US national editor and columnist, Edward Luce, and Washington reporter, Steff Chávez, join us to discuss. Mentioned in this podcast:Joe Biden just kicked off his re-election campaignBiden attacks Trump in fiery State of the Union speechSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereUS Election Countdown newsletterSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. CREDIT: PBS, ABC News Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/03/2412m 48s

A look at Temu’s murky business model

Instagram overtook TikTok in new app downloads last year, US President Joe Biden announced a plan to set up a port on the coast of Gaza to help facilitate aid delivery to the enclave, and a huge corruption case in Vietnam has captured the country’s attention. Plus, the FT’s Dan McCrum unpacks the mystery behind how Temu took over the retail world. Credit: TemuMentioned in this podcast: Trial begins for Vietnamese property tycoon accused of $12bn fraudThe mysterious rise of the Chinese ecommerce giant behind TemuUS plans to establish port on Gaza coast to step up aid deliveriesInstagram overtakes TikTok in app downloads in race for new usersThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/2410m 33s

Is private equity actually worth it?

Bayer chief executive Bill Anderson has ruled out a fresh capital increase and Ghana’s finance minister is concerned that the country’s new anti-LGBT+ law will put its international funding at risk. Plus, the FT’s Robin Wigglesworth examines whether private equity is a good fit for Norway’s sovereign wealth fund. Mentioned in this podcast:Bayer chief rules out capital increase as investors slam turnaround planIs private equity actually worth it?Anti-LGBT+ law puts Ghana’s IMF and World Bank funding at risk, finance ministry warnsNikki Haley ends White House bid but does not endorse Donald TrumpThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/03/2412m 0s

China hopes for a big economic rebound

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will on Wednesday put a £10bn personal tax cut at the heart of his Budget, and China is setting a 5 per cent growth target for this year. Plus, the FT’s Michael Stott sat down with Argentina’s president Javier Milei to talk about the country’s economy. Credit: APMentioned in this podcast:Jeremy Hunt set to cut national insurance by 2p in UK BudgetArgentina’s Javier Milei says he doesn’t need congress to save the economyChina sets ‘ambitious’ 5% growth target and flags risks to economySingapore defends exclusive deal for Taylor Swift concerts in south-east AsiaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/03/2410m 17s

The politics behind the UK Budget

Gold prices have surged close to record levels, and the EU has fined Apple €1.8bn as it boosts its fight against Big Tech. Plus, the FT’s Sam Fleming explains whether the Conservatives planned tax cuts will actually affect the outcome of the upcoming UK election. Mentioned in this podcast:Apple hit with €1.8bn fine for breaking EU law over music streamingWill Big Tech agree to play by Europe’s rules?The hard Budget choices facing a cash-strapped UKThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/03/2410m 15s

Cracks widen in Israel’s war cabinet

China has pledged “computing vouchers” to subsidise its AI startups, Bayer is still struggling to move past its Roundup woes, and an Israeli senior minister visits the White House. Plus, Warren Buffett is sounding the alarm over wildfires and the utilities industry.  Mentioned in this podcast:Buffett sounds wildfire alarm as utilities industry enters new eraBayer slashes dividend by 95% as it steps up effort to cut debtBayer’s struggling Roundup court strategyChina offers AI computing ‘vouchers’ to its underpowered start-upsNetanyahu allies lash out at Gantz over Washington tripThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Persis Love, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/03/2412m 0s

Swamp Notes: Biden and Trump’s immigration duel

The issue of immigration might be Donald Trump’s biggest political boon ahead of the US election in November, but President Joe Biden went to the US-Mexico border this week to try to change the narrative. The FT’s Houston correspondent, Myles McCormick, and US political news editor, Derek Brower, join this week’s Swamp Notes to examine whose case voters find more convincing. Credit: Fox10, PBS NewsHourMentioned in this podcast:Surge in border crossings creates political upheaval in the USJoe Biden and Donald Trump head to Texas as immigration debate heats upSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/03/2412m 50s

Formula One’s road map to success

The cost of Rishi Sunak’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda could exceed £580mn by the end of the decade, and Toyota’s bet on hybrid vehicles has paid off, so far. Plus, the FT’s Samuel Agini explains how Formula One is trying to reinvent itself. Credit: Formula 1; NetflixMentioned in this podcast:Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda asylum scheme could cost UK £580mn, watchdog warnsWas Toyota’s bet on hybrid cars right all along?Formula One’s growing painsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/2412m 0s

McKinsey’s China problem

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi has received about $136mn in stock options after hitting a performance target, and Adani is working to push India’s military capabilities. Plus, the FT’s Stephen Foley explains why McKinsey is drawing ire from US lawmakers. Mentioned in this podcast:US Supreme Court will hear Trump presidential immunity appealMcKinsey-led think-tank advised China on policy that fed US tensionsMcKinsey website touted its advice to Chinese government ministriesAdani answers Modi's call to armsRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/02/2410m 9s

Should western troops go to Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin’s forces have rehearsed using tactical nuclear weapons at an early stage of conflict with a major world power and Emmanuel Macron, president of France, has refused to rule out sending troops to Ukraine. Plus, profits for the biggest US oil and gas producers have almost tripled under President Joe Biden, even as the industry berates his administration’s 'hostile' policies.Mentioned in this podcast:Leaked Russian military files reveal criteria for nuclear strikeMacron says sending western troops to Ukraine cannot be ruled outGermany rebuffs Emmanuel Macron on troops in Ukraine and tells Paris to ‘supply more weapons’Oil and gas profits triple under Joe Biden even as industry decries himThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Michela Tindera, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/02/249m 19s

Sweden set to join the Nato club

Sweden is set to become a Nato member, the UK Financial Conduct Authority is planning to name firms under investigation at a much earlier stage, and Microsoft has struck a deal with a French artificial intelligence start-up to broaden its involvement in the industry beyond OpenAI.Mentioned in this podcast:Sweden overcomes final hurdle to join Nato in historic shiftFCA plans to name firms under investigation in UK deterrence driveMicrosoft strikes deal with Mistral in push beyond OpenAIThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/02/249m 19s

Biotech is back

Israel plans to raise debt and taxes to fund its war in Gaza and global house prices are on the rise. Plus, FT correspondent Paola Tamma discusses some of the troubles plaguing the EU’s key pandemic stimulus fund.  Mentioned in this podcast:US biotech fundraising boom ends 2-year deal droughtIs the EU’s Covid recovery fund failing?Global house prices rebound as economists predict turning point Israel plans $60bn debt raising and tax rises to fuel defence spendingThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Jess Smith, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/249m 55s

Swamp Notes: Trump’s legal troubles

Former US President Donald Trump is the subject of four criminal cases and several civil suits. That means the presumptive Republican nominee will be spending a lot of time in courtrooms ahead of voting day in November. Still, it looks like all these legal liabilities might be giving him a political boost. The FT’s US legal and defence correspondent, Stefania Palma, and US managing editor, Peter Spiegel, join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain why.Mentioned in this podcast:Are US presidents above the law?Donald Trump’s legal bill and Joe Biden’s cash boost: inside the 2024 money raceSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor, and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/02/2412m 55s

Russia’s failed efforts to rebuild in Ukraine

The UK and EU will on Friday sign a deal to co-operate more closely in tackling illegal immigration and criminal gangs, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index hit a record high after 34 years. Plus, the FT’s Alison Killing talks about Russia’s failed rebuilding of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Mentioned in this podcast:UK and EU agree to co-operate more closely on migrationJapan’s Nikkei 225 index eclipses record high after 34 yearsInside Mariupol: Russia’s new Potemkin villageThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/2412m 3s

HSBC profits nosedive

Nvidia’s net income soared nearly 800 per cent in the latest quarter compared to the same period in 2022, HSBC reported an 80 per cent drop in quarterly profit, and Boeing is replacing the executive in charge of manufacturing its 737 Max aircraft. Plus, Indonesia’s incoming president is creating concerns for the country’s democracy. Mentioned in this podcast:Nvidia declares AI ‘tipping point’ as quarterly revenues jump 265%HSBC shares fall most since 2020 after profits plummet 80%Boeing ousts head of 737 Max programmeWhat Prabowo Subianto’s presidential election win means for IndonesiaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/02/248m 53s

Discover what’s in Capital One’s wallet

Donald Trump is losing support from small donors, US lender Capital One has agreed to buy rival Discover Financial for $35.3bn, and Barclays updated investors on its strategy for the first time in eight years. Mentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump’s donor numbers fall by 200,000 compared with 2019Capital One agrees to buy Discover Financial for $35bnBarclays to return £10bn to shareholdersSubscribe to the FT US Election Countdown newsletterThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Saffeya Ahmed, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/02/249m 41s

Israel’s economy slumps

Ukraine withdraws from Avdiivka, lacking weaponry and ammunition, and there are questions about OpenAI’s business model.Mentioned in this podcast:Israel’s economy shrank at 20% rate after outbreak of warCan OpenAI create superintelligence before it runs out of cash? External LinkBattle for Avdiivka tests Ukraine’s new commanderThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Josh Gabert-Doyon, Manuela Saragosa, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/02/2411m 52s

What next for Russia after Navalny?

The European Union plans to hit Apple with a €500mn fine over music streaming, German companies make record investments in the US, and emerging market investors switch to ETFs that exclude China.Mentioned in this podcast:US investors in emerging markets switch to ETFs that exclude ChinaNavalny’s allies accuse Russian authorities of trying to cover up his deathEU to hit Apple with first ever fine in €500mn penalty over music streamingThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Zach St. Louis, Josh Gabert-Doyon, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/2411m 9s

Swamp Notes: Donald Trump takes on Nato (again)

Donald Trump picked plenty of fights with Nato during his time in office. Now, even as war rages in Ukraine, candidate Trump is back at it. But is his aggressive attitude toward Nato resonating with American voters? The FT’s Lauren Fedor and Alec Russell join this week’s Swamp Notes to discuss.Mentioned in this podcast:Nato needs to prepare for Trump’s unilateralism on steroidsDonald Trump says Russia can do what it wants to Nato allies who pay too littleSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Ethan Plotkin, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor, and Marc Filippino. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Pierre Nicholson. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comCREDIT: Comedy Central, Bloomberg Television, Daily Mail Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/02/2412m 45s

Asset managers cool on climate group

European Commision president Ursula von der Leyen says Europe’s military needs to step up and two of the world’s biggest asset managers are quitting an investor group set up to prod companies over global warming. Plus, big food companies are jumping into new farming practices meant to store carbon underground, but there are significant hurdles. Mentioned in this podcast:Von der Leyen calls on EU to subsidise defence productionJPMorgan and State Street quit climate group as BlackRock scales backThe dubious climate gains of turning soil into a carbon sinkHedge fund stampede into cocoa futures fuels record price spikeThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/02/2411m 43s

Will Germany lead Nato?

UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt is considering slashing public spending to fund pre-election tax cuts, Germany is looking to boost its defence spending at a crucial time for Europe, and Citigroup has started tracking how many calls its private bankers are making to clients. Plus, the FT’s Madison Marriage talks about her new podcast on the dangers of meditation retreats.Mentioned in this podcast:Jeremy Hunt faced with slashing UK public spending to fund tax cutsWill Germany deliver on its grand military ambitions?Citi starts tracking how often private bankers call clientsUntold: The RetreatThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/2411m 2s

Arm’s share price goes crazy

Investors scaled back bets that the US Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates in May, and Arm shares soared after the UK chip designer reported higher revenues boosted by strong demand for artificial intelligence. Plus the FT’s Felicia Schwartz explains how the relationship between US President Joe Biden and Benjamin Netayahu, prime minister of Israel, is being affected by the war in Gaza. Mentioned in this podcast:Investors scale back bets of May rate cut on strong US inflation figuresUnhedged newsletter: Is Arm really an AI stock?Unhedged podcastArm’s an AI stock now. When’s the crash?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/02/2411m 32s

Wall Street fell out of love with equity hedge funds

US law firm Latham & Watkins is cutting off automatic access to its international databases for its Hong Kong-based lawyers, one of the oldest and best-known hedge fund strategies has suffered nearly $150bn in client withdrawals over the past five years, and the price of bitcoin touched $50,000 for the first time since 2021. Plus, the FT’s Kaye Wiggins explains how a Chinese financier is turning small businesses into a data gold mine. Mentioned in this podcast:Latham & Watkins cuts off its Hong Kong lawyers from international databasesDecline of the star stockpicker: investors pull $150bn from equity hedge fundsBitcoin price touches $50,000 after spot ETF launches spur demandThe financier turning China’s noodle joints and karaoke bars into a data gold mineThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/02/2411m 27s

Imran Khan rises again in Pakistan

EY took on $700mn in debt for its failed “Project Everest” plan, and tech companies are shedding jobs in a pivot to AI. Plus, Shein is seeking Beijing’s approval ahead of its IPO. Mentioned in this podcast:Pakistan in power vacuum after Imran Khan defies election odds from jailEY took on $700mn in debt for doomed ‘Project Everest’ spin-off planShein seeks Chinese regulators’ tacit approval for US public offeringTech companies axe 34,000 jobs since start of year in pivot to AIThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Mischa Frankl-Duval, Breen Turner, Zach St. Louis, Saffeya Ahmed, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/2410m 32s

Untold: The Retreat, Ep. 1 - Dear Madison

Introducing Untold: The Retreat, a new podcast from the special investigations team at the Financial Times. In the first episode of The Retreat, Madison Marriage receives an email from a desperate father named Stephen. Over the past five years, he says, his twin daughters have changed drastically. They were bright and outgoing, with exciting plans for their future. But over their early twenties, they became increasingly distressed, struggling to eat or sleep and disassociating from normal life. Stephen believes the root of his daughters’ problems is a particular network of intensive meditation retreats.For support or more information about adverse meditation experiences, take a look at the Cheetah House website.If you are in need of urgent mental health support, please contact your local emergency services or reach out to a mental health helpline, such as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in the US or Samaritans in the UK.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/2442m 46s

Swamp Notes: Is it the economy, stupid?

For decades, common political wisdom has held that Americans vote based on their satisfaction with the economy. But even as the US economy booms, with persistently low unemployment and wage growth outpacing inflation, President Joe Biden’s approval rating continues reaching record lows. The FT’s Rana Foroohar and James Politi join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain why. Mentioned in this podcast:What if it’s not the economy, stupid?Why Biden gets little credit for a strong US economySign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereSwamp Notes is produced by Jake Harper, Sonja Hutson, Lauren Fedor, Marc Filippino and Ethan Plotkin. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/02/2411m 15s

Chill out. Netflix is winning the streaming wars

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismisses his top commander, Gaza’s last refuge is Israel’s next target and OpenAI is on track to hit $2bn in revenue.  Mentioned in this podcast:Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismisses Ukraine’s ‘iron general’Visual analysis: Gaza’s last refuge becomes Israel’s next targetDisney, Fox and Warner sports streaming platform foreshadows consolidationOpenAI on track to hit $2bn revenue milestone as growth skyrocketsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Breen Turner, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/2411m 7s

Your Uber profits have arrived

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is set to announce the party is abandoning its target to spend £28bn a year on green investment, Uber has reported its first annual operating profit, and the far-right winner of Dutch elections just can't seem to form a government. Mentioned in this podcast:Labour set to ditch plan to spend £28bn a year on green investmentGeert Wilders struggles to find coalition partners in the NetherlandsUber records first annual profits as market value approaches $150bnBenjamin Netanyahu rejects ‘delusional’ Hamas terms for hostage dealThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/249m 54s

The story behind the money going to Mexico

Standard Chartered has sounded out UK political heavyweights Sir Charles Roxburgh and Sir Sajid Javid as potential candidates for its next chair, BP reported its second-biggest annual profit in a decade, and the FT’s Michael Stott explains the dark side of money flowing from the US to Mexico. Plus, WeWork’s former CEO Adam Neumann is trying to buy the company out of bankruptcy. Mentioned in this podcast:Standard Chartered taps political heavyweights as potential new chairBP targets boost for returns as it delivers second biggest profit in a decadeThe darker side of Mexico’s $63bn remittances boomAdam Neumann seeks to buy WeWork out of bankruptcyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/02/2410m 33s

Pakistan’s Imran Khan fights an election from jail

China’s national chip champions expect to make next-generation smartphone processors as early as this year, and Northern Ireland is trying to chart a path forward under a new, historic power-sharing agreement. Plus, a former Pakistan prime minister is barred from this week’s election but is using chatbots and social media to energise his party’s supporters. **Please note that a segment in today’s episode contains audio that was produced by artificial intelligence.**Mentioned in this podcast:China on cusp of next-generation chip production despite US curbsImran Khan taps AI and TikTok to fight Pakistan election from jailCash crisis waits for Northern Ireland’s restored executiveThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Saffeya Ahmed, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. CREDIT: @PTIOfficialPKRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/02/2411m 13s

Turkey’s central bank chief steps down

Plans for a code on how AI models can use copyrighted materials have stalled in the UK, and US forces carried out strikes against Iran-backed militants over the weekend. Plus, the FT’s Owen Walker explains why the tides are turning against European banks. Mentioned in this podcast:Turkey central bank governor quits and points to campaign against herBNP Paribas shares fall after downgrade to profit targetDeutsche Bank pledges to boost dividend and cut jobsSantander earnings boosted by strong performance in EuropeJulius Baer’s profits tumble 52% as Signa hit triggers CEO exitTurkey’s central bank rocked by another leadership shake-upUS and UK hit Houthis in fresh air strikes against Iran-backed militiasUK shelves proposed AI copyright code in blow to creative industriesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Saffeya Ahmed, Zach St. Louis, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/2411m 18s

Swamp Notes: How money is shaping the 2024 US election

Business leaders backed away from Donald Trump after his supporters attacked the US Capitol in 2021. Now, political donors are warming to the former president again as he runs for his party’s nomination ahead of elections later this year. The FT’s Alex Rogers and Edward Luce explain why donations are flowing in the way they are.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/02/2412m 14s

Big tech continues to rock

Meta will reward shareholders with its first-ever dividend and an additional $50bn in share buybacks, US President Joe Biden has approved financial sanctions on Israelis in the West Bank, and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk is hitting back after a Delaware court struck down his $56bn pay package. Plus, the EU has agreed a deal on a €50bn financial support package for Ukraine. Mentioned in this podcast:EU agrees €50bn support package for UkraineUS to put sanctions on Israeli settlers responsible for West Bank violenceTesla shareholders will vote on moving incorporation to Texas, says Elon MuskWhat the $56bn Tesla pay deal setback means for Elon Musk and his empireFormula One’s Lewis Hamilton to join Ferrari from MercedesMeta dividend signals 'coming of age' for Mark Zuckerbergs companyCREDIT: Formula 1The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/2411m 27s

Viktor Orbán: the EU’s chief disrupter

The US Federal Reserve held interest rates at a 23-year high, the EU’s battle with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán could come to a head on Thursday, and Boeing withheld its usual financial guidance for the coming year while vowing to focus on the safety of its operations. Mentioned in this podcast:Federal Reserve holds interest rates steady as market focuses on timing of 2024 cutsViktor Orbán: what is the end game for Europe’s chief disrupter?Boeing postpones annual guidance amid 737 Max crisisThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/2410m 44s

Palestinians pay the price for UN allegations

Microsoft reported record quarterly revenues, the IMF projects the Russian economy and the global economy will grow faster than previously expected, and the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees is in crisis after allegations that some of its staff were involved in the October 7 attacks on Israel.Mentioned in this podcast:Cloud strength and AI excitement boost Microsoft revenueAlphabet’s advertising growth falls short of Wall Street expectationsIMF raises Russia growth outlook as war boosts economyA UN agency in Gaza is in crisis. Palestinians may pay the priceIsraeli intelligence accused UN staff of kidnap and seizing bodyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/01/2411m 34s

China’s not so Evergrande

Binance has bowed to pressure from customers who want to hold their assets with an independent custodian, a Hong Kong court has ordered property giant China Evergrande to be wound up, and Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is returning to an old but controversial playbook to jump-start the country’s economy.Mentioned in this podcast:Binance bows to trader demands to keep their assets elsewhereChinese developer Evergrande ordered to be wound up by Hong Kong courtChina Evergrande liquidation to test Hong Kong’s reachLula’s playbook: Brazil bets on a return to state capitalismThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/01/2410m 20s

The challenges to a ceasefire in Gaza

Brussels threatens to hit Hungary’s economy if Viktor Orbán vetoes Ukraine aid, the UN’s highest court orders Israel to limit harm to Palestinians in Gaza, Germany’s carmakers are struggling amidst the transition to electric vehicles, and EY and Bank of America are monitoring workers’ in-office attendance. Mentioned in this podcast:ICJ orders Israel to limit harm to Palestinians in GazaGerman car suppliers struggle to adjust to EV shiftBrussels threatens to hit Hungary’s economy if Viktor Orbán vetoes Ukraine aidEY starts monitoring UK staff office attendance with turnstile dataBiden says Iran-backed militants killed 3 US servicemen in drone attackThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/2411m 54s

Swamp Notes: GOP primaries and the power of incumbency

So far the Republican primaries have had very few surprises. Former President Donald Trump continues to be the favourite. On the first episode of Swamp Notes, the FT’s Lauren Fedor and Peter Spiegel unpack how Trump is winning these races as if he were an incumbent, what was in it for the other Republican candidates, and why former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is staying in the race.Mentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump warns Nikki Haley’s billionaire backers to halt supportNikki Haley, the woman determined to keep taking on TrumpDonald Trump wins New Hampshire primary but Nikki Haley vows to fight onDonald Trump moves closer to Republican coronation after Ron DeSantis ‘kisses the ring’Donald Trump draws on arsenal of slurs to attack rivals for Republican nominationSign up for the FT’s Swamp Notes newsletter hereRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/01/2414m 1s

How airlines are handling the Boeing fiasco

The Federal Trade Commission has launched an inquiry into the partnerships between Big Tech cloud providers and generative AI companies, the European Central Bank is keeping rates on hold, and Boeing’s problems are having a ripple effect on the broader airline industry. Plus, take a sneak peek at a new show we’re launching called Swamp Notes! Mentioned in this podcast: Donald Trump wins New Hampshire primary but Nikki Haley vows to fight onAmerican Airlines chief says Boeing’s quality problems ‘unacceptable’Christine Lagarde says ‘disinflation process is at work’Big Tech’s AI partnerships draw inquiry from FTCFT Swamp NotesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/01/2410m 58s

There’s active interest in passive funds

The US aviation regulator has blocked Boeing from expanding production of its most popular plane, the fight between Poland’s Donald Tusk and Andrzej Duda heats up, a research group forecasts 56% of total US fund assets will be passively managed by 2027, the French government presses the UK to help fill a multibillion-pound hole in nuclear projects, and Israel is creating a buffer zone within Gaza. Mentioned in this podcast:Regulator blocks expanded production of Boeing’s 737 MaxFeud between Poland’s Donald Tusk and Andrzej Duda intensifies over presidential pardonRachman Review podcastPassive eclipses active in US fund market as assets swell to $13.3tnFrench government presses the UK to help fill multi billion-pound hole in nuclear projectsIsrael demolishes buildings to create buffer zone within GazaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/249m 41s

Resuscitating Hong Kong’s stock exchange

Turkey’s parliament has voted in favour of Sweden joining Nato and Arab nations are about to unveil a peace plan for Israel and Hamas. Plus, the FT’s Kaye Wiggins explains whether a leadership change can help revive the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mentioned in this podcast:Turkish parliament votes in favour of Sweden’s accession to NatoHow China’s slowdown is deepening Hong Kong’s ‘existential crisis’Arab nations develop plan to end Israel-Hamas war and create Palestinian stateThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/01/249m 31s

Can the yield curve still predict recessions?

An inverted yield curve is sending jitters across the US economy, Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu is in hot water over its involvement in the UK Post Office scandal, and new details have emerged over how the SEC’s X account was hacked. Mentioned in this podcast:UK Post Office scandal exposes risks of Fujitsu’s hands-off approachYield curve adds to mystery over US economySEC says bitcoin X breach came after phone number was swappedThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva, Gavin Kallmann, and Josh Gabert-Doyon. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/01/2410m 41s

What’s next for Bitcoin ETFs?

Poland secures EU concession to limit food exports from Ukraine, Ron DeSantis ends his bid for the White House, investors turn to BlackRock and Fidelity for new crypto products, the US oil and gas industry is struggling to recruit Gen Z workers, and AI dominates Davos.Mentioned in this podcast:US bitcoin ETFs pull in $871mn in first three days of tradingThe US shale magnate trying to sell oil and gas jobs to Generation ZThe top takeaways from this year’s World Economic ForumPoland secures EU concession to limit food exports from Ukraine Ron DeSantis drops out of White House race and endorses TrumpCREDIT: World Economic ForumThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Josh Gabert-Doyon, Zach St. Louis, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/01/2412m 7s

What if AI knows your death date?

UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt has signalled he wants to cut taxes further in the coming months, the conflict in the Red Sea is rekindling fears over oil and inflation, and the FT’s Anjana Ahuja says scientists have developed artificial intelligence models to predict how long people will live. Mentioned in this podcast:UK chancellor signals he wants more tax cuts before electionWhy US strikes in Middle East are rekindling fears over oil and inflationCould an AI ‘death calculator’ actually be a good thing?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/2410m 56s

China is not out of the woods yet

A top IMF official has warned that central banks need to move cautiously on cutting rates this year, BP has appointed interim boss Murray Auchincloss as its permanent chief executive, and Rishi Sunak quelled a rightwing Conservative revolt over his flagship Rwanda asylum bill. Plus, the FT’s Joe Leahy explains why China’s population decline accelerated in 2023 as its economy grew at one of the lowest rates in decades. Mentioned in this podcast:IMF official warns central banks against fuelling inflation with rapid rate cuts Stocks drop as ECB and UK inflation puncture interest rate cut hopesBP appoints interim boss Murray Auchincloss as permanent chiefTory rebels abandon revolt over Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda billChina’s population decline accelerates as economy reaches low growth targetThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/01/2410m 6s

The uphill battle to beat Trump

Wage growth is slowing in the world’s largest economies, a federal judge stopped JetBlue’s planned deal to buy Spirit Airlines, and the EU’s tax on ‘dirty’ imports could fragment global trade. Plus, the FT’s Lauren Fedor explains the uphill battle for the Republican presidential nomination that Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are facing. Mentioned in this podcast:Wage growth slows in world’s major economiesHow global trade could fragment after the EU’s tax on ‘dirty’ importsJetBlue’s $3.8bn bid for rival airline Spirit blocked by US judgeNikki Haley and Ron DeSantis running out of time to stop Donald TrumpThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/01/2410m 46s

US-owned ship attacked off Yemen

Red Sea shipping route remains dangerous. What's behind Chinese carmaker BYD's success in the electric vehicle market? And new figures show Germany was the world’s weakest-performing major economy last year.Mentioned in this podcast:Germany was worst-performing major economy last yearChina’s electric vehicle dominance presents a challenge to the westWang Chuanfu, the driving force behind BYD’s riseThe FT News Briefing was produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian, Persis Love, Josh Gabert-Doyon, and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Simon Panayi. Topher Forhecz and Manuela Saragosa were executive producers. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/01/249m 25s

Taiwan defies China in election

Taiwan’s presidential election shows that voters are willing to defy China, the 2024 US presidential election kicks off today, and American banks say that American consumers are in good shape. Mentioned in this podcast:What Taiwanese voters’ defiance means for ChinaBanks say US consumers in good shape but poll shows Biden gets no creditIowa poll shows Trump far ahead of rivals in Republican raceCredit: CBS NewsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/01/2411m 3s

The world’s biggest mining project finally gets off the ground

The US and the UK have carried out military strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, US inflation numbers for December cool expectations for interest rate cuts in March. Plus, the FT’s Tom Wilson explains why the world’s biggest mining project took so long to get off the ground and whether it was worth the headache. Mentioned in this podcast:US and UK launch strikes against Houthi rebels in YemenBuckle up — the inflation battle is entering a new phaseWorld’s biggest mining project to start after 27 years of setbacks and scandalsNewsletter: Chris Giles on Central BanksThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Josh Gabert-Doyon Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/01/2411m 30s

What ETFs mean for bitcoin

US President Joe Biden plans to send a high-level delegation to Taipei after the election in Taiwan on Saturday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the first spot bitcoin exchange traded funds, and the Iran-backed militant group known as the Houthis are stepping up its attacks in the Red Sea. Mentioned in this podcast:Joe Biden to send delegation to Taipei after Taiwan’s electionTaiwan’s pivotal vote: China casts shadow over island’s electionSEC approves first spot bitcoin ETFs in boost to crypto advocatesWho are the Houthis?Subscribe to The Rachman ReviewFollow Untold: The Retreat on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/01/2411m 22s

The scramble for a new EU leader

Chinese companies are resorting to chips repurposed from standard PC gaming products to develop artificial intelligence tools, and Charles Michel’s run for European parliament is causing a scramble to replace him. Plus, a new TV show is firing Brits up over a decades-old post office scandal. Mentioned in this podcast:Chinese companies resort to repurposing Nvidia gaming chips for AIHow Charles Michel’s parliament plan fires up the EU’s top job battleHow a Post Office drama galvanised Britain The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/01/2410m 35s

Can Boeing get back on track?

Shares in Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems tumbled after a mid-flight accident, and tens of thousands of Afghan women and girls have been able to join online study programmes despite the Taliban’s ban on female education. Mentioned in this podcast:Boeing and supplier shares fall after mid-flight Alaska Airlines accidentAfghan women and girls flock online to evade Taliban curbs on female educationBiden says he is pressing Israel to ‘significantly get out’ of GazaIsrael says it has destroyed Hamas as a fighting force in north GazaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/01/2410m 19s

Football clubs are pouring billions into stadiums

A pile up of bad debt threatens to sour investors’ growing optimism about the prospects for the US’s largest banks, and European football clubs are pouring money into transforming stadiums. Plus, the FT’s Joe Miller explains why another bad bet by SoftBank could be trouble for the Japanese group. Mentioned in this podcast:SoftBank’s Gen Z social media bust: was IRL the next Facebook or a fraud?The European football clubs turning stadiums into cash cowsLargest US banks set to log sharp rise in bad loansThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/01/2411m 37s

Local Chinese banks get a lifeline

One of the world’s top gold producers fired its chief executive for serious misconduct, Chinese provinces pumped a record $31bn of capital into fragile regional banks last year, and German inflation accelerated to its fastest rate for three months in December. Plus, a study shows widespread untracked fishing is hindering global efforts to protect depleted fish stocks and marine environments. Mentioned in this podcast:Endeavour Mining CEO dismissed for serious misconductOff-radar fishing threatens efforts to preserve stocks, study warnsChina steps up aid for regional banks as economic risks mountGerman inflation rises to 3.8% in blow to rate-cut hopesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/2410m 20s

Convertible bonds are so hot right now

Minutes from the December Federal Reserve meeting show that officials were committed to higher-for-longer interest rates, convertible bonds have been a rare bright spot for corporate fundraising, and two bombs killed more than a hundred people in southern Iran yesterday. Plus, some Russians convicted of gruesome crimes are returning to their communities after fighting in Ukraine.  Mentioned in this podcast:Fed officials said rates could remain high ‘for some time’US companies dive into convertible debt to hold down interest costsBomb blasts at Iranian commander’s grave kill nearly 100The Russian murderers sent home as free men after fighting in UkraineThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/2410m 36s

BlackRock and Vanguard duke it out over ETF market

Russia has fired a second massive barrage of the new year on Ukraine’s capital and the country’s second-largest city, Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing allies have blasted Israel’s top court for striking down a controversial law aimed at overhauling the country's judiciary, and BlackRock’s lead in the US exchange traded fund market is being eroded by Vanguard and smaller rivals.Mentioned in this podcast:Russia pounds Ukraine in new year’s second massive air strikeBenjamin Netanyahu’s allies blast top court but wait to revive judicial overhaulVanguard and rivals gain ground on BlackRock in US ETF marketThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/01/2410m 7s

Markets, elections and AI in 2024

The FT’s Peter Spiegel, Katie Martin and Elaine Moore preview what could happen in geopolitics, markets and artificial intelligence in 2024.The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/01/2413m 28s

From “What Next”: Wait, China’s Taking Our Pandas Back?

FT News Briefing presents a special episode from Slate’s “What Next” podcast, hosted by Mary Harris. Everybody loves pandas—and China knows it. As we say goodbye to the National Zoo’s pandas, this Slate podcast looks back at 50 years of “panda diplomacy” and consider its uncertain future. Join Harris as she speaks with E. Elena Songster, author of Panda Nation: The Construction and Conservation of China’s Modern Icon and professor of environmental history of modern China at St. Mary’s College of California. FT News Briefing will return with regular episodes next week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/12/2328m 35s

Superintelligent AI: can chatbots think?

Are generative AI systems such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT really intelligent? Large language models such as GPT 4 appear to use human-level cognitive abilities when they engage in legal reasoning, write essays or solve complex problems. Hosts John Thornhill and Madhumita Murgia speak to Emily Bender, professor of computational linguistics at the University of Washington, to find out what’s really happening under the hood, and also hear from Pablo Arredondo of CaseText, which develops AI tools for lawyers; influential computer scientist Melanie Mitchell, professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and Konstantin Arkoudas, an AI expert who’s worked on Amazon’s Alexa. Free links:OpenAI set to launch store as ChatGPT reaches 100mn usersHow to keep the lid on the Pandora’s box of AIWe need a political Alan Turing to design AI safeguards‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: how OpenAI’s dramatic weekend unfoldedTech Tonic is presented by Madhumita Murgia and John Thornhill. Senior producer is Edwin Lane and the producer is Josh Gabert-Doyon. Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/2329m 27s

Culture chat: ‘Napoleon’ with historian Simon Schama

Historian Sir Simon Schama and FT deputy arts editor and film expert Raph Abraham join Lilah to discuss the historical epic ‘Napoleon’. Ridley Scott’s new two-and-a-half-hour-long film stars Joaquin Phoenix, and documents a lot: Napoleon’s rise and fall, some of his most famous battles, and his relationship with his wife, Josephine. But how well does it represent his character? We discuss what the film got right and wrong (historically and dramatically), why Napoleon continues to loom so large in culture, and whether historical epics still satisfy us.-------We are still collecting your cultural predictions for 2024! What’s one thing you think will happen (or want to happen) in culture next year? Write us. You can email us at lifeandart@ft.com or message Lilah on Instagram @lilahrap. -------Links (all FT links get you past the paywall): – Simon’s FT Weekend essay on Napoleon, and why so many writers and filmmakers try to depict him: https://on.ft.com/4861gbn– the FT’s official review of Napoleon by Danny Leigh: https://on.ft.com/484moPh– An essay from Janan Ganesh on why Napoleon still matters: https://on.ft.com/3uWF8Sj– Simon recommends the 2012 movie ‘Lincoln’, directed by Steven Spielberg– Raph is a fan of Pablo Larrain’s ‘Jackie,’ from 2016, and the Leonard Bernstein biopic ‘Maestro’, directed by Bradley Cooper and available on Netflix on December 20– We interviewed Pablo Larrain in 2021 about his creative process: https://on.ft.com/3oofjVO – Lilah wrote a column about learning to draw: https://on.ft.com/46NBaZt – Simon is on X @simon_schama-------Special FT subscription offers for Life and Art podcast listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial, are here: http://ft.com/lifeandart-------Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/12/2326m 1s

Hot Money: The New Narcos

When a Dutch crime reporter makes an unbelievable discovery, a small-town murder case begins to look like an international assassination plot.For more from the FT, sign up for the FT Edit App. To listen to Hot Money ad free, subscribe to Pushkin+.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/12/2329m 31s

The year of weight-loss drugs

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt raised the prospect of the Bank of England reducing interest rates in 2024 in an interview with the FT, and Novo Nordisk’s drugs for obesity could have a profound effect on healthcare, society and our relationship with food. Plus, part three or our three-part series on a changing India looks at the country’s booming fertility industry. Mentioned in this podcast:FT Person of the Year: Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen of Novo NordiskJeremy Hunt raises prospect of Bank of England rate cuts in 2024Credit: Vogue.comCredit: Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Breen Turner, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/12/2312m 52s

This bond market rally is epic

A global rally in government debt has driven yields past many Wall Street targets for the end of 2024, and rising premiums in China are driving families to cancel health coverage. Plus, in the second of a three-part series, the FT’s Benjamin Parkin travels to southern India to see whether factories can help solve the country’s employment problems. Mentioned in this podcast:Bond market rally drives yields past Wall Street’s end-2024 targetsMillions drop out of China’s state health insurance systemThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva, Gavin Kallmann and Joanna Kao. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/2311m 5s

India’s digital transformation

Copper is set to finish the year as the top-performing industrial metal, and the FT’s John Paul Rathbone recently visited a Hamas tunnel and talks about his experience. Plus, in the first part of a three-part series, the FT’s John Reed goes to Varanasi to show how India’s digital transformation is going. Mentioned in this podcast:Supply squeeze helps copper prices buck tough year for base metalsInside the ‘Gaza metro’: Israel displays Hamas tunnel big enough for a carNarendra Modi responds to assassination claims The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/2312m 27s

US Steel gets a new owner

Activist investor Cevian Capital has taken a €1.2bn stake in UBS, and Nippon Steel has agreed to buy US Steel in a $14.9bn deal. Plus, the FT’s Josh Gabert-Doyon takes us to the English town of Widnes and discusses what the destruction of fossil fuel infrastructure means for local citizens. Mentioned in this podcast:Activist Cevian places €1.2bn bet on UBSNippon Steel agrees to buy US Steel for $14.9bnThe Fiddler’s Ferry blast that will reshape a town’s identityThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/12/239m 37s

A Chinese spy in Europe’s midst

Corporate bankruptcies are increasing at double-digit rates in most advanced economies, and TSMC is going to play a huge role in Taiwan’s upcoming election. Plus the FT’s Henry Foy explains how a European politician spied for China. Mentioned in this podcast:UK’s biggest companies failing to close pay gap, says reportChipmaker TSMC casts long shadow over Taiwan electionChinese spies recruited European politician in operation to divide westBankruptcies soar as high rates and end of Covid aid hit businesses hardThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva, Gavin Kallmann, and Josh Gabert-Doyon. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/12/2311m 0s

UAW strike kicks off new era for US labour

Central banks are charting different courses for interest rates in 2024, and EU leaders have agreed to officially start accession talks with Ukraine. Plus, for US union leader Shawn Fain, the historic auto workers strike is only the beginning. Mentioned in this podcast:EU leaders agree to start accession talks with UkraineStocks and bonds surge as Jay Powell comments fuel bets on interest rate cutsECB keeps rate on hold but lowers inflation forecastAndrew Bailey warns ‘still some way to go’ as BoE holds rates at 5.25%The unexpected revival of America’s trade unionsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/12/2310m 42s

The west is losing patience with Israel

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates at a 22-year high, countries reached a deal at the COP28 climate summit to transition away from fossil fuels, and Germany reached a last-minute budget deal to avoid a financial shutdown. Plus, the FT’s John Paul Rathbone explains whether Israel can continue its pursuit of Hamas without losing western support. Mentioned in this podcast:How the COP28 deal was won but the battle for 1.5C may be lostJoe Biden’s criticism of Israel highlights mounting unease over Gaza warFederal Reserve keeps rates at 22-year high but hints at cuts to comeGermany agrees budget deal to plug €17bn hole after debt rulingThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/12/2311m 0s

Is Signa’s downfall a canary in the coalmine?

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak headed off a Conservative revolt over his flagship Rwanda migration bill, US core inflation rose last month, and the FT’s Sam Jones explains the downfall of Signa, one of Europe’s most prominent property developers. Mentioned in this podcast:Rishi Sunak secures win in Rwanda asylum voteRise in US core inflation highlights stubborn price pressuresRwanda vote exposes Tory divisions despite Rishi Sunak’s winSigna fires René Benko ally for suspected ‘gross violations’ of dutiesInsurers built €3bn exposure to struggling Signa property empireThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/12/2311m 2s

Wealthy donors and campus speech

Investors poured record sums into high-yield bond exchange traded funds in November, Rishi Sunak will on Tuesday seek to face down rightwing Tory rebels by pushing ahead with his controversial Rwanda bill, and the FT’s Joshua Chaffin tells us about the wealthy donors pushing for US universities to crack down on antisemitism. Mentioned in this podcast:High-yield bond ETFs attract highest flows on record in NovemberGovernment to face down party rebels over Rwanda billThe Ivy League, Wall St donors and the furore over antisemitism on campusThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/2310m 49s

The Big Four’s year of layoffs

French immigration reforms put Emmanuel Macron’s leadership to the test, Pisa rankings show sharp decline in student attainment in maths and reading since 2018, India’s stock market is set to take Hong Kong’s spot among world’s largest, and Shohei Ohtani signs a record $700mn baseball contract with Los Angeles Dodgers. Mentioned in this podcast:UK students fall behind on core skills post-pandemicEY to cut a further 150 UK jobs as Big Four firms grapple with waning demandShohei Ohtani signs record $700mn baseball contract with Los Angeles DodgersIndia’s stock market set to take Hong Kong’s spot among world’s largestFrench immigration reforms put Emmanuel Macron’s leadership to the testCredit: MLB.com The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva, Gavin Kallmann, and Zach St. Louis. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/2310m 46s

US oil is keeping Opec on its toes

The EU is set to pave the way for completely ending gas imports from Russia and Belarus, and a record supply of oil from the US is complicating Opec+ maths. Plus, the FT’s Jennifer Hughes explains why the price of gold and bitcoin are both booming in the same week.  Mentioned in this podcast:EU paves way for total ban on Russian gas importsOil market caught by surprise as US output surgesGold price hits all-time high as traders bet on interest rate cutsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Michela Tindera, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/2310m 24s

The humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza

Moody’s Investors Service advised staff in China to work from home ahead of its cut to the outlook for the country’s sovereign credit rating, Palestinians in Gaza are running out of places to evacuate to, and oil prices have fallen to their lowest level in five months. Plus, the FT’s Christopher Miller explains what would happen on the ground in Ukraine if western aid dries up. Mentioned in this podcast:Moody’s advised staff to work from home ahead of China outlook cutJoe Biden says Republican refusal to fund Ukraine is a ‘gift’ to Vladimir PutinKyiv’s political feuds cause cracks in Ukrainian unityShattered Israel-Hamas truce leaves Gaza’s civilians with nowhere left to runRepublicans tell Joe Biden US aid to Kyiv depends on immigration curbsEU budget dispute threatens €50bn war lifeline for UkraineOil slumps to lowest in five months despite Opec+ production cutsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/12/239m 48s

The crackdown on Ukraine’s oligarchs

Leading economists say the Federal Reserve will hold off on interest rate cuts until at least July 2024, and the US Supreme Court heard a case that could shut down Democrats’ attempts to impose a wealth tax. Plus, the FT’s Europe editor, Ben Hall, explains why Ukraine is cracking down on oligarchs and what it means for the country. Mentioned in this podcast:Economists see Fed keeping rates at 22-year high until at least July  How the US Supreme Court could thwart a prospective wealth taxUS Supreme Court appears wary of upending tax law in closely watched caseThe crackdown on Ukraine’s oligarchsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/12/2311m 3s

Hot Money: The New Narcos - Ep. 1, Murder Brokers

Hot Money is back with a brand new season. On the first episode of Hot Money: The New Narcos, a Dutch crime reporter makes an unbelievable discovery, and a small-town murder case begins to look like an international assassination plot.Subscribe to Hot Money: The New Narcos Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/2328m 59s

Venezuela votes for a land grab in Guyana

The UK will make it harder for employers to hire overseas staff in an attempt to reduce record immigration by 300,000 a year, a Venezuelan referendum lays claim to two-thirds of neighbouring Guyana, and the White House says the US is set to run out of funds to aid Ukraine by the end of the year. Plus, we get a preview of the new Hot Money season, which dives into the European cocaine trade.Mentioned in this podcast:UK government unveils measures to cut immigration by 300,000 a yearVenezuela says voters back claim to oil-rich swath of GuyanaUS funding for Ukraine set to run out by end of the year, White House warnsSubscribe to Hot Money: The New NarcosThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Edith Rousselot, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/12/239m 35s

Wealthy Argentines flock to Uruguay

Israel has ordered Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate a large area of land in the south of the strip, South Korea has become a top 10 defence exporter since the start of the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party has won a series of resounding victories in India’s state polls, and wealthy Argentines are moving to Uruguay to avoid high taxes. Mentioned in this podcast:Israel pounds southern Gaza after US warning on civilian deathsSouth Korean defence industry rides global order wave‘Leaving without leaving’: Argentines are flocking to Uruguay to avoid a high tax burdenNarendra Modi’s BJP triumphs in India state electionsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/2311m 23s

Introducing Hot Money: The New Narcos

Hot Money is back with a new season that begins with a mysterious murder in a small town and leads to a cocaine super cartel and a secret proxy war between democracies and dictatorships.Follow Hot Money: The New Narcos here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/232m 46s

Why markets had a stellar November

Washington is aiming to halve Russia’s oil and gas revenues by the end of this decade, and markets turned things round and had a great November. Plus, the FT’s Nicholas Megaw explains how investors use AI to decode what executives say on earnings calls. Mentioned in this podcast:US aims to halve Russia’s energy revenues by 2030, says officialInvestors use AI to glean signals behind executives’ soothing wordsMarkets in 2024: Investors bet on déjà vu all over againThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/2311m 55s

Nato says don’t underestimate Russia

Nato’s secretary-general is warning the west not to underestimate Russia, Cigna is in talks to merge with Humana in a deal that would create a US health insurance giant worth $140bn, and an audio essay by the FT’s Najmeh Bozorgmehr explores Iranians’ complicated feelings about the Israel-Gaza conflict.Mentioned in this podcast:Russia has stockpiled missiles for winter attack on Ukraine, says NatoCigna and Humana in deal talks to create US health insurance giantWhy Nato’s reassurances to Ukraine are starting to ring hollowIranians see both sides of the Israel-Gaza conflictAmerican diplomat Henry Kissinger dies aged 100The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/11/2310m 4s

Germany’s €60bn budget hole

A record number of Chinese people have defaulted since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a court ruling in Germany has opened up a huge €60bn hole in the country’s budget, and the FT’s Christine Murray explains why Mexico is benefitting from companies rethinking their foreign investments.Mentioned in this podcast:Chinese people default in record numbers as economic crisis deepens‘A house of cards’: court ruling leaves Olaf Scholz’s legacy in tattersThe city where Mexico’s nearshoring hype is becoming realityBerkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger dies aged 99The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/11/2311m 3s

Israel-Hamas truce extended

Qatar said mediators had secured a deal to prolong the temporary truce between Israel and Hamas by two days, Chinese fast-fashion group, Shein, has filed confidential paperwork for an initial public offering with the US securities regulator, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is experiencing a bit of culture shock as he fights against union action in Sweden. Plus, the value of rare whiskies sold at auction has recorded the steepest fall in a decade other than during the pandemic.Mentioned in this podcast:Israel-Hamas truce extended by 2 days, says QatarChinese fast-fashion retailer Shein makes confidential filing for US IPOTesla wins interim decision against Swedish state over car number plates Premium whisky prices slump as weak global economy hurts taste for luxury The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/2310m 7s

COP28: Climate summit tries to kick fossil fuel habit

Turkey’s exports to Russia of goods vital for Moscow’s war machine have soared in 2023, and nations at this year’s COP28 summit will revisit a proposal to phase out fossil fuels. Plus, the FT’s Madhumita Murgia explains how one patient in need of a new liver exposed major flaws in the UK’s organ transplant system. Mentioned in this podcast:Future of fossil fuels leaves nations at odds ahead of UN climate summitTurkey’s exports of military-linked goods to Russia surgeAlgorithms are deciding who gets organ transplants. Are their decisions fair?Tech Tonic podcast: Superintelligent AIThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva, Gavin Kallmann, and Josh Gabert-Doyon. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/11/2310m 37s

What the Dutch far-right win means for the EU

Voters in the Netherlands elect Geert Wilders; UK immigration numbers reach new high; Plus, senior Carlsberg executives are detained in Russia.Mentioned in this podcast:Net migration to the UK hit record 745,000 in 2022Far-right Dutch victory puts European liberal democracy on defensiveEx-Carlsberg executives detained in Russia over fraud claimsThe FT News Briefing this week was produced by Kasia Broussalian, Sonja Hutson, Fiona Symon, Marc Filippino, Josh Gabert-Doyon and me, Persis Love. Our engineers were Monica Lopez and Odinn Ingibergsson. We had help this week from Saffeya Ahmed, Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, David da Silva, Michael Lello, Peter Barber and Gavin Kallmann. Our executive producers this week were Manuela Saragosa and Topher Forhecz. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio and our theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/2311m 52s

Ousted OpenAI board member on AI safety concerns

Sam Altman returns and OpenAI board members are given the boot; US authorities foil a plot to kill Sikh separatist leader on US soil; plus, the UK’s Autumn Statement increases the tax burden.Mentioned in this podcast:US thwarted plot to kill Sikh separatist on American soilHunt cuts national insurance but taxes head to postwar highOpenAI says Sam Altman to return as chief executive under new board The FT News Briefing is produced by Persis Love, Josh Gabert-Doyon and Edwin Lane. Additional help by Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Manuela Saragosa is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/11/2311m 21s

OpenAI and Sam Altman’s superpowers

Israel and Hamas have agreed a deal to release hostages, Dutch voters head to the polls today, and Binance chief executive Changpeng Zhao has resigned after pleading guilty to a US criminal charge. Plus, the FT’s George Hammond explains why Sam Altman has so many people rallying behind him after he was ousted from OpenAI. Mentioned in this podcast:Israel approves hostage deal with HamasDutch election shapes up as tight race to replace Mark RutteBinance chief Changpeng Zhao pleads guilty in US criminal caseOpenAI directors in talks with Sam Altman on rejoining boardThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/11/2310m 40s

Argentina is in its Milei era

A majority of OpenAI employees sent a letter demanding that the board reinstate former CEO Sam Altman, Argentina is entering a new era after electing radical libertarian outsider Javier Milei as president, and the US Department of Justice is seeking more than $4bn from Binance to settle a criminal fraud investigation. Plus, the FT’s Alec Russell unpacks Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s ambitious plan to build a new capital city and turn the country into an economic superpower. Mentioned in this podcast:Majority of OpenAI staff threaten to quit unless Sam Altman is reinstatedInvestors cheer Milei victory in ArgentinaJavier Milei prepares shock therapy to cure Argentina’s sickly economyUS DoJ seeks more than $4bn from Binance to settle criminal probeIs Indonesia finally set to become an economic superpower?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/11/2311m 19s

Milei elected president of Argentina

Radical libertarian economist, Javier Milei, has won Argentina’s presidential elections, investors are shaking up the venture capital market by raising money to buy out start-ups, and Bangladesh is struggling to keep the lights on after going all-in on liquefied natural gas. Mentioned in this podcast:Radical libertarian Javier Milei elected president of ArgentinaInvestors shake up VC market by raising money to buy out start-upsWill Bangladesh come to regret its dash for gas?Altman appears at OpenAI offices as pressure grows to reinstate himThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Josh Gabert-Doyon, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/11/239m 53s

Life and Art: Nathan Fielder and ‘The Curse’

Introducing Life and Art, a new podcast FT Weekend. Join host Lilah Raptopoulos for two episodes each week.On Mondays, they talk about life and how to live a good one. On Fridays, Lilah hosts a roundtable that will dive deep into a piece of culture that’s in the air right now. On this episode, Lilah’s joined by FT columnist Stephen Bush and assistant arts editor Rebecca Watson to talk about the new cringe-drama-comedy show, The Curse. They discuss the show and how prestige TV is changing comedy. Why are we laughing less, and cringing more? And why is comedy so complicated right now? Click here to follow Life and Art, from FT Weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/11/2325m 57s

EY’s new leader has her work cut out for her

More than half of low-income UK households with mortgages have fallen behind on one or more of their bills and Alibaba disappointed investors after announcing that it ditched plans to spin off its cloud business. Plus, the FT’s Stephen Foley talks about EY’s new leader Janet Truncale and how she might steer the accounting firm.Mentioned in this podcast:Alibaba ditches plans to spin off cloud business and list supermarketEY picks Janet Truncale as the first woman to lead a Big Four firmLow-income borrowers hit hardest by Bank of England rate risesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Manuela Saragosa, Josh Gabert-Doyon, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/11/239m 22s

Sunak grapples with ruling on flagship asylum plan

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is attempting to save a plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda; an EU proposal will see Denmark enforcing the price cap on Russian oil by checking ships in the Baltic Sea; Plus, EY names a new CEO.Mentioned in this podcast:Sunak vows emergency legislation as Supreme Court rules against Rwanda policyEY picks Janet Truncale as first woman to lead Big Four firmDenmark could block Russian oil tankers from reaching marketsThis episode of FT News Briefing was produced by Josh Gabert-Doyon, Manuela Saragosa, Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/11/239m 41s

Biden and Xi meet in San Francisco

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will hold a high-profile summit in San Francisco today, US inflation fell more than expected to 3.2 per cent in October, and the war in Ukraine is doing serious damage to Russia’s labour market. Mentioned in this podcast:Biden and Xi meet in bid to stabilise relations between superpowersUS stocks and bonds jump after inflation falls to 3.2%Russia’s war economy leaves businesses starved of labourAI outperforms conventional weather forecasting methods for first timeThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/11/239m 33s

The return of David Cameron

Global investment banks have criticised a blanket ban on short selling imposed by South Korean regulators, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stunned Westminster on Monday by restoring former PM David Cameron to the political frontline, and the FT’s Christopher Grimes explains what the future of Hollywood might look like after months of strikes. Mentioned in this podcast:Global banks criticise Korean short selling ban as ‘phantom farce’David Cameron returns as UK foreign secretary after Suella Braverman is sackedGaza’s al-Shifa hospital ‘ceases to function’ as it runs out of fuelHollywood snaps back into action after actors reach deal to end strikesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/11/2310m 45s

The hack that halted the US Treasury market

The UK’s Takeover Panel has reported its first deficit in almost a decade, and oil prices have been cooling off at a pretty weird time. Plus, the FT’s Kate Duguid explains why a hack at China’s biggest bank put the US Treasury market on ice.  Mentioned in this podcast:UK Takeover Panel falls victim to deal droughtWall Street and Beijing fight fallout of ransomware attack on China’s biggest bankI’m going to dip my fat fingers in oil (Opinion)Iceland declares state of emergency as it braces for volcanic eruptionThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/239m 38s

FTNB Live: The best US cities for foreign investment

We’re bringing you a special live conversation from the FT’s Investing in America conference in Miami. Marc is joined on stage by FT US managing editor Peter Spiegel, FT energy reporter Amanda Chu, fDi Intelligence editor Jacopo Dettoni, and fDi managing director Chris Knight to discuss which city won the top spot on the FT’s ranking of best US cities for foreign investment. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/2319m 1s

Paris races to clean up Seine before Olympics

Russia has added at least Rbs3.4tn ($37bn) to its budget for this year, the war between Israel and Hamas is starting to bite into Israel's economy, and Spain’s ruling Socialist party has sealed a contentious amnesty deal with Catalan separatists. Plus, Paris is rushing to make the river Seine clean enough for Olympic athletes to swim next summer. Mentioned in this podcast:Russia adds more than 3tn roubles to its budget‘I’m not sure we’ve got a safety net’: Israeli businesses buckle as war hits economyPedro Sánchez set to retain power in Spain after amnesty deal with Catalan separatistsParis bets on giant tank to clean up Seine river in time for OlympicsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/2310m 23s

Introducing: Life and Art, from FT Weekend

Introducing Life and Art, from FT Weekend. It's a new twice-weekly culture podcast from the Financial Times. On Monday, we talk about life, and how to live a good one, in a one-on-one conversation that explores everything from food and travel to philosophy and creativity. On Friday, we talk about “art” – in a chat show! Three FT journalists come together to discuss a new cultural release across film, TV, music and books. Hosted by Lilah Raptopoulos, together with the FT’s award-winning writers and editors, and special guests.Click here to follow Life and Art, from FT Weekend. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/231m 23s

Arm wrestles with bad first quarter as a public company

Shares of UK chip designer Arm fell after its revenue forecast for the current quarter left Wall Street underwhelmed, the US’s top diplomat has provided Washington’s most detailed plan for the postwar future of Gaza, Portugal’s corruption scandal is spelling trouble for the government’s economic plans, and US President Joe Biden got some pretty conflicting news for his re-election campaign this week.Mentioned in this podcast:UK chip designer Arm’s shares fall after disappointing revenue forecastUS calls for Palestinian Authority to run Gaza and West Bank after the war with HamasPortugal’s economic plans in disarray after PM resignationPortuguese PM António Costa resigns as corruption crisis eruptsDemocratic wins in US state votes boost Joe Biden‘People are frustrated’: Gaza war opens rift among US DemocratsAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/2311m 24s

Israel plans for ‘indefinite’ grip over Gaza

The IMF has warned rapid wage increases in eastern Europe risk eroding the region’s competitive edge, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country will maintain indefinite control over Gaza, and Australia’s prime minister went to China this week in a dramatic turnround in relations between the two countries. Plus, economists are worried falling pork prices in China might tip the country back into deflation.Mentioned in this podcast:Soaring wage growth risks blunting eastern Europe’s edge, IMF warnsIsrael plans ‘indefinite’ controls over Gaza, says Benjamin NetanyahuAustralia seeks reset with Xi Jinping while balancing ties with USThe quick and easy guide for countries resisting Chinese trade coercionFalling pork prices threaten to push China back into deflationRachman Review podcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/11/239m 27s

The best US cities for foreign investment

WeWork filed for bankruptcy, PwC plans to cut up to 600 jobs in the UK, and the FT’s Peter Spiegel explains who won the distinction of the best US city for foreign investment. Mentioned in this podcast:WeWork files for bankruptcy amid office market downturnWeWork: boxed-in flexible space group seeks new lease of lifePwC to cut up to 600 UK jobs as attrition rate plungesHouston overtakes Miami as best place for foreign businesses in annual FT-Nikkei rankingThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/11/2310m 35s

Private equity wrestles with higher interest rates

Donald Trump testifies in New York today, Japan’s prime minister turns to stimulus to offset the pain of inflation, private equity is getting pummelled by higher interest rates, and Berkshire Hathaway reported a record amount of cash on hand.Mentioned in this podcast:Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida bets on $113bn stimulus to tackle inflation painPrivate equity: higher rates start to pummel dealmakersWarren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sells stocks as cash pile swells to record levelsDonald Trump prepares to testify in New York civil fraud trial The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Joanna Kao, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/11/2310m 50s

Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty

Israeli troops have entered Gaza City, European private equity group CVC Capital Partners has postponed plans to float until next year, and central banks are hitting pause on interest rate rises while inflation stays strong.Mentioned in this podcast:Israeli army attempts to ‘encircle’ Gaza City as Joe Biden calls for pause in fightingCVC Capital Partners postpones plans for Amsterdam listingCentral banks hold interest rates at a scary timeBoE expected to leave rates unchanged as inflation remains strongAI companies agree to government tests on their technology to assess national security risksSam Bankman-Fried convicted of fraud over FTX’s collapseThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/2310m 16s

The battle for EV batteries in US speeds up

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady, and people are now being allowed to cross the border from Gaza into Egypt. Plus, competition for foreign investment in electric vehicles is pitting the US southeast against the automotive heartland of the Midwest. Mentioned in this podcast:US Federal Reserve holds interest rates at 22-year highEgypt allows first evacuee departures from GazaCan America’s south-east unseat Detroit as ‘Motown’ of the EV age?Investing in America liveThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/11/2312m 46s

Governments dip into AI regulation

Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud trial is set to wrap up today, eurozone inflation fell to its lowest level for more than two years, and Odey Asset Management is to close after allegations of sexual assault and harassment against its founder. Plus, global political leaders and tech executives will gather in the UK next week to discuss risks of artificial intelligence. Mentioned in this podcast:He said, they said: Sam Bankman-Fried jury weighs duelling accounts of FTX’s downfallEurozone inflation falls more than expected to 2.9%Odey Asset Management to close after sexual assault allegations against founderHow Sunak’s Bletchley Park summit aims to shape global AI safetyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/11/2310m 27s

Israel pushes deeper into Gaza

Israeli ground forces pushed deeper into the Gaza Strip on Monday, General Motors has reached a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union, and the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, is now valued at $19bn, the company told employees. Plus, the FT’s Stefania Palma explains how Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai’s testimony before the US Department of Justice went on Monday. Mentioned in this podcast:The tactics behind Israel’s ground offensiveUS autoworker strike nears end as GM reaches tentative deal with UAWSundar Pichai acknowledges Google search default deals were ‘very valuable’Elon Musk’s X says it is worth $19bn one year after acquisitionThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/10/238m 48s

The return of the rice crisis

Israel has expanded its ground offensive in Gaza as the country launches a new phase of its war to destroy Hamas, and seven tech companies are dominating global stocks. Plus, the FT’s Susannah Savage explains why the world is entering a rice crisis and what can be done to fix it. Mentioned in this podcast:‘Magnificent Seven’ tech stocks drive US equity domination to new highsThe return of the rice crisisRémy Cointreau drops to three-year low as US consumers shun cognacThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/10/239m 59s

Sam Bankman-Fried takes the stand

FTX founder Sam Bankman Fried gave a preview of his defence against fraud charges, the US is worried that Iran and its proxies will escalate attacks on American forces in the Middle East, and the FT’s Josh Franklin explains what Morgan Stanley’s leadership change means for the company. Mentioned in this podcast:Sam Bankman-Fried previews ‘advice of counsel’ defence in FTX fraud trialMorgan Stanley makes its choice: how Ted Pick won the succession raceUS moves to deter Iran ahead of Israel’s invasion of GazaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/239m 20s

US House Speaker: Fourth time's the charm

Mike Johnson, a loyal ally of Donald Trump, has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Plus, in the first instalment of our Investing In America series, we travel to the Port of Albany to look at how money outside the US is changing the country. Mentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump ally Mike Johnson elected US House Speaker after weeks of gridlockInvesting in America The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/2312m 4s

Who to turn to when the world is crumbling

Microsoft registered an unexpected rebound in growth in its Azure cloud computing platform during the third quarter, environmental campaigners have attacked a critical part of the EU’s plans to green its energy supply, and the UN's secretary-general is denouncing what he calls “clear violations” of international law” in Gaza. Plus, the FT’s Arjun Neil Alim explains why companies are turning to former diplomats for help.Mentioned in this podcast:Microsoft’s unexpected rebound in Azure cloud growth lifts sharesUN chief denounces ‘clear violations’ of international law in GazaCampaigners warn EU over funds for hydrogen infrastructureCompanies on the hunt for geopolitical advice as tensions riseSource: United Nations The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/10/2310m 7s

Commenting on Israel-Hamas is tricky for businesses

The EU’s top diplomat called on Monday for a pause in hostilities in order to allow aid deliveries into Gaza, and Argentine bonds tumbled after Sunday’s presidential election. Plus, the FT’s Anjli Raval explains why companies are struggling when it comes to weighing in on the Israel-Hamas war. Mentioned in this podcast:Argentina’s economy minister Sergio Massa seeks broad coalition after first-round election winBusiness in a bind over messaging on Israel-Hamas warEU’s top diplomat urges ‘humanitarian pause’ in Israel-Hamas warThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/10/2310m 12s

Ukraine and Israel vie for EU’s attention

Toyota says it is close to being able to mass produce next-generation solid-state batteries, and the European Union is trying to juggle support for Ukraine and Israel. Plus, start up companies in Israel are being put to the test due to the war with Hamas. Mentioned in this podcast:Why the EU needs to join the dots between Israel and Ukraine‘Start-up Nation’ goes to warToyota nears mass production of solid-state batteriesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/10/2310m 32s

Can Argentina dollarise?

The US, Britain and Germany called on their citizens to leave Lebanon, political tensions in the UK are starting to boil over about Israel's response to Hamas's attacks, and the FT’s Michael Stott tells us why a radical outsider is the frontrunner in Argentina’s presidential election. Mentioned in this podcast:US, UK and Germany tell citizens to leave Lebanon amid fears of wider conflictKeir Starmer faces growing mutiny from within Labour over Israel-Hamas stanceThe radical outsider promising to cure Argentina’s economic illsAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/2311m 15s

Biden urges Israel to take caution

Israel will let basic humanitarian aid into Gaza through Egypt, traders have been increasing their bets against the Israeli shekel, TK Netflix, and Beijing is weighing holding up US chipmaker Broadcom’s $69bn acquisition of cloud software company VMware. Mentioned in this podcast:Joe Biden warns Israel to avoid 9/11 ‘mistakes’Bets against shekel heap pressure on Israeli central bankBeijing considers delaying approval of $69bn Broadcom-VMware dealAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/10/238m 50s

How will Egypt handle Gaza?

Alarm is mounting in Egypt that Gaza’s deepening humanitarian crisis will be thrust across its borders, Scotland’s first minister said the country would issue its own government bonds for the first time, and big US bank earnings have been better than expected. Mentioned in this podcast:Fear of Gaza exodus looms over EgyptScotland to issue bonds for the first time, says SNP’s Humza YousafBofA profits beat forecastsJPMorgan profits jump 35% on interest rate windfallCiti profits edge higher despite worries over consumer financesGoldman chief David Solomon calls time on high-profile DJ gigsAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Sam Giovinco, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/10/2310m 44s

How Microsoft beat the odds

Poland’s rightwing party will likely be out of power after last weekend’s election, a US-led effort to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip and provide an exit from the bombarded territory for foreign nationals faltered, and the FT’s Richard Waters explains how Microsoft beat the odds and got a major acquisition approved by regulators.Mentioned in this podcast:Polish exit polls give ex-PM Donald Tusk potential route back to powerBid to open Gaza crossing faltersHow Brad Smith used Microsoft’s $1bn law and lobbying machine to win Activision battleAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleCLIP: The GuardianThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/10/2310m 23s

Israel prepares to invade Gaza

Israel is preparing to launch a major ground invasion of Gaza, the UK justice secretary is set to announce a controversial plan to address the chronic shortage of space in jails, and Exxon’s $60bn acquisition of a shale company could set off a wave of industry consolidation. Mentioned in this podcast:US sends second aircraft carrier as Israel prepares offensive in GazaResidents flee Gaza City as Israel tells 1.1mn to leaveBritish prisoners face jail time abroad under radical government plansBehind ExxonMobil’s contrarian $60bn oil betAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comCORRECTION: An earlier version of today's show wrongly said Israel's Gaza operation in 2014 didn't involve the use of ground forces, whereas there was in fact a ground offensive. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/10/2310m 20s

The man behind the Hamas attack

US inflation was higher than forecast in September, the EU has opened an investigation into X over the way disinformation is spreading on its platform after the attacks by Hamas against Israel, and FT’s Mehul Srivastava tells us about the Hamas military commander behind the deadly Israel incursion. Mentioned in this podcast:​​US inflation higher than expected in SeptemberEU opens probe into X over Israel-Hamas war misinformationAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleWho is ‘The Guest’: the Palestinian mastermind behind deadly Israel incursionThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, Sam Giovinco, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/238m 43s

Hamas is not Israel’s only concern

Analysts forecast that four of the six big US banks will see Q3 profits fall year on year, Israel has been fighting on its northern border with Lebanon in addition to war with Hamas,and the star witness in the Sam Bankman-Fried trial testifies. Plus, shares in Birkenstock dropped more than 12 per cent on their first day of trading.Mentioned in this podcast:Rising interest rates curb lending growth for big US banksBirkenstock shares slip on first day of tradingWhat links Hamas to the ‘Axis of Resistance’ and its patron Iran?Access 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/239m 18s

Israel’s hostage dilemma

Sir Keir Starmer made a pitch for the votes of disillusioned former Conservative supporters, abductions of dozens of civilians present Israel with risky options to get them back, and the EU has put its development funding to the Palestinian territories under review after Hamas’s attack on Israel. Mentioned in this podcast:Keir Starmer promises ‘national renewal’ in appeal to UK votersHamas kidnappings leave Israeli forces with painful hostage dilemmaEU to review development funding for Palestinian territoriesBrussels blames commissioner for Palestinian aid freeze blunderAccess 50% off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Samantha Giovinco, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/2311m 37s

Israel imposes ‘complete siege’ on Gaza

Israel imposed a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip, the Bank of Israel said it planned to sell up to $30bn of dollar reserves to support the shekel, and EU regulators will order US biotech Illumina to sell cancer test developer Grail.Mentioned in this podcast:Israel imposes ‘complete siege’ on Gaza as Hamas threatens hostagesIsrael’s central bank to sell $30bn of foreign reserves to support shekelEU regulators to order Illumina to sell $8bn cancer treatment groupAccess 50% off of a digital subscription The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/239m 36s

Israel responds to historic Hamas attack

The death toll from Hamas’s unprecedented multi-front assault on Israel passed 600 on Sunday, and Germany’s conservative opposition won two decisive victories in regional elections on Sunday. Plus, the FT’s Sarah O’Connor explains how the green transition can actually translate to more jobs. Mentioned in this podcast:Audacious Hamas attack is a pivotal moment for IsraelGerman voters turn their backs on government parties in regional electionsNet zero was never going to be an easy win for workersAccess 50 per cent off of a digital subscription FT.com/briefingsaleCLIPS: The Guardian, Associated PressThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/10/2310m 55s

Can artificial intelligence grow safely?

Economists expect that jobs growth in the US slowed again in September, and the recent sell-off in bonds might be starting to cool. Plus, artificial intelligence is cool and all, but can companies use this new tech in a way that isn’t toxic? Mentioned in this podcast:Tech companies adopt “constitutions” to keep AI systems safeWho feels the pain from the bond sell-off?US jobs growth expected to have slowed again in SeptemberListen to the FT’s Unhedged podcast The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/239m 31s

Bankman-Fried’s fraud trial begins

Lawyers for the crypto tycoon Sam Bankman-Fried laid out their defence on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak axed the northern leg of the HS2 high-speed rail line to Manchester, and Fifa announced the location of the 2030 World Cup. Mentioned in this podcast:Spain, Portugal and Morocco to host 2030 football World CupSam Bankman-Fried committed ‘fraud on a massive scale’, prosecutors allegeRishi Sunak axes northern leg of HS2 in flurry of ‘radical’ decisionsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/2310m 0s

McCarthy ousted as US House Speaker

Kevin McCarthy has been ousted as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the yield on 30-year US Treasuries hit a 16-year peak on Tuesday, India has told Canada to withdraw dozens of diplomats from the country and the Financial Times’ Tom Hale discusses the murky future of China’s Evergrande property group. Mentioned in this podcast:Kevin McCarthy ousted as House Speaker by Republican rebels‘Crimes’ probe into Evergrande founder adds to pressure over $300bn debt woesIndia tells Canada to withdraw dozens of diplomatic staffBond sell-off intensifies as long-term US yields hit 16-year peakThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/10/239m 52s

Rating the ESG raters

Kristalina Georgieva backs reforms to the IMF that could eventually give more power to China, regulators are calling for more transparency for ESG rating agencies, and record numbers at this year’s Oktoberfest are a bright spot for the German economy. Mentioned in this podcast:AN ESG DATAGermans shrug off economic gloom at booming OktoberfestBrussels to unfreeze Hungary funds as it seeks help for UkraineIMF head backs reforms that could give China more voting powerCLIPS: The IndependentThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/10/238m 53s

McCarthy avoids US government shutdown

US lawmakers were able to avert a shutdown over the weekend, Slovakia’s election results are adding pressure to the EU’s unity around the war in Ukraine, and Brazil says its oil exploration and green ambitions aren’t contradictory. Clips: CNN, APMentioned in this podcast:Brazil minister says oil and green ambitions are not contradictoryCooling UK labour market claims jobs in construction and retailUS lawmakers pass short-term deal to avoid government shutdownRobert Fico wins Slovakia election with anti-Ukraine stanceThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/10/239m 41s

Can AI help us speak to animals? Part two

A hardware revolution in recording devices and a software revolution in artificial intelligence has convinced some scientists that humans will eventually be able to ‘translate’ animal and even plant sounds into human language. But what would be the consequences of humans learning to ‘speak whale’, chat with bats or converse with elephants? The FT’s innovation editor John Thornhill and producer Persis Love explore the ethics of potential human-to-animal communication.Presented by John Thornhill, produced by Persis Love, sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.Free links:Google Translate for the zoo? How humans might talk to animalsKaren Bakker, scientist and author, 1971-2023How generative AI really worksCredits: Elephant bee rumble from Lucy King; plant sounds from Lilach Hadany Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/2324m 50s

Tech IPOs lose their shimmer

European government bond prices dropped sharply as investors took fright at Italy’s larger than expected budget deficit, optimism for the IPO market seems to be fading, and the FT’s Colby Smith explains the economic impact of US student loan payments restarting. Mentioned in this podcast:European bond market hit by Italy’s plans for higher borrowingRising headwinds threaten US economy’s resilienceInstacart and Arm shares lose steam after IPO popsMillions of US borrowers brace for the return of student debt paymentsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/09/239m 22s

What does China ‘de-risking’ actually mean?

Global dealmaking is languishing at a 10-year low, western companies are insulating their China operations, and Chinese battery groups are avoiding or delaying direct investments in the US and Europe because of geopolitics. Mentioned in this podcast:Dealmaking languishes at decade low on private equity droughtChinese battery groups invest in Morocco to serve western marketsWestern companies take slow steps towards China ‘de-risking’Vote for FT podcasts in the Lovie Awards! The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/2310m 8s

The FTC is primed for Amazon

The US Federal Trade Commission has accused Amazon of wielding monopolistic control over online markets, JPMorgan Chase said it settled lawsuits related to its dealings with Jeffrey Epstein’s human trafficking operation, and the FT’s Lauren Fedor explains what’s at stake with a looming US government shutdown. Plus, sterling hit a six-month low against the dollar. Mentioned in this podcast:FTC lawsuit accuses Amazon of wielding monopoly power over online retailJPMorgan settles Jeffrey Epstein lawsuits with US Virgin Islands and Jes StaleyLawmakers warn that US is heading for shutdown as budget talks stallMoody’s warns federal shutdown would be ‘negative’ for US debt ratingSterling heads for worst month since Liz Truss’s ‘mini’-BudgetUnhedged podcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/09/238m 37s

#MeToo’s mark on industry

The writers strike hitting Hollywood looks like it’s nearing a close and the FT’s Brooke Masters explores whether recent CEO departures could be a signal of a second #MeToo wave. Plus, a sexual abuse scandal has shaken up Japan’s entertainment industry.Mentioned in this podcast:Sex, lies and magical thinking about CEO behaviourJapanese boy band abuse scandal rocks entertainment industryThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/09/238m 51s

Poland’s complicated relationship with Ukraine

Russia has succeeded in avoiding G7 sanctions on most of its oil exports, Poland is calling for less support for Ukraine, China’s answer to the World Bank wants to commit more money to climate, and the restaurant group, Big Mamma, is going global thanks to private equity. Mentioned in this podcast:Russia dodges G7 price cap sanctions on most of its oil exportsA tug of war in Poland and Slovakia‘China’s World Bank’ plans to triple climate change lending by 2030Big Mamma restaurant group sells majority stake to private equityCREDIT: DW News - Poland says it will no longer supply weapons to UkraineThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/09/2310m 22s

Can AI help us speak to animals? Part one

A hardware revolution in recording devices and a software revolution in artificial intelligence is enabling researchers to listen in to all kinds of conversations outside the human hearing range, a field known as bioacoustics. Some scientists now believe these developments will also allow us to ‘translate’ animal sounds into human language. In a new season of Tech Tonic, FT innovation editor John Thornhill and series producer Persis Love ask whether we’re moving closer to being able to ‘speak whale’ or even to chat with bats.Presented by John Thornhill, produced by Persis Love, sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.Free links:Google Translate for the zoo? How humans might talk to animalsKaren Bakker, scientist and author, 1971-2023How generative AI really worksCredits: Sperm whale sounds from Project CETI; honeyhunter calls from Claire Spottiswoode Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/09/2329m 12s

Rupert Murdoch steps down

Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as chair of Fox and News Corp, Russia has barred the export of diesel and petrol, and the Bank of England has held interest rates at 5.25 per cent after a knife-edge vote. Plus, India has stopped issuing visas to Canadians and told Ottawa to reduce its diplomatic presence in the country.Mentioned in this podcast:Rupert Murdoch steps down as chair of Fox and News CorpRussia puts squeeze on oil market with diesel export banBank of England holds interest rates at 5.25%India stops issuing visas to Canadians as row escalatesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/238m 26s

Fed signals fewer cuts in 2024

Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday signalled support for another rate rise this year and fewer cuts in 2024, share buybacks on the US stock market have dropped to the slowest pace since the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the FT’s Gideon Rachman talks about his new three-part podcast series on Bidenomics. Mentioned in this podcast:Federal Reserve signals fresh rate rise this year and fewer cuts in 2024Two-year Treasury yield hits highest point since 2006 after Fed decisionCompanies ease off on share buybacks as rising interest rates push up costsThe Rachman Review podcast: BidenomicsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/09/239m 16s

Oil prices are not a barrel of fun

Shares in grocery delivery group Instacart jumped more than 10 per cent on their first day of trading, oil prices climbed above $95 a barrel for the first time in 2023, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau sparked fury in India when he said authorities were investigating whether “agents” of New Delhi were behind the June killing of a prominent Sikh activist in a Vancouver suburb.Mentioned in this podcast:Instacart shares close up 12% after public market debutIndia angered by Justin Trudeau’s claims linking New Delhi to Sikh activist’s deathOil price exceeds $95 a barrel on fears of supply shortfallTech Tonic podcast: Can AI help us talk to animals? The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Lucy Snell, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/2313m 27s

Can Singapore remain Asia’s ‘safe haven’?

Instacart’s public listing this week is set to inch Nasdaq further ahead of the New York Stock Exchange in their closest fight for new listings in five years, and a build-up of leveraged bets has the potential to dislocate trading in the $25tn US Treasuries market. Plus, the FT’s Mercedes Ruehl explores whether an influx of Chinese migration and money to Singapore could threaten its status as a neutral safe haven. Mentioned in this podcast:Nasdaq and NYSE fight closest listings battle in five yearsInstacart prices shares at $30 as IPO market warms upHedge fund bets could spark turmoil in US Treasuries, BIS warnsCan Singapore hold on to its reputation as Asia’s ‘safe haven’?Tell us: How will the US student loan repayments restart affect you? https://sayhi.chat/lmhguiAny voice message that's left might be included in an FT podcast as part of our journalism on FT.com and/or on other FT platformsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/09/239m 46s

A historic autoworkers strike

US auto workers are striking to protect workers against the move to electric vehicles, and UK prime minister Rishi Sunak won’t attend the climate ambition summit at the UN General Assembly this week. Plus, Instacart has raised the price range for its initial public offering following the success of Arm’s blockbuster debut. Mentioned in this podcast:Strike pits US auto union in existential struggle over shift to electric vehiclesRishi Sunak decides against attending UN General AssemblyInstacart raises IPO price range after success of Arm listingTell us: How will the US student loan repayments restart affect you? https://sayhi.chat/lmhguiAny voice message that's left might be included in an FT podcast as part of our journalism on FT.com and/or on other FT platformsCredit: CLIP WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7; UAW President Shawn FainCredit: CLIP CBS DetroitCredit: CLIP UAW; Shawn FainThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/09/239m 45s

Digital cash and culture wars

Shares in chip designer Arm jumped by 25 per cent as it began trading on the Nasdaq exchange yesterday, and the European Central Bank has raised interest rates to an all-time high. Plus, the FT’s Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan explains how digital cash got caught up in the culture wars. Mentioned in this podcast:Arm shares jump by 25% on first day of tradingECB raises interest rates to all-time highHow digital cash got caught up in the culture warsTell us: How will the US student loan repayments restart affect you? https://sayhi.chat/lmhguiAny voice message that's left might be included in an FT podcast as part of our journalism on FT.com and/or on other FT platforms.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/09/239m 1s

CEO exit throws wrench into BP

Rising energy costs pushed US inflation above forecasts in August, Bernard Looney’s resignation from BP puts the oil company’s green energy transition into doubt, and China is walking back a corruption crackdown in the country’s healthcare sector. Mentioned in this podcast:US inflation rises in August as petrol prices jumpBP chief Bernard Looney resigns over past relationships with colleaguesBernard Looney’s exit throws BP’s strategy into doubtChina’s corruption crackdown rips through healthcare sectorTell us: How will the US student loan repayments restart affect you? https://sayhi.chat/lmhguiAny voice message that's left might be included in an FT podcast as part of our journalism on FT.com and/or on other FT platformsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/09/239m 54s

IPO within Arm’s reach

BP’s chief executive Bernard Looney is resigning and SoftBank’s Arm is set to hit the public market on Thursday. Plus, we look at why Germany’s economy is stalling and how its economic woes are hurting its neighbours. Mentioned in this podcast:BP chief Bernard Looney resigns over past relationships with colleaguesArm targets valuation of up to $52bn in IPOOlaf Scholz vows to cut bureaucracy as German economic woes mountPolish zloty’s fall highlights tricky balancing act of central banksTell us how the US student loan repayments restart affect you? https://sayhi.chat/lmhguiAny voice message that's left might be included in an FT podcast as part of our journalism on FT.com and/or on other FT platformsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/09/2310m 33s

Coming soon: Can AI help us speak to animals?

Some scientists believe that rapid advances in artificial intelligence may also hold the key to decoding animal sounds, allowing us to ‘translate’ them into human language. In a new season of Tech Tonic, FT innovation editor John Thornhill and series producer Persis Love explore how the same technology that powers ChatGPT is being applied to research in animal communication. Could we one day learn to ‘speak whale’ or even chat with bats? And if so, can we trust ourselves to do so responsibly?Subscribe now to the FT's Tech Tonic podcastPresented by John Thornhill, produced by Persis Love, sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa and Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/09/231m 9s

Why the euro is on a losing streak

Norway’s $1.4tn sovereign wealth fund has become the biggest shareholder in UBS, a landmark antitrust trial between Google and the US government starts today, and the FT’s Mary McDougall explains why the euro is having such a tough time. Mentioned in this podcast:Norway’s $1.4tn oil fund becomes top UBS shareholder Google prepares for biggest US antitrust showdown since MicrosoftEuro suffers eight-week losing streak as economy faltersWill the ECB deliver one more rate rise?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/09/238m 43s

India shines at G20 summit

PwC is planning to give up tens of millions of dollars of consulting work for its US audit clients, Australia’s biggest pension fund is going big on digital infrastructure, and Venezuelan government bonds are having a moment. Plus, the FT’s John Reed explains why this year’s G20 summit was a huge win for India. Mentioned in this podcast:G20 backs bigger role for reformed World BankPwC to curtail consulting work for US audit clients to reduce conflict riskWestern nations accept ‘climbdown’ on Ukraine to salvage G20’s relevanceVenezuelan bonds rally as investors bet on detente with WashingtonCredit: Piers Morgan UncensoredThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/09/2310m 54s

Biden courts India at G20

India hosts the G20 summit this weekend, Germany is pushing the European Commission to postpone tariffs on electric vehicle sales between the UK and the EU, Apple shares are taking a beating, and Huawei has seen a resurgence despite sanctions from the United States.  Mentioned in this podcast:Joe Biden pushes for bigger World Bank to combat China’s rising influenceGermany backs EV tariff delay in boost to SunakUS to check on chips used in Huawei’s ‘Made in China’ smartphoneApple stock hit by China worries ahead of iPhone 15 launchThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Breen Turner, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/09/239m 40s

EU pushes back on ‘too big to care’ tech companies

US and European corporate bond markets have started September with a bang, the EU released a list of digital services that will have to comply with the bloc’s new regulations, and the FT’s Alice Hancock explains how Europe’s drought is hitting the agriculture and energy industries. Mentioned in this podcast:US and European companies rush to issue debt before rate decisionsBig Tech faces fresh legal obligations as Brussels lists services bound by new rulesRetail investors power into uraniumEurope’s water crisis: how supplies turned to ‘gold dust’The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/2310m 30s

Ukraine doubles down on counteroffensive

The EU’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is stepping aside, and the UK has clawed back less than 2 per cent of losses owing to fraud and error on business grants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, Ukraine is doubling down on its counteroffensive. Mentioned in this podcast:Didier Reynders to take over as EU competition chiefUK government ‘slow to take action’ on Covid-19 grant losses, say MPsMilitary briefing: Kyiv ignores calls for reset of its ‘sneak and peek’ tacticsTravis Kalanick’s excellent (and secret) ventureThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/09/2310m 0s

Solving America’s shortage of accountants

Lloyds Banking Group joins HSBC and US group Citi in ordering employees back into the office, a shortage of accountants is causing problems in the US and Brazil’s former president, Jair Bolsonaro, is caught up in a scandal over expensive jewellery from his time in office. Plus, the FT’s Courtney Weaver on the FT’s latest podcast series, ‘The Russian Banker’, about a controversial Russian financier who fled to the US.Mentioned in this podcast:Shortage of young accountants leads BDO USA to double offshore workforceBrazil’s jewellery scandal adds to Jair Bolsonaro’s legal woesUK banks tighten up on work from homeThe Russian Banker, Part 1: The raidThe FT News Briefing is produced by Josh Gabert-Doyon, Manuela Saragosa, Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/09/2310m 18s

Secret paper trail reveals hidden Adani investors

Global growth is set to slow next year after outperforming economists’ expectations so far in 2023, American mothers are re-entering the workforce at high rates, and the Hollywood strikes are starting to bite into California’s economy. Plus, the FT’s Dan McCrum unpacks his latest investigation into India’s Adani Group.  Mentioned in this podcast:Economists grow gloomier on 2024 as central banks delay rate cutsAdani shares slide and politicians demand action after reports on hidden investorsSecret paper trail reveals hidden Adani investorsHollywood strikes take $5bn bite out of California economyAmerican mothers re-enter the workforce at high ratesBrazil’s jewellery scandal adds to Jair Bolsonaro’s legal woesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/09/239m 37s

The ECB is in a pickle

UBS has reported the biggest-ever quarterly profit for a bank, eurozone core inflation has edged down, and Switzerland has proposed sweeping measures to clamp down on money laundering. Mentioned in this podcast:UBS breaks record with $29bn profit after Credit Suisse deal‘Deal of the century’ — How UBS’s rescue of Credit Suisse proved a boonEurozone core inflation edges down ahead of crunch ECB decisionSwitzerland unveils money laundering clampdownFT Weekend festival promo code: FTPodcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/09/2311m 1s

Another coup in Africa

Military officers in oil-rich Gabon said they had seized power, US commerce secretary Gina Raimondo wrapped up a visit to China, and the billionaire founder of Apple supplier Foxconn is running for president of Taiwan. Mentioned in this podcast:Fed warned Goldman Sachs over risks and compliance oversight at fintech unitMilitary leaders seize power in oil-rich GabonUS commerce secretary hails ‘new approach’ to handling China business frictionsFoxconn founder Terry Gou launches bid for Taiwan presidencyCorrection: An earlier version of this episode said hat Terry Gou, the Taiwanese tycoon and Foxconn founder was running for president with an opposition party closely aligned with China. That was a mistake. Gou has urged opposition parties to join forces with him in the forthcoming election, but they haven’t agreed to do so.  And Taiwan’s opposition parties are not closely aligned with China, although they do favour an easing of tensions with Beijing.Looking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/08/238m 49s

Why Europe can’t quit Russian energy

The EU is set to import record volumes of liquefied natural gas from Russia this year, asset management firm Grayscale won a US court ruling to launch an exchange traded fund tracking bitcoin, and Goldman Sachs has used a fund set up with Chinese state money to buy a series of US and UK companies.  Mentioned in this podcast:EU imports record volumes of liquefied natural gas from RussiaGrayscale scores major court win against SEC on bitcoin ETF Goldman Sachs bought UK and US companies using Chinese state fundsJob market slowdown fuels bets Fed will hold fire on rates this yearLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/08/239m 24s

An unlikely alliance in Brazil

Goldman Sachs plans to sell one of its personal financial management divisions, Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is close to sealing an unlikely alliance, and the European defence industry is struggling to keep up with demand for ammunition for the Ukraine war. Plus, European Council president Charles Michel proposes a target date for adding new members to the EU.Mentioned in this podcast:Goldman Sachs sells financial planning unit as part of consumer retreatEl Niño’s storm clouds gather over global food pricesLula nears pact with Brazilian rightwingers to boost passage of agendaBoom in the woods: inside a munitions group’s fight to boost productionEU must be ready to accept new members by 2030, Michel to proposeCredit: European Council: President Michel @ Bled Strategic Forum 2023Looking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/08/239m 17s

In search of a new economic playbook

Chinese corporate earnings reports are forecast to log poor performance and companies are set to downgrade outlooks, and policy makers walked away from Jackson Hole acknowledging they need to adjust to the changing global economy. Plus, the FT’s Jamie Smyth explains why Ireland is still in a good position for the life science industry boom despite a higher corporate tax.Mentioned in this podcast:Chinese companies’ earnings to lay bare impact of economic slowdown‘No playbook’: policymakers face up to changing global economy at Jackson Hole‘Talent is key’: Ireland brushes off tax rise and prepares for next life sciences boomCorporate sponsors turn against Spain football chief over World Cup kissCredit: Reuters Protesters in Spain call Luis Rubiales to resignCredit: Bloomberg Television ECB's Lagarde on Global Economic Environment, InflationLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/08/2310m 13s

Putin breaks his silence on Prigozhin

Russia's leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday publicly said warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin was dead, the emerging markets group Brics has invited six more countries to join, and Turkey’s central bank has sharply boosted interest rates. Plus, biomedical companies are under more pressure to stop using horseshoe crabs for testing. Mentioned in this podcast:Putin says Prigozhin is dead in first Kremlin reaction to plane crashBrics leaders invite 6 nations including Saudi Arabia to join blocTurkey raises interest rates as it steps up decisive shift in economic policyUse of horseshoe crabs’ blue blood puts pharma groups under scrutinyFT Weekend festival promo code: FTPodcastRachman Review: The end of PrigozhinLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/08/239m 54s

Wagner group’s Prigozhin presumed dead

Wagner mercenary group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin has reportedly died after a plane crash north-west of Moscow, Nvidia’s revenue more than doubled in the latest quarter on soaring demand, and US regulators are imposing tougher disclosure rules on private funds. Plus, the FT’s Eli Meixler unpacks the latest developments in Thailand’s government. Mentioned in this podcast:Yevgeny Prigozhin in fatal plane crash, Russian officials sayNvidia’s AI boom exceeds Wall Street’s lofty hopesUS regulators impose tougher disclosure rules on private fundsThailand’s former PM Thaksin Shinawatra jailed after return from exileLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/08/238m 14s

All eyes on Jackson Hole

Markets are looking for signals from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell during this week’s Jackson Hole symposium, global stock markets have lost about $3tn in value this month and there has been a mixed reaction to China’s approach to monetary policy. Mentioned in this podcast:Central bankers to make ‘higher-for-longer’ rate pitch at Jackson HoleGlobal stocks head for worst month in nearly a yearChina’s rate caution shines light on $56tn banking systemCredit: Fox News Brian Kilmeade: Welcome to the biggest week for our GOP presidential contendersCredit: CBS News: Trump planning to skip GOP primary debates Looking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/08/239m 3s

Can Arm’s listing reignite the IPO market?

Description: The sell-off in US government debt continued to hit the world’s largest bond market on Monday, and Silicon Valley start-ups are wondering whether Arm’s listing will reignite the IPO market. Plus, the FT’s foreign editor, Alec Russell, explains why a new geopolitical order is emerging. Mentioned in this podcast:US Treasury yields hit 16-year high on fears over interest rate outlookSilicon Valley start-ups revive listing plans as Arm reignites IPO marketThe à la carte world: our new geopolitical orderThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/08/239m 6s

Drought causes headaches for Panama Canal

Some of private equity’s biggest names are handing over companies they own to the lending arms of rivals, and Iran is dealing with the consequences of ultra-cheap petrol. Plus, the FT’s Christine Murray explains how the shipping industry is dealing with a severe drought that’s slowing down traffic through the Panama Canal. Mentioned in this podcast:Private equity firms hand over assets to creditors as distress rates riseIran grapples with unintended consequences of ultra-cheap petrolSevere drought in Panama hits global shipping industryThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/08/239m 8s

Saudi Arabia and UAE race to buy computer chips

US mortgage rates have soared to a 21-year high, US retailer earnings reports send mixed messages on consumer spending, and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are buying up thousands of the high-performance Nvidia chips crucial for building artificial intelligence software. Mentioned in this podcast:Walmart sales rise as inflation keeps consumers hunting for bargainsTarget sales hit by Pride backlash and consumer cautionSaudi Arabia and UAE race to buy Nvidia chips to power AI ambitions‘People were losing their mind’: Russia’s bootleg Barbie viewingsFT Weekend festival promo code: FTPodcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/2310m 16s

Introducing: The Russian Banker

Who is Sergei Leontiev? To the US asylum system, he’s an exiled Russian banker who was persecuted by the state and forced to flee. To Russia, he’s said to be responsible for massive fraud.  On The Russian Banker, a new series from the Financial Times, reporters Courtney Weaver and Stefania Palma try to uncover the truth, and find a story that tells us about Russia today and how people in the west build stories about who’s good and who’s bad. The Russian Banker is a special series that will run on the Behind the Money podcast starting Aug. 30. Listen to The Russian Banker by subscribing to the Behind the Money podcast here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/08/231m 44s

New pain for China’s property sector

Lower gas and electricity costs drove a sharp drop in headline UK inflation in July, Fitch Ratings has downgraded WeWork, and there’s increasing anxiety in China over the real estate sector’s stability. Mentioned in this podcast:UK inflation slows to 6.8% in July as energy prices fallWeWork credit rating cut further into junk territory by FitchRetail investors complain to Chinese regulator about ZhongzhiCountry Garden crisis brings new pain to China’s property sectorLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/08/238m 59s

A year of the Inflation Reduction Act

US stocks hit a five-week low as a warning of potential Fitch downgrades sent bank shares lower, Beijing is making one of its biggest top-down efforts in years to tackle the debts racked up by local governments, and a year after passage of the US Inflation Reduction Act and Chips Act the vast majority of investment is going to red states. Mentioned in this podcast:US and European stocks hit five-week lows after strong retail sales dataChina sends finance experts to tackle regions’ debtsRepublican districts dominate US clean technology investment boomPink Floyd strike a chord as scientists recreate song from brain activityThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/08/239m 45s

A looming ESG crackdown

A surprise election result in Argentina spooked markets, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is trying to pivot to India, and it looks like there’s a US regulatory crackdown looming for the sustainable investing world. Mentioned in this podcast:Argentina’s markets roil after shock primary election resultsiPhone maker Foxconn’s cautious pivot to India shows limits of ‘China plus one’UBS pays $1.4bn to settle US mortgage bond mis-selling caseSEC lawyers subpoena fund managers over ESG disclosuresLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/08/238m 15s

The new commodity superpowers

The rouble has fallen to a 16-month low against the dollar, airlines have joined forces with farmers to lobby in Washington so that corn helps power their planes, and growing demand for minerals used in green technology is starting to shake up the geopolitics of the energy world. Mentioned in this podcast:Rouble hits 16-month low as military spending rises and exports fallUS airlines ally with farmers to seek subsidies for corn as jet fuelThe new commodity superpowersThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/08/238m 43s

Peak social media: The future

In the final episode of this Tech Tonic season, FT correspondents weigh in on the trends that will determine the future of social media. From Meta’s Threads to artificial intelligence, we ask how platforms will look and feel in years to come. The FT’s deputy Lex editor, host Elaine Moore, speaks with social media reporter Cristina Criddle, global technology correspondent Tim Bradshaw and San Francisco-based tech reporter Hannah Murphy. Plus, we hear from Evan Henshaw-Plath, one of the creators of Twitter.Presented by Elaine Moore. Produced by Edwin Lane and Josh Gabert-Doyon, executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Further reading (free to read) on FT.com: Cristina Criddle: TikTok reshapes ecommerce unit in bid to crack western markets Cristina Criddle: TikTok prepares ‘Project S’ plan to break into online shoppingTim Bradshaw: Meta’s Threads is a throwback to the giddy early days of Twitter Hannah Murphy: Meta to release commercial AI model in effort to catch rivalsHannah Murphy: Linda Yaccarino’s vision for Twitter 2.0 emergesRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/08/2321m 17s

US inflation is still on the right track

Iran has transferred five US citizens from prison to house arrest, US headline inflation in July rose slightly from June, and in Mexico the influence of the military has grown dramatically. Mentioned in this podcast:Iran transfers five imprisoned Americans to house arrestUS inflation edges up to 3.2% in JulyThe militarisation of Mexico’s economyFT Weekend festival promo code: FTPodcastLooking for a fresh perspective on the news? Meet FT Edit - the new app from the Financial Times. FT Edit brings you eight hand-picked stories to surprise and inform you, every weekday. Try FT Edit now: https://on.ft.com/446sxYSThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/08/238m 33s

China’s economy falls into deflation

Walt Disney reported quarterly results that showed declines at its television and movie businesses, China’s economy has fallen into deflation, and President Joe Biden is banning US tech investment in China. Plus, the FT’s Owen Walker explains why more and more countries in Europe are instituting windfall taxes on banks. Mentioned in this podcast:Disney shares jump after streaming losses narrowChinese economy falls into deflation as recovery stumblesWhite House unveils ban on US investment in Chinese tech sectors Italy joins wave of windfall taxes on banks across EuropeGoogle and Universal Music negotiate deal over AI ‘deepfakes’The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/08/239m 10s

The weight-loss drug craze

The UK government is pushing back against an attempt by some members of the House of Lords to close loopholes in transparency legislation, US bank stocks fell after Moody’s cut the credit ratings of 10 midsized banks, and the FT’s Jamie Smyth explains the craze behind new weight-loss drugs. Mentioned in this podcast:UK government resists moves to tighten corporate transparency rulesWeak bank stocks weigh on US and European markets Novo Nordisk’s obesity drug cuts risk of strokes and heart attacksOrange juice futures hit record high after storms ravage Florida cropThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/08/239m 10s

Why admitting Ukraine into the EU is tricky

Meta has axed a team that used artificial intelligence to create the first database of more than 600mn protein structures, and PayPal is launching a stablecoin. Plus, the FT’s Henry Foy explains why it’s so difficult for the EU to admit new members, Ukraine in particular.  Mentioned in this podcast:Meta disbands protein-folding team in shift towards commercial AIPayPal pushes deeper into crypto payments with stablecoin launchThe ‘monumental consequences’ of Ukraine joining the EUFT Weekend podcast: David Byrne on Talking Heads and ‘Here Lies Love’The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Josh Gabert-Doyon, Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/08/239m 25s

Latin American central banks’ head start

Private equity firms are increasingly offering sweeteners such as fee discounts to secure backing from deep-pocketed investors, US banks are still relying on hundreds of billions of dollars in government financing, and Latin America’s central banks have started cutting interest rates. Mentioned in this podcast:Private equity firms offer sweeteners in struggle to lure reluctant investorsBritain’s investors shy away from UK defence companiesRegional lenders struggle to get off government life supportLatin America’s central banks declare victory in war on inflationThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/08/239m 9s

Peak social media: Building better platforms

Can we get rid of the bad bits of social media and keep the good? Is it possible to create a more positive social media experience than the one we get from the platforms that dominate the landscape today? In this episode, Elaine Moore asks what the social media platforms of the future should look like, and whether platforms designed for smaller groups of users with shared interests are the way forward.We hear from writer and tech historian Benj Edwards about the BBS era of the early 1990s; University of Massachusetts professor Ethan Zuckerman; Sarah Gilbert, researcher at Cornell University and Reddit moderator; and Jonathan Abrams, partner at 8-Bit Capital and the creator of Friendster.Presented by Elaine Moore. Produced by Edwin Lane and Josh Gabert-Doyon, Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Hannah Murphy.Mentioned in this podcast:The Lex Newsletter: Reddit and the API apocalypseDiscord has won over gamers. Now it wants everybody elseReddit stands firm in clash with users as blackout on forums escalates Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/08/2326m 0s

Bank of England continues interest rate rise campaign

Stronger than expected online sales helped Amazon beat Wall Street expectations for last quarter, and the Bank of England raised interest rates for the 14th time in a row. Plus, the FT’s Christopher Miller explains the strategy behind a series of drone attacks on Moscow.Mentioned in this podcast:Amazon’s cost-cutting and online sales lift earningsApple profits rise as services arm surpasses 1bn usersBank of England raises interest rates by 0.25 percentage pointsTreasury yields keep climbing after US increases borrowing plansFT Weekend festival promo code: FTPodcastThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/08/2310m 29s

A hard landing for Europe?

Investors are increasing their bets that Europe will sink into a painful economic downturn, and luxury groups are bracing for the end of the post-pandemic recovery boom. Plus, the FT’s Tokyo bureau chief Kana Inagaki explains why Nissan’s focus on regaining ground in China might be a bit of an uphill battle.  Mentioned in this podcast:Investors turn gloomy over Europe’s economic outlookLuxury sector slows after ‘bonkers’ post-pandemic spending spreeWhy Nissan’s woes in China are not just about electric vehiclesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/08/238m 43s

Trump indicted over attempt to overturn 2020 election

US prosecutors have charged Donald Trump in connection with his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, Uber reported its first operating profit, and Fitch Ratings has cut the US debt rating from triple A to double A plus. Plus, the US Federal Reserve has become a target for Republican presidential candidates. Mentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump indicted over attempt to overturn 2020 electionUber makes first operating profit after racking up $31.5bn of lossesFitch strips US of triple A rating after borrowing stand-offRon DeSantis vows to crack down on Federal Reserve’s ‘social engineering’Uniper’s chief vows to deliver a ‘good return’ for Berlin after state rescueThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monique Mulima, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/08/2310m 16s

Booming markets neutralise impact of Fed's interest rate rises

Rising stock prices and falling bond yields in the US have essentially neutralised the impact of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate rises, western oil and gas majors are expected to face renewed scrutiny of their energy transition plans, and China’s metals and mining investments overseas are on track to hit a record this year. Plus, the private equity owners of German sandal maker Birkenstock are considering an initial public offering of the company. Mentioned in this podcast:US stocks notch longest monthly winning streak in two yearsBooming markets neutralise impact of rate rises on US corporate fundraisingChina’s overseas investment in metals and mining set to hit recordOil majors to face energy transition scrutiny as war profit boost fadesBirkenstock owner eyes $8bn valuation in September IPOThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/08/238m 52s

The economic impact of extreme heat

The Bank of Japan announced that it’s going to allow bonds to rise more freely, and China’s politburo has signalled several target measures meant to boost the country’s economy. Plus, the FT’s Attracta Mooney explains how more frequent heat waves will impact several different industries and the economy as a whole. Mentioned in this podcast:Investment flows poised for historic shift after ‘giant leap’ by Bank of JapanWhat China’s economic measures mean in practiceHow an era of extreme heat is reshaping economiesUnhedged podcastUnhedged newsletter The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/07/239m 47s

Peak social media: The power of influencers

Social media today is less about making friends and more about following popular content creators. While those creators are starting to hold some power over the platforms themselves, they’re also looking to become less reliant on the platforms that have enabled them to find fame and fortune online. What does it mean for the future of social media platforms? Our producer Josh Gabert-Doyon travels to the VidCon convention in Anaheim, California to speak to the people at the heart of the creator economy.We hear from Kris Collins, a TikTok and YouTube star who goes by the name @KallmeKris and her agent Keith Bielory, as well as Megan Lightcap, a VC investor who specialises in the creator economy, and Lindsey Lugrin, founder of the creator start-up Fuck You Pay Me, which is pushing for pay transparency and higher remuneration in the sector.Mentioned in this podcast:Why social media is hardly social any moreYouTube Shorts takes on TikTok in battle for younger usersWhat de-influencing tells us about the state of the creator economyPresented by Elaine Moore. Produced by Edwin Lane and Josh Gabert-Doyon. Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Hannah Murphy and Cristina Criddle.We're keen to hear more from our listeners about this show and want to know what you'd like to hear more of, so we're running a survey which you can find at ft.com/techtonicsurvey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort earbuds.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/07/2326m 42s

Stricter rules for US banks

The European Central Bank has raised interest rates back to their record high, and US bank regulators have advanced plans to impose more arduous capital requirements on the country’s large lenders. Plus, the FT’s Elaine Moore says the Twitter/X rebrand doesn’t make sense, but that’s kind of the whole point. Mentioned in this podcast:ECB raises interest rates back to record highRegulators announce ‘Basel III endgame’ rules for large US banksTwitter/X: maverick rebrand leaves Musk with a cross to bearThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Tom Stokes, Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/07/239m 17s

US hits highest interest rates in 22 years

The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, Facebook parent Meta returned to double-digit revenue growth for the first time since the end of 2021, and US federal prosecutors charged British billionaire Joe Lewis with 19 counts related to insider trading. Plus, China’s foreign minister Qin Gang vanished a month ago and was not replaced until this week.Mentioned in this podcast:Federal Reserve raises US interest rates to highest level in 22 yearsFacebook parent Meta posts strong revenue growth amid restructuringUK billionaire Joe Lewis surrenders to US authorities on insider trading chargesChina insists diplomacy ‘orderly’ after foreign minister’s shock removalMattel hails ‘Barbie’ movie success as ‘showcase’ for more brand tie-upsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/07/239m 9s

A glimmer of hope for the global economy

Alphabet earnings beat expectations, a new report from the IMF says the future of the global economy is looking a little brighter than it did a few months ago, and the troubled regional bank PacWest has agreed to merge with Banc of California. Plus, the FT’s James Shotter explains the role Israeli businesses are playing in protesting the country’s judicial reforms. Mentioned in this podcast:Alphabet revenue beats forecasts on robust digital ad performanceIMF upgrades forecasts but warns global economy ‘not out of the woods’US regional lenders PacWest and Banc of California agree merger Israel’s protesters prepare next phase of battle for democracyLeading Israeli businesses to strike in protest at judicial reformsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/07/238m 52s

Spain in political limbo

Credit Suisse has been fined $388mn by US and British regulators, and Spain is facing an uncertain political future as the right and left failed to secure a clear path to forming a government. Plus, Top US consultancies are struggling to attract business in China as Beijing’s national security raids scare away local clients.Mentioned in this podcast:Credit Suisse fined $388mn over Archegos collapseSpain faces uncertain political future after election deadlockWork dries up for US consultancies in China after national security raidsLVMH becomes late addition to running order of Paris Olympic sponsorsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/07/238m 58s

A missed shot for women’s football

America’s risky corporate loan market has been hit by the biggest slew of downgrades since the depths of the Covid crisis in 2020, and European banks with large retail arms are expected to report big second-quarter profits. Plus, the FT’s sports editor Josh Noble explains why the commercial rollout of the Women’s World Cup has been so disappointing. Mentioned in this podcast:US junk loan market hit with flurry of credit rating downgradesUK banks share more of the benefits of interest rate hikes Commercial rollout of Women’s World Cup criticised as missed opportunityBombs, car chases and ‘free money’: Dutch gangs blow up German cash machinesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Tom Stokes, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/07/238m 54s

Peak social media: The debate over young users’ mental health

There’s a growing feeling that social media is bad for us: bad for society and bad for our wellbeing. That trend has culminated in a new wave of legislation in the United States aiming to address social media’s impact on young people’s mental health. But in this episode, Elaine Moore, deputy editor of the FT’s Lex column, looks at some of the unanswered questions over whether social media really causes us harm, and what legislation will mean for the future of the social media business model. Are we in the throws of a technological panic? In this episode, the third in a series on social media, Elaine speaks to Emma Lembke, co-founder of youth advocacy group Log Off; Katie Paul, director at the Tech Transparency Project; Amy Orben, head of the Digital Mental Health Group at the University of Cambridge; and FT tech reporter Hannah Murphy.Since the publication of Katie Paul’s investigation into the trade of looted Middle Eastern antiquities on Facebook, Meta has changed its policy on the sale of historical artefacts.Presented by Elaine Moore. Produced by Edwin Lane and Josh Gabert-Doyon, Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.We're keen to hear more from our listeners about this show and want to know what you'd like to hear more of, so we're running a survey which you can find at ft.com/techtonicsurvey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort earbuds.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/07/2326m 13s

Treatments for Alzheimer’s, finally

The Nasdaq Composite had its biggest one-day drop in more than four months, the winner of Thailand’s general election has been suspended from parliament, and the FT’s Clive Cookson tells us about two huge breakthroughs in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Mentioned in this podcast:Nasdaq drops more than 2% after Netflix and Tesla results disappointThai election winner blocked from premiershipEli Lilly drug shown to slow Alzheimer’s progressionThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Saffeya Ahmed, Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/07/239m 3s

Signs of a UK inflation cool-down

A crackdown on password sharing helped Netflix add nearly 6mn subscribers, UK inflation fell to a 15-month low of 7.9 per cent in June, Ukraine’s armed forces are having a hard time with Russian mines and Spain’s Sunday election could mean the end of Pedro Sánchez’s time as prime minister. Mentioned in this podcast:Netflix’s password-sharing crackdown pays off with nearly 6mn new subscribersUK inflation falls more than expected to 7.9% in JuneCould the UK inflation crisis be at a turning point?Military briefing: the mines stalling Ukraine’s advance‘Spain first’: Vox party on brink of sharing powerRachman Review podcast: Spain's lurch to the rightThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/07/2310m 29s

Russia targets western companies

Big investment banks are turning more bearish on the dollar, and Europeans struggle with a near-record heatwave. Plus, the FT’s Anastasia Stognei explains why Russia is starting to seize assets from food and beverage companies. Mentioned in this podcast:Kremlin oligarchs circle Danone and Carlsberg’s Russian assetsWall Street banks ditch bullish dollar bets over ‘soft landing’ hopesScorching Europe struggles to adapt to near-record temperaturesCarlos Ghosn says he filed $1bn lawsuit so Nissan managers cannot ‘sleep quietlyReuters: Carlos Ghosn speaks online at Japan press conferenceThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/07/239m 29s

China’s economic slump

Thames Water’s biggest investor slashed the value of its stake last year, Ford’s steep price cut for its electric pick-up truck rattled shareholders and BlackRock will offer retail investors more of a voice in its biggest exchange traded fund. Plus, the FT’s Thomas Hale unpacks what’s ailing China’s economy.  Mentioned in this podcast:Thames Water’s biggest investor cut value of its stake by 28%Does Xi Jinping need a plan B for China’s economy?Ford shares sink after steep price cuts for electric pick-up truckBlackRock offers a vote to retail investors in its biggest ETFBlackRock: investor votes are no revolution in shareholder democracyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/07/238m 48s

Can Tories prevent a massive defeat?

The EU wants other polluting nations to cut emissions faster. Three of the largest US banks reported a surge in profits last week from charging more for loans as more US banks report this week. Plus the FT’s political editor, George Parker, examines how the UK conservative party might squeeze out a win during the country’s next general election.Mentioned in this podcast:‘We are on for a massive defeat’: can the Tories prevent the inevitable?Large US banks reap bumper profits on Federal Reserve rate risesEU pushes other polluting nations to cut emissions fasterThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Saffeya Ahmed (suff-YUH, EH-med) Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/07/239m 43s

Peak social media: The ads machine

Mark Zuckerberg used advertising to turn Facebook into the first global social media giant, boasting 3bn users around the world. But today there are questions about the business model that has powered it for the past 15 years, and what Zuckerberg’s new focus on building the Metaverse means for the platform that started it all. Elaine Moore speaks to veteran Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee, one-time advisor to Zuckerberg; writer and researcher Tim Hwang, author of Subprime Attention Crisis; and Steven Levy, editor at large at Wired and author of Facebook: The Inside Story. Meta declined a request for an interview for this episode, but directed us to their Q1 2023 earnings.Presented by Elaine Moore. Produced by Edwin Lane and Josh Gabert-Doyon, Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Hannah MurphyClips: Meta, US Senate.We're keen to hear more from our listeners about this show and want to know what you'd like to hear more of, so we're running a survey that you can find at ft.com/techtonicsurvey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance of winning a pair of Bose QuietComfort earbuds.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/07/2327m 5s

ChatGPT generates US investigation

The UK government has invited Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to London, and US regulators are going after the company behind ChatGPT. Plus, the FT’s Beijing bureau chief, Joe Leahy, explains how China’s youth are dealing with high levels of unemployment. Mentioned in this podcast: ChatGPT maker investigated by US regulators over AI risksPrince Mohammed bin Salman invited to visit UK in autumnRachman Review: Will this year’s climate talks be a washout?China’s youth left behind as jobs crisis mountsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/237m 51s

US inflation cools

US inflation fell sharply to 3 per cent in June, the $1.35tn US junk bond market has shrunk by almost $200bn since its all-time peak in late 2021, and tensions started to boil over during Nato’s two-day summit. Mentioned in this podcast:US inflation slows to 3% as interest rate rises biteUS junk bond market shrinks as rising rates put off borrowers‘We’re not Amazon’: tensions with Ukraine surface at Nato summitThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/239m 53s

A big win for Microsoft’s Activision deal

Jeremy Hunt has ordered ministers to find more than £2bn to fund public sector pay rises this year, JPMorgan is trying to scoop up Silicon Valley Bank’s clients, and a US court denies a watchdog’s request to block the Microsoft-Activision mergerMentioned in this podcast:Nvidia in talks to be an anchor investor in Arm IPOJPMorgan hires dozens of start-up bankers to capitalise on SVB collapseUS judge denies FTC attempt to block Microsoft’s Activision dealBehind the Money: Frances Haugen’s lessons as a Facebook whistleblowerJPMorgan expands startup banking team abroad with ex-SVB hiresThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/07/239m 49s

Nato torn over Ukraine’s membership bid

Hedge funds have cut their bets on a rising US stock market to the lowest level in at least a decade and pivoted to Europe, a top US banking regulator has announced tougher capital rules for a broader range of lenders, and Dutch PM Mark Rutte is quitting politics after the collapse of his coalition. Plus, the FT’s Henry Foy explains why Nato is torn over whether to admit Ukraine. Mentioned in this podcast:Hedge funds slash bets on US after rally and pivot to EuropeTop US bank watchdog outlines tougher rules for larger lendersNato’s dilemma: what to do about Ukraine’s bid to join?Erdoğan links Sweden’s Nato bid with Turkey’s EU accessionDutch PM Mark Rutte to quit politics after collapse of coalitionCorrection: In the July 10 episode of the FT News Briefing we mistakenly described the UK Chancellor’s annual speech as the Madison speech. It is the Mansion House speech. We regret the error. The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Monica Lopez, Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/07/239m 54s

Loan losses mount for US banks

Israel is set to start voting on controversial judicial reforms on Monday and the largest US banks are expected to report the biggest jump in loan losses since the onset of the pandemic. Plus, global manufacturers are shifting business out of China to Vietnam. Mentioned in this podcast:Benjamin Netanyahu faces fresh wave of resistance to Israeli judicial reform plansWall St to report biggest jump in loan losses since pandemicVietnam becomes vital link in supply chain as business pivots from ChinaThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/07/238m 7s

The Congo river conservation debate

Investors sold stocks and bonds across the world on Thursday as US borrowing costs touched a 16-year high, US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen is in China, and Meta said more than 30mn people had signed up to its long-awaited competitor to Twitter. Plus, the FT’s Africa editor David Pilling explains why conservation in the Congo has become contentious. Mentioned in this podcast:US borrowing costs hit 16-year high as markets roiled by jobs dataJanet Yellen to visit China in new US push to ease tensionsMeta says 30mn people have signed up to Twitter competitor ThreadsIn search of the ‘village of the elephants’, deep in the central African rainforestThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/2310m 1s

Protecting elephants in the Congo River Basin

The US and Germany are among the western allies falling behind in delivering promised heavy weapons to Ukraine, and big asset managers are flocking to Latin American bonds and currencies. Plus, the FT’s Africa editor David Pilling introduces us to some conservationists working to protect elephants from poachers in the Congo River Basin. Mentioned in this podcast:Latin America’s bonds and currencies lure yield-hungry investors In search of the ‘village of the elephants’, deep in the central African rainforestJapan Airlines gives tourists chance to reduce baggage by renting clothesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/07/2310m 8s

Tracking the gorillas of the Congo Basin

Israel’s raid on the West Bank reignites fears of escalating violence, Switzerland is looking into potential Russian sanctions violations and we continue our series on the Congo Basin with David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor. Plus, meme stock traders shop for Bed Bath & Beyond.Mentioned in this podcast:Switzerland questions oil trader over sidestep of Russian sanctionsIn search of the ‘village of the elephants’, deep in the central African rainforestEight injured after car rams pedestrians in Tel Aviv, say policeInvestors spend $200mn on ‘worthless’ Bed Bath & Beyond sharesToday’s FT News Briefing is produced by Manuela Saragosa, Fiona Symon and Josh Gabert-Doyon. Mixing by Simon Panayi. Additional help from Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/07/2310m 48s

A deep look inside the Congo River Basin

The UK’s financial watchdog has summoned bank chief executives to address concerns that savings rates are lagging behind the surging cost of mortgages, Internet brand, Yahoo, is planning a return to the public markets, and the FT has released an investigation into sexual allegations toward celebrated architect, David Adjaye. Plus, the FT’s Africa editor, David Pilling, takes us to one of the biggest rainforests in the world. Mentioned in this podcast:UK watchdog summons bank bosses to address ‘profiteering’ claimYahoo plots return to public markets Sir David Adjaye: the celebrated architect accused of sexual misconductIn search of the ‘village of the elephants’, deep in the central African rainforestThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/07/2310m 4s

France’s George Floyd moment

Apple has been forced to make drastic cuts to production forecasts for the mixed-reality Vision Pro headset, French president cancels a trip to Germany as protests continue in Paris over the police killing of a teenager, and the Nasdaq Composite recorded its best first half of the year since 1983. Plus, the FT’s Taylor Nicole Rogers tells us what resuming student loan payments will mean for borrowers and the larger economy.Mentioned in this podcast:Apple forced to make major cuts to Vision Pro headset production plansPolice killing of teenager Nahel reopens old wounds for France’s minoritiesFrance suffers fifth night of rioting sparked by killing of teenagerNasdaq records best start to year in four decadesMillions of US borrowers brace for the return of student debt paymentsThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Brian Gutierrez, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’ global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/07/2310m 19s

Peak social media: Trouble at Twitter

Elon Musk took over Twitter with the promise of promoting free speech and making the loss-making platform profitable again. But his critics say he’s destroying Twitter’s culture and driving it to bankruptcy. How much danger is the company really in? In the first episode in a new series of Tech Tonic, Elaine Moore, deputy editor of the FT’s Lex column, asks whether Musk will save Twitter or destroy it.In this episode we hear from Evan Henshaw-Plath, one of the original creators of Twitter; Rumman Chowdhury, Twitter’s former head of machine learning, ethics, transparency, and accountability who was laid off by Elon Musk; and FT tech reporter Hannah Murphy.Presented by Elaine Moore. Produced by Edwin Lane and Josh Gabert-Doyon, Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner and Samantha Giovinco. Original music by Metaphor Music. The FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Special thanks to Hannah MurphyClips: TED Conferences, CBS, Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, MSNBC, CNNWe're keen to hear more from our listeners about this show and want to know what you'd like to hear more of, so we're running a survey which you can find at ft.com/techtonicsurvey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and you will be in with a chance to win a pair of Bose QuietComfort earbuds.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/07/2329m 28s

The Thames Water debt debacle

The US Supreme Court has curbed universities’ ability to consider race in admissions, turmoil at the top of Thames Water has left the UK government scrambling to prepare contingency plans, and China has passed a new foreign relations law that deepens President Xi Jinping’s control over the country’s external relations. Plus, the FT’s Raphael Minder explains how Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko ended up brokering a deal to stop the attempted coup in Russia.Mentioned in this podcast:US Supreme Court curbs consideration of race in university admissionsWhy Thames Water is under growing strainChina passes foreign relations law to strengthen Xi Jinping’s response to sanctionsAlexander Lukashenko: from Putin’s puppet to Prigozhin’s saviourThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/239m 54s

Banks try to avoid ending up like SVB

Sterling suffers biggest one-day fall against the dollar in a month following UK growth fears, US banks are stepping up the sales of their loan portfolios, and Odey Asset Management continues to spiral after an FT investigation into sexual misconduct allegations at the hedge fund. Mentioned in this podcast:US banks step up sales of loan portfolios to private lendersOdey Asset Management in talks with SW Mitchell over Oliver Kelton’s fundsWall Street shares waver as central bankers warn of more rate risesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/238m 37s

Japan goes all in on chips

Sierra Leone’s president, Julius Maada Bio, has won a second term in office, the US Supreme Court rejects a Republican election plan, and a New York court has ruled that FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried cannot dismiss the criminal charges against him. Plus, a leading Japanese semiconductor equipment maker has accepted a $6.4bn buyout offer from a state-backed fund. Mentioned in this podcast:Bio secures second term as Sierra Leone leaderUS Supreme Court affirms state courts’ authority over election rulesSam Bankman-Fried fails to dismiss criminal charges related to FTXJapan steps into chip supply chain with $6.4bn JSR dealThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/237m 59s

Wagner head downplays attack on Russia

The head of the Wagner militia has denied trying to overthrow the Russian government, and western banks may not be able to participate in the Shanghai IPO of Swiss chemicals group Syngenta. Plus, the Federal Reserve’s campaign to increase interest rates is doing damage to short-term bond yields.Mentioned in this podcast:Wagner chief hails march on Moscow as ‘masterclass’ but denies coup bidBets on bond renaissance frustrated by stubbornly high inflationChina’s biggest IPO in years poses $9bn question for western banksHollywood producer says champagne gifts for Netanyahu may have been ‘excessive’The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/06/239m 15s

Wagner’s 24-hour coup

Wagner troops withdrew from Russia late Saturday night after an abandoned coup attempt on Moscow, Greek prime minister Kyriako Mitsotakis won re-election in a blowout, and foreign investors viewed Turkey’s first interest rate rise in years as a ‘baby step’ towards ending the country’s economic crisis. Mentioned in this podcast:Kyriakos Mitsotakis set for return to power in Greek electionsWagner troops withdraw as Russian uprising leaves Putin weakenedInvestor scepticism remains after Turkey’s ‘baby step’ towards ending crisisThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/06/239m 39s

The housing supply problem

Home prices in the US and UK skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. In a special four-part series, we explored how they got so out of whack and what might work to bring back some balance. Mentioned in this podcast:Homesharing offers a cheaper alternative to rental accommodationTurning offices into condos: New York after the pandemicThe Fed’s waiting game: is the US economy finally starting to crack?How stubborn inflation has undermined the UK housing marketThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/2325m 39s

The UK’s ‘mortgage bomb’

The Bank of England’s 50 basis point interest rate rise is causing concern for the UK’s already-high mortgages, and Germany has signed another long-term deal to import more US liquefied natural gas. Plus, the FT’s Aanu Adeoye explains what’s at stake in Sierra Leone’s election this weekend. Mentioned in this podcast:‘We’re suffering’: soaring costs create opening for Sierra Leone’s oppositionBank of England raises interest rates by 0.5 percentage pointsMass UK house repossessions unlikely despite soaring mortgage ratesGermany locks in more US natural gas as it shuns Russian supplyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/06/239m 54s

Modi tries to deepen US tech ties

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi is set to address the US Congress today, and US regulators are accusing Amazon of duping customers into signing up for its Prime service without their consent. Plus, Italy has stripped China’s Sinochem of its influence as the largest shareholder in the Italian tyremaker Pirelli. Mentioned in this podcast:India’s Narendra Modi embarks on US state visit to deepen defence and tech tiesWashington’s embrace of Modi carries a priceFTC alleges Amazon ‘tricked and trapped’ customers with Prime subscriptionsItaly strips China’s Sinochem of its influence as Pirelli’s largest investorThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/239m 28s

The trials and tribulations of AI voice tech

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC has accelerated dealmaking in the US, and US president Joe Biden’s son has agreed to plead guilty to tax and firearm possession charges. Plus, the FT’s Madhumita Murgia visited an AI voice technology start-up to explain some of its applications and risks. Mentioned in this podcast:Singapore’s GIC accelerates US deals as China coolsHunter Biden hit with federal tax and firearm chargesCan AI make me a musical star?The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/06/2311m 3s

US and China meet in an attempt to ease tensions

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has met with China's President Xi Xinping in an attempt to ease US-Sino tensions. Plus, the aerospace industry says that flying taxis could soon be on the horizon in cities around the world.Mentioned in this podcast:Xi Jinping sees ‘progress’ in China-US ties at meeting with Antony BlinkenWhich flying taxi will take off first?Amazon, Hilton and Starbucks to hire thousands of refugees across EuropeThe FT News Briefing was produced by Fiona Symon and Josh Gabert-Doyon. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music and Simon Panayi was the audio engineer.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/06/2310m 22s

AstraZeneca could spin off China business

AstraZeneca has drawn up plans to break out its China business, and France is challenging a German-led plan to build up Europe’s air defences. Plus, US businesses are cutting back on their investments in diversity and inclusion. Mentioned in this podcast:AstraZeneca drafts plan to spin off China business amid tensionsFrance summons allies in challenge to German-led air defence plan Cuts to investment in diversity threaten gainsHunt tells ministers to quicken adoption of AI to boost economyThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/06/238m 9s

Martin Wolf on saving democratic capitalism: epilogue

In this last episode of Martin Wolf’s series, the FT’s chief economics commentator sits down with the FT’s executive opinion editor, Jonathan Derbyshire, to give his concluding thoughts on the state of the world’s democracies. Drawing on arguments in Martin’s latest book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, and his conversations in this series, they discuss what role citizens’ juries could play in rectifying some of what has gone wrong in the past couple of decades.Want more?Martin Wolf: in defence of democratic capitalismCitizens’ juries can help fix democracyFor Martin’s FT columns click hereFor the FT review of Martin’s book click here Read a transcript of this episode on FT.comThis episode is presented by Martin Wolf. The producer is Laurence Knight. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa and the sound engineer is Breen Turner. The FT's global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/2320m 20s

Martin Wolf on saving democratic capitalism: Hillary Clinton

In this fourth episode of Martin Wolf’s series, the FT’s chief economics commentator discusses the rise of populist politics with someone who was hit by its hard edge: Hillary Clinton. Drawing on arguments in Martin’s latest book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, they discuss what the future holds for democracy, why female leaders face such extreme misogyny and threats of violence, whether President Biden can win re-election next year, and why Clinton is pinning her hopes on a younger generation of voters.Want more?Martin Wolf: in defence of democratic capitalismCitizens’ juries can help fix democracyFor Martin’s FT columns click hereFor the FT review of Martin’s book click here This episode is presented by Martin Wolf. The producer is Laurence Knight. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. The sound engineers are Samantha Giovinco and Breen Turner. The FT's global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.Clips: CNN, ABC, CBS, OAN, Fox, BBC, CBCRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/06/2341m 42s

Central banks all over the place

UK hedge fund firm Odey Asset Management is being dismantled in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against its founder and Saudi Arabia has spent almost $8bn on gaming companies in the past 18 months as part of a turbocharged investment spree. Plus, FT markets editor Katie Martin talks about this week’s asynchronous central bank moves. Mentioned in this podcast:ECB increases interest rates to highest level since 2001Chinese economic data fuels gloom over recoverySaudi Arabia spends billions in drive to dominate global games industryOdey Asset Management to be broken upUnhedged podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/UnhedgedThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/06/2311m 40s

Fed skips an interest rate increase

The US Federal Reserve paused its interest rate rise campaign on Wednesday after 10 straight increases, and former UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been found to have committed “multiple” contempts of parliament. Plus, Russian energy giant Gazprom has been backing militias in the Ukraine war.Mentioned in this podcast:Federal Reserve pauses rate rise campaign but signals more to comeBoris Johnson found to have committed ‘multiple’ contempts of parliament‘Stream’ and ‘Torch’: the Gazprom-backed militias fighting in UkraineBeyonce blamed for stubbornly high Swedish inflationCredit: Beyonce performs Break My Soul in StockholmThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/06/2310m 36s

The housing supply problem: Part 4

EY’s global chief executive Carmine Di Sibio says he is planning to retire next year, and the FT’s Joshua Franklin explains the impact of JPMorgan settling a lawsuit over its 15-year relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Plus, in the fourth and final part of our housing series, we look at what the government can do to bring down prices. Mentioned in this podcast:EY chief Carmine Di Sibio to retire after failure of split planJPMorgan to pay up to $290mn to settle Epstein accusers’ lawsuitThe Fed’s waiting game: is the US economy finally starting to crack?How stubborn inflation has undermined the UK housing marketThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/06/239m 47s

The Crispin Odey investigation

France is drumming up support for a global levy on greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry, and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has died. Plus, an explosive FT investigation exposed sexual misconduct allegations against prominent financier Crispin Odey. Mentioned in this podcast:France seeks to rally support for emissions levy on shippingSilvio Berlusconi, Italian prime minister, 1936-2023How Crispin Odey evaded sexual assault allegations for decadesThe FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/06/2310m 33s

Scotland’s Sturgeon arrested

The former first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, was arrested on Sunday, Boris Johnson’s exit from UK parliament will have consequences for the Conservative Party. Plus, former US president Donald Trump’s most recent indictment could have implications on his 2024 run for president. Mentioned in this podcast:Nicola Sturgeon arrested in probe into SNP financesJohnson quits parliament in protest at MPs’ ‘kangaroo court’Trump indictment’s sharp details seen as ‘daunting for the defence’ The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson and Marc Filippino. The show’s editor is Jess Smith. Additional help by Katie McMurran, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Topher Forhecz is the FT’s executive producer. The FT’s global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. The show’s theme song is by Metaphor Music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/06/239m 45s

Martin Wolf on saving democratic capitalism: resisting autocracy

In this third episode of Martin Wolf’s series, the renowned FT columnist and economist speaks to the journalist and historian Anne Applebaum, who has written extensively about the history of communism and the development of civil society in central and eastern Europe. Drawing on arguments in Martin’s latest book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, they discuss what lies behind a global rise in autocracy and what can be done to counter it.Want more?Martin Wolf: in defence of democratic capitalismFor Martin’s FT columns click hereFor the FT review of Martin’s book click here This episode is presented by Martin Wolf. The producer is Laurence Knight. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa and the sound engineer is Breen Turner. The FT's global head of audio is Cheryl Brumley. Clips: C-Span, France 24, Soviet radio, BBC, Stanford University, CBSRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/06/2343m 13s