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Cash market funds are swelling in March as buyers pull deposits from banks, based on information supplier EPFR.

In complete, greater than $286bn has flooded into cash market funds to this point in March, making it the largest month of inflows for the reason that Covid-19 disaster, EPFR information discovered.

The largest winners are Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Constancy, with buyers pouring money into US cash market funds over the previous two weeks because the collapse of two regional US banks and the rescue deal for Credit score Suisse raised considerations concerning the security of financial institution deposits.

Right here’s a fast breakdown: Goldman’s US cash funds have taken in practically $52bn, a 13 per cent enhance, since March 9, the day earlier than Silicon Valley Financial institution was taken over by US authorities; JPMorgan’s funds obtained practically $46bn; and Constancy recorded inflows of virtually $37bn, based on iMoneyNet information as of Friday morning.

The surge in flows this month helped push total property in cash funds to a document $5.1tn on Wednesday, based on analysis from Financial institution of America.

Right here’s what else I’m preserving tabs on at present:

  • Taiwan-China go to: Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou begins a historic 10-day go to to China at present, marking the primary go to by a sitting or former Taiwanese president to China.

  • Finland and Nato: Hungary’s parliament will vote on whether or not to ratify Finland’s bid to affix Nato at present.

  • Kamala Harris: US vice-president Kamala Harris is in Ghana for her first cease of a three-nation tour of Africa to deepen ties with the continent amid competitors from China and Russia.

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5 extra high tales

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a tactical missile facility in Russia. Underneath the plans, storage in Belarus might be in place by July © AP

1. Vladimir Putin plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, marking Moscow’s newest try to make use of the specter of a nuclear battle to ramp up tensions with the US and Nato over the invasion of Ukraine.

2. Netanyahu sacks defence minister over refusal to again judicial reform. The battle over the bitterly contested proposals, which might considerably weaken the powers of the judiciary, has sparked the largest wave of protests in Israel for greater than a decade and plunged the nation right into a deep political disaster.

3. European ammunition maker says plant growth is dealing with a roadblock to the deliberate growth of its largest manufacturing unit as a result of a brand new information centre for TikTok is utilizing up all of the spare electrical energy within the space.

4. Air India boss Campbell Wilson hails greatest turnround effort within the airline’s historical past, as he outlined ambitions to show India into the subsequent main aviation hub following an enormous order for brand new planes.

5. China’s richest county suffers an export hunch as US stress hits factories. Taiwanese producers in Kunshan are reducing employees and wages and pushing orders overseas in response to falling exports, which had pushed China’s financial progress by means of the pandemic.

Information in depth

Wine grower Jasmine Hirsch standing next to grape vines in her San Francisco vineyard.
Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards in Sonoma stated she came upon about issues at Silicon Valley Financial institution second hand a day earlier than the lender was taken over by regulators © Hirsch Vineyards

What does SVB’s collapse must do with wine growers? So much, really. SVB’s wine division has been a essential pillar to the wine sector, loaning out greater than $4bn to wineries since 1990 and publishing an annual State of the Wine Business report. When it collapsed, SVB was sitting on $1.2bn of vineyard loans. Now its purchasers fear about the place their funding will come from as they grapple with larger prices of doing enterprise and the worsening impacts of local weather change.

We’re additionally studying and listening to . . .

  • Russia embraces renminbi: Russia has adopted the renminbi as one of many primary currencies for its worldwide reserves, in a uncommon instance of a rustic adopting the renminbi over the US greenback or euro. However it poses dangers for Moscow given Beijing’s historical past of abrupt forex devaluations.

  • Opinion: “The Tip Challenge positively found that it’s un-Japanese,” writes FT Asia Enterprise Editor Leo Lewis concerning the failed enterprise enterprise aimed toward beginning tipping tradition in Japan.

  • The movie star interview 🎧: This week, Lilah of the FT Weekend podcast compares notes on interviewing with podcaster Sam Fragoso, whose present Discuss Simple options in-depth conversations with a number of the greatest names in tradition like Cate Blanchett, Judd Apatow, and Noam Chomsky.

Chart of the day

Suicide amongst these aged between 10 and 19 years previous within the US surged by 45.5 per cent between 2010 and 2020, based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Whereas the jury continues to be out on an actual motive why psychological well being has declined amongst youngsters, some lecturers level to a rising physique of analysis that they are saying is difficult to disregard: that the proliferation of smartphones, high-speed web and social media apps are rewiring kids’s brains and driving a rise in consuming problems, despair and anxiousness.

Take a break from the information

How did a hard-hitting model of Scotland’s default lager discover a glamorous second life overseas? Tamlin Magee undertakes a liquid investigation into Italy’s love affair with Tennent’s Further for FT Journal’s Italy food and drinks particular.

Tennent’s Pub in Rome is adorned with classic wall hangings © Stephanie Gengotti/Institute Artist

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