28 November – 02 December

28 November

Policymakers at the European Central Bank will have to make a series of judgements about the sustainability of Greece’s debt and the trajectory for its economic growth before deciding on whether to include the country in its bond-buying measures, one of its senior officials has said.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has backed Donald Trump’s economic plans, predicting that the president-elect’s pledge to boost spending on infrastructure will increase growth in the US, combat inequality and energise workers you could check here. The verdict reflects how views of US prospects have changed since the election. The FT’s Chris Giles writes that before the vote, international institutions like the IMF and World Bank saw Mr Trump as a sort of Voldemort figure, who — like the Harry Potter villain — was referred to in hushed tones.

Beijing may have recently eased coal mines’ working day curbs in a bid to depress rising prices, but domestic futures contracts are sending mixed signals about the impact on China’s domestic market.

Large shareholders in Rio Tintohave voiced concerns about the miner’s handling of a payments crisis in Africa, accusing it of failing to stand behind senior executives in the face of possible anti-bribery investigations.

29 November

It’s still early days, but signs of Japan’s economy reaching a potential turning point look to have surfaced in October. Data out today showed the likes of retail sales and household spending shrinking at reduced rates last month, and continued tightness in the labour market.

Tougher rules for payday lenders have not caused a feared rise in illegal loans, as measured by the caseload of Citizens Advice Bureau.

Time Inc, the publishing company that owns Sports Illustrated, People and Time magazines, has rejected an unsolicited bid worth close to $1.8bn from a consortium backed by Len Blavatnik, the billionaire owner of Warner Music Group, according to people briefed on the offer.

The global market for battery chemical lithium is likely to remain “fairly balanced” for the next four to five years with supply rising to meet increased demand from electric vehicles, according to Albemarle, one of the biggest producers.

30 November

Last year the reformist head of China’s central bank convinced his Communist party bosses to give market forces a bigger say in setting the renminbi’s daily “reference rate” against the US dollar.

Carrier, the air-conditioning and heating company, has said it has struck a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep about 1,000 factory jobs in Indiana.

City-centre attractions such as Sea Life aquariums have remained affected by fears of terrorism in the wake of attacks across Europe in the past year, according to Merlin Entertainments.

Is the hype around a blockchain for financial markets finally over? The verdict from some of the market’s most active participants at a conference in London this week was definitive.

01 December

For two decades China’s economy – second in size only to that of the US – roared ahead at annual double-digit rates of growth. This year, according to official data, it is growing at 6.7 per cent. The current rate would be significantly less were it not for the continued willingness of China’s authorities to pump increasing amounts of cash into overheated real estate, financial and state owned enterprise sectors.

Syrian rebels have begun secret talks with Russia to try to end the fighting in Aleppo. The Turkish-brokered talks have been taking place in Ankara and are a sign of how the US is becoming increasingly sidelined in the region.

Gold has suffered its worst month since mid-2013, as the election of Donald Trump, the rising dollar and increased expectations of a US rate rise combined to send prices down 8.1 per cent in November.

GoPro is shutting its media division as part of a cost-cutting effort, admitting defeat on one of its central pitches to investors when it went public two years ago

02 December

Carrier’s decision to cancel plans to move 1,000 jobs to Mexico was on Wednesday painted as a trade-off for planned tax cuts, as one of Donald Trump’s economic advisers said he hoped other US businesses would see the deal as a “beacon signal” of a climate where they can keep more jobs at home.

The tree has taken some shaking this year. Of the two companies that dominate the smartphone sector, Apple last quarter reported the first annual decline in iPhone sales volumes. Samsung has been burnt by the furore around the exploding Galaxy Note 7.

Investors poured money into US equity funds and pulled it from European ones in a week dominated by hopes for an acceleration in US economic growth and anxiety over Italy’s referendum on constitutional reform this weekend.

Opec’s production cut this week to bolster oil prices may strike many as a throwback to an earlier era, but it hinged on a very modern method of communication: a messaging group between the smartphones of Saudi Arabia’s delegation in Vienna and Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud.