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Hi there and welcome to the primary working week of the 12 months. It’s now an annual custom (nicely, I did it final 12 months) to make use of this version to take a protracted look ahead to the 12 months forward.

The one factor that 2022 made apparent was the stupidity of attempting to foretell the long run. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the (associated) vitality disaster being simply two examples. The loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II was a chance this time final 12 months however I centered as a substitute on her platinum jubilee celebrations, which (fortunately) she and the nation nonetheless managed to take pleasure in. I used to be happy to have sufficiently caveated my US midterm prediction to say that the Republicans would possibly solely win management of one of many chambers of Congress.

What we do know going into 2023 is that each one these happenings from 2022 will present information strains to look out for within the coming weeks and months.

The fee and provide of fuel and electrical energy will proceed to problem governments and complicate politics and economics in 2023. Governments grew to become key gamers in vitality in 2022 and they’re going to proceed on this position within the coming 12 months, as my colleagues on the Vitality Supply group clarify.

What’s going to occur with the struggle in Ukraine? Russia will launch additional counter-attacks, although doubts have been raised about its capability to arm its troops. Will the US, by far the largest exterior supplier of army and monetary help, present sufficient new weaponry for the Ukrainian forces to reclaim extra land? What influence will Sweden — as a born-again Nato fan — have on the EU’s place now that it’s taking on the revolving EU presidency?

2022 was the 12 months that employees took to the picket strains once more, elevating industrial disputes within the UK to ranges final seen within the Eighties and inspiring employees not formally unionised within the US at Starbucks and (to a restricted extent) Amazon to band collectively for elevated rights.

However to date there are few indicators that this has achieved a lot — UK households face the steepest decline in dwelling requirements in six a long time over the following two years, based on official figures from the Workplace for Price range Accountability. Employee remuneration is weakening internationally with international wages falling for the first time on document in 2022, based on the Worldwide Labour Group. Will this encourage the commercial unrest to unfold?

2023 will start within the UK with extra rail strikes, with RMT union members strolling out on January 3, 4, 6 and seven, whereas members of rival Aslef — representing drivers at 15 prepare corporations — are because of strike on January 5.

Ballots will shut in January for the NASUWT and Fireplace Brigades Union to determine whether or not lecturers in England and Wales and firefighters strike over pay. Additional motion has been deliberate by the nurses union and airport workers.

Behind the British labour disputes is a broader concern that not sufficient is being spent to keep up and restore the UK’s infrastructure, with crumbling courts in England and Wales in addition to insufficient staffing for rail providers. The zeal of the austerity drive began by the 2010 coalition authorities is guilty, based on the FT’s John Burn-Murdoch — and he has the info to show it. This might be a major theme of British politics in 2023.

Rishi Sunak’s authorities has to date refused to present an inch in pay calls for and the unions are in need of money to keep up their industrial motion, however FT political columnist Stephen Bush believes the UK prime minister can be pressured to fold in 2023. This could solely be dangerous for the Conservative occasion’s electoral possibilities (already extraordinarily weak), but when 2022 is something to go by, British politics is rarely straightforward to foretell.

Due to all of you who’ve shared your help and feedback about The Week Forward over the previous 12 months. I can be again with the common format on January 8. Right here is the remainder of the 2023 company and financial round-up.

Financial information

The massive macroeconomic themes of 2023 are going to be (very like 2022) inflation and recession, particularly whether or not the previous will be tamed with out exacerbating the latter. There may be little consensus on the place charges will finish for various international locations, or certainly what pivots can be made to chop charges as 2023 attracts to a detailed — US markets are discounting 50 foundation factors of cuts by 12 months finish.

There may be additionally uncertainty about when particular person international locations will enter recession — the UK most likely already has, however the US has not but — and the way lengthy the interval of damaging development will final. My colleague Rob Armstrong, author of the glorious Unhedged e-newsletter, has predicted that the US recession is not going to start till later within the 12 months, however that it will then drag down the markets such that US shares finish the 12 months down.

Rates of interest will stay excessive all year long, based on Rob. He additionally closely caveats such forecasts. Click on right here to learn his 2023 market predictions in full.


The brand new 12 months brings a altering of the guard at a number of main corporations.

Shell lifer Wael Sawan takes the helm of the oil and fuel enterprise in January with the London-based firm in impolite well being however with some difficult choices to make within the transition to a low-carbon economic system.

In the identical month, Héctor Grisi can be promoted from head of Santander’s North America operations to group chief govt. Grisi joined Santander in 2015 from Credit score Suisse, the place he was an funding banker. His promotion attracts a line beneath the failed appointment of Andrea Orcel greater than three years in the past.

Final however not least, Robert Kyncl turns into chief govt of Warner Music. The previous chief enterprise officer at YouTube joins because the music trade is using a wave of streaming revenues. It’s clearly hoped that Kyncl’s grasp of the tech sector will assist Warner additional revenue from the digitisation of tunes.

Anticipate extra headlines in regards to the exploits of Elon Musk — not a tough prediction on condition that that is the enterprise journalism reward that retains on giving.

Key world, financial and company occasions

Here’s a extra full listing of what to anticipate by way of world occasions, firm reviews and financial information within the 12 months forward.


  • The eurozone expands with Croatia turning into the twentieth member of the forex union on January 1.

  • On the identical day, Sweden takes over the EU’s six-month rotating presidency.

  • The newly Republican-controlled US Home of Representatives convenes for its first session of the 12 months on January 3.

  • Czech presidential elections happen on January 13-14.

  • India’s Supreme Courtroom has given the nationwide authorities till January 6 to offer its response to petitions to legalise same-sex marriage within the nation.

  • The Trump Group’s former chief monetary officer Allen Weisselberg is scheduled to be sentenced in New York in January after pleading responsible to tax fraud and testifying towards the previous president’s actual property firm at trial.

  • US president Joe Biden travels to Mexico Metropolis for a North American leaders summit along with his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

  • The World Financial Discussion board summit returns to Davos with the theme “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”. FT Reside will host various in-person and digital occasions alongside the occasion, with leaders in coverage, enterprise and finance sharing insights into the problems being debated. Register totally free right here.


  • An EU ban on Russian petroleum merchandise comes into power on February 5, having already banned Russian crude oil on December 5 2022, backed by the UK and different G7 international locations.

  • The sixty fifth Grammy Awards can be held in Los Angeles on February 5.

  • Biden declares his Price range for the US fiscal 12 months 2024 on February 6.

  • The Tremendous Bowl, the climax of the American soccer league calendar, is performed on February 12.

  • February 24 is the primary anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • The annual Cellular World Congress in Barcelona kicks off on the finish of the month, bringing collectively key gamers within the telecoms and tech sector.


  • March 1 is the fiftieth anniversary of the discharge of Pink Floyd’s The Darkish Aspect of the Moon, one of many bestselling albums worldwide with estimated gross sales of greater than 50mn.

  • The Nationwide Individuals’s Congress annual session for China’s prime legislature opens on March 4.

  • The ninety fifth Academy Awards — the Oscars — are held in Hollywood on March 12.

  • UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt should beware the Ides of March as he has set March 15 because the date for his annual Price range speech, outlining tax and spending plans.


  • This month sees the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the iTunes Retailer. It now carries over 26mn tracks, promoting a mean of 15,000 songs per minute in 119 international locations.

  • The UK tax 12 months begins on April 1 when the principle fee of company tax rises from 19 per cent to 25 per cent on income over £250,000.

  • Easter Sunday falls on April 9.

  • The subsequent day is the twenty fifth anniversary of the signing of the Belfast Settlement, higher referred to as the Good Friday Settlement, which outlined plans for a Northern Eire Meeting that shared energy between Unionists and Nationalists after 30 years of battle.


  • Native elections throughout district councils in England, plus unitary authorities and immediately elected mayors, and all native councils throughout Northern Eire can be held on Might 4.

  • The Coronation of King Charles III can be held at Westminster Abbey on Might 6, with a public vacation for the UK on Might 8.

  • The Eurovision Tune Contest will happen in Liverpool, UK, on Might 13. Ukraine received final 12 months’s contest however was thought of too harmful to host the occasion.

  • Japan hosts the G7 Summit in Hiroshima this 12 months, operating from Might 19-21.

  • The US version of the FTWeekend Pageant returns to Washington, DC, on Might 20 with audio system together with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alice Waters, Darren Walker and a number of other FT writers. Register as a e-newsletter subscriber and save $20 utilizing promo code NewslettersxFestival at


  • The Ashes cricket check match sequence between England and Australia begins on June 16 with the hosts hoping to regain the prize the group final received in 2015.

  • Turkey will maintain presidential and parliamentary elections on June 18.


  • Spain takes over the revolving EU presidency on July 1.

  • The Nato summit begins in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 11.

  • UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Financial institution of England governor Andrew Bailey are because of make their annual Mansion Home speeches within the Metropolis of London on July 18.

  • The Fifa Girls’s World Cup, staged in Australia and New Zealand, kicks off on July 20 at Eden Park in Auckland.


  • The eightieth Venice Worldwide Movie Pageant begins on August 30.

  • The ultimate of the Fifa Girls’s World Cup can be performed on August 20 in Sydney, Australia.

  • The Jackson Gap financial coverage symposium begins on August 24.


  • Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg’s time period of workplace ends on September 1, having already been prolonged by a 12 months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • The G20 Leaders’ Summit begins in New Delhi on September 9.


  • The annual conferences of the IMF and the World Financial institution Group start on October 13, bringing collectively central bankers, ministers of finance and growth, personal sector executives and lecturers.

  • Two large worldwide sporting occasions occur this month. The ICC Cricket World Cup begins in India on October 1 and the Rugby World Cup involves France, with the ultimate to be performed in Paris on October 28.

  • October 19 was Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s desired date to carry an independence referendum, as introduced at Holyrood in June.

  • The fiftieth anniversary of the Sydney Opera Home opening can be marked on October 20 with a efficiency of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

  • October 22 is the sixtieth anniversary of the Nationwide Theatre in London’s first efficiency beneath the management of its first inventive director Laurence Olivier.


  • UK prime minister Rishi Sunak is because of set out his international coverage within the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet speech within the Metropolis of London on November 13.

  • November 22 would be the sixtieth anniversary of the assassination of US president John F Kennedy.

  • The twenty eighth session of the Convention of the Events to the UN Framework Conference on Local weather Change, aka Cop28, begins within the United Arab Emirates on November 30.


  • Brazil takes over the one-year presidency of the G20 from India and can host 2024’s summit.

  • December 2023 can be a month of serious anniversaries. December 5 is the tenth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s loss of life. December 10 is the seventy fifth anniversary of the UN Common Meeting adopting the Common Declaration of Human Rights. December 13 can be 20 years since Saddam Hussein was captured. December 16 is the seventy fifth anniversary of board recreation Scrabble.

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