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It’s not usually that two heads of western powers rejoice a birthday in the identical week. Much more uncommon that each are of their eighth decade. Ought to we rejoice that age is clearly now no barrier to such management jobs? King Charles III turns 74 on Monday, and can be honoured with a 41-gun salute and a rendition of “Blissful Birthday” at Buckingham Palace’s altering of the guard. However US president Joe Biden passes a extra vital milestone, turning 80 on Sunday. He additionally has a extra urgent week of worldwide diplomacy and nationwide politics to take care of earlier than blowing out the candles on his cake.

First, there may be the G20 summit in Bali, or what one FT colleague labelled the primary world authorities gathering of the second chilly struggle. Russian president Vladimir Putin is not attending, however China’s Xi Jinping is anticipated to, so there can be strain for Biden to talk with him.

At dwelling, there may be the small matter of Donald Trump’s extensively trailed “very huge announcement” on Tuesday from his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

That is additionally the week for the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (Apec) summit in Thailand, bringing collectively 21 international locations within the area, the primary such face-to-face gathering since 2018. Once more the US, China and Russia are invited, and once more Putin won’t be there. France’s President Emmanuel Macron can be in attendance, nonetheless, as he has been invited to talk on world commerce ties.

Fixing a gap

Throughout the Atlantic within the UK, the place potential festive roasts are having a significantly depressing season, a very powerful diary date is chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s monetary assertion on Thursday.

The nation is in a “fiscal gap” (not my phrase, Hunt’s) and the chancellor’s plan is to seek out about half the required £55bn shortfall in public spending cuts, with measures together with a delay on social care reforms, a freeze in earnings tax thresholds and a stealth raid on inheritance tax.

The FT’s parliamentary and economics workforce can be available to translate the politicians’ phrases and discover the important thing factors buried within the Treasury paperwork. Learn this explainer to know why the UK must act urgently. And when you suppose you are able to do a greater job than the chancellor, knock your self out with our “fill the black gap” interactive.

Sticking with UK politics, Nicola Sturgeon will on Monday full eight years as chief of the Scottish Nationwide celebration. She obtained the job when her predecessor and mentor Alex Salmond resigned within the wake of the 2014 independence referendum. Whereas Westminster is slicing central authorities spending, Holyrood is enacting its personal austerity drive. Will Sturgeon’s milestone spur an evaluation of her document as first minister at Holyrood?

The UN local weather change convention COP27 attracts to an in depth on Friday, however then (on Sunday) we’ve the beginning of one thing that can almost definitely seize world information in addition to sports activities web page headlines for the following month — the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022. To say that is more likely to be a contentious event could be one thing of an understatement — learn our journal reportage right here. The FT can be available to offer complete protection.

Lastly, we’ve extra elections. Malaysia goes to the polls on Saturday. The Nepalese will vote for parliamentary and provincial authorities seats on Sunday and the FT’s sister title Nikkei Asia has produced this useful information to the important thing factors. Kazakhstan’s normal election on Sunday is worthy of word as a result of it represents the most vital constitutional change for the oil wealthy central Asian nation because it declared independence from the previous Soviet Union.

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Financial knowledge

There are some doubtlessly necessary knowledge releases subsequent week from the US, specifically producer worth index inflation charge numbers, retail gross sales figures and additional updates on the wobbling US housing market.

The UK’s huge financial occasion is the Autumn Assertion, however earlier than that, UK unemployment knowledge can be up to date on Tuesday. The British authorities has been focusing consideration on their document right here as a result of it’s one of many solely excellent news tales for them. Nonetheless, it’s not that nice.

The UK would be the solely developed financial system with employment nonetheless beneath pre-pandemic ranges firstly of 2023, based on new evaluation. One other “winter of discontent” can be looming as a spread of employees — nurses are the newest — demand pay rises consistent with inflation.

Then on Wednesday comes extra inflation knowledge with concern that the buyer worth index measure will stay in double digits. The week will finish for the UK with an replace on retail gross sales, though hopes should not excessive given gloomy predictions of the nation coming into recession.

The price of residing can even catch the attention of the EU this week, with inflation knowledge out on Thursday. There can even be a third-quarter gross home product estimate on Tuesday.


The phrases “Elon Musk is because of seize headlines once more this week” might be written right here any time of the 12 months, however this week an outburst is within the diary. This time it’s over his $56bn pay package deal at Tesla. A courtroom in Delaware, the place the electrical automobile maker is registered, will hear the criticism introduced by a shareholder.

Vodafone, which experiences interim outcomes on Tuesday, has been beneath strain to overtake its operations. Shareholders can be wanting on the quantity the corporate has been capable of lower debt after the announcement of the sale of a stake in its mast enterprise Vantage final week.

Fashions change and so do senior administration groups as British model Burberry has found this 12 months. Traders can be desirous to see what newish chief govt Jonathan Akeroyd has give you to spice up progress when the corporate experiences first-half figures on Thursday. Analysts anticipate he’ll give attention to bettering revenue margins, which have traditionally lagged behind these of bigger French and Italian rivals.

Key financial and firm experiences

Here’s a extra full listing of what to anticipate when it comes to firm experiences and financial knowledge this week.


  • EU, month-to-month eurozone industrial manufacturing knowledge

  • India, October client worth index (CPI) inflation charge figures

  • Japan, flash Q3 GDP figures

  • UK, Rightmove month-to-month home worth index

  • Outcomes: Embraer Q3, Tyson Meals This autumn


  • China, October retail gross sales and industrial manufacturing knowledge

  • EU, Q3 GDP figures

  • France, October CPI and Harmonised Index of Client Costs (HICP) knowledge

  • Germany, Zew financial sentiment survey

  • UK, September unemployment charge, plus October insolvency knowledge.

  • US, October producer worth index (PPI) inflation charge knowledge

  • Outcomes: BAE Methods buying and selling assertion, House Depot Q3, Imperial Manufacturers FY, Infineon Applied sciences This autumn, Land Securities H1, Melrose buying and selling replace, ProSiebenSat. 1 Q3, Vodafone H1, Walmart Q3


  • Canada, October CPI inflation charge knowledge

  • Japan, October commerce steadiness knowledge

  • UK, October CPI, PPI and different inflation charge figures

  • US, October retail gross sales and industrial manufacturing figures

  • Outcomes: Alcon Q3, Bridgepoint buying and selling replace, British Land H1, CMC Markets H1, Experian H1, Hill & Smith buying and selling replace, Premier Meals H1, Sage FY, SSE H1, Tencent Q3


  • EU, October HICP inflation charge knowledge

  • Japan, October CPI inflation charge figures

  • Outcomes: Alibaba Q3, Burberry H1, Fuller, Smith & Turner H1, Worldwide Distributions Providers H1, Investec H1, Kier buying and selling replace, Mitie H1, Siemens This autumn


World occasions

Lastly, here’s a rundown of different occasions and milestones this week.


  • UK, a hundredth anniversary of the BBC’s first radio broadcast

  • UK, King Charles celebrates his 74th birthday

  • US, trial begins in Delaware Chancery Courtroom over Elon Musk’s $56bn remuneration at Tesla. A shareholder claims that the quantity paid to the co-founder and chief govt is an extreme payout.


  • Indonesia, the summit for G20 heads of state and authorities begins in Bali

  • UK, overseas secretary James Cleverly solutions questions at a parliamentary committee on the UK’s future relationship with the EU

  • US, announcement by Donald Trump from his dwelling in Mar-a-Lago, anticipated to be about his intention to run within the 2024 presidential election. A lower than profitable efficiency by candidates he endorsed within the midterm elections has been seen as a setback to his ambitions to run once more.


  • UK, Financial institution of England governor Andrew Bailey offers proof to the Treasury Committee in Westminster

  • US, Nasa hopes to launch the Artemis I check flight mission across the moon from its Kennedy Area Heart, topic to native unsettled climate. The longer-term plan is to create a everlasting moon base to help missions to Mars.


  • China, third anniversary of the primary particular person to be confirmed to be affected by the ailment that will later be liable for the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Spain, Nato parliamentary meeting’s annual session begins in Madrid

  • UK, chancellor Jeremy Hunt presents his Autumn Assertion to parliament because the Workplace for Finances Accountability publishes its financial and financial outlook

  • UK, Financial institution of England chief economist Huw Capsule speaks on the What Subsequent for Central Banks? panel occasion, a part of the Bristol Competition of Economics



  • Malaysia, normal election

  • Monaco, Nationwide Day

  • UK, 2021 Rugby League World Cup males’s and ladies’s finals staged at Previous Trafford, Manchester


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