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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.

    US companies announce record share buybacks, Covid hits India’s middle class

    US companies announce record share buybacks, Covid hits India’s middle class

    Companies are dusting off share buyback plans after a blockbuster earnings season, and shareholders are rebelling against executive pay proposals. Plus, the FT’s New Delhi reporter, Jyotsna Singh, explains how India’s second surge is devastating the country’s middle class. 


    Companies prepare share buyback bonanza as outlook clears
    https://www.ft.com/content/d7adb226-e9a6-4cd8-9049-35d55c211ca4


    US investors revolt against executive pay in record numbers
    https://www.ft.com/content/50e73d21-3de5-4196-b124-7281ec7af828


    Covid batters India’s aspiring middle classes
    https://www.ft.com/content/28e9c827-1131-4412-bafa-5e88eb211fc4?
     
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    Colonial pipeline hackers didn’t mean to create problems, UK services’ Brexit struggles

    Colonial pipeline hackers didn’t mean to create problems, UK services’ Brexit struggles

    The hacker group blamed for the ransomware attack on the Colonial pipeline insisted it only wanted to make money and did not want to cause problems for society, tech stocks tumbled on Monday as investors braced for further signs of inflation, and Vice Media is joining the streaming gold rush. Plus, the FT’s management editor, Andrew Hill, explains why businesses in the UK’s services sector trying to operate in Europe are encountering post-Brexit challenges. 


    This episode features the song “Black Fur” by Elder Island. The song is licensed to Metropolis Recordings.  


    We regret ‘creating problems’, say hackers behind the cyber attack on a key fuel pipeline 
    https://www.ft.com/content/0afb53f0-f382-442a-9a32-02824ce8bb70


    US tech stocks drop ahead of inflation data
    https://www.ft.com/content/9707595b-d708-4be3-917d-9ae1de04c707?


    Vice Media joins streaming gold rush in new bid for profitability
    https://www.ft.com/content/942bf107-3824-4611-b0f7-b4816d4ee2a5


    UK’s services sector starts to count the real cost of Brexit
    https://www.ft.com/content/d0c10195-0e2e-4913-af74-3b7057163e3f?
     
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    US issues emergency powers to keep fuel flowing, CEO diversity promises

    US issues emergency powers to keep fuel flowing, CEO diversity promises

    The US government enacted emergency powers on Sunday in a bid to keep fuel supplies flowing after a cyberattack shut down a key pipeline, and European and US banks are split on whether to bring staff back to the office. Plus, the FT’s race and equalities correspondent, Taylor Nicole Rogers, looks at how much US corporations have lived up to diversity promises they made after the police murder of George Floyd.


    US and Europe split on bringing bankers back to the office
    https://www.ft.com/547a4dc2-e11b-4e8f-b526-cbf135ba7b4d?


    Are CEOs living up to the pledges they made after George Floyd’s murder?
    https://www.ft.com/content/67e79b20-bc41-4cb0-992f-a28e3eaa5695
     
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    Merkel opposes US move to waive vaccine IP, the drive behind the commodity supercycle

    Merkel opposes US move to waive vaccine IP, the drive behind the commodity supercycle

    Angela Merkel has expressed opposition to the Biden administration’s proposal to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, and Norway’s Telenor has written off its entire $782m investment in Myanmar but will remain in the country. Plus, the FT’s markets editor, Katie Martin, explains what is behind the commodities super cycle and what it could mean for inflation. 


    Angela Merkel rejects US move to waive patents on vaccines
    https://www.ft.com/content/76a05a85-b83c-4e36-b04d-7f44f63e57b0


    Telenor writes off $782m Myanmar business following coup
    https://www.ft.com/content/ba1f8db9-e2d1-4e45-80be-1f6f6fe1344b


    Broad commodities price boom amplifies ‘supercycle’ talk
    https://www.ft.com/content/1332da37-bf45-409f-9500-2fdac344d1dd


    Why we should all give up meat
    https://www.ft.com/content/1293516c-c17a-4a29-b969-55b6e6849b16
     
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    US to support temporary suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents, India’s coronavirus crisis is affecting global shipping

    US to support temporary suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents, India’s coronavirus crisis is affecting global shipping

    Stocks of major vaccine makers were rattled on Wednesday after the US decided to support a plan to temporarily suspend the intellectual property rights for Covid-19 jabs, and India’s coronavirus crisis is hitting the international shipping industry. Plus, the FT’s leisure industries correspondent, Alice Hancock, talks about the European tourism industry’s hopes of emerging from the pandemic with a different kind of tourism. 


    US backs plan to suspend Covid vaccine patents during pandemic
    https://www.ft.com/content/eca86f43-7127-4213-948d-3cc8d652805e


    India’s Covid surge rocks global shipping industry
    https://www.ft.com/content/cf40d764-6ab6-4638-bea6-594cc3cd5d53?


    Archegos prepares for insolvency as banks seek compensation for $10bn losses
    https://www.ft.com/content/8062ef53-790f-4470-99d5-265335a72334


    Pandemic offers Europe’s tourism industry the chance of an upgrade
    https://www.ft.com/content/5f3328f4-b12e-4e5b-8dd2-bacfb73d40a6?
     
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    Yellen says US interest rates may have to rise, European central banks lag in gender equality

    Yellen says US interest rates may have to rise, European central banks lag in gender equality

    Treasury secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that US interest rates may need to rise so that the economy does not overheat, and US states and companies are offering all kinds of incentives to entice people to get vaccinated against coronavirus. Plus, there are very few women in top roles in European central banking and economics. Two of them spoke to the FT about their experiences and “hidden barriers” to gender equality in their field.


    Yellen says rates may have to rise to prevent ‘overheating’
    https://www.ft.com/content/049f4a79-abff-4a6c-a7c1-13409e8f63ae


    Women central bankers want action on ‘hidden barriers’ to equality
    https://www.ft.com/content/0d1d2d4d-8bb8-42ce-b263-9863a1f377ed


    Beers and cash among incentives used to entice the ‘vaccine hesitant”
    https://www.ft.com/content/138f58a1-b472-452a-9daa-db0f5c885079
     
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