America’s risky corporate loan market has been hit by the biggest slew of downgrades since the depths of the Covid crisis in 2020, and European banks with large retail arms are expected to report big second-quarter profits. Plus, the FT’s sports editor Josh Noble explains why the commercial rollout of the Women’s World Cup has been so disappointing.

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US junk loan market hit with flurry of credit rating downgrades

UK banks share more of the benefits of interest rate hikes

Commercial rollout of Women’s World Cup criticised as missed opportunity

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