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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.


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  • Investors roll the dice on prediction markets

    10:44
    Tesla’s net income fell by 45 per cent, investors think Donald Trump will be back in the White House, and the director of the US Secret Service resigned after an operational failure. Plus, the FT’s Jennifer Hughes talks about investors betting on politics in prediction markets. Mentioned in this podcast:Tesla misses profit estimates as electric vehicle deliveries slowPrediction markets tipped for new growth as US trader interest mounts US Secret Service head resigns over Donald Trump assassination attempt Markets reassess ‘Trump trades’ after Joe Biden withdraws from race The Unhedged podcast The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Jake Harper, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Our intern is Prakriti Panwar. 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

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  • Kamala Harris takes the stage

    11:09
    The US Congress interrogated its Secret Service chief yesterday, and Kamala Harris is gearing up her prospective presidential campaign. Plus, the FT’s Christian Davies explains how Samsung’s labour crisis is complicating its efforts to capitalise on a booming market for semiconductors.  Mentioned in this podcast:US Secret Service chief says Donald Trump shooting worst ‘failure’ in decades What do we know about Kamala Harris’s chances against Donald Trump? Samsung’s ‘chip crisis’: AI ambitions hit by unprecedented worker unrest Luxury brands roll out 50% discounts as Chinese shoppers rein in spending The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Mischa Frankl-Duval, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Our intern is Prakriti Panwar. 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
  • Joe Biden drops out of US presidential race

    11:24
    US President Joe Biden has abandoned his re-election bid following overwhelming pressure from fellow Democrats, and India’s prime minister Narendra Modi faces an early test to his third term in office. Plus, the UK’s new chancellor, Rachel Reeves, will present a fiscal statement to parliament later this month. Mentioned in this podcast:Joe Biden drops out of 2024 US presidential election race and endorses Kamala HarrisLabour’s moment to blame, borrow and taxIndia’s Narendra Modi faces budget demands from ‘kingmaker’ allies The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Mischa Frankl-Duval, Denise Guerra, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Our intern is Prakriti Panwar. 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
  • Swamp Notes: Trump pushes unity at Republican National Convention

    17:15
    Republicans gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their convention this week, just days after their party leader was nearly assassinated. The presidential nominee, Donald Trump, started off with a message of unity. However, it’s unclear if that message will stick. The FT’s deputy Washington bureau chief Lauren Fedor and US political news editor Derek Brower discuss this new layer for the Republican party. Credit: Associated Press, ABC News  Mentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump pledges tax cuts, trade wars and border crackdownJD Vance proclaims ‘America first’ as Republicans embrace economic populismSign 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 George Drake Jr and Pierre Nicholson.Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com
  • Trump accepts the Republican nomination

    11:18
    Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican party nomination for president. HSBC’s new chief executive, Georges Elhedery, will face a unique set of challenges while transitioning into the role, and the European Central Bank decided to keep interest rates unchanged yesterday. Plus, the FT’s Clive Cookson talks about the revival of the space race. Credit: NASA, BBC, NDTV, Global NewsMentioned in this podcast:Donald Trump recounts near death by gunman in speech to Republican conventionCan HSBC’s new chief finish what Noel Quinn started? ECB keeps interest rate at 3.75% What do we gain from going back to the Moon?  The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Ethan Plotkin, Katie McMurran, Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Our intern is Prakriti Panwar. 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
  • Viktor Orbán’s world tour irks the EU

    11:42
    Chip stocks dipped yesterday after Trump’s comments rattled investors, the EU spoke up against Viktor Orbán’s recent travels, and a bid to force Amazon to recognise a union failed in the UK. Plus, the FT’s Madhumita Murgia explains what Yandex’s move into Europe signifies. Mentioned in this podcast:Chip stocks tumble as Trump comments rattle investors Donald Trump has ‘well-founded plans’ for Russia-Ukraine peace talks, Viktor Orbán claims Amazon beats back union bid for UK recognition Yandex founder to build AI business in Europe after Russia exit The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Our intern is Prakriti Panwar. 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
  • Nigeria gambles with economic shock therapy

    11:06
    The UK Labour government will present its plans for the upcoming year in the King’s Speech, and Morgan Stanley experienced a slowdown in growth despite a 40 per cent profit increase. Plus, the FT’s Aanu Adeoye explains the Nigerian president’s plans to revive the country’s economy.Mentioned in this podcast:Starmer plans to introduce AI bill in King’s SpeechWill shock therapy revive Nigeria’s economy — or sink it further?  Morgan Stanley’s wealth business stumbles even as profits jump The FT News Briefing is produced by Fiona Symon, Sonja Hutson, Kasia Broussalian and Marc Filippino. Additional help from Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, Peter Barber, Michael Lello, David da Silva and Gavin Kallmann. Our engineer is Monica Lopez. Our intern is Prakriti Panwar. 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