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FT News Briefing

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. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Thursday, October 3

Global stocks fell heavily on Wednesday, with the UK market having its worst day in more than three years, while the Trump administration will move to impose tariffs on a wide range of imports from the EU later this month after prevailing in a WTO case over illegal aircraft subsidies, and Donald Trump says he will co-operate with congressional subpoenas related to the impeachment inquiry engulfing his presidency. Plus, the FT’s Sebastian Payne dissects Boris Johnson’s UK Conservative party conference speech and the prime minister’s new Brexit plan. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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3 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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EU-China diplomatic row imperils market access deal

The escalation of a diplomatic row between the EU and China could imperil a market-access deal meant to be the cornerstone of future relations between Brussels and Beijing, Facebook’s CEO prepares for a grilling by US lawmakers over misinformation, and the Wall Street asset management group BlackRock has pushed for more diversity but now faces criticism for lack of an inclusive workplace. Sanctions row threatens EU-China investment dealhttps://www.ft.com/content/6b236a71-512e-4561-a73c-b1d69b7f486b?Facebook: the billion dollar bot problemhttps://www.ft.com/content/5242c34f-f7fc-4005-9b49-49674cedeb71BlackRock under pressure to live up to its promises on diversityhttps://www.ft.com/content/6476e681-4154-43a6-93e4-f5c86ae30dd9The battle for the pub at the end of the world https://www.ft.com/content/01fd588f-ad0a-4fe2-a370-78d1169fcd28 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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24 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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Big Tech blocks Trump, urban renter exodus worries some MBS investors, CES goes virtual

Technology companies are blocking President Donald Trump from their platforms, renters fleeing U-S cities are straining the market for  mortgage-backed securities, and Europe tries to enforce its investment deal with China. Plus, the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off, virtually.Twitter vs Trump: has Big Tech gone too far?ft.com/content/6df12c33-e7a3-482b-92da-8c3549789a6b?Fading allure of urban life leaves dent on US mortgage bonds ft.com/content/67cb87c0-ef93-410f-90bc-60ffaf42af5e?EU and China agree new investment treatyhttps://www.ft.com/content/6a429460-4bfb-42d4-9191-73ba97dde130CES enters the pandemic era, taking a turn for the practicalhttps://www.ft.com/content/5c6b159c-da65-439f-8831-708cc0930aae Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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11 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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Biden holds lead over Trump, US leaves Paris climate agreement

Joe Biden won Wisconsin and Michigan on Wednesday in two critical victories that boosted his chances of winning the presidential election while the Trump campaign launched lawsuits to delay vote counting. Meanwhile, investors are now changing course after Democrats missed an opportunity for a blue wave. Plus, the FT’s environment correspondent, Leslie Hook, explains how the outcome of the election is crucial for global efforts to tackle climate change. Biden boosted by Wisconsin and Michigan wins as count drags onhttps://www.ft.com/content/874f4401-aa3f-46c0-b4ca-2d06066c1f7eInvestors hold their poise in face of knife-edge US election resulthttps://www.ft.com/content/732afbb8-af6f-4bfa-9cd2-e7dab82873afUS formally withdraws from Paris climate agreementhttps://www.ft.com/content/54f600e0-183f-41fd-8d4b-69ab4403e331 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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5 Nov 2020

Rank #4

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Wednesday, December 12

A choppy day of trading on Wall Street, new threats to Theresa May's premiership and fresh disclosures from EY and PwC over workplace bullying and sexual harassment. Then, the FT's Richard Waters brings us up to speed on the attempt to extradite Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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12 Dec 2018

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Wednesday, October 30

British MPs set a general election for December 12, the owner of French carmaker Peugeot is in merger talks with rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to create a company worth more than $47bn, and US senators lash out at Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg in his first appearance before Congress since the two fatal crashes of its 737 max jet. Plus, the FT’s Mehul Srivastava reports on a WhatsApp hack that led to the targeting of 100 journalists and dissidents. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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30 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Johnson’s plan to lift lockdown, McKinsey leadership vote, UK probes Big Tech

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, is set to lay out a road map for lifting England’s lockdown, HSBC is accelerating its “pivot to Asia”, and McKinsey’s 650 senior partners have begun voting on whether Kevin Sneader should serve a second term at the helm of the business consultancy. Plus, the UK’s competition watchdog is planning new probes on Big Tech companies. The FT’s Brussels correspondent, Javier Espinoza talks to Andrea Coscelli, the head of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. Schools in England to reopen on March 8 under easing of lockdownhttps://www.ft.com/content/3a0434e5-8cac-4922-8f0f-062db0604115HSBC intensifies pivot to Asia with job moves and US exithttps://www.ft.com/content/38c3670c-3b0f-41e6-874e-0f9eee553744UK competition watchdog warns Big Tech of coming antitrust probeshttps://www.ft.com/content/da5c30a8-6fab-4131-b6bd-f8f05dcf5a46?McKinsey senior echelons vote in referendum on Sneader leadershiphttps://www.ft.com/content/f001f3ef-e296-4eb6-b711-5f7cb773e314 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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22 Feb 2021

Rank #7

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Johnson and Von der Leyen to meet on Brexit, Uber abandons plans for its own self-driving car, China’s overseas lending

Boris Johnson is to travel to Brussels for make-or-break talks on a UK-EU trade deal, Uber will swap its self-driving car operations for a minority stake in Aurora, and China has drastically curtailed the overseas lending programme of its two largest policy banks. Plus, the FT’s Guy Chazan explains why there is so much at stake for Europe and German chancellor Angela Merkel during this week’s EU summit. Johnson to go to Brussels in search of way out of Brexit stalematehttps://www.ft.com/content/0317430c-015c-4848-8689-8ec4066dad52?Uber abandons effort to develop own self-driving vehiclehttps://www.ft.com/content/e55ce767-0ede-4096-aa3b-1d26671f3772?China curtails overseas lending in face of geopolitical backlashft.com/content/1cb3e33b-e2c2-4743-ae41-d3fffffa4259?Angela Merkel faces final challenge at EU summithttps://www.ft.com/content/58866070-51df-4386-be3f-58738a23996c? Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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8 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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Tuesday, December 10

Donald Trump says “a lot of strides” have been made on the USMCA trade deal, Morgan Stanley is cutting around 1,500 jobs worldwide, Amazon claims it was denied a $10bn US defence contract because of pressure from the president and SoftBank has agreed to sell its nearly 50 per cent stake in Wag back to the dog walking company. Plus, Paul Volcker has died at the age of 92. The FT’s Gillian Tett looks back on the life and legacy of the former Federal Reserve board chairman.    Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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10 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Tuesday, July 16

Democratic congresswomen call Donald Trump’s attacks a “distraction” after the US president doubles down on his statement, US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin says Facebook has “a lot of work to do” before the Trump administration will let it proceed with its planned cryptocurrency and money manager Jeffrey Epstein discloses his assets in a court filing after being charged with the sex trafficking of underage girls. Plus, the FT’s Ahmed Al Omran explains how Saudi Arabia is reviving its efforts to  draw dissidents home. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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16 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Stimulus uncertainty, Conoco-Concho deal, China’s semiconductor push

US stocks slid on Monday as a deadline on US stimulus talks looms and coronavirus cases continue to rise, and ConocoPhillips is betting on a post-pandemic oil recovery with its plans to buy Concho Resources for $9.7bn. Plus, the FT’s greater China correspondent, Kathrin Hille, explains why Chinese companies of all stripes are rushing into the country’s semiconductor industry. US stocks slide as stimulus deadline loomshttps://www.ft.com/content/6c0fd8ae-618e-42e9-8537-b6f6a4558ac2ConocoPhillips to buy rival Concho in $9.7bn dealhttps://www.ft.com/content/1da54146-244a-4e42-a90d-415298db3866Chinese groups go from fish to chips in new ‘Great Leap Forward’ https://www.ft.com/content/46edd2b2-1734-47da-8e77-21854ca5b212 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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20 Oct 2020

Rank #11

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Thursday, July 11

The Trump administration launches an investigation into French plans to bring in a special tax targeting big tech companies and Amazon Music becomes the fastest-growing streaming service. Plus, Federal Reserve chairman Jay Powell cemented the case for an interest rate cut in his testimony to US Congress. The FT’s James Politi explains. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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11 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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US ballot count continues, Ant IPO stalls

The US presidential election appeared to be headed towards prolonged uncertainty as critical battlegrounds continued to count mail-in ballots. The FT’s Peter Spiegel reports on the early morning results, and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson explains what it means for business. Plus, China has suspended the $37bn listing of Ant Group, which had been set to become the world’s largest IPO. Our Asia capital markets correspondent, Hudson Lockett, explains what happened. Follow the FT’s US election coveragehttps://www.ft.com/us-presidential-election-2020Trump’s corporate trouble: CEOs keep their distance from the party of businesshttps://www.ft.com/content/f74f00db-decc-4fb2-8c86-e95dd0b0d42eChina halts $37bn Ant Group IPO, citing ‘major issues’https://www.ft.com/content/c1ee03d4-f22e-4514-af46-2f8423a6842e Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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4 Nov 2020

Rank #13

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Tuesday, October 29

Alphabet revenues were hit by rising costs in the third quarter despite a strong performance by Google’s ad business, and UK prime minister Boris Johnson will push ahead with another attempt to set a December general election. Plus, the FT reports that TikTok parent company ByteDance is planning to go public in Hong Kong next year, Beyond Meat posts its first quarterly profit since going public and the US House of Representatives will vote to formalise its impeachment inquiry. Then, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic made its trading debut on Monday, becoming the first space tourism company to launch on to public markets.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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29 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Turkey investors shaken by central bank governor firing

Investor confidence in Turkey is shaken by the shock dismissal of the head of the central bank and the appointment of a new central banker with unorthodox ideas on how to tackle the country’s economic challenges, the increased production of the Covid-19 vaccine is creating shortages of other medicines, and Goldman Sachs bows to workplace complaints by junior bankers. Turkey’s lira tumbles after Erdogan sacks central bank chiefhttps://www.ft.com/content/6be3efd1-a8e9-47a8-abac-966db2d3cf93Push to make Covid vaccines causes US drug shortageshttps://www.ft.com/content/b3ac261e-2675-4679-9356-53aa6d812ad7David Solomon commits to Saturdays off for Goldman Sachs bankershttps://www.ft.com/content/58ca979f-3110-4613-8f85-81d8704cd4ad Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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23 Mar 2021

Rank #15

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Wednesday, July 17

Lower rates squeeze US bank lending margins, Ursula von der Leyen narrowly secures parliamentary backing for her appointment as European Commission president and United Airlines raises its outlook for the full year despite the financial impact of the grounding of the carrier’s 737 Max fleet. Plus, the FT’s Kiran Stacey reports on Big Tech’s day in Washington. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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17 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Argentina bonds back in hot water, Swiss immigration vote, Scottish independence

Argentina’s newly restructured dollar bonds have slumped in value less than a month after a deal was finalised to postpone debt payments, and Swiss voters have defeated a nationalist initiative to tear up their free-movement agreement with Brussels. Plus, the FT’s Mure Dickie explains how Scotland’s push for independence is influencing Brexit talks. Argentina bonds ‘back in hot water’ just weeks after restructuring dealft.com/content/fd786d9b-18b4-4ed3-a531-6af3d2eb5c24?Nicola Sturgeon revives plans for second Scottish independence vote https://www.ft.com/content/0f0ecf40-f30a-482e-9902-d74276bdc43fSwiss voters reject nationalist proposal to curb immigrationft.com/content/5a642ce6-1a76-460c-9857-b880b0fb7bc0 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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28 Sep 2020

Rank #17

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Beijing’s legal force on Hong Kong, US retail, the future of higher education

The Chinese government is preparing to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong, and sales surged at the US retailers deemed “essential” by local authorities in the first quarter. Plus, the business of higher education is under threat because of coronavirus. The FT’s Andrew Jack explains.To get free access to the FT’s Coronavirus Business Update newsletter for 30 days, visit ft.com/newsbriefingcovid or follow this link: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=9f398053-342f-c623-b5b3-1506d651696f. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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22 May 2020

Rank #18

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Wednesday, September 25

House Democrats have launched impeachment proceedings against US president Donald Trump and Adam Neumann has been pushed out as chief executive of WeWork following the dramatic collapse of its initial public offering. Plus, the FT’s chief foreign affairs commentator, Gideon Rachman, sets out what is next for Boris Johnson and British politics following the Supreme Court’s rebuke of the prime minister’s suspension of parliament.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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25 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Tuesday, May 28

The success of the Brexit party in European elections ramps up pressure on Britain to leave the EU without a deal, Aviva is preparing a big shake-up of its UK business and Disney’s live action remake of the 1992 animated classic ‘Aladdin’ grabbed the top spot at the US box office over the holiday weekend. Plus, the FT’s pharma correspondent Hannah Kuchler reports that technology companies are betting that their insights into human behaviour can help opioid addicts recover. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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28 May 2019

Rank #20