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FT News Briefing

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Recent Episodes of FT News Briefing


Swamp Notes: Silicon Valley warms to Trump

Swamp Notes: Silicon Valley warms to Trump

Few of Silicon Valley’s biggest names supported Donald Trump in 2016 or 2020. Now, some of them are holding multimillion- dollar fundraisers for him. The FT’s US business and politics correspondent, Alex Rogers, and tech correspondent, Hannah Murphy, join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain why Big Tech is abandoning Joe Biden. 


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Donald Trump fundraiser latest sign of support in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley elite warms to Donald Trump

Biden camp hits out at Elon Musk and ‘sucker’ Donald Trump

Sign up for the FT’s Sw...

Episode 8 June 2024 13m and 23s


The European Central Bank’s cautious first step

The European Central Bank’s cautious first step

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates for the first time in nearly five years, and the European Commission will recommend the start of EU accession talks with Ukraine this month.

Plus, the FT’s Katie Martin explains how optimistic we should be about a revival of the London Stock Exchange. 


Mentioned in this podcast:

ECB cuts interest rates for first time in five years

A cautious revival of the London IPO market

Ukraine ready for EU membership talks, Brussels says


The FT News Bri...

Episode 7 June 2024 11m and 5s


The split road for South Africa

The split road for South Africa

Nvidia’s market value briefly rose past $3tn to overtake Apple as the world’s second-most valuable company, South Africa’s African National Congress party is considering the formation of a national unity government with rival parties, and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was accused on Wednesday by Sir Keir Starmer of “resorting to lies” over Labour’s tax plans. Plus, a US appeals court has tossed out new rules that would have forced private equity and hedge funds to be more transparent.


Mentioned in this podcast:

Nvidia’s market value powers past $3tn in AI-fuelled...

Episode 6 June 2024 11m and 51s


Opec+’s production conundrum

Opec+’s production conundrum

Gazprom is unlikely to recover gas sales lost as a result of Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine for at least a decade, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to win a historic third term, job openings, vacancies and quits data provided more evidence of a cooling labour market in the US. Plus, Opec+ might be losing ground in its fight to prop up oil prices. 


Mentioned in this podcast:

Gazprom badly hurt by Ukraine war, says company-commissioned report

Narendra Modi set to lose parliamentary majority in shock Indian elect...

Episode 5 June 2024 9m and 18s


Investors to delivery apps: where’s my profit?

Investors to delivery apps: where’s my profit?

US President Joe Biden is moving to sharply tighten immigration rules at the southern border with Mexico, Indian markets hit record highs after exit polls forecast a landslide election win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, food delivery apps put new focus on profits despite slower growth following the coronavirus pandemic, and a new podcast from the Financial Times explores the fallout since Qatargate. 


Mentioned in this podcast:

Food delivery apps rack up $20bn in losses in fierce battle for diners

Indian markets hit record highs as exit polls forecast Modi victory

Episode 4 June 2024 10m and 50s


Russia-China pipeline deal stalls

Russia-China pipeline deal stalls

Russia and China are deadlocked over a deal to build a gas pipeline connecting the two countries, far-right parties in Europe are gaining ground with younger voters, technical trouble could hamper Tesla’s upcoming shareholder election, and disagreement at OpenAI over safety and leadership has led to top level resignations.


Mentioned in this podcast:

Russia-China gas pipeline deal stalls over Beijing’s price demands

Internal divisions linger at OpenAI after November’s attempted coup

Tesla’s many international retail investors unable to cast AGM vote

How the far right is...

Episode 3 June 2024 9m and 59s


Martin Wolf on democracy’s year of peril: 2024

Martin Wolf on democracy’s year of peril: 2024

Across the world, billions of citizens are being asked to cast their vote in elections taking place in more than 50 countries, making this a pivotal year for democracy. But these polls come as populist, illiberal and far-right parties are either growing in support or consolidating gains they have already made. In the first of this five-part series, the FT’s renowned economics commentator Martin Wolf tells executive opinion editor Jonathan Derbyshire why he worries about the consequences for the future of democratic institutions. Martin then speaks to Robert Kagan, a neoconservative scholar and a senior fellow at the Brookings In...

Episode 2 June 2024 44m and 59s


Swamp Notes: The Trump verdict is in

Swamp Notes: The Trump verdict is in

Former US president Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 felony charges of falsifying business records on Thursday, a first for any current or former American president. However, with the Republican nomination all but secured, the conviction may do little to knock Trump’s reelection campaign off course. The FT’s US managing editor, Peter Spiegel, and US legal correspondent, Joe Miller, join this week’s Swamp Notes to explain why. 


Mentioned in this podcast:

Donald Trump found guilty on all counts in ‘hush money’ trial

Trump’s guilty verdict puts America’s political syste...

Episode 1 June 2024 14m and 4s


Donald Trump guilty on all counts

Donald Trump guilty on all counts

Donald Trump has been found guilty of conspiring to buy the silence of a porn actor and Saudi Arabia is selling roughly $12bn worth of shares in its national oil company Saudi Aramco. Plus, European oil majors are left at a disadvantage in several areas when it comes to M&A. 


Mentioned in this podcast:

Donald Trump found guilty on all counts in ‘hush money’ trial

Saudi Arabia to sell $12bn worth of Aramco shares

Why the European oil megamerger has not gushed forth


The FT News Brief...

Episode 31 May 2024 10m and 56s


Private equity now says sharing is caring

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 flank

Israel’s borrowing spree reaches Palm Beach as US municipalities pile in

BHP’s £39bn pursuit of Anglo American collapses

Higher rates have...

Episode 30 May 2024 11m and 13s

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