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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.


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  • Russia’s failed efforts to rebuild in Ukraine

    12:03
    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
  • HSBC profits nosedive

    08:53
    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
  • Discover what’s in Capital One’s wallet

    09:41
    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
  • Israel’s economy slumps

    11:52
    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
  • What next for Russia after Navalny?

    11:09
    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
  • Swamp Notes: Donald Trump takes on Nato (again)

    12:45
    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
  • Asset managers cool on climate group

    11:43
    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
  • Will Germany lead Nato?

    11:02
    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
  • Arm’s share price goes crazy

    11:32
    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