But there are plenty of issues up for discussion among the Group of Seven — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — that could have major ramifications for investors and businesses.
The United States has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 52% below 2005 levels by 2030, while the United Kingdom has pledged a 78% reduction against emissions levels in 1990 by 2035.
But G7 leaders could go even further ahead of crucial United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland this November.
China: Even though it’s not a member of the G7, China — the world’s second largest economy — looms large at the summit. Biden is expected to try and convince allies to join Washington in taking a tougher stance towards Beijing over its actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
Covid-19: Of course, there’s the pandemic to consider, too. G7 leaders are also looking at whether to back allocating $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund to support vaccinations and the economic recovery for countries most in need.
The White House said in a statement Friday that more details would be given in the communique from G7 leaders expected over the weekend.
Hackers breach FIFA maker Electronic Arts
The onslaught of hacks isn’t letting up as awareness grows over the threat cyberattacks pose both to companies and the broader economy.
The hackers claimed to offer “full capability of exploiting on all EA services.” They also purport to have stolen software development tools for FIFA 21 and server code for player matchmaking in FIFA 22.
Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Emsisoft, said losing control over source code could be problematic for EA’s business.
“Source code could, theoretically, be copied by other developers or used to create hacks for games,” he said.
Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the cybersecurity firm Check Point, said that hackers “can comb through the code [and] identify deeper flaws for exploit.”
According to EA, player data was not compromised in the breach, and the company said it’s already made security improvements. It does not expect the hack to hit its business, according to a spokesperson.
Investor insight: Wall Street is taking the company at its word, with shares flat in premarket trading. But the full cost may not be evident just yet.
Here’s exactly what’s getting more expensive
Inflation rose 5% in the 12 months ending in May, the biggest jump since August 2008. Stripping out volatile food and energy costs, inflation stood at 3.8% year-over-year — the largest increase since 1992.
The cost of household furnishings, including furniture and bedding, rose 1.3% last month. That’s the largest increase since 1976.
Used car and truck prices also surged for the second consecutive month. In May, they leaped 7.3%, accounting for about one third of the overall increase in prices recorded. New cars got more expensive, too, with prices climbing 1.6%.
Travels costs are also going up as Americans book vacations after spending more than a year cooped up at home. Air fares rose 7% month-over-month, while the price of renting a car increased by more than 12%.
And hosting a Fourth of July picnic could be a bit harder on the wallet. The price of beef steaks rose 4.3% last month — though hot dogs are 1.9% cheaper than in April.
The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey for June posts at 10 a.m. ET.
Coming this weekend: The Group of Seven meeting of world leaders continues in Cornwall, England.