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Planning for a healthier life
Oct 20 • 12 min
An experiment in urban planning backed by the UK’s health service has shown how even small changes can have a big impact on the health of communities. Darren Dodd discusses what’s been learnt so far with some of the project’s backers. Contributors: Darren…
Syria’s war profiteers
Oct 18 • 16 min
During Syria’s eight year civil war, around half a million Syrians have lost their lives and many more have lost their livelihoods. But a few individuals have made millions by helping the Assad regime. Chloe Cornish has been investigating and she tells…
Catalonia ruling fans flames of Spain’s divisions
Oct 16 • 17 min
Catalonia erupted this week after a Spanish Supreme Court decision to jail a group of separatist leaders for their part in organising an illegal independence referendum. The regional government attacked the sentences and thousands took to the streets in…
What went wrong at WeWork?
Oct 14 • 13 min
The workplace philosophy of WeWork founder Adam Neumann was at the heart of his global real estate company. But WeWork is imploding after a recent IPO was shelved and Mr Neumann has been removed as CEO. Pilita Clark discusses how the company got into such…
Could micro-organisms revolutionise our food?
Oct 10 • 9 min
A Chicago start-up has found a way of turning microbes into edible protein, part of a growing trend towards a microbial revolution in food. Leslie Hook discusses why investors are increasingly interested in this area with Emiko Terazono, commodities…
Shakespeare on Merseyside
Oct 8 • 11 min
Thanks to its links to Shakespeare and his players that were until recently a well kept secret, a deprived suburb of Liverpool is to house a new playhouse. Local investors have high hopes that it will woo some of the tourists that flock to…
European court sets precedent on hate speech
Oct 6 • 13 min
Europe’s top court has ruled that individual countries can force Facebook to take down illegal content, including hate speech, both inside the EU and across the world. Malcolm Moore discusses the implications of the ruling for freedom of expression with…
The call that triggered a US impeachment inquiry
Oct 2 • 15 min
Many US Democrats had pushed for an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump after the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in the last US election released its findings. But it took a July telephone conversation between Mr Trump and Ukraine’s new…
John Ruskin’s message for our times
Sep 29 • 12 min
John Ruskin was a towering figure in the Victorian era: an art critic, social reformer and all round thinker who had a huge influence on British society. After his death he fell out of favour. Yet much of what he wrote about the nature of work and the…
Why would Iran attack Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities?
Sep 26 • 14 min
A devastating missile and drone attack on Saudi oil installations last week highlighted the vulnerability of global oil supplies to the threat of regional unrest. The attack was claimed by Houthi rebels fighting Saudi-backed forces in neighbouring Yemen,…
UK judges overrule PM on suspension of parliament
Sep 24 • 8 min
We have seen a historic day for British politics as the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks was unlawful. Siona Jenkins discusses what the ruling means for Brexit, for the prime minister, and for British…
As world leaders meet to discuss emissions, how is China doing?
Sep 22 • 11 min
As the world’s largest carbon emitter, China will be in the spotlight at this week’s UN climate summit in New York. Beijing has taken steps to tackle its pollution problems in recent years, but is it working? Pilita Clark puts this question to Leslie…
Memoirs of a whistleblower
Sep 20 • 16 min
In 2013, Edward Snowden was responsible for one of the biggest US intelligence leaks ever. He’s just published a memoir offering his version of the events. Janine Gibson was the Guardian’s US editor at the time and oversaw publication of the story. She…
End of peace talks risks opening door for Isis in Afghanistan
Sep 17 • 9 min
Donald Trump has dashed hopes for an imminent peace deal with the Taliban that were intended to pave the way for the US to withdraw the last of its troops from Afghanistan. Jyotsna Singh discusses how this leaves the war torn country as it prepares for…
Are flying taxis coming to our cities soon?
Sep 16 • 10 min
Chinese carmaker Geely is investing in German flying taxi start-up Volocopter. Josh Noble discusses China’s interest in this technology and the future of flying taxis wirh the FT’s motor industry correspondent Peter Campbell and global technology…
Is Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament legal?
Sep 12 • 12 min
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of constitutional vandalism by curtailing the opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny of his government in the final weeks of the Brexit talks. The courts will now determine whether his decision to shut down…
Shake-up at the heart of the Saudi oil industry
Sep 10 • 16 min
Saudi Arabia has removed energy minister Khalid al-Falih, one of the most powerful figures in the global oil industry, and replaced him with a member of the royal family, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman. Katie Martin discusses the significance of the shake-up…
How Google feeds your data to advertisers
Sep 5 • 12 min
Google is allegedly using hidden web pages that feed the personal data of its users to advertisers, circumventing EU privacy regulations that require consent and transparency. Madhumita Murgia, the FT’s European technology correspondent, discusses the…
Italy’s new governing alliance
Sep 4 • 11 min
Italy’s prime minister Guiseppe Conte lives to fight another day after a bid by the populist leader Matteo Salvini to unseat him and win power by holding snap elections failed. Katie Martin discusses whether the new alliance between the Five Star Movement…
Africa’s most valuable company comes to Europe
Sep 2 • 11 min
Naspers, a publisher once condemned as a mouthpiece of the apartheid regime in South Africa, has quietly become one of the world’s biggest internet investors thanks to a stake in China’s Tencent. On 11 September it will list its global internet assets on…
London’s love affair with the piano
Aug 30 • 12 min
Many of us own a keyboard, which sounds more or less like a piano, but is not quite the same. Thomas Hale, Alphaville reporter, thought he’d like to buy the real thing, so he went looking in London. He tells James Pickford what he found. Read Thomas’s…
Should we turn our backs on flying?
Aug 27 • 10 min
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, opted to sail to the US from Europe this month, rather than catching a plane. Her choice reflected a growing recognition that air travel carries a heavy cost to the environment. Sylvia Pfeifer, acting industry…
How Charles Koch shaped modern America
Aug 21 • 15 min
A new book about Koch Industries has shed light on the way this company, led by Charles Koch, shaped modern America. Frederick Studemann, literary editor, discusses Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America with Andrew…
Saudi Aramco’s oil deal with India’s Reliance Industries
Aug 20 • 12 min
Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Aramco is making a high stakes investment in India as the world’s largest crude oil exporter seeks to deepen its ties with the fastest growing energy consumer. Tom O’Sullivan discusses the proposed investment, announced by…
Russia’s summer of discontent
Aug 14 • 12 min
Tens of thousands of Russians have taken to the streets this summer to express their disaffection with a government that has failed to deliver economic growth or improve living standards for much of the past five years. Adrienne Klasa discusses this new…
Bleak outlook for bankers as trading jobs slashed
Aug 12 • 11 min
Falling interest rates, weak trading volumes and automation have led to an exceptionally brutal summer for global investment banks, which have shed tens of thousands of jobs, particularly on trading desks. Stephen Morris, European banking correspondent,…
Living with intelligent machines
Aug 10 • 13 min
What will the world look like when machines are cleverer than we are? Fred Studemann, Literary editor, and John Thornhill, Innovation editor, discuss how different writers have imagined the future in response to the advance of artificial intelligence.…
What’s behind India’s lockdown of Kashmir?
Aug 8 • 11 min
The disputed Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir is in lockdown after India revoked its special status following a long running insurgency that led to thousands of deaths. Jyotsna Singh discusses what India plans to do next, and how neighbouring…
Dollar versus renminbi: who has the upper hand?
Aug 7 • 13 min
US allegations that China is manipulating its currency burst into the open again this week when the renminbi was allowed to fall below seven to the dollar for the first time since 2008. Josh Noble discusses this latest front in the US-China trade dispute…
Russia’s futuristic tax system
Aug 6 • 12 min
In a country that features prominently in international corruption league tables, it is surprising to find a futuristic tax system that has significantly narrowed the gap between revenue due and revenue collected. Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor,…
Former PM Davutoglu calls for new vision for Turkey
Aug 1 • 10 min
With the economy in trouble and relations with western allies strained, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip over Turkey’s ruling AK party is showing signs of weakening. Former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu tells the FT’s Laura Pitel why he thinks the…
What sterling’s fall means for shoppers, exporters and investors
Jul 31 • 11 min
Sterling has taken a beating in the currency markets, falling to a fresh two-year low against the US dollar on Tuesday. Michael Hunter discusses why this has happened and who will be affected with Katie Martin, the FT’s capital markets editor.…
London Stock Exchange sees future in global data business
Jul 29 • 12 min
The London Stock Exchange group has confirmed that it is in advanced talks to buy Refinitiv in a $27bn deal that would turn it into a global exchanges and data powerhouse. Patrick Jenkins discusses the proposed deal with Arash Massoudi, the FT’s corporate…
Hatice Cengiz’s mission: Don’t forget Jamal
Jul 28 • 10 min
Roula Khalaf talks to Alec Russell about her meeting with Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is now campaigning for his killers to be brought to justice. Contributors: Alec Russell, editor of FT Weekend, and Roula…
The Brexit hopes of Britain’s ‘left behinds’
Jul 25 • 13 min
Many of those who voted to leave the European Union live in deprived towns and cities of the UK and were disillusioned with politics. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation teamed up with a think-tank, UK in a Changing Europe, to find out what policies they would…
The lurking debt disaster behind India’s tallest tower
Jul 24 • 7 min
In the past decade, some of India’s largest financial groups have made big investments in luxury property, notably an ambitious Mumbai tower that was supposed to set new standards in urban design. But the economic boom they hoped would spur demand failed…
Boris Johnson’s 100-day Brexit deadline
Jul 23 • 12 min
Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson has set himself a 100-day deadline to achieve Brexit, with or without a deal with the European Union. Siona Jenkins discusses his chances of achieving this with Miranda Green, deputy opinion editor, and Jim…
NSO tech said to extend reach of off-the-shelf spyware
Jul 22 • 13 min
NSO, an Israeli company whose spyware hacked WhatsApp, has told buyers its technology can now collect a targeted individual’s data stored in the cloud, according to people familiar with its sales pitch. Its tech is said to use industry-wide authentication…
Bobi Wine takes on Uganda’s ageing dictator
Jul 21 • 12 min
David Pilling takes us on a tour of the African ghetto he visited with Bobi Wine, the rap singer turned politician, who has confirmed he will challenge Yoweri Museveni for the presidency of Uganda in 2021. Contributors: Alec Russell, editor of FT Weekend,…
Germany’s von der Leyen takes up key EU leadership role
Jul 18 • 10 min
Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed this week as the new European Commission president. Katie Martin discusses the challenges she faces, not least the Brexit negotiations, with Ben Hall and Mehreen Khan Contributors: Katie Martin, capital markets editor,…
The new lunar mission
Jul 16 • 9 min
It’s half a century since the launch of Apollo 11, the spacecraft that put the first man on the moon. Between 1969 and 1972 the moon had 12 human visitors but, since then, no-one. Now, however, there’s a new push to go back to our near neighbour and…
Stress and burnout: an FT investigation
Jul 14 • 14 min
How bad is the problem of stress and burnout in corporate life? Lilah Raptopoulos carried out a reader-driven investigation into the topic with James Fontanella-Khan, the FT’s corporate deals editor. They reveal their findings in this podcast. Read the…
Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved?
Jul 11 • 17 min
Concerns about maritime security in the Gulf are rising as relations between Iran and the west deteriorate over the slow breakdown of the nuclear deal struck by Tehran and world powers in 2015. Iran’s economy has been badly hit by the re-imposition of US…
Can Greece become an economic success story?
Jul 10 • 9 min
Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party has returned to power after defeating the far-left party Syriza at the ballot box on a promise of reviving the economy through tax cuts, reduced bureaucracy and more foreign investment. Katie Martin discusses the…
China faces dilemma over Hong Kong protests
Jul 9 • 17 min
Hong Kong protests against a proposed extradition law that would allow criminal suspects to be handed over to China are continuing, despite a concession by the Hong Kong chief executive to suspend the proposed law. Naomi Rovnick discusses discusses what’s…
What would a female-driven workplace look like?
Jul 3 • 13 min
How can we make corporate life female-friendly? Deborah Hargreaves, former FT journalist and founder of the High Pay Centre think tank, spent a year talking to women to research this topic and she came into the studio to discuss her findings with Isabel…
German murder case raises fears of neo-Nazi resurgence
Jul 2 • 10 min
The murder of a local politician by right wing extremists has shocked Germany and set alarm bells ringing about the rise of neo-Nazi violence in the country. Ben Hall discusses the groups behind the upsurge in political violence and how dangerous they are…
Putin’s heartfelt rejection of ‘liberal elites’
Jul 1 • 14 min
Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, criticised western liberalism and defended Russia’s role in Syria and Venezuela in an exclusive interview with the FT on the eve of the G20 summit at the weekend. Lionel Barber, FT editor, and Henry Foy, Moscow bureau…
Turn down the noise, please!
Jun 30 • 8 min
Modern life can be deafening — but for all the shouting, no one’s listening any more. This is the conclusion reached by FT columnist Jo Ellison after an uncomfortably noisy Eurostar journey. She discusses what’s gone wrong with Horatia Harrod. Read Jo’s…
Apple loses top designer Jony Ive
Jun 27 • 13 min
Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive is leaving after more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone turned one of Silicon Valley’s faded giants into the world’s most valuable company. Janine Gibson discusses what this means…
Farming and climate change
Jun 26 • 9 min
Indigo, a Boston-based agritech start-up, plans to pay farmers to store carbon in soil - part of a growing field of climate-related agricultural practices that seek to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Lauren Fedor discusses the growing…
What the Sotheby’s sale means for art market transparency
Jun 25 • 10 min
Sotheby’s has gone under the hammer for $3.7bn ending 31 years of public ownership, with the venerable auction house sold to Patrick Drahi, billionaire founder of the European telecoms group Altice. Arash Massoudi discusses the sale and what it means for…
How can we best treat dementia?
Jun 24 • 14 min
Dementia is on the rise, with the numbers affected expected to treble to over 150m in the next 30 years. Clive Cookson discusses the latest treatments with London neurologist Nick Fox, and we hear reports from Edward White and Brooke Fox about initiatives…
Kamala Harris and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination
Jun 23 • 11 min
The race for the US Democratic presidential nomination is hotting up with a huge field of 23 candidates all hoping run against Donald Trump in 2020. Courtney Weaver has focused in on one of the candidates, Kamala Harris, and she talks to Neville Hawcock…
Trump attacks ECB chief over ‘unfair’ stimulus plan
Jun 20 • 13 min
ECB chief Mario Draghi this week surprised the markets by suggesting that the European central bank could introduce more stimulus to support the global economy. His signal, at an ECB forum in Sintra, Portugal, caused a furious reaction from Donald Trump.…
Philip Green fashion empire crumbles
Jun 19 • 18 min
The high-street fashion empire of Philip Green is on the rocks. The UK retail tycoon has secured creditor support for a complex three-year overhaul that will involve rent reductions, store closures and a halving of the company’s pension deficit reduction…
Facebook’s digital currency initiative
Jun 18 • 8 min
Facebook has revealed plans for a new global digital currency, claiming it will enable billions of people around the world without a bank account to make money transfers. Patrick Jenkins discusses the initiative and what it means for the banks with Nick…
KKR agrees buyout deal with German media giant
Jun 17 • 11 min
German media group Axel Springer is seeking to go private with the help of US investor KKR. Katie Martin discusses what both sides stand to gain from the move with Arash Massoudi and Tobias Buck. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Katie…
Perspectives on China and global power
Jun 12 • 13 min
How will the struggle for power between China and the US play out and how will it determine the future world order? Fred Studemann puts this question to China expert Rana Mitter, who has reviewed a series of books looking at the issue from different…
Mideast tensions rise over Iran
Jun 10 • 17 min
There’s been a worrying build-up of tensions in the Arab Gulf after the US accused Iran of making military preparations and responded by sending more troops and hardware to the region. This follows the US decision last year to pull out of the Iran nuclear…
The weaponisation of China’s rare earths
Jun 9 • 10 min
As part of its trade war with the US, China has threatened to restrict exports of rare earths. These obscure minerals, on which the military and tech industries depend, are overwhelmingly produced in China. Katie Martin discusses how the world came to be…
Woodford debacle reverberates across UK investment industry
Jun 6 • 12 min
Britain’s best known fund manager Neil Woodford is struggling to save his business after he was forced to freeze his flagship fund because it could not meet withdrawal demands from investors. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong and who will be…
The return of Peronist politics in Argentina
Jun 4 • 9 min
Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is back. The former populist president left office in 2015 with the country on the brink of economic collapse. But if polls are to be believed, she has a good chance of returning to office in October as vice…
Brazil’s Natura cosmetics takes on the world
Jun 2 • 6 min
Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company that owns The Body Shop, has agreed to acquire Avon Products in an all-stock deal that values the US-listed group at more than $2bn. Vanessa Houlder talks to Andres Schipani about the man behind Natura and his plans…
The return of race science
May 31 • 17 min
The scientific study of different forms of the human race has a bad history, culminating in the atrocities of Nazi Germany. But despite its discredited record, race science is enjoying something of a revival. Writer Angela Saini discusses her new book:…
Is Apple’s app store anti-competitive?
May 30 • 11 min
Apple has faced a barrage of criticism about how it runs its App Store as regulatory scrutiny of the iPhone’s software and services marketplace mounts on both sides of the Atlantic. Madhumita Murgia talks to Tim Bradshaw about the case for and against…
Sky high expectations for Modi’s second term
May 29 • 11 min
India’s Narendra Modi begins his second term in office this week after a landslide election win. Jyotsna Singh discusses what he must do to live up to the high hopes of the armies of young people who voted for him with Amy Kazmin and Stephanie Findlay.…
Renault FCA merger set to reshape global car industry
May 28 • 11 min
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has unveiled a proposed €32.6bn all-share merger with Renault that would reshape the global automotive industry. David Oakley discusses how the deal came about and how it will affect Renault’s proposed tie-up with Nissan with…
Why Russia’s homegrown industries strategy is flawed
May 24 • 10 min
Vladimir Putin hoped western sanctions would provide the impetus for Russia to create “national champions” in industries ranging from food and software to heavy machinery. But the fate of its first commercial airliner, the Sukhoi SuperJet 100, has shown…
Europe’s changing political landscape
May 23 • 11 min
European voters go to the polls over the next three days to elect a new European parliament. Members of the FT’s Brussels bureau discuss why these elections matter and how they are likely to affect the upcoming appointment of senior EU officials.…
BP prepares for low carbon future
May 22 • 10 min
Two investor resolutions at BP’s annual meeting in Aberdeen this week showed how pressure is building on oil companies to take action on climate change and chairman Helge Lund acknowleged the need to repurpose the business towards a low carbon future.…
US delivers hammer blow to Huawei’s expansion hopes
May 21 • 10 min
Huawei’s transformation into a global consumer brand is under threat after the Chinese company was placed on a “banned entity” list by the White House. Malcolm Moore discusses the background to the US move and what happens next with Nic Fildes in London…
The political cost of Pakistan’s IMF loan
May 21 • 7 min
Pakistan says it has reached an agreement with the IMF on a $6bn loan. Jyotsna Singh discusses why Imran Khan sought IMF help despite promising not to do so, and what the political cost is likely to be for his government, with Stephanie Findlay and Farhan…
Scientists find shocking levels of plastic pollution
May 20 • 9 min
Fresh evidence of the pollution that pervades the world’s oceans has come to light with the discovery of huge amounts of debris littering the coastline of some remote islands in the Indian Ocean. Clive Cookson, FT science editor, discusses the evidence…
Jack Dorsey: super influencer or troubled soul?
May 16 • 9 min
Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has been hailed by Silicon Valley acolytes for his personal fitness regime, but others question whether he really merits the role of wellness guru. Horatia Harrod discusses whether the Dorsey regime is worth emulating and what…
WhatsApp hack reveals vulnerability of smartphones
May 15 • 12 min
Privacy is the new mantra for big tech executives keen to rebuild our trust in technology. But despite promises of end-to-end encryption, it seems the personal data we carry in our pocket is not secure from prying eyes. An Israeli company has been selling…
US-China trade dispute takes centre stage for markets
May 15 • 12 min
The failure of trade talks between the US and China this week sparked the biggest fall in US stock prices since January. Katie Martin, the FT’s capital markets editor, discusses the impact of the dispute on global equities, bonds and currencies with…
Carlos Ghosn: the Lebanon connection
May 14 • 8 min
Carlos Ghosn remains a hero in Lebanon, where his achievements are celebrated alongside other tycoons of Lebanese origin. But it is here that evidence was found that allowed Japanese prosecutors to build what could potentially be their most damaging…
Time to tackle our obsession with body image?
May 13 • 13 min
What impact does body image have on our mental health? Darren Dodd discusses why our bodies are often a cause of shame and distress and what can be done about it with Chris O’Sullivan, of the UK’s Mental Health Foundation and London deputy head teacher…
Modi plays Hindu nationalism card to seek re-election
May 10 • 14 min
India’s election has turned into an ideological battle pitting an inclusive vision of a multi-faith nation against the view that Hindus should have sway. Jyotsna Singh discusses the tactics used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opponents with with…
Google’s new privacy drive
May 9 • 11 min
Many of the products and services on display at Google’s developers’ conference rely on getting to know customers’ interests and preferences. The company also wants to reassure us that we can trust it to respect our privacy. But can we? Malcolm Moore puts…
Petrodollars fail to ease Basra’s water crisis
May 8 • 12 min
Iraq’s second city Basra sits on top of some of the world’s biggest oil reserves that fuel the country’s economy. But life in the city serves as a warning for how rapidly ordinary people can pay the environmental price for mismanagement even as the…
China’s BRI - a new colonialism?
May 7 • 12 min
China has spent hundreds of billions of dollars financing infrastructure projects across the world through its Belt and Road Initiative, which critics say has imposed ruinous debts on some countries. Andreas Paleit discusses the global impact of the…
UK high streets in crisis
May 6 • 10 min
Britain’s high streets are in crisis as struggling retailers are forced into bankruptcy and the property market has a huge excess of space. Patrick Jenkins discusses what has caused this and if there is a remedy with Judith Evans and Jonathan Eley.…
Bannon’s academy for the global alt-right
May 2 • 12 min
Steve Bannon was one of the most influential figures in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He turned the Breitbart News website into a single platform for white supremacists, pro-lifers, neo-Nazis and climate change deniers. He has now moved to Europe.…
Venezuelan army fails to back Guaidó’s ‘final push’
May 1 • 10 min
The stand-off between Venezuela’s rival presidents turned violent after Juan Guaidó, who is backed by the US and more than 50 other countries, issued a call to his supporters to take to the streets to oust Nicolás Maduro from the presidential palace.…
Deutsche Bank problems unresolved after merger talks fail
Apr 30 • 9 min
Merger talks between Germany’s two biggest banks have failed, leaving Deutsche Bank alone to address problems of underperformance and falling revenues. Patrick Jenkins discusses what went wrong and what happens next with Olaf Storbeck, FT correspondent in…
Privatised water: should the UK reconsider?
Apr 29 • 11 min
Britons are increasingly doubtful that private companies run things more efficiently than the state. Privatised water utilities have come in for particular criticism and are among the companies targeted for re-nationalisation by the opposition Labour…
US decision to end Iran oil waivers puts pressure on oil price
Apr 28 • 9 min
The US is ending the waivers it granted last year to allow some countries to continue to import Iranian oil. These were introduced to avoid a damaging oil price spike when Washington reimposed sanctions after withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran.…
Nationalist spectre hovers over Spanish poll debate
Apr 26 • 11 min
Spaniards face one of the most divisive national elections in living memory, with two electoral blocs competing to portray each other as an existential threat to Spain’s future. Ben Hall discusses the last days of the campaign with Ian Mount in Madrid.…
Research opens way to ending malaria
Apr 25 • 11 min
The malaria parasite kills nearly half a million every year - most of them children under the age of five. Bed nets, insecticides, and a new vaccines have all shown some potential to curb the disease, but what if it could be virtually wiped out…
Thomas Cook explores potential sale
Apr 24 • 7 min
Thomas Cook, the nearly 200-year-old UK holiday company, is considering putting itself up for sale after a disastrous year when its market capitalisation tumbled 80 per cent. Katie Martin discusses what’s gone wrong and who the potential buyers might be…
How our faces are helping create a new surveillance technology
Apr 22 • 16 min
The market for facial recognition technology is expected to be worth $9bn by 2022, thanks to rapid improvements in the speed and accuracy of the software. Recent strides in machine learning, using large datasets of images culled from the internet, have…
Brazil’s Kayapo people battle to protect their rainforest
Apr 21 • 7 min
About 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is located on Brazilian territory. An irreplaceable source of biodiversity and essential global climate regulator, many fear the forest is under threat from a loosening of environmental protections under Brazil’s…
Mueller report unpacked
Apr 18 • 8 min
Nearly two years after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, his report on the investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign is out. The FT’s US managing editor Peter Spiegel and US national editor Edward…
Russians feel the pinch
Apr 17 • 7 min
Tepid growth, falling real incomes, high inflation, rising taxes and cuts to social handouts are hitting the living standards of ordinary Russians. Katie Martin speaks to Henry Foy in Moscow about what this means for the regime of Vladimir Putin.…
Leaders toppled in Sudan and Algeria, but will anything really change?
Apr 16 • 10 min
Mass protests in Sudan and Algeria have forced two of Africa’s long-established leaders to step down and in both cases economic hardships played a key role. Katie Martin discusses whether the upheavals will lead to real change in the region with David…
What kind of president would Ukraine’s comedian candidate make?
Apr 15 • 11 min
Volodymyr Zelensky, a TV comedy actor, appears to be on course to unseat President Petro Poroshenko in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential elections this weekend. Katie Martin discusses how he got there and what kind of president he would make with…
The rise of Extinction Rebellion
Apr 12 • 18 min
Mass protests are set to disrupt London and other cities on Monday over politicians’ failure to tackle climate change. Matthew Green has written about Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, for this week’s FT Weekend Magazine, and he spoke…
Franco-German divisions laid bare in Brexit talks
Apr 11 • 9 min
EU leaders have agreed to delay Brexit for up to six months, overriding the objections of French President Emmanuel Macron and setting a Halloween deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. Mehreen Khan talks to Alex Barker and Guy Chazan about the…
US-China research highlights risk of ‘dual use’ AI
Apr 10 • 9 min
US tech giant Microsoft has worked with a Chinese military-run university on research that could be used for surveillance and censorship. Malcolm Moore talks to Madhumita Murgia about the research collaboration and why it is causing disquiet.…
Roblox leads cloud gaming revolution
Apr 9 • 11 min
Roblox, a California-based online gaming startup - valued at $2.4bn in a fundraising round last year - has taken the US by storm and is now eyeing Europe’s thriving market. Malcolm Moore discusses the rise of cloud gaming with Aliya Ram and Tim Bradshaw.…
Brain stimulation aids short-term memory
Apr 8 • 9 min
A non-invasive technique for electrical stimulation of the brain has been found to produce a striking improvement in the short-term memory of older people, when finely tuned to the individual’s neural characteristics. Naomi Rovnick discusses the research…
The politics of chess
Apr 4 • 10 min
Last year’s contest to select a new president of chess’s governing body Fide was the bitterest in the organisation’s history, with accusations of bribery, electoral fraud, embezzlement, and a vast diplomatic influence campaign waged by the Russian state.…
Pakistan leader criticises Modi for stoking ‘war hysteria’
Apr 3 • 17 min
Imran Khan says he is worried his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may be stoking animosity against Pakistan to boost his electoral prospects. Stephanie Findlay, our South Asia correspondent, spoke to Mr Khan about the recent tensions with India and she…
China’s economic slowdown
Mar 31 • 10 min
Ravi Mattu discusses what’s behind China’s economic slowdown and why it matters with Martin Wolf, the FT’s chief economics commentator, and Lucy Hornby, deputy bureau chief in Beijing Contributors: Ravi Mattu, Asia news editor, Martin Wolf, chief…
Thailand’s election ends in uncertainty
Mar 29 • 10 min
After five years of military dictatorship, Thai voters have finally had an opportunity to choose their government, but those hoping for a clear and transparent election will have been disappointed. With the result delayed and turnout figures disputed,…
Swedbank chief sacked over money laundering scandal
Mar 28 • 7 min
The chief executive of Swedbank has been fired by the Swedish bank’s board, paying the price for a rapidly escalating money laundering scandal. She is the second Nordic bank chief to lose their job over bank laundering scandals. Richard Milne tells the…
Oxford launches poverty-fighting vehicle
Mar 26 • 10 min
Oxford University has been testing out a new poverty-fighting vehicle in Costa Rica that helps companies to identify and tackle hidden poverty in their workforce. This week it launched its first social enterprise spin-out to take the initiative global.…
Volvo chief issues warning on self-driving car safety
Mar 25 • 10 min
The chief executive of Volvo has warned that the premature launch of self-driving cars could erode trust among the public and regulators and effectively kill off the technology. Tom Braithwaite spoke to Peter Campbell, motor industry correspondent about…
VW chief’s Nazi gaffe angers investors
Mar 24 • 8 min
Independent investors have raised questions about the future of Volkswagen’s chief executive Herbert Diess after he evoked a Nazi phrase in a management meeting. John Murray Brown discusses the controversy with Patrick McGee. Contributors: Suzanne…
Relief all round as EU leaders offer reprieve on Brexit
Mar 22 • 9 min
FT Brussels reporters bring you the latest from this week’s European Union summit, where Brexit and China were the main topics under discussion. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Jim Brunsden, EU correspondent, Rochelle Toplensky, European…
Strong cannabis linked to psychosis
Mar 21 • 14 min
An international study linking the use of strong cannabis to psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia has raised concerns about moves in the US and elsewhere to decriminalise the drug. Katie Martin discusses the findings with Clive Cookson, FT science…
How a double murder inspired a new politics in Slovakia
Mar 20 • 9 min
Six years ago, Zuzana Caputova was a little-known lawyer fighting the expansion of a toxic landfill site outside the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Now she is the surprise frontrunner to become Slovakia’s next president. Ben Hall discusses her rise to…
YouTube Music takes on Spotify in India
Mar 19 • 7 min
YouTube Music, Google’s new music subscription service, has launched in India less than a month after Spotify entered the market. Jyotsna Singh discusses the appeal of this rapidly expanding music streaming audience with Stephanie Findlay and Snigdha…
What makes for a creative office?
Mar 18 • 12 min
Amid a storm of digital disruption and competitive pressures, companies are embracing the need for creative thinking, but what are the ingredients of a creative office? Andrew Hill, management editor, discusses how to foster creativity in the workplace…
Why was Boeing slow to act on 737 Max concerns?
Mar 14 • 9 min
The US federal aviation administration has followed China, Europe and Canada in grounding Boeing’s fleet of 737 Max aircraft following two fatal crashes, raising questions about why it took so long to for the US to act. Katie Martin discusses what we know…
Could a merger between Germany’s two biggest banks work?
Mar 13 • 8 min
Deutsche Bank’s chief executive Christian Sewing is seeking assurances that he will not face a political backlash over job cuts if he goes ahead with a merger with the retail lender Commerzbank. Patrick Jenkins discusses the rationale for the merger with…
Resignation scandal mars Trudeau’s shiny image
Mar 12 • 10 min
Justin Trudeau swept into power in 2015 championing equality, openness and social justice. But the resignation of his attorney general who alleged she had faced pressure to go easy on one of the country’s biggest companies in a corruption case has dented…
Can DNA testing show us what food to eat?
Mar 11 • 12 min
The consumer market in DNA testing kits focused initially on tracing ancestry but in recent years there has been a growth in areas such as personalised medicine. For the FT’s Future of Food series supported by Rabobank, Darren Dodd has been testing some…
German carmakers go electric
Mar 10 • 12 min
The German car industry came late to electric vehicles, but has now embraced the technology with gusto. Patrick McGee asked industry executives to describe the moment when they realised that electric vehicles were the future. Contributors: Josh Noble,…
The rise and fall of Bill Gross
Mar 8 • 12 min
The career of Bill Gross, once known as the bond king, came to a rather humiliating end this year. Robin Wigglesworth interviewed him at his country club in Newport Beach and shares his impressions with Alec Russell, FT Weekend editor. Read Robin’s…
French plan to tax big tech stirs controversy
Mar 6 • 8 min
A French plan to levy an extra tax on big tech companies has sparked criticism from entrepreneurs and investors, who warn the move damages President Macron’s attempt to transform the country into a start-up nation. Josh Noble spoke to Harriet Agnew in…
Tokyo court grants bail to former Renault-Nissan boss
Mar 5 • 8 min
Carlos Ghosn, former boss of the Renault-Nissan alliance, could be released as early as tomorrow after spending 107 days in a Japanese prison, charged with understating his pay and other financial misconduct. Tom Braithwaite, Leo Lewis and Kana Inagaki…
Bribery allegations shake up Israeli elections
Mar 4 • 9 min
After ten years at the helm, Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election hopes have taken a knock after Israel’s attorney general said he plans to indict the prime minister for bribery. Siona Jenkins discusses what impact this will have on next month’s vote with…
Political activists sneak bots into dating apps
Mar 3 • 10 min
Activists and campaigners have begun to surreptitiously use dating apps to target young voters. Is this a harmless way to inform or an unethical use of deception for political ends? Lauren Fedor discusses the question with Anna Gross and Robert Gorwa.…
Why the exclusion of women from data matters
Mar 1 • 9 min
Treating men as the ‘default human’ in economic planning is not only costly for society but the practice can also be deadly for women when applied to things like medical trials. This is a case made by Caroline Criado-Perez in her book: Invisible Women:…
Waiting for Mueller
Feb 28 • 10 min
Robert Mueller is believed to be close to completing his investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Geoff Dyer discusses what we can expect with Kadhim Shubber, US legal and enforcement correspondent.…
Calvey detention alarms Russia investors
Feb 27 • 13 min
Michael Calvey, a US citizen and one of Russia’s most prominent foreign investors, has been detained in Moscow in connection with a fraud investigation in a case that has shocked the business community. Neil Buckley spoke to Max Seddon in Moscow about the…
Will the folding phone catch on?
Feb 26 • 10 min
The iPhone has for years defined the shape and style of a smartphone but with the market saturated, the first significant change has appeared. Tim Bradshaw was at the launch of the folding phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and he spoke to…
How did Buffett get burnt in Kraft Heinz deal?
Feb 25 • 7 min
Kraft Heinz was created by 3G Capital in a Warren Buffett-backed 2015 megamerger of Kraft and Heinz. Now the food group’s shares have crashed and Mr Buffett has admitted that he overpaid. Katie Martin discusses what went wrong with James Fontanella-Khan…
Greta Thunberg: climate change superstar
Feb 21 • 9 min
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden, has transformed the debate on climate with an uncompromising message: all efforts to halt global warming have failed and it’s time to act now. Leslie Hook spent a day with Greta in Stockholm and she tells…
Saudi mission to India turns from trade to terror
Feb 21 • 12 min
Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman arrived in India in the aftermath of a deadly attack on Indian paramilitary soldiers in Kashmir that raised fears of a military confrontation with Pakistan. Jyotsna Singh spoke to Amy Kazmin about the flare up, and…
Fast-growing fintech Revolut stirs debate in Lithuania
Feb 19 • 8 min
British digital bank Revolut has been caught in the middle of a political debate in Lithuania over the country’s recent push to challenge the UK as Europe’s financial technology hub. David Crow spoke to Nicholas Megaw about the fast growing company and…
Britain’s breakaway faction seeks to build ‘a new politics’
Feb 19 • 13 min
Seven opposition Labour MPs, dissatisfied with the polarisation of politics around Brexit, have launched a political faction called the Independent Group. Siona Jenkins spoke to Henry Mance about whether the group can succeed in its aim of building a new…
US and European rifts on display at Munich security conference
Feb 18 • 11 min
This year’s Munich security conference was marked by sharp disagreements between the US and its European allies on issues such as arms control, Syria and Iran. At the end of the conference, Michael Peel sat down with Guy Chazan, Berlin bureau chief and…
Travis Kalanick’s next act
Feb 17 • 10 min
Travis Kalanick, the former Uber chief executive, who was ousted from the ride hailing company after a series of scandals, has a new venture. CloudKitchens describes itself as offering smart kitchens for delivery-only restaurants and it’s coming to Europe…
To impeach or not to impeach?
Feb 14 • 9 min
The US Congress is packed with a new generation of radical Democrats and impeachment is in the air. But are there sufficient grounds to take such an action against Donald Trump and would it be a wise move? Fred Studemann puts these questions to Ed Luce,…
Australia’s military upgrade
Feb 13 • 8 min
France’s Naval Group is celebrating its biggest ever foreign sale with a $35bn deal to sell submarines to Australia. Lauren Fedor spoke to Jamie Smyth and Michael Peel about what’s behind Australia’s military upgrade and what it means for the French…
Bolsonaro’s financial guru
Feb 12 • 11 min
Brazil’s new finance minister Paulo Guedes brought credibility to the presidential campaign of Jair Bolsonaro, reassuring jittery markets at a time when many worried about the authoritarian instincts of the right-wing former army captain. So, after a…
Hungary offers financial perks to boost birth rate
Feb 11 • 13 min
Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban believes he has found a way to ease the country’s severe labour shortage while maintaining a tough anti-immigration policy. He’s offering tax and other incentives to encourage people to have larger families. But will…
Dispute over iconic Milan building worries investors
Feb 10 • 8 min
A high stakes battle between the head of the world’s largest private equity firm and an Italian media tycoon is raising questions among investors about the ease of doing business in Italy. Josh Noble talks to FT Milan correspondent Rachel Sanderson about…
Tortoise provides inspiration for diabetes pill
Feb 8 • 12 min
A new high-tech pill that could give people with diabetes an alternative to injecting themselves with insulin has been developed by researchers. Naomi Rovnick spoke to Clive Cookson and James Pickford about the breakthrough, which could transform the…
Can the US soyabean market stage a recovery this year?
Feb 7 • 7 min
One Chicago-based grain processor Archer Daniels Midland expects the US-China trade war to be resolved, easing the pressure on US soyabean farmers, who have suffered under tariffs imposed on exports to China. Gregory Meyer, US markets reporter, talks to…
UK outsourcing sector proves a hard sell
Feb 6 • 9 min
Britain’s outsourcing sector is in trouble, with Interserve just the latest in a string of companies seeking financial restructuring to avert bankruptcy. Josh Noble discusses what’s behind the problems and why the government is refusing to intervene, with…
Nissan reverses out of UK X-Trail decision
Feb 5 • 11 min
Nissan’s decision to reverse a promise to build its latest sport utility vehicle, the X-Trail, at its Sunderland plant in the UK has sent shock waves through the industry. Matthew Vincent discusses what’s behind the Japanese car company’s decision and the…
VW takes on Tesla
Feb 4 • 14 min
Volkswagen has been working on its ‘Tesla killer’ since late 2015 but this is not not an electric car. It is the underlying chassis and the building block for 50 different models of electric car that the German car maker plans to make by 2025. Tim…
Brazil disaster puts spotlight on industry failings
Jan 31 • 9 min
The collapse of a dam owned by the Brazilian company Vale ranks among the worst mining disasters in decades, with more than 300 people feared dead. Andres Schipani reports on the aftermath in Brazil and Katie Martin talks to Neil Hume, the FT’s natural…
Tech that can read our minds takes a step closer
Jan 30 • 9 min
Researchers in the US have for the first time constructed intelligible synthetic speech using the computer processing of human brain activity, in a significant step towards creating technology that can read people’s thoughts. Madhumita Murgia talks to our…
Former Barclays chief Varley on trial
Jan 29 • 8 min
More than a decade after Barclays turned to Middle Eastern investors for rescue funds during the financial crisis, a jury in London has begun hearing the case against the bank’s former chief executive John Varley and three senior colleagues, who stand…
Can tech save bricks and mortar retail?
Jan 28 • 9 min
Technology ravaged malls across America by allowing customers to shop online. But now, some retailers hope it’s also the answer to luring shoppers back to stores. The FT’s Jennifer Sigl visited America’s oldest toy store to find out how it’s implementing…
Dyson relocates its HQ on the eve of Brexit
Jan 27 • 13 min
British businessman James Dyson has long trumpeted Britain’s economic potential on the global stage once it leaves the EU, so why has he decided to move his business headquarters to Singapore? Ursula Milton discusses this with Michael Pooler, industry…
Does Britain’s ‘Prevent’ anti-terror strategy work?
Jan 24 • 10 min
The UK’s Prevent strategy, which aims to spot potential terrorists before they have committed any dangerous acts, has been operating in relative secrecy for over a decade. But as criticisms of the programme have mounted, the government has started to be…
India’s e-commerce backlash
Jan 23 • 12 min
For the past few years, online shoppers in India have been revelling in the huge discounts available at Amazon and its local rival Flipkart. But thanks to tough new regulations designed to protect local retailers, those discounts may soon be a thing of…
Brexit fireworks put markets in a bind
Jan 22 • 14 min
Brexit has fired up UK politics but left markets trapped and investors unsure what to do. David Riley, chief investment strategist at BlueBay Asset Management tells Katie Martin what the steady pound means, and how it fits into a lively start to the year…
US bank earnings defy investor concerns
Jan 21 • 8 min
Shares of the big six US banks fell sharply in the final month of 2018, worrying investors who feared that a long period of expansion was coming to an end. But fourth quarter earnings reports from the banks showed a different outlook for the global…
The KonMari craze
Jan 18 • 10 min
Marie Kondo is the Japanese tidying guru with a blunt black fringe and a vast wardrobe of white cardigans. She claims to love mess but has caused a sensation among Netflix subscribers with her new series on decluttering. So what exactly is the KonMari…
Santander’s mis-hiring fiasco
Jan 17 • 7 min
Banco Santander said this week it would no longer hire Andrea Orcel, the outgoing boss of UBS’s investment bank, as its chief executive. The amount that the Spanish bank would have had to pay Mr Orcel to compensate him for deferred stock awards earned…
May’s mission impossible on Brexit
Jan 16 • 11 min
Theresa May’s Brexit plan has been voted down in the largest ever defeat for a UK government on a major piece of legislation. Less than a third of parliament supported the deal. So what happens next? Siona Jenkins spoke to Henry Mance about the prime…
The murky world of data brokers
Jan 15 • 7 min
Did you know that your every online move is being watched and analysed by data brokers and advertising technology companies? What do they do with the data and does it matter? Malcolm Moore discusses the so-called ‘privacy deathstars’ with FT technology…
What’s next for WeWork
Jan 14 • 9 min
SoftBank changed course when it scaled back plans for an investment in WeWork from $16bn to $2bn. The FT’s Eric Platt spoke with US business editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson about what led to the cut in investment and why an IPO might come sooner than…
What are the potential health benefits of gene editing?
Jan 12 • 14 min
Last year a Chinese scientist shocked the world by claiming that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies. Anjana Ahuja talks to Robin Lovell-Badge, a developmental biologist and geneticist, about the controversy and about the potential for…
Stress in the City
Jan 10 • 19 min
Nathalie Whittle discusses how to spot signs of stress at work and what can be done to help, from conversations with colleagues to new treatments involving the use of psychedelic drugs, with William Shanahan, consultant Psychiatrist, and Matthew Green, a…
Banks, business and Brexit
Jan 9 • 12 min
While politicians in Westminster wrangle over the shape of Britain’s exit deal from the European Union, how are the mainstays of the economy coping with the continuing uncertainty? Katie Martin asks Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, and Sarah Gordon,…
Youthful rapper challenges Africa’s ageing autocrats
Jan 8 • 9 min
Bobi Wine, also known as the ‘Ghetto President’, has become a leading voice of dissent in Uganda and beyond as ageing presidents seek to crush opponents and cling to power. Orla Ryan discusses his appeal with the FT’s Africa editor, David Pilling.…
US government shutdown tests mettle of rival parties
Jan 7 • 11 min
The US government has been partially closed since December 22 over the border funding issue, leading thousands of federal workers to stay home or work without pay, and shuttering museums and national parks. Katie Martin discusses the reasons for the…
Lebanon looks to China for role in Syria reconstruction
Jan 6 • 9 min
As Syria starts to rebuild some of its devastated cities, neighbouring Lebanon is hoping to turn itself into a logistics hub for reconstruction, financed in part by China. Chloe Cornish, the FT’s Middle East correspondent, tells Andrew England about why…
China role in 5G contracts presents dilemma for Europe
Jan 4 • 10 min
The EU is looking at ways of safeguarding against cyber security risks from the purchase of high tech equipment made in China. Huawei, a leading Chinese manufacturer of 5G technology, has attracted special attention because of its growing dominance in the…
EU regime disrupts role of financial analysts
Jan 3 • 8 min
This week saw the anniversary of the introduction of Mifid II, a set of EU-wide rules aimed at making markets more transparent. But these rules have had some unintended consequences. Stephen Morris, the FT’s European banking correspondent, discusses their…
Pre-election giveaways worry India’s economists
Jan 2 • 7 min
India’s ruling BJP and opposition Congress parties have been showering gifts on farmers ahead of parliamentary elections this year. But economists are worried about the long term impact of this competitive populism and suggest it won’t do much to improve…
How much sleep do we need?
Dec 31, 2018 • 18 min
How much sleep do we need and can we have too much of it? Darren Dodd discusses why sleep is now being seen as an acute health issue in developed societies with the FT’s science editor Clive Cookson and neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of Why we…
Corporate year in review
Dec 28, 2018 • 11 min
Which companies made the biggest headlines in 2018 and what’s the outlook for 2019? Tom Braithwaite, FT companies editor, discusses the big corporate themes of this year and next with Katie Martin, capital markets editor. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend…
Mind the gender pay gap
Dec 27, 2018 • 11 min
Gender pay gap reporting became compulsory for UK companies with 250 or more employees last year. But those hoping to see swift action from employers to narrow the gap will be disappointed. Financial Times analysis of the data lodged in April 2018 reveals…
Walmsley’s GSK gamble
Dec 24, 2018 • 9 min
GlaxoSmithKline is combining its consumer health business with that of US rival Pfizer, paving the way for a separation of its core consumer and pharmaceuticals businesses within three years. Chief executive Emma Walmsley is betting the cash generated by…
George Soros: standard bearer for liberal democracy
Dec 22, 2018 • 21 min
The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements. In the case of George Soros this year, his selection is also about the values he represents. Robert Shrimsley discusses the FT’s choice with Lionel Barber…
Delayed Congo poll offers slim hope for change
Dec 21, 2018 • 10 min
Congo’s elections on Sunday were set to herald the country’s first transition of power by the ballot box, with President Joseph Kabila stepping down after 17 years in office. But an explosion of violence has caused the polls to be postponed. Orla Ryan…
US stocks tumble on Fed rate decision and outlook
Dec 20, 2018 • 8 min
Investors on Wall Street sent their sharpest response to an interest rate rise since 1994 after the Federal Reserve defied pressure from Donald Trump by boosting rates for the fourth time this year. The FT’s senior investment commentator Mike Mackenzie…
Pressure builds on US tech companies over Russia manipulation
Dec 19, 2018 • 8 min
Big tech companies are under fire again for failing to disclose key information about how Russia used their services to promote a pro-Trump agenda both before and after the 2016 election. Kiran Stacey, FT Washington correspondent, talks to Fiona Symon…
Malaysia files charges against Goldman over 1MDB fraud
Dec 18, 2018 • 8 min
Malaysian prosecutors are seeking fines of over $3bn from Goldman Sachs and prison terms for two of its bankers for their alleged role in the country’s long running 1MDB scandal. Stefania Palma has been covering the story for the FT and she spoke to Tom…
Isis returns to its insurgent roots
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
Four years after Isis controlled as much as a third of Iraq and declared a caliphate, it has retrenched, but still has the power to carry out kidnappings, killings and bombings. Chloe Cornish talks to Andrew England about the continuing threat posed by…
EU moves closer to adopting human rights sanctions law
Dec 14, 2018 • 10 min
An EU-wide human rights sanctions regime is in sight after EU foreign ministers agreed to work on a Dutch proposal to end impunity for individual abusers no matter where they come from. This is thanks in no small part to the efforts of one man, Bill…
Big Four accounting firms reveal sexual harassment data
Dec 13, 2018 • 6 min
Britain’s top accounting firms revealed this week that dozens of partners have been let go following inappropriate behaviour, including bullying and sexual harassment. Madison Marriage talks to Tom Braithwaite about how the story developed, and what the…
Dell shareholders back return to the public market
Dec 12, 2018 • 7 min
Five years after quitting the Nasdaq exchange, Michael Dell’s technology company is set to return to the public market after a fierce fight over its valuation. The FT’s US editor of the Lex column, Sujeet Indap, explains the backstory. For information…
Global spotlight on Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
Dec 11, 2018 • 9 min
The case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman targeted by Islamist extremists, has focused international attention on the country’s draconian blasphemy laws and on its treatment of its Christian minority. Farhan Bokhari tells Jyotsna Singh why the…
Can science solve the problem of climate change?
Dec 10, 2018 • 12 min
Global carbon dioxide emissions are accelerating, despite pledges by nearly 200 countries to limit global warming. So what can be done? Can science provide the answers? Professor Nilay Shah, of London’s Imperial College, tells Clive Cookson about the…
Arrest of Huawei executive revives US-China trade tensions
Dec 7, 2018 • 11 min
The arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, has triggered fears of renewed trade tensions between the US and China, just when markets had detected signs of a truce. Victor Mallet discusses the arrest and…
Sabarimala dispute undermines India’s highest court
Dec 6, 2018 • 8 min
The refusal of Hindu mobs to abide by a Supreme Court decision to allow women to worship at the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala has worried many people in India who fear it shows a dangerous tendency for the ruling party to back religious zealots and…
Investors needed to save the planet
Dec 5, 2018 • 13 min
Countries that signed up to the Paris climate accord are meeting in Poland to discuss how to put their pledges into action. How will the funds for investment be raised and how much has been allocated so far? Leslie Hook puts these questions to Zoe Knight…
What’s behind the rise in food allergies?
Dec 3, 2018 • 14 min
Life-threatening allergic reactions are on the rise, particularly in western countries like the UK, Canada and the US. So what is causing this and how should the business and medical worlds respond? Maija Palmer puts these questions to Julianne Ponan,…
How the ultra-rich hide their properties
Dec 3, 2018 • 8 min
The FT’s Judith Evans reports on what some of the world’s wealthiest homeowners do to maintain secrecy about the properties they buy and sell, and how the UK government’s efforts to combat money laundering are bringing these practices into focus. For…
What to watch for at the G20 summit
Nov 30, 2018 • 8 min
Leaders from the world’s most powerful countries are gathering for the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina to discuss matters such as trade and market regulation. But this year’s meeting is set to be particularly dramatic. The FT’s James Politi explains…
How dangerous is the Ukraine-Russia flare-up?
Nov 29, 2018 • 9 min
Russia captured three Ukrainian boats and their crews off the coast of Crimea at the weekend, prompting Ukraine to impose martial law in 10 border regions and to warn of the threat of full-scale war with Russia. Hannah Murphy asks Henry Foy and Roman…
How will López Obrador address the US-Mexico border crisis?
Nov 28, 2018 • 8 min
Ahead of the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico, the FT’s Jude Webber reports on the state of the migrant crisis along the US-Mexico border, and what we can expect for relations between the new leader and US president…
Concerns raised over Google and DeepMind health data
Nov 26, 2018 • 9 min
Google’s decision to move the health unit of its London-based DeepMind subsidiary from London to California has raised questions about what will happen to the UK patient data it has been given access to. Malcolm Moore discusses what’s behind the move and…
Syrian refugee family faces bleak future as debts mount
Nov 23, 2018 • 6 min
The FT’s Chloe Cornish visits a family of Syrian refugees in the mountains of Lebanon and hears the story of their struggle to survive Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor and Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon For…
Despite records, a mixed bag at New York’s art auctions
Nov 22, 2018 • 6 min
A few trophy sales made headlines last week at the New York art auctions, including paintings from Edward Hopper and David Hockney that each sold for more than $90m. In total, Christie’s, Phillips and Sotheby’s sold close to $2bn worth of art during the…
Can Carlos Ghosn’s legacy survive Nissan allegations?
Nov 21, 2018 • 9 min
Carlos Ghosn, one of the most powerful figures in the auto industry, was arrested this week after an internal investigation at Nissan that uncovered what the Japanese automaker called numerous “significant acts of misconduct”. Tom Braithwaite talks to…
Whistleblower points to Deutsche Bank’s role in Danske money laundering scandal
Nov 20, 2018 • 8 min
The first public testimony of the British man who exposed one of the world’s largest money laundering cases has pointed to the involvement of two US banks and a European bank’s US subsidiary, identified by the FT as Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Bank…
How the mafia infiltrated Italy’s food chain
Nov 19, 2018 • 9 min
Italy’s food chain has been thoroughly infiltrated by the mafia, from field to fork. Hannah Roberts investigated the problem and told Josh Noble what she found Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Josh Noble, weekend news editor, Hannah…
Russia’s controversial new gas pipeline to Europe
Nov 16, 2018 • 11 min
Russia and Germany are pressing ahead with the construction of a controversial pipeline to export Russian gas to Europe, despite strong opposition from the US administration, which has threatened sanctions. Katie Martin asks Henry Foy and Tobias Buck why…
Italy’s economic drift
Nov 15, 2018 • 10 min
The European Commission recently rejected Italy’s spending plans for 2019, noting that they are in danger of running an excessive public deficit. So why is the Italian government proposing to expand public spending? John Murray Brown is joined by…
How Amazon chose New York and Virginia for HQ2
Nov 14, 2018 • 7 min
The ecommerce giant plans to put big new offices in Long Island City, in New York, and Arlington, Virginia, ending the 14-month long search for a second headquarters. So why these two cities? The FT’s Shannon Bond explains Amazon’s decision and what these…
US China chip wars
Nov 13, 2018 • 10 min
Computer chips have become the latest battleground in the trade war between the US and China. Caught in the middle is China chip maker, Fujian Jinhua, which the US has charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets from US rival Micron. Malcolm Moore…
Why did prosecutors raid BlackRock’s German offices?
Nov 12, 2018 • 8 min
BlackRock’s Munich offices have been caught up in a long running investigation into a tax fraud, thought to have cost the German authorities as much as €7bn. This has embroiled Friedrich Merz, BlackRock’s German chief, who is hoping to succeed Angela…
Travels in Moneyland
Nov 9, 2018 • 16 min
Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland, tells Caroline Binham about his attempts to track down the wealth hidden away by the world’s crooks and kleptocrats and why the problem urgently requires a transnational solution. Contributors: Josh Noble, weekend…
Persimmon chief loses job after pay controversy
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
Jeff Fairburn, Britain’s highest paid chief executive last year, has been asked to stand down after the controversy over his bonus proved too much for the company he led, the UK housebuilder Persimmon. So does this mean an end is in sight for excessive…
Modi’s clash with the Reserve Bank of India
Nov 7, 2018 • 7 min
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has become embroiled in a public row with the country’s central bank and its governor Urjit Patel, which critics say puts the independence of the Reserve Bank of India at risk. Victor Mallet, the FT’s Asia news editor,…
How can we prepare for the 100-year life?
Nov 6, 2018 • 11 min
Is longevity something to be celebrated or feared? Darren Dodd talks to Carol Jagger, professor of the epidemiology of ageing at Newcastle University and Andrew Scott, co-author of The 100-year life, about what society and individuals can do to prepare…
America’s heartland issues referendum on Trump
Nov 5, 2018 • 8 min
US voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for the highly-anticipated midterm elections. In one Kansas district, some moderate Republicans plan to cast protest votes for a Democratic newcomer. Their reason for doing so? President Trump. The FT’s Brooke…
Turning workplace frustration into comedy gold
Nov 2, 2018 • 12 min
Comedian and former Google employee Sarah Cooper tells Emma Jacobs about the inspiration for her new book on how to be successful without hurting mens feelings. How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings was published on October 30 Contributors:…
Yemen on the brink
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
The US this week called for peace talks to begin within a month to end hostilities that have pitted a Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Heba Saleh spoke to Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, about how bad the crisis is…
IBM’s $34bn gamble on Red Hat
Oct 31, 2018 • 10 min
IBM’s $34bn acquisition of Red Hat is the biggest transaction in the company’s history. Malcolm Moore discusses what chief executive Ginni Rometti is hoping to achieve and whether the gamble will pay off with Richard Waters, the FT’s West Coast editor.…
Could black voters make a difference in Missouri mid-terms?
Oct 30, 2018 • 6 min
The FT’s Patti Waldmeir reports from Missouri - a key battleground in the US mid-term elections. Black voters are a tiny minority in the mid-western state, but African-American leaders are hoping that a high turnout by black voters could give the…
Could Bolsonaro policies speed Amazon deforestation?
Oct 29, 2018 • 11 min
Environmentalists fear Brazil’s incoming president Jair Bolsonaro will relax curbs on deforestation and the result will be an assault on the rainforest that helps regulate the earth’s atmosphere. Leslie Hook talks to Joseph Leahy about why the forest may…
Paul Volcker’s message to the next generation
Oct 26, 2018 • 10 min
The former chairman of the Federal Reserve talks to Gillian Tett about his life, legacy and what worries him about the current financial system. Contributors: Gillian Tett, US managing editor. Producers: Aimee Keane, Jennifer Sigl and Eric Krupke. For…
How can we eliminate the plastic waste clogging our oceans?
Oct 25, 2018 • 10 min
Ellen MacArthur, former round the world sailor turned campaigner, tells Leslie Hook the companies that create packaging for their products are starting to understand the responsibility they hold for helping eliminate the waste. Contributors: Katie Martin,…
Kevin Rudd on the US-China trade war
Oct 24, 2018 • 8 min
The escalating trade dispute between the US and China has clouded the global economic outlook, with no signs of ending soon. This year, the US has slapped tariffs on $250bn worth of Chinese goods, while the Chinese have retaliated with tariffs on $110bn…
India’s #MeToo movement
Oct 22, 2018 • 11 min
An Indian government minister was forced to stand down last week in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Jyotsna Singh talks to Amy Kazmin about why so many Indian women are coming forward to complain about harassment in the workplace and whether…
Saudi scandal clouds SoftBank’s future
Oct 21, 2018 • 11 min
SoftBank shares took a hit after agents of Saudi Arabia, its main funder, were accused of carrying out the gruesome murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey. Malcolm Moore discusses what this means for the Japanese technology company with Kana Inagaki and…
European summit ends on constructive note for Britain
Oct 19, 2018 • 7 min
This week’s Brussels summit ended on a conciliatory note for Theresa May after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for more flexibility on both sides to engineer a breakthrough on Brexit. The FT’s Alex Barker and Mehreen Khan report from the Justus…
Europe’s corporate comeback
Oct 18, 2018 • 15 min
Political uncertainty over Brexit and the threat of global trade wars has overshadowed a remarkable corporate success story in Europe. Martin Arnold discusses how companies on the Continent have bounced back since the financial crisis with Sarah Gordon,…
Can farming thrive without chemicals?
Oct 17, 2018 • 13 min
There is growing evidence that the use of chemicals in agriculture is harmful to both the environment and human health. Maija Palmer discusses potential alternatives with Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, Adam Speed of the Crop…
US goes all out on sanctions against Iran
Oct 16, 2018 • 12 min
Donald Trump’s decision to step up sanctions on Iran has set up a clash with European allies who still support the 2015 nuclear accord. Roula Khalaf discusses the repercussions of the clash with Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Katrina Manson and Michael Peel.…
Netflix joins battle to win Indian viewers online
Oct 15, 2018 • 8 min
Some of the world’s biggest retail and technology companies have recently entered the Indian market, enticed by rapid growth in the local telecoms network. Among these is Netflix, which has launched an original show, Sacred Games, targeting Indian…
Amazon adds to pay boost to address backlash
Oct 12, 2018 • 8 min
The online retailer will give an extra boost in pay to some long-time workers amid concerns over changes to its compensation policies as part of a minimum-wage increase. The FT’s Shannon Bond explains the backlash, and what prompted Amazon to raise its…
Will the e-scooter craze catch on in Europe?
Oct 11, 2018 • 11 min
An electric scooter craze has taken hold in US cities from Washington to San Francisco. Tim Bradshaw talks to Malcolm Moore about what’s their appeal and whether the craze will catch on in Europe. Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Malcolm…
Why mental health at work matters
Oct 9, 2018 • 10 min
What can we do to combat mental health problems in the workplace? Darren Dodd, editor of FT Health, discusses possible solutions and why this matters with Beth Robotham, vice chair of the City Mental Health Alliance and Sean Russel, head of the West…
Melinda Gates on internet access for all
Oct 8, 2018 • 12 min
Melinda Gates talks to John Thornhill about her work to promote more inclusive global growth through widening access to the internet and why she thinks doomsday scenarios about robots stealing jobs are misguided. Pathways for Prosperity Commission For…
Is China’s Bytedance worth $75bn?
Oct 7, 2018 • 12 min
China’s Bytedance is poised to have a valuation higher than Uber and Didi if its latest fundraising succeeds. Malcolm Moore talks to Emily Feng about how the news and video sharing app became one of a handful of Chinese tech giants to go global, and asks…
Resignations shake Macron’s dream of inclusive government
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
Emmanuel Macron, France’s reforming president, has seen his popularity plunge as former political allies jump ship. Josh Noble talks to FT Paris correspondent Harriet Agnew about what has gone wrong for Mr Macron and what impact his reforms are having on…
What are the key issues for Brazilian voters?
Oct 3, 2018 • 7 min
Sunday’s elections in Brazil could turn out to be the most polarising and unpredictable in the country’s recent history. Andres Schipani, FT Brazil correspondent, talks to Valentina Romei about who the leading candidates are and what issues voters are…
How Chinese students became a target of US foreign policy discussions
Oct 3, 2018 • 9 min
Earlier this year White House hawks encouraged President Donald Trump to stop issuing student visas to Chinese nationals, but the proposal was shelved over concerns about its economic and diplomatic impact. The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo reports from…
Paris wins business as post-Brexit trading hub for banks
Oct 2, 2018 • 8 min
Banks and asset managers are beginning to steer their EU trading operations from London to French capital. Patrick Jenkins discusses which banks are in the vanguard and what this trend means for London with Stephen Morris. He also speaks to Christian…
Can blockchain democratise the art market?
Oct 1, 2018 • 13 min
Can blockchain solve problems of origin, ownership and price in the art market? Josh Spero put this question to Georgina Adam, author of Dark Side of the Boom, Jess Holgrave from Codex Protocol, and Anne Bracegirdle from Christie’s at the FT’s recent…
How the Kavanaugh hearing unfolded
Sep 28, 2018 • 11 min
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily denied accusations that he had committed sexual assault when he testified at a dramatic Senate hearing on Thursday, after Christine Blasey Ford told the panel she was “100 per cent” certain that Mr Kavanaugh…
Shining a light on the brain
Sep 26, 2018 • 11 min
What kind of health problems are advances in brain imaging helping to solve and how close we are to being able to read minds? Darren Dodd discusses the latest research with Clare Elwell, a professor of medical physics at University College in London, and…
Imran Khan’s austerity drive
Sep 24, 2018 • 8 min
Former cricketer Imran Khan and his new government in Pakistan have inherited the widest budget deficit in years and an impending foreign currency crisis. Jyotsna Singh talks to the FT’s Kiran Stacey about the measures Mr Khan has taken during his first…
The Lehman story: an American parable
Sep 21, 2018 • 12 min
Lehman is best known as the bank at the centre of the financial crash, but a book and a play about the brothers who founded the bank tell a different story, of immigration and entrepreneurship. Jan Dalley discusses the book and the play with Peter Chapman…
UK Biobank plays critical role in assessing global health risks
Sep 20, 2018 • 16 min
The UK Biobank, the world’s most comprehensive set of human health data, is providing a vital resource for global scientific and medical research. Darren Dodd talks to Clare Elwell, professor of medical physics at University College London, Cathie Sudlow,…
How one US port is dealing with Trump’s trade war
Sep 19, 2018 • 8 min
At the Port of Baltimore on the US east coast businesses fear the impact of the US-China tariff battle. The FT’s world trade editor James Politi reports. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
IMF issues stark warning on Brexit
Sep 18, 2018 • 11 min
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has issued a stark warning about the ‘substantial costs’ to the UK of leaving the EU without a deal. Siona Jenkins discusses the warning and how serious the risk of a no-deal exit is with the FT’s Chris Giles and…
India’s long-awaited gay rights victory
Sep 17, 2018 • 10 min
India’s gay community is celebrating a recent supreme court ruling to decriminalise homosexuality. Jyotsna Singh discusses how the ruling came about and what happens next with Amy Kazmin the FT’s South Asia bureau chief. Read Amy’s story here For…
Skripal poisoning suspects claim to be tourists
Sep 14, 2018 • 10 min
Two Russian men accused by Britain of carrying out the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK town of Salisbury last March have appeared on Russian TV to deny any involvement. Katie Martin discusses the latest twist in the…
Markets send Tesla a message
Sep 13, 2018 • 7 min
After a rocky summer for Tesla and chief executive Elon Musk, the electric car maker’s share and bond prices have dropped. The FT’s Elaine Moore explains what triggered the market moves, and whether it matters to the company’s day-to-day operations. For…
Europe’s widening money laundering scandal
Sep 12, 2018 • 8 min
Last week, it was Danske Bank. This week the Dutch Bank ING is at the centre of allegations that it failed to spot suspicious cross border money flows. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, talks to Martin Arnold, banking editor, and Jim Brunsden,…
US tries to bring its longest war to an end in Afghanistan
Sep 11, 2018 • 10 min
The US is pushing for a deal in Afghanistan amid tentative signs that the Taliban might be ready to end its war in exchange for a role in government. But Isis and others, including the Taliban, still pose a threat. The FT’s Katrina Manson returns to Kabul…
Has banking culture changed since the financial crisis?
Sep 10, 2018 • 13 min
Ten years on from the financial crisis, Gillian Tett, the FT’s US managing editor, talks to some of the leading figures in banking at the time to find out what lessons have been learnt. Watch the video here For information regarding your data privacy,…
Japan’s flawed policy of female empowerment
Sep 7, 2018 • 7 min
The Japanese prime minister’s policy of promoting female economic empowerment, known as ‘womenomics’, has succeeded in increasing the female workforce, but is being held back by a culture of discrimination and long working hours, Kana Inagaki tells Naomi…
Nike faces backlash over Kaepernick ad campaign
Sep 6, 2018 • 9 min
Nike has faced a consumer backlash, a sell-off in its shares and an attack from Donald Trump after it decided to use the American footballer Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign. Katie Martin talks to Shannon Bond and Andrew Hill about why the decision…
Crisis in Argentina
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
What triggered the currency fallout in Argentina, and will Mauricio Macri’s new austerity measures be enough to win over international investors? The FT’s Benedict Mander explains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Alibaba goes to Russia
Sep 4, 2018 • 9 min
The Chinese internet giant’s proposed joint venture with Russia’s Mail.ru sets the stage for a battle royale with Amazon for global dominance of the ecommerce market, James Kynge and Henry Foy tell Hannah Murphy. For information regarding your data…
What prompted Warren Buffett’s move into India?
Sep 3, 2018 • 10 min
What prompted high profile investor Warren Buffett to move into India’s mobile payments sector? Jyotsna Singh talks to James Fontanella Khan in New York and Simon Mundy in Mumbai about the significance of Berkshire Hathaway’s biggest ever investment in…
Sweden’s political consensus under strain
Aug 31, 2018 • 11 min
Sweden is undergoing something of an identity crisis as the party that has held sway for decades faces potential defeat at the ballot box. Patricia Nilsson speaks to Richard Milne, the FT’s Nordics correspondent, about what has gone wrong for the Swedish…
What next for Nafta?
Aug 30, 2018 • 10 min
The FT’s world trade editor James Politi explains how the US and Mexico came to a new bilateral agreement, where Canada stands and what the future holds for Nafta and North American industry. Read more from James on FT.com. For information regarding your…
Hong Kong Jockey Club overstates its largesse
Aug 29, 2018 • 10 min
The elite Hong Kong horse racing club has enjoyed a gambling monopoly since colonial times thanks to its donations to good causes. But the FT’s Hudson Lockett discovered that that the charity has been consistently overstating its largesse. Ravi Mattu…
Why young people worry about internet addiction
Aug 28, 2018 • 10 min
Darren Dodd discusses the WHO’s decision to classify gaming disorder as a disease and why young people are worried about internet addiction with consultant psychiatrist Henrietta Bowden-Jones and Hannah Redler Hawes, curator of an upcoming exhibition on…
Cannabis in the US moves from black to white
Aug 27, 2018 • 8 min
As more US states decriminalise the drug for medicinal or recreational use, Liberty Martin looks at the way America’s black community has been excluded from profiting from the lucrative trade. Produced by Liberty Martin. Music credit: David Sappa For…
Maersk explores new Arctic Russian route
Aug 24, 2018 • 10 min
Climate change is opening up new commercial possibilities for shipping companies. Danish company Maersk confirmed this week that it was about to launch its first container ship on an Arctic route over the top of Russia. Katie Martin discusses the new…
What Cohen learnt from Trump before turning on him
Aug 23, 2018 • 8 min
Michael Cohen’s court confessions show Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer followed the business principles the president outlined in The Art of the Deal. Joshua Chaffin, the FT’s New York correspondent, explains the details of his indictment, and how…
Italians outraged over Genoa bridge collapse
Aug 21, 2018 • 11 min
Ben Hall discusses the Italian government’s response to the disaster and the penalties facing the company licensed to operate the bridge with Hannah Roberts in Rome and Elaine Moore, deputy editor of the FT’s Lex column. Read more: Italy’s transport…
Ikea’s expansion into India
Aug 21, 2018 • 9 min
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea had to overcome big regulatory hurdles to open its first store in India. Jyotsna Singh talks to Amy Kazmin, the FT’s South Asia bureau chief about Ikea’s ambitions for expansion in India and the prospects for making the…
Spain is the new front line in Europe’s migration crisis
Aug 20, 2018 • 10 min
Spain’s new prime minister Pedro Sánchez has become the latest EU leader to feel the heat from the Mediterranean migration crisis. Elaine Moore speaks to Michael Stothard, FT Madrid Correspondent, about the big rise in the number of migrants arriving this…
Are ecigarettes bad for your health?
Aug 17, 2018 • 10 min
Are e-cigarettes a good way of getting people to give up smoking or just another way of feeding people’s tobacco addiction? Darren Dodd discusses different attitudes towards e-cigarettes and vaping in the US and Europe with the FT’s Camilla Hodgson and…
Advice for UK students on exam results day
Aug 16, 2018 • 13 min
Andrew Jack discusses this year’s A-level results, a key staging point for UK students hoping to go to university. What’s the best advice for students who haven’t achieved the grades they needed? Hannah Morrish of The Student Room, Alex Scharaschkin of…
Why soaring US profit margins pose a challenge for investors
Aug 16, 2018 • 9 min
After two consecutive quarters of blockbuster corporate earnings some analysts are worried share market values have reached a cyclical peak. The FT’s Nicole Bullock and John Authers discuss what it all means for US equities. Read more here. For…
Turkey’s currency crisis
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
The Turkish lira has lost more than 40 per cent of its value since the start of the year and the slide has been exacerbated by a war of words between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump. Daniel Dombey discusses the currency…
China investment in Bangladesh worries India
Aug 13, 2018 • 6 min
Jyotsna Singh talks to the FT’s South Asia correspondent Kiran Stacey about why India is worried about China’s growing investment in neighbouring Bangladesh. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Summer heatwave takes a toll on health
Aug 10, 2018 • 7 min
Darren Dodd discusses the impact of climate change on human health with Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent, and Laurie Laybourn-Langton, director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Home sales slow in summer playground of New York elite
Aug 9, 2018 • 6 min
Home sales in the Hamptons have slowed this year as the rising cost of credit and changes to the US property tax rules discourage buyers from investing in vacation properties along Long Island’s south shore. Ben Foldy explains what the local picture might…
Indra Nooyi’s legacy at Pepsico
Aug 8, 2018 • 6 min
Indra Nooyi is to step down from PepsiCo after a 12-year tenure at the head of one of the world’s biggest consumer goods companies. Tom Braithwaite talks to our consumer industries editor Scheherezade Daneshkhu about Ms Nooyi’s legacy and about why there…
Britain’s department stores face tough times
Aug 7, 2018 • 9 min
House of Fraser, once considered a jewel in the crown of Britain’s retail sector, has fallen on hard times and now faces liquidation if it can’t find a rescuer. Ursula Milton discusses whether it can survive and what its decline says about the state of…
Tackling the junk food that causes obesity
Aug 3, 2018 • 15 min
Darren Dodd discusses the latest measures to tackle the problem of poor diet and obesity with Tim Rycroft of the Food and Drink Federation, and Graham MacGregor of the campaign group Action on Sugar and Salt. Take up our subscriber offer at…
Facebook exposes campaign to influence upcoming US election
Aug 1, 2018 • 8 min
On Tuesday Facebook exposed the first disinformation campaign designed to influence the upcoming US midterm elections. The FT’s San Francisco correspondent Hannah Kuchler explains the scope of the campaign, and what details we have about who might be…
Why has the ozone hole recovery slowed?
Jul 30, 2018 • 11 min
Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent, discusses recent evidence that companies in China have been flouting rules banning the use of CFCs, with Steve Montzka and Matt Rigby, authors of a recent ozone report in Nature, and Julian Newman of the…
Corporate America responds to global trade war
Jul 27, 2018 • 10 min
Companies are growing increasingly concerned about the Trump administration’s trade policies as they start to count the cost of its tariff battles with China and Europe. The FT’s North America correspondent Patti Waldmeir and global trade editor Shawn…
Spotify’s global expansion hits a snag
Jul 25, 2018 • 5 min
The music streaming service is turning to India to find new subscribers and to justify its $33bn valuation, but record labels are resisting the expansion. The FT’s Anna Nicolaou explains. Read Anna’s story here. For information regarding your data…
Pakistan prepares for general election
Jul 24, 2018 • 7 min
Polls ahead of Wednesday’s election in Pakistan show a dead heat between Shehbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party led by the country’s former cricket captain Imran Khan. The election should be…
What the yield curve tells us about the US economy
Jul 20, 2018 • 8 min
Ben Bernanke, former chair of the Federal Reserve, earlier this week warned against reading the US yield curve, or the difference between short term and longer term Treasury yields, as an indicator of a looming recession. Joe Rennison explains how the…
New rules stifle entrepreneurship in Cuba
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 min
Cuba is to end its freeze on issuing licences for private businesses, but the government has also issued new regulations aimed at limiting profits and increasing tax revenues that will have the effect of stifling entrepreneurship. Hannah Murphy discusses…
Botched Air India sale exposes flaws in Modi’s privatisation plan
Jul 16, 2018 • 7 min
Narendra Modi is planning to privatise large parts of Indian industry. But his botched attempt to sell Air India has revealed big flaws in the plan. Jyotsna Singh talks to Kiran Stacey, the FT’s South Asia correspondent, about what went wrong Read Kiran’s…
Trump’s tower of secrets
Jul 12, 2018 • 18 min
FT investigative reporter Tom Burgis talks to Esther Bintliff about the links he uncovered between a shadowy world of post-Soviet money and the future president of the United States. Image credit: Hellovon Read Tom’s report here For information regarding…
Uighur children caught up in China security crackdown
Jul 11, 2018 • 16 min
As the Trump administration struggles to reunite migrants and their children forcibly separated at the US border, China has been separating families on a far larger scale as part of a crackdown against ethnic Uighurs. The FT’s Emily Feng tells James Kynge…
Money laundering scandal hits Danske Bank
Jul 10, 2018 • 3 min
Denmark’s biggest bank, previously a darling of the investor community, has become mired in a money laundering scandal related to the Magnitsky Case. Patrick Jenkins talks to Richard Milne, the FT’s Nordic correspondent, about the scandal and what it…
British woman killed by nerve agent used in Skripal attack
Jul 9, 2018 • 9 min
British woman Dawn Sturgess has died after coming into contact with the nerve agent novichok, four months after a former Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned in the same area. Elaine Moore talks to the FT’s defence correspondent David Bond…
India’s north south divide
Jul 6, 2018 • 11 min
New revenue sharing proposals are causing growing discord between regional parties and the government in Delhi, the FT’s Amy Kazmin tells Jyotsna Singh. Read Amy’s article here Become an FT subscriber For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Supermarkets team up in search for improved profits
Jul 4, 2018 • 5 min
Two of Europe’s biggest supermarkets, Carrefour in France and Tesco in the UK have agreed to team up to purchase supplies, hoping their combined purchasing power will enable them to win better deals from suppliers and beat off competitors. Vanessa Houlder…
Obrador wins sweeping victory in Mexico’s presidential elections
Jul 3, 2018 • 6 min
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has won a landslide victory in Mexico’s presidential elections, making the veteran leftist politician the most powerful president in more than a generation. Amlo, as he is popularly known, has promised to make the poor his…
What’s driving the global M&A boom?
Jul 2, 2018 • 6 min
Global dealmaking reached $2.5tn in the first half of 2018, breaking the all-time high for the period. What’s driving the consolidation and what might bring the boom to an end? The FT’s Sujeet Indap and James Fontanella-Khan explain. Sign up for Due…
Britain’s DIY railway
Jun 30, 2018 • 8 min
Weeks of chaos on the railways of northern England in June resulted in angry denunciations of rail bosses, showdowns in parliament and long odysseys for frazzled commuters. But in one small corner of the rail network, locals and tourists were enjoying a…
European Union faces tough choices on migration
Jun 28, 2018 • 8 min
EU leaders are gathering for one of the most difficult summits in years, with member states divided over migration and the German chancellor Angela Merkel facing an ultimatum by her conservative coalition allies to come up with a pan-European approach.…
Where does all our plastic waste go?
Jun 28, 2018 • 10 min
Despite some efforts at recycling, more than half of all plastic waste created in the industrialised world has been exported for recycling elsewhere, mainly to China. But now Beijing has banned imports of most plastic waste. So where will the waste go now…
Millennials on the move
Jun 27, 2018 • 10 min
For generations, ambitious young Americans flocked to the country’s biggest cities, looking for opportunity in commercial hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. But the generation who came of age around the year 2000 is breaking the…
Car makers sound alarm over Brexit
Jun 26, 2018 • 11 min
With just nine months left before Britain leaves the European Union, the government remains deadlocked on key decisions relating to the single market and customs union. For the first time since the referendum two years ago, industrial giants like Airbus,…
Court ruling deals tax blow to US online retailers
Jun 25, 2018 • 8 min
The US Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that enabled many ecommerce retailers to avoid collecting sales tax from customers. The FT’s Jessica Dye explains the move, and the implications for the consumer economy. Contribute to our listener survey and…
Monsoon rains spell disaster for Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugees
Jun 22, 2018 • 7 min
Last year, a violent campaign of military repression forced nearly 700,000 Rohingyas to flee from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh. Now, seasonal Monsoon rains spell further disaster for the refugees, the FT’s South Asia correspondent Kiran Stacey…
Fate of ZTE highlights China’s dependence on imported technology
Jun 21, 2018 • 11 min
ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecoms equipment makers, has been plunged into crisis after being barred from operating in the US. The company is being punished for shipping banned products to Iran and North Korea, but it is also at the centre of the US’s…
Millennials shake complacency of big food brands
Jun 20, 2018 • 8 min
Challenger companies have been taking on established food brands by catering to the tastes of millennials, who drink less alcohol, want to know what is in the food products they buy and are increasingly eco-conscious. Madison Darbyshire discusses how big…
Trump’s contrasting strategies towards Iran and North Korea
Jun 19, 2018 • 10 min
President Donald Trump claims that after his summit with Kim Jong UN, nuclear-armed North Korea is no longer a threat to the US, but has torn up a multilateral treaty with Iran, which does not have nuclear weapons. John Murray Brown discusses what’s…
Antitrust in the era of ‘big tech’
Jun 18, 2018 • 8 min
Few mergers in recent memory have been as contentious as the AT&T/Time Warner deal that was approved last week by a US district court judge. Rana Foroohar, the FT’s global business columnist, explains what the verdict means for M&A activity, and how it…
Why are so many Indian families left in the dark?
Jun 15, 2018 • 7 min
Despite Narendra Modi’s announcement that he had managed to bring electricity to the last village in India, the reality is that tens of millions still lack power. Kiran Stacey and Jyotsna Singh visited some villages in Uttar Pradesh, where half the…
How can we make best use of health data?
Jun 14, 2018 • 13 min
Should medical data be treated differently from other personal data, and what impact will Europe’s new GDPR rules have on medical research and health tech companies? Darren Dodd puts these questions to the FT’s Sarah Neville, Tina Woods of Collider Health…
How will millennials be watching the World Cup?
Jun 13, 2018 • 7 min
This summer’s World Cup will probably attract more viewers than ever, but millennials will be not be sitting in groups in front of their television sets as previous generations did. Murad Ahmed talks to FT columnist Simon Kuper about how new consumer…
Brexit amendments test Theresa May’s authority
Jun 12, 2018 • 7 min
Theresa May’s plan for leaving the European Union is being tested in parliament this week, with several key votes on amendments to Brexit legislation that could radically alter the outcome of her negotiations. Siona Jenkins asks the FT’s public policy…
What next for the G7
Jun 11, 2018 • 6 min
The relationship between the US and its closest allies plunged to new depths at the annual meeting of the Group of Seven countries after Donald Trump clashed with fellow leaders on trade, and called for Russia to be readmitted to the group. The FT’s Sam…
Apple throws out a lifeline to smartphone addicts
Jun 8, 2018 • 9 min
Apple unveiled new tools this week to help consumers reduce their screen time and curb some of the techniques used by marketers to monitor people’s browsing activity. Leslie Hook asks the FT’s Tim Bradshaw whether this marks the start of a shift in the…
Allies hit back on US steel and aluminium tariffs
Jun 7, 2018 • 9 min
The EU, Canada and Mexico have announced retaliatory tariffs in response to the White House move to slap steel and aluminium tariffs on its closest allies. The FT’s Shawn Donnan explains the action, and how it will affect future trade negotiations. For…
The disruptive power of millennials
Jun 6, 2018 • 6 min
Millennials, a generation both celebrated and derided as individualistic, creative and entitled, have come of age. These digital natives have preferences and habits that pose a disruptive threat to everything from the media and entertainment to food and…
Spain’s new leader faces steep challenges
Jun 5, 2018 • 11 min
Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, is in a precarious position after ejecting the government of Mariano Rajoy. He is hoping to reverse cuts to social programmes and improve relations with secessionist leaders in Catalonia. Will he succeed or will…
The dark side of fast fashion
Jun 4, 2018 • 19 min
Some big name fast fashion retailers are sourcing their inventory closer to home in order to get the latest pieces into the hands of their shoppers fast. But how is it possible such labour intensive production is taking place in one of the most expensive…
How is pollution affecting our health?
May 31, 2018 • 16 min
The UK is among six EU member states referred to Europe’s highest court this month over a failure to clean up “significant and persistent” air pollution. So how bad is the problem and what impact is it having on our health? FT Science editor Clive Cookson…
JAB takes on Nestlé with Pret A Manger deal
May 30, 2018 • 7 min
Investment group JAB has agreed to buy UK sandwich and coffee shop chain Pret A Manger as part of its bid to take on Nestlé - the world’s biggest food company. Elaine Moore talks to the FT’s Arash Massoudi and Javier Espinoza about the company behind the…
Italy’s political uncertainty roils markets
May 29, 2018 • 7 min
Financial markets have reacted with alarm to news that Italy will have to hold fresh elections after the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League, failed to form a coalition government. Martin Arnold discusses what this means for…
India’s growing water crisis
May 29, 2018 • 7 min
India is facing severe water shortages, with rivers drying up and water disputes erupting across the country. Yet there is little action from the government or public awareness about the need for conservation. Jyotsna Singh talks to the FT’s Amy Kazmin…
Will Italy spark Europe’s next crisis?
May 25, 2018 • 11 min
Giuseppe Conte, a relatively unknown academic, is to become the next prime minister of Italy after months of negotiations that followed an inconclusive election. But the new coalition has alarmed investors nervous that it will flout eurozone fiscal rules…
Philip Roth: iconoclast and chronicler of the American condition
May 24, 2018 • 10 min
Philip Roth, one of America’s greatest novelists, has died aged 85. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author rose to fame with Portnoy’s Complaint but was perhaps best known for his 1997 historical novel American Pastoral, set in his birth place of Newark, New…
GDPR is here at last. What does it mean for consumers and their data?
May 23, 2018 • 13 min
New European Union rules come into force this week, promising to give consumers in Europe and beyond more control over how their data is used. But are people ready to exercise this new power and how prepared are companies for the change? Ravi Mattu puts…
UK court dismisses charges against Barclays over Qatar loan
May 22, 2018 • 6 min
The decision is a setback for the Serious Fraud Office after years of investigation into the fundraising deal. However four former executives at the British bank, including its ex-chief executive John Varley, still face criminal charges over the cash…
Young Americans left out of US boom in housing wealth
May 21, 2018 • 8 min
America’s housing wealth has staged a complete recovery since the financial crisis, but the holdings are increasingly skewed towards older borrowers and away from the young, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The FT’s US…
More Indians are registering to pay tax - how did Modi do it?
May 18, 2018 • 7 min
A big rise in the number of people registering to pay tax in India has allowed the government to begin to build a stable tax base for the first time in its post-independence history. Jyotsna Singh asks the FT’s Kiran Stacey how prime minister Narendra…
Iraq voters put faith in radical Shia leader
May 17, 2018 • 7 min
Iraq’s parliamentary election threw up a surprise result after Muqtada al-Sadr, a populist cleric once seen as the face of Shia resistance against the US occupation, looked like being the leader of the bloc with the most seats. Daniel Dombey discusses…
Mahathir returns as Malaysia reformer
May 16, 2018 • 11 min
Mahathir Mohamad has vowed to shed his previous strongman image and undertake widespread political and economic reforms as he returns to power after a stunning election victory. Victor Mallet discusses whether he will keep his promises with the FT’s Ben…
China tycoon falls from grace
May 15, 2018 • 12 min
Wu Xiaohui, one of China’s best known tycoon’s, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for financial fraud, cementing the downfall of the one-time car salesman who catapulted himself to the pinnacle of global high finance over the past decade. Arash…
Trump blames foreign countries for high drug prices
May 14, 2018 • 6 min
The White House laid out measures to tackle high list prices for drugs last week, hitting out at “freeloading” foreign countries that benefit from US pharmaceutical research. The FT’s David Crow explains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Facebook’s foray into online dating
May 11, 2018 • 5 min
Facebook is expanding into online dating - a move some consider surprising so soon after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. So what exactly is the social media company planning and will its data hoard give it an unfair advantage over competitors? Andreas…
Argentine president seeks IMF assistance
May 10, 2018 • 6 min
In 2001, economic policies backed by the IMF brought Argentina to its knees and many Argentines associate the fund with the social and economic chaos that followed. But this week, a run on the currency forced President Mauricio Macri to return to the…
Comcast raises financing for Fox deal
May 9, 2018 • 6 min
Comcast has held talks with US banks to secure up to $60bn in financing to gatecrash Walt Disney’s tie-up with 21st Century Fox. The FT’s James Fontanella-Khan explains why the cable company is reattempting a bid for Fox, and what has spurred a wave of…
Europe braced for Trump decision on Iran
May 8, 2018 • 6 min
France, Germany and the UK, which played a key role in drawing up the Iran nuclear agreement, are braced for a decision by Donald Trump that could effectively scupper the deal. Alex Barker discusses Europe’s likely response to the US decision with the…
Pakistan leans on China for high tech weaponry
May 7, 2018 • 7 min
China is now selling the kind of high-end weapons systems in which the US once specialised to Pakistan’s military, and is co-developing many others. Jyotsna Singh talks to the FT’s Kiran Stacey about how this may tip the strategic balance in the region.…
The Rubens painting that fooled the Met
May 4, 2018 • 8 min
A portrait of Clara Serena, daughter of Peter Paul Rubens, was sold as an unexceptional work by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art five years ago, but has now been re-appraised as the work of the Flemish master himself and not one of his followers as…
To catch a thief: Japan-style
May 3, 2018 • 2 min
Earlier this week, Hiroshima police released triumphant footage of officers running a 27-year-old fugitive to ground, but, as Leo Lewis reports from Tokyo, the arrest of Tatsuma Hirao brought to a close a 22-day operation that, at times, felt excessive.…
How much higher will oil prices go?
May 2, 2018 • 11 min
Oil prices have risen as high as $75 a barrel for the first time in four years. What has driven the rally and will it continue? Hannah Murphy puts the question to the FT’s Anjli Raval and David Sheppard. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Egypt battles to rein in debt
May 1, 2018 • 11 min
Egypt has adopted tough reforms in the past two years as part of a loan agreement with the IMF. Heba Saleh speaks to Amr al-Garhy, finance minister, about his efforts to put the country’ debt levels on a sustainable footing. For information regarding your…
How US home loan agencies became rental powerhouses
Apr 30, 2018 • 8 min
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two US agencies that were set up to make mortgages more affordable to Americans. But the system was rocked during the 2008 housing slump and the government bailed them out. And now, critics say the home loan agencies are…
Indian women caught up in rising tide of religious hatred
Apr 27, 2018 • 11 min
The rape and murder of an eight-year old Muslim girl in India has highlighted the price paid by Indian girls and women for the stoking of hatred between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities. Jyotsna Singh discusses the recent rise in communal violence…
Africa probe casts shadow over Bolloré’s global expansion drive
Apr 26, 2018 • 7 min
French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has been placed under formal investigation over corruption allegations relating to the activities of his family holding company Bolloré Group in Africa. Elaine Moore asks the FT’s Harriet Agnew and Alan Livsey how this…
Nicaragua rocked by anti-government protests
Apr 25, 2018 • 2 min
The Central American nation, ruled by Daniel Ortega for 22 of the past 39 years, has been convulsed by almost a week of anti-government protests in which at least 25 people have died. The FT’s Jude Webber reports. For information regarding your data…
What can we expect from Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un?
Apr 23, 2018 • 11 min
After a year of fiery rhetoric, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have agreed to a historic summit aimed at easing nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. Elaine Moore discusses the issues at stake for both sides with the FT’s Bryan Harris and Demetri…
How close are we to defeating malaria?
Apr 19, 2018 • 14 min
Global health leaders gathered in London this week in a bid to re-focus attention on malaria amid fears that flat global funding and the emergence of drug and insecticide resistance could halt or even reverse progress in fighting the disease. Andrew Jack…
Santander takes on fintech with blockchain payments service
Apr 18, 2018 • 6 min
Santander has become the first international bank to launch a cross-border payments system based on blockchain, using the new technology with a view to taking on specialist fintechs such as TransferWise. The bank’s executive chairman Ana Botín spoke to…
#MeToo puts more women on the ballot
Apr 17, 2018 • 6 min
The Trump presidency and the debate over sexual harassment have fuelled a surge in female Democrats running in upcoming local, state and federal elections in the US. The FT’s Courtney Weaver explains. Read the full story here. For information regarding…
US-Russia sanctions hit Deripaska’s aluminium empire hard
Apr 16, 2018 • 9 min
US sanctions designed to punish the Kremlin for ‘destabilising activities’ have effectively barred the aluminium group Rusal and other companies controlled by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska from accessing the US financial system. Elaine Moore…
Zuckerberg’s week in Washington
Apr 13, 2018 • 7 min
What will come of the two day face-off between Congress and the Facebook chief executive? The FT’s Hannah Kuchler explains. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Anti-Soros populist wins re-election in Hungary
Apr 12, 2018 • 5 min
Viktor Orban has been re-elected prime minister of Hungary after presenting his country as under continual attack: from liberal NGOs, the UN, the philanthropist George Soros and the EU. Gideon Rachman discusses what we can expect from Mr Orban’s third…
India’s energy dilemma: coal vs solar
Apr 11, 2018 • 5 min
While the main global polluters China and the US have started to curb emissions, India is moving in the wrong direction. Jyotsna Singh discusses India’s energy policy and why coal continues to play such a big role in meeting the country’s growing energy…
Alleged chemical attack raises Syria tensions
Apr 10, 2018 • 12 min
An alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime on a rebel stronghold outside Damascus has raised tensions in the region after the United States, Britain and France threatened coordinated action in response. Andrew England discusses the US military…
Deutsche Bank appoints trusted insider as new CEO
Apr 9, 2018 • 9 min
The chaotic removal of Deutsche Bank’s chief executive John Cryan and the rushed appointment of Christian Sewing as his successor has created confusion about the bank’s strategy. Patrick Jenkins discusses the weekend’s events and what they mean for the…
What next for Spotify?
Apr 6, 2018 • 7 min
After Spotify’s successful share offering this week, Ravi Mattu asks the FT’s Anna Nicolaou why it opted for a direct listing, instead of a traditional initial public offering, and what’s next for the innovative music streaming company. For information…
US car makers urge easing of US China trade dispute
Apr 5, 2018 • 7 min
New US tariffs intended to punish Chinese industry for stealing American technology might actually hit General Motors’ exports of China-made Buicks to the US, while leaving most Chinese-owned carmakers unscathed, the FT’s Charles Clover tells Ursula…
Goldman faces class action suit over sexual discrimination
Apr 4, 2018 • 5 min
Four former Goldman Sachs employees have won the right to lead a class-action lawsuit over sexual discrimination, more than seven years after two of them accused the Wall Street bank of “systemically” favouring men over women. Martin Arnold discusses the…
China hits back at US with retaliatory tariffs
Apr 3, 2018 • 8 min
China has unveiled retaliatory duties on food that it imports from the US, including pork, fruit and wine, in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Where do things stand in the trade dispute between the two…
What’s behind the US census citizenship question
Mar 29, 2018 • 5 min
The US Department of Commerce will reinstate a controversial citizenship question on the next census, provoking fears that doing so would lower the response rate among immigrant and minority groups and have harmful political, economic and commercial…
The path to Uber’s IPO
Mar 27, 2018 • 9 min
After a string of scandals at Uber last year that ended in the ouster of founder Travis Kalanick, investors looked to new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi to bring financial discipline and fresh leadership to the privately held ride-hailing company. But…
China seeks to boost soft power abroad
Mar 26, 2018 • 10 min
China is merging its largest state television and radio stations as part of a drive to broaden its global news footprint. But ultimately it has much bigger ambition, to become the world’s foremost news provider, the FT’s Emily Feng tells Hannah Murphy.…
Good news for Britain on financial services?
Mar 23, 2018 • 9 min
The FT’s Alex Barker and Jim Brunsden discuss whether the explicit mention of financial services in an annex to the “guidelines” on negotiating future relations between Britain and the EU amounts to a breakthrough for Britain. Read more on this story at…
Who or what is Cambridge Analytica?
Mar 22, 2018 • 11 min
Who or what is Cambridge Analytica, the company that has embroiled Facebook in a scandal over the misuse of its users’ data? Brooke Masters puts the question to the FT’s John Gapper, who has been investigating the origins of the firm. For information…
Facebook under pressure
Mar 21, 2018 • 6 min
Regulatory scrutiny of Facebook is ramping up around the world after claims that research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of about 50m users of the social network. The FT’s Hannah Kuchler and Shannon Bond discuss what happened and…
Activist investor takes stake in Barclays
Mar 20, 2018 • 10 min
Sherborne, Edward Bramson’s investment vehicle, has acquired a significant interest in Barclays, one of Britain’s biggest banks, increasing pressure on management to turn round its recent faltering performance. Hannah Murphy discusses what this means for…
India’s first liberal arts university
Mar 19, 2018 • 15 min
Entrepreneurs in India have set up a private liberal arts university to promote the kind of original thinking they feel the country lacks. Jyotsna Singh discusses the state of higher education in India with Ashish Dhawan, one of Ashoka university’s…
Stephen Hawking: the man who made theoretical physics fun
Mar 15, 2018 • 14 min
Stephen Hawking inspired generations with an interest in theoretical physics and the workings of the universe - all the while battling an incurable illness that would eventually leave him paralysed and unable to speak unaided. Ursula Milton discusses his…
Why did Trump block the Broadcom Qualcomm deal?
Mar 15, 2018 • 6 min
Donald Trump this week blocked Broadcom’s $142bn takeover of rival chipmaker Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. Ravi Mattu asks the FT’s Richard Waters what prompted the president to intervene and what it means for other potential mergers in the…
Trump sacks top diplomat ahead of North Korea talks
Mar 14, 2018 • 7 min
Donald Trump sacked Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state on Tuesday, making the US’s top diplomat the latest casualty of a White House that has been in near-constant conflict with some of the president’s most senior aides. Sam Fleming explains what led…
India’s new low tax financial centre
Mar 13, 2018 • 6 min
India is hoping GIFT City, a special economic zone in the western state of Gujarat and a pet project of prime minister Narendra Modi, can become India’s answer to Hong Kong: a haven for foreign investors to transact Indian securities with minimal tax and…
Why are tax rates for multinationals still falling?
Mar 12, 2018 • 7 min
Financial Times analysis shows that tax rates for multinationals have fallen since the financial crisis, despite growing political pressure to crack down. Alex Barker asks the FT’s Rochelle Toplensky why, amid government cutbacks and higher tax rates for…
Andy Haldane explores British towns on the edge
Mar 9, 2018 • 17 min
What do we do about the fact that within countries, some places are doing so badly, even when the national economy is doing pretty well? In the US, people are worried about the post-industrial heartlands. In the UK the deepest problems seem to be in old…
Getting to grips with air pollution
Mar 7, 2018 • 12 min
Air pollution is usually regarded solely as an environmental issue, but the toll it takes on public health has only recently begun to hit the headlines. Darren Dodd discusses the benefits of tackling the problem with the FT’s science editor Clive Cookson,…
What to expect from Dodd-Frank reform
Mar 6, 2018 • 5 min
The Senate is set to begin voting this week on a bipartisan bill that, supporters claim, would rein in aspects of the Dodd-Frank banking act that have unfairly penalised smaller lenders. The FT’s Ben McLannahan explains what is in the proposed bill and…
Poor job prospects fuel Mideast discontent
Mar 5, 2018 • 12 min
Rising youth unemployment in the Arab world has made it increasingly difficult for the region’s autocratic governments to keep a lid on popular discontent. The FT’s Heba Saleh speaks to Ragui Assaad, an Egyptian professor of planning and public affairs at…
Will Trump’s steel tariffs lead to a global trade war?
Mar 2, 2018 • 8 min
Donald Trump has signalled his resolve to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium. Ben Hall asks the FT’s Shawn Donnan how this will affect the American economy and whether the move will trigger a global trade war. For…
India jobs claim proves a political hot pakora
Mar 1, 2018 • 8 min
When India’s prime minister Narendra Modi suggested that sellers of street food should considered to be employed, he alienated young voters hoping for more secure middle class jobs, the FT’s Amy Kazmin tells Jyotsna Singh. For information regarding your…
The mystery of Deutsche Bank’s largest shareholder
Feb 28, 2018 • 8 min
China’s HNA Group is Deutsche Bank’s biggest shareholder. But as the Financial Times discovered, very little is known about the structure of HNA or its owners. Patrick Jenkins discusses what this means for the German lender and its investors with the FT’s…
Comcast disrupts Fox Disney deal with bid for UK broadcaster Sky
Feb 27, 2018 • 9 min
US cable operator Comcast’s bid for Sky threatens Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the UK broadcaster as well as his plans to sell all of 21st Century Fox — except his rightwing US news channel and primary sports network — to Walt Disney. Naomi Rovnick…
Students take the lead in US gun control debate
Feb 26, 2018 • 10 min
A group of teenagers who survived a US school shooting have taken command of the national debate over gun control, one of the most contentious issues in American life. But will their efforts have an effect on legislation? Shannon Bond discusses. For…
China acts as peacemaker in Pakistan’s Balochistan
Feb 23, 2018 • 9 min
China is wooing tribal separatists in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in order to secure key trade projects in the region. Jyotsna Singh discusses how Beijing’s One Belt One Road initiative is forcing it to adopt a more interventionist foreign policy with…
Latvia’s banking crisis
Feb 21, 2018 • 11 min
US officials have accused Latvia’s third-largest bank of laundering money that helped fund North Korea’s missile programme. To make matters worse, the country’s central bank governor is the subject of a bribery probe. Elaine Moore discusses what’s behind…
Punjab National Bank hit by $1.8bn fraud
Feb 20, 2018 • 7 min
A group of businessmen, acting with the connivance of staff at a Mumbai branch, obtained nearly $2bn in trade loans without going through proper approval processes, Mumbai reporter Simon Mundy tells Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor. For…
Rebuilding Puerto Rico
Feb 19, 2018 • 12 min
It’s been five months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, devastating an island whose economy was already struggling under an untenable $120bn of debt and pension obligations. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, governor of Puerto Rico, joins the FT’s…
The news site that keeps Egypt’s media freedom alive
Feb 16, 2018 • 12 min
Mada Masr, an online newspaper, is one of the few Egyptian media outlets that dares to challenge the status quo amid the repressive political climate that has taken hold since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power in 2013. Heba Saleh spoke to chief…
India’s passion for books
Feb 15, 2018 • 8 min
India’s thriving books market has spawned scores of literature festivals across India’s big and small cities where multiple events are held throughout the year. Jyotsna Singh discusses what’s behind India’s love of books with the FT’s Victor Mallet and…
Norway fund takes lead on executive pay
Feb 14, 2018 • 6 min
Why did Norway’s oil fund vote against pay proposals at Alphabet, JPMorgan and Volkswagen last year? Attracta Mooney discusses moves by the influential investor to try to rein in pay packages regarded as over generous or overly complex with Richard Milne,…
Past returns to haunt Barclays
Feb 13, 2018 • 6 min
Barclays Bank has been charged a second time by UK authorities over its 2008 emergency fundraising when it took cash injections from Qatari investors to avoid a government bailout. Martin Arnold discusses the charge and its implications for the bank with…
China feature towns aim to revive rural backwaters
Feb 12, 2018 • 6 min
China is backing feature towns that excel in producing one product, such as drones, lingerie or poetry. Many are located in poor regions left behind by China’s rapid industrialisation. Jyotsna Singh talks to the FT’s Gabriel Wildau about the aim of the…
Music therapy for dementia
Feb 9, 2018 • 9 min
What is it about music that has proved so effective in improving the lives of people suffering from dementia? Darren Dodd discusses the growing use of music therapy to treat the disease with Sally Bowell, of the International Longevity Centre UK and Sarah…
A citizen’s guide to statistics
Feb 8, 2018 • 12 min
We are constantly bombarded by statistical claims but how do we know when they’re true and when they’re fake news? And how to we avoid becoming unwittingly complicit by spreading misinformation on social media? Economist Tim Harford rides to the rescue in…
The global market turmoil explained
Feb 7, 2018 • 8 min
US stocks staged a late rebound on Tuesday after a three-day global sell off. John Authers explains what triggered investor fears. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Fed sanctions Wells Fargo over ‘customer abuses’
Feb 6, 2018 • 6 min
Shares in Wells Fargo have fallen sharply after the Federal Reserve imposed unprecedented sanctions on the lender in response to “widespread customer abuses”. Patrick Jenkins discusses the unusual nature of the sanctions with the FT’s Laura Noonan and…
How close are we to quantum computing?
Feb 6, 2018 • 7 min
Microsoft and Google are expected to make announcements soon that could mean we are closer than ever to using the properties of quantum mechanics to speed up computing. Ravi Mattu discusses what this potential breakthrough would mean with the FT’s Richard…
Modi seeks re-election with promise to help rural poor
Feb 5, 2018 • 10 min
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has fallen short of the goals he set himself in 2014 when he promised to spur the economy and create millions of jobs. He has now switched tack with a pre-election budget that aims to placate the rural poor and address…
How do we measure prosperity?
Feb 2, 2018 • 5 min
Developed economies are theoretically wealthier than ever but people don’t seem to feel better off. Some of the gap between the data and our perceptions may be down to the limitations of gross domestic product as a gauge, says the FT’s David Pilling. He…
What next for Trump’s Korea strategy?
Feb 1, 2018 • 9 min
After the White House abandoned plans to nominate a leading Korea expert as US ambassador to Seoul, what will be the next step in the president’s strategic approach to Pyongyang? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jamie Dimon to remain at JPMorgan
Jan 30, 2018 • 3 min
Jamie Dimon, probably the world’s most powerful banker, has said he intends to remain head of JPMorgan for another five years, and has appointed two co-presidents. What does the new structure tell us about Mr Dimon’s rumoured intention to go into…
Are family-run businesses more successful?
Jan 29, 2018 • 9 min
Are family businesses more successful than other kinds of company and if so why? Ian Smith talks to Eugène Klerk, one of the authors of Credit Suisse research that shows listed family businesses outperform the wider equities market. He also talks to Phil…
Stanford tops FT’s MBA ranking
Jan 28, 2018 • 8 min
After a gap of several years, Stanford Business School has returned to the top of the FT’s annual MBA rankings. Wai Kwen Chan discusses the data and the reasons for Stanford’s success with the FT’s Laurent Ortmans and Jonathan Moules For information…
Silicon Valley investors line up to back Telegram ICO
Jan 26, 2018 • 10 min
What happens when cryptomania invades venture capitalism? Some of Silicon Valley’s leading investors are lining up to buy into a much-hyped initial coin offering by Telegram, the encrypted messaging service that is seeking $1.2bn to build a virtual…
Threat of war clouds upbeat economic mood at Davos
Jan 24, 2018 • 8 min
Business leaders and politicians gathering in the Swiss ski resort this year have been upbeat on prospects for global growth, but Andrei Kostin, chief executive of the leading Russian bank VTB, warned of rising geopolitical tensions that could spark…
US government buys three weeks in return for pledge over fate of ‘Dreamers’
Jan 23, 2018 • 6 min
Democrats agreed to fund the US government until February 8 after Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, pledged to introduce legislation to protect the “Dreamers” - 800,000 people brought illegally to the US as children who face deportation. Demetri…
Multinationals face nationalist ire of China consumers
Jan 22, 2018 • 8 min
Chinese regulators have reprimanded a string of foreign corporations, including Qantas, Zara and Marriott, for labelling Tibet and Taiwan as independent countries. Jyotsna Singh discusses Beijing’s action and the ire it stirred among Chinese consumers…
Carillion collapse sparks political furore
Jan 18, 2018 • 10 min
The collapse of Carillion, the UK construction and services group, has sent shock waves through British industry and prompted an investigation into how investors and ministers failed to spot the warning signs. Matthew Vincent discusses the political and…
Banks vie with tech for MBA graduates
Jan 17, 2018 • 6 min
Banks are rethinking their strategy in a bid to lure MBA graduates away from rival recruiters in technology companies, new research shows, Patrick Jenkins discusses the battle to attract the best candidates with the FT’s Jonathan Moules and Stéphane…
Centeno takes up key euro policy role
Jan 16, 2018 • 10 min
Mario Centeno, Portugal’s finance minister, steps into a major economic policy making role in the euro area this week, taking over from Jeroen Dijsselbloem as president of the Eurogroup at a time when the focus has shifted from crisis management to…
US falls out with Pakistan over failure to tackle Islamist militants
Jan 15, 2018 • 7 min
The Trump administration has suspended military aid to Pakistan, saying it is frustrated over Islamabad’s inability to tackle Islamist militants on the Afghan border. What will be the consequences of the move and what does it tell us about US strategy in…
JPMorgan, Wells Fargo kick off bank earnings in the US
Jan 12, 2018 • 6 min
Two of the big US banks predict a new corporate tax cut will mean higher investment, better pay and cheaper prices for their services. The FT’s Ben McLannahan and Alistair Gray discuss what fourth-quarter results from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo suggest for…
Winners and losers from Las Vegas tech fair
Jan 11, 2018 • 10 min
What went well, and what didn’t at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? Ravi Mattu discusses the big themes, and the successes and the disappointments of this year’s tech jamboree, with the FT’s Tim Bradshaw. Music by David Sappa For…
Iranian unrest rattles Rouhani regime
Jan 3, 2018 • 4 min
Widespread unrest across Iran has exposed the faultlines between the country’s reformist president and the hardline clerical establishment, says the FT’s Najmeh Bozorgmehr in this report from Tehran. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Are banks ready for Mifid II?
Jan 2, 2018 • 5 min
This week sees the introduction of Mifid II, a gigantic piece of EU legislation that aims to improve transparency across the financial services sector. Patrick Jenkins talks to the FT’s Hannah Murphy about the implications of the new rules for banks and…
Using blockchain to lift billions out of poverty
Dec 27, 2017 • 8 min
Two unlikely partners - controversial entrepreneur Patrick Byrne and economist Hernando de Soto - have joined forces to create a registry of informal property records using blockchain technology, making the records easier to trace and harder to forge.…
Living with dementia
Dec 21, 2017 • 17 min
Sarah Neville reports on a pioneering experiment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the UK, which has shown the benefits of integrating people with dementia into the community and listening to their voices to gain a better understanding of the disease.…
Top company news of 2017
Dec 21, 2017 • 9 min
From US tax reform, to media mergers and activist investors, what were the big corporate themes of 2017? Daniel Thomas discusses the best stories of the year with Brooke Masters, the FT’s companies editor. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Health and austerity
Dec 20, 2017 • 11 min
European governments made big cuts to public services in response to the recession that followed the financial crisis. What impact have these cutbacks had on public health? Darren Dodd discusses the findings of a recent study on the subject with Ben…
Can Ramaphosa rescue South Africa’s ANC?
Dec 19, 2017 • 13 min
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has elected a new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. The former union leader campaigned on a promise to root out corruption and rescue the party that defeated apartheid but is now so tarnished it risks losing its…
Theresa May ‘weakened but welcome’ in Brussels
Dec 15, 2017 • 7 min
British prime minister Theresa May went to Brussels for a European summit within hours of her first big legislative defeat at home when pro-European Conservatives backed a move insisting that the UK parliament have a full vote on any Brexit deal before it…
China tech giant seeks foreign collaborators
Dec 15, 2017 • 6 min
Tencent is on a buying spree, investing in Tesla, Snap and Spotify. Ravi Mattu discusses the motivation behind the recent deals with the FT’s Louise Lucas in Hong Kong. Music by David Sappa For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Unibail buys Westfield in fight against online rivals
Dec 14, 2017 • 7 min
Westfield founder Sir Frank Lowy has stepped up to the challenge posed by the rapid rise of Amazon by striking a tie-up with Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest property company. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Why the global refugee crisis requires a coordinated response
Dec 13, 2017 • 19 min
David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, talks about his book RESCUE: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Silicon Valley suffragette
Dec 11, 2017 • 12 min
Susan Fowler’s blog post about sexual harassment at Uber set off a chain reaction that has changed company culture in Silicon Valley and beyond. Lionel Barber talks to the FT’s Leslie Hook and Brooke Masters about the repercussions of her decision to go…
Apple’s $47bn tax windfall
Dec 7, 2017 • 9 min
Apple will see as much as $47bn slashed from its expected tax liability if Republicans push through their current tax plan, making it the biggest beneficiary of the legislation now working its way through Congress. Ravi Mattu discusses Apple’s potential…
David Miliband warns on dangers of Brexit
Dec 6, 2017 • 7 min
Britain has set itself on a “desperate and dangerous path” as it negotiates its exit from the European Union, David Miliband, former UK foreign secretary, has warned. Mr Miliband spoke to the FT’s Pilita Clark about the role played by immigration and…
Deutsche Bank to rebrand asset management arm
Dec 5, 2017 • 3 min
Deutsche Bank has unveiled details of the flotation of its valuable asset management arm next year. The German lender will rename the division DWS and create a structure that will allow it to retain its controlling influence. Patrick Jenkins discusses the…
Uber’s bid to clean up image faces courtroom test
Nov 30, 2017 • 8 min
The latest salvo in a courtroom battle between Uber and autonomous driving rival Waymo has raised questions over Uber’s business tactics as its new chief tries to overhaul it and shepherd a multibillion-dollar share sale. Ravi Mattu talks to the FT’s…
LSE’s Rolet stands down after damaging power struggle
Nov 29, 2017 • 6 min
The abrupt departure of London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet more than a year earlier than expected leaves a pressing need for a new chief to rebuild bridges with shareholders and heal rifts in the board. Patrick Jenkins discusses what led to Mr…
UK banks pass ‘worst case Brexit’ stress tests
Nov 28, 2017 • 8 min
UK banks are well placed to weather even a worst case Brexit scenario, but what if something else goes wrong? Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the Bank of England’s stress tests and what they means for future dividends and profitability…
Islamist flare-up bolsters power of Pakistan army
Nov 28, 2017 • 5 min
A three-week siege of the Pakistani capital by Islamist protesters has humiliated the country’s civilian government and left the army in its strongest position for years, the FT’s Kiran Stacey tells Jyotsna Singh. For information regarding your data…
UK economic outlook worsens
Nov 23, 2017 • 8 min
Britons are about to become poorer, according to the latest forecasts by the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility. Siona Jenkins asks Chris Giles, FT economics editor, to explain why, and whether the policies announced by Philip Hammond, the chancellor,…
India’s Mughal history sparks Hindu nationalist ire
Nov 23, 2017 • 6 min
Disagreements over history have delayed the release of one of Indian cinema’s most eagerly awaited releases and have even caused some to question the importance of the Taj Mahal as an architectural masterpiece. Jyotsna Singh discusses Hindu nationalism’s…
China counts the cost of coal and steel layoffs
Nov 22, 2017 • 7 min
China is cutting millions of jobs in the coal and steel sectors in a long-delayed restructuring that aims to scale back unprofitable state-owned enterprises and upgrade the country’s manufacturing sector. The FT’s Emily Feng talks to Jyotsna Singh about…
London loses key EU agencies to Paris and Amsterdam
Nov 21, 2017 • 6 min
In the first tangible sign of the impact of Brexit, Paris and Amsterdam have been chosen as the new homes for two prized EU agencies. The FT’s Jim Brunsden tells Rochelle Toplensky how the decisions were reached. For information regarding your data…
GE loses its crown
Nov 16, 2017 • 7 min
After nearly 40 years at the top, General Electric has lost its position as the largest US manufacturer by market capitalisation, following a dramatic slide in its share price this week. Ursula Milton discusses the future of this American industrial titan…
Zimbabwe army moves to end rule of ageing Mugabe
Nov 15, 2017 • 8 min
Zimbabwe’s army has seized power in a dramatic move that effectively ends the regime of president Robert Mugabe after nearly 40 years in power. Orla Ryan discusses what happens next with the FT’s David Pilling and Andrew England. For information regarding…
Brussels forecasts UK growth will lag EU as Brexit talks resume
Nov 9, 2017 • 4 min
With the sixth round of Brexit negotiations starting, the European Commission has released economic forecasts that show Britain’s growth being outstripped by an accelerating eurozone. Alex Barker and Jim Brunsden report from Brussels. For information…
Wall Street concerns over Brexit grow
Nov 7, 2017 • 4 min
Kathryn McGuinness, policy chair of the Corporation of London, tells Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, about her recent visit to Wall Street, where she found mounting concerns about Brexit and the regulatory uncertainty that shows no sign of…
Saudi Crown Prince launches corruption crackdown
Nov 6, 2017 • 9 min
Saudi Arabia has shocked the world with a wave of arrests of princes, tycoons and former ministers as part of an anti-corruption drive initiated by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Siona Jenkins discusses the lightning crackdown with Simeon Kerr,…
Saving the Ganges
Nov 3, 2017 • 7 min
The Ganges is one of the world’s most revered watercourses, a lifeline to millions of Indians, but it is also the most polluted river in the world. Jyotsna Singh talks to the FT’s Victor Mallet about efforts to clean up the river and about his latest…
Can music damage your health?
Nov 2, 2017 • 12 min
The answer, according to a study commissioned by the charity Help Musicians UK, has found that the answer is yes, if you are a professional musician working in unsympathetic conditions. Dr George Musgrave, one of the study’s authors, talks to Darren Dodd…
South Africa’s widening corruption scandal
Oct 26, 2017 • 10 min
Several multinationals have become embroiled in a scandal over allegations that South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma has allowed a prominent business family to use its friendship with him to control state appointments and the award of big government…
Will Abe amend Japan’s pacifist constitution?
Oct 25, 2017 • 6 min
Shinzo Abe has won a third term as Japan’s prime minister in an unexpectedly decisive victory. The supermajority won by his Liberal Democratic party gives him a platform from which to consolidate the economic policy named after him, Abenomics, but it also…
Ex-HSBC forex trader guilty of fraud
Oct 24, 2017 • 7 min
The US jury rejected Mark Johnson’s defence that ‘pre-hedging’ was standard industry practice, Caroline Binham, the FT’s financial regulation correspondent tells Martin Arnold, banking editor. Music by Kevin MacLeod For information regarding your data…
Pollution levels in Delhi prompt Diwali exodus
Oct 18, 2017 • 9 min
The annual ritual of setting off firecrackers, added to smoke caused by farmers burning stubble at harvest time, causes choking levels of smog in India’s capital city during the Diwali festival. Those who can opt to escape the city, Amy Kazmin, the FT’s…
Activist hedge fund seeks Credit Suisse break-up
Oct 18, 2017 • 16 min
Credit Suisse has come under attack from an activist shareholder RBR that is trying to win support for a plan to break up the Swiss banking group. Patrick Jenkins discusses whether there is any merit in the plan with the FT’s Laura Noonan and Attracta…
Saudi Arabia reconsiders Aramco share sale
Oct 16, 2017 • 8 min
Saudi Arabia is reconsidering plans for an international listing of shares in its state oil company Saudi Aramco, in favour of a private share sale. John Murray Brown asks the FT’s oil and gas correspondent Anjli Raval, and Alan Livsey, a Lex writer, why…
Why mental health at work matters
Oct 12, 2017 • 12 min
There is a clear business case for doing something about mental health in the workplace, because if employers don’t, they can have a real problem with absenteeism. But it’s a problem companies do not always handle well. Emma Jacobs discusses what can be…
Refugee deal paves way for German coalition
Oct 11, 2017 • 8 min
A concession by Angela Merkel on curbing the number of refugees allowed into Germany has paved the way for German coalition talks that could bring together her CDU-CSU bloc with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats. Carol Major discusses the deal and…
RBS moves to clear legacy issues from 2008 crisis
Oct 10, 2017 • 10 min
The UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland was the biggest bailout of the financial crisis back in 2008 and 70 per cent of the bank remains in government hands. Patrick Jenkins talks to Ewen Stevenson, RBS finance director, about progress made to improve the bank’s…
Richard Thaler wins Nobel Economics prize
Oct 9, 2017 • 5 min
Richard Thaler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on incorporating insights from psychology into economic theory and policy making. Adam Samson discusses Professor Thaler’s contribution to economic thinking with the FT’s Gemma…
Uber board truce paves way for SoftBank deal
Oct 5, 2017 • 8 min
Uber’s board has approved a sweeping governance overhaul that will tip the balance away from founding investors and open the way for an investment from SoftBank that could be worth $10bn. Chris Nuttall discusses the compromise, and what it means for new…
What are Catalonia’s options now?
Oct 3, 2017 • 10 min
Carles Puigdemont, Catalan president, steered his Spanish secessionist movement to a significant victory in Sunday’s referendum, but now faces difficult choices, as Michael Stothard, FT correspondent in Madrid, tells James Wilson. For information…
How to win the battle against Malaria
Oct 2, 2017 • 11 min
Death rates have fallen dramatically but scientists now need to focus on the diseases’s heartlands to win the fight against malaria, Janet Hemingway, outgoing director of the Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine tells Andrew Jack and Clive Cookson. For…
China business schools on the rise
Sep 27, 2017 • 10 min
Devon Nixon, great nephew of Richard Nixon, the former president, studied for an MBA at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. He reflects on his time there and on the rise of China’s entrepreneurial economy in conversation with the…
Kurds seize initiative in independence vote
Sep 27, 2017 • 8 min
Iraqi Kurds voted in favour of independence this week in a non-binding referendum that angered Baghdad and provoked a furious reaction from neighbouring Turkey. Daniel Dombey discusses what the Kurds hoped to gain and why President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…
Japan’s digital cash initiative
Sep 27, 2017 • 5 min
Japan’s banks are getting together to launch a digital currency, the J Coin to try to wean customers away from cash and at the same time keep track of consumer data. Yasuhiro Sato, president and chief executive officer of Mizuho Financial Group, told…
Merger seeks to reinforce Europe’s steel sector
Sep 21, 2017 • 8 min
Germany’s ThyssenKrupp and India’s Tata Steel are to merge their European operations in a bid to create savings and reduce capacity in the continent’s oversupplied steel market. Matthew Vincent discusses the deal with Patrick McGee, Frankfurt…
What’s behind India’s economic slowdown?
Sep 20, 2017 • 6 min
Two years ago India was being hailed as the bright spot in a gloomy global economy. But its much touted economic boom is now faltering. The FT’s South Asia bureau chief Amy Kazmin, asked India’s former central bank governor, Raghuram Rajan, for his view…
Is bitcoin a fraud?
Sep 19, 2017 • 6 min
The value of bitcoin fell sharply last week after Jamie Dimon, head of JPMorgan Chase, suggested the digital currency craze would suffer the same fate as the tulip mania of the 17th century. Patrick Jenkins discusses whether he is right with the FT’s…
A business supplier’s perspective on Brexit
Sep 18, 2017 • 6 min
Brenntag, a Germany-based multinational, supplies chemicals to companies all over the world. Andy Bounds asked its British chief executive Steve Holland how he expected Brexit to affect the business. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Ivanka’s role in the White House
Sep 14, 2017 • 8 min
Ivanka Trump is one of the most powerful first children in White House history. With an official role in the West Wing, many suspect her of having an outsized influence on her father’s decision making. But what does her job as first daughter and assistant…
Journalist’s murder ignites debate in India
Sep 11, 2017 • 9 min
The killing of outspoken journalist Gauri Lankesh has stunned the media industry in India. Jyotsna Singh asks Amy Kazmin, the FT’s South Asia bureau chief, why the murder has sparked concerns of deterioration in the country’s civil discourse. For…
Stanley Fischer resigns as Fed vice-chairman
Sep 6, 2017 • 7 min
Stanley Fischer submitted his resignation from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, months before his term as vice-chairman was due to end. The FT’s John Authers and Sam Fleming discuss how the departure of the monetary policy hawk gives President Donald…
Rape case puts focus on role of gurus in India
Aug 30, 2017 • 10 min
A popular Indian guru has been sentenced to 20 years for raping two of his followers. The verdict prompted a wave of protests and was embarrassing for Narendra Modi, the prime minister, who had previously expressed praise for Ram Rahim Singh. Jyotsna…
Wall Street bankers sell shares as Trump rally reverses
Aug 29, 2017 • 3 min
Wall Street analysts have been urging investors to buy stocks in the big US banks this year, but it seems that top Wall Street executives are doing the opposite. Patrick Jenkins asks the FT’s Ben McLannahan and Laura Noonan why top Wall Street executives…
WPP slump unnerves investors
Aug 23, 2017 • 5 min
Shares in WPP fell sharply after the world’s largest advertising group issued its second sales warning this year. What does WPP’s decline tell us about the state of the industry and the wider global economy? John Murray Brown puts the question to Alan…
India and China in Bhutan standoff
Aug 23, 2017 • 9 min
The two Asian giants have been engaged in a diplomatic standoff since China started building a road on disputed territory in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan two months ago. The FT’s Amy Kazmin and Emily Feng tell Jyotsna Singh how the dispute flared up…
FBI warns banks on use of encrypted messaging
Aug 22, 2017 • 6 min
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is worried that bank traders are turning to encrypted apps to hide illicit communications from internal compliance programmes and regulators. Patrick Jenkins discusses the problem and some potential solutions with…
France restyles itself as a startup nation
Aug 20, 2017 • 11 min
The coming of age of the French startup scene has coincided with the rise of one of its biggest proponents: Emmanuel Macron, who was elected president in May. Zosia Wasik and Harriet Agnew report from Station F, a giant startup campus in Paris that is…
Business leaders give up on Trump
Aug 17, 2017 • 6 min
US business leaders have fallen out with Donald Trump, abandoning two high profile industry panels because of his ambivalent response to the far-right marches in Virginia last weekend. Ben Hall discusses what prompted them finally to give up on the…
Kenyatta’s uneasy victory in Kenya
Aug 16, 2017 • 8 min
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of last week’s elections in Kenya. But supporters of Raila Odinga, the veteran opposition leader, do not trust the result. Andrew England discusses what happens next with John Aglionby, the FT’s…
Gulf boycott of Qatar spreads to banks
Aug 15, 2017 • 4 min
Companies with business ties to Arab Gulf states have found themselves in an uncomfortable position as a result of a trade boycott of Qatar by four regional Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Now it appears that global banks are feeling the…
Google stumbles into US culture wars
Aug 9, 2017 • 6 min
Google has been caught up in a media storm after one of its engineers sent out a memo criticising aspects of the company’s equal opportunities policies. Chris Nuttall discusses the case and its wider implications with Aliya Ram and Richard Waters. For…
Credit crisis fines hit $150 billion
Aug 8, 2017 • 5 min
Financial institutions have paid more than $150bn in fines in the US relating to the credit crisis a decade ago. Ben McLannahan discusses the rising settlements bill and where the money has gone with Kara Scannell, the FT’s senior US financial…
What’s behind the Arab Gulf blockade of Qatar?
Aug 4, 2017 • 6 min
The tiny, but enormously wealthy, Arab gulf state of Qatar has been blockaded by its neighbours for three months over accusations that it backs terrorism. It denies the charges and this week took its complaint to the World Trade Organisation. Jonathan…
Tales from a devastated Syrian city
Aug 3, 2017 • 9 min
Homs, a city in the centre of Syria, was the first epicentre of armed rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. It endured a three year siege before falling back into government hands this year. The FT’s Erika Solomon talked to two of its Christian…
Brexit pushes up costs for Europe’s banks
Aug 1, 2017 • 8 min
Brexit will push up costs for Europe’s banks by as much as 4 per cent and their capital requirements will rise by up to 30 per cent, according to the most detailed assessment yet of what Britain’s departure from the EU means for the sector. Martin Arnold…
Is Europe’s car industry in trouble?
Jul 27, 2017 • 10 min
The German car industry is facing another potential scandal after the EU said it was launching a probe into possible collusion to bypass environmental standards. David Oakley discusses the probe and its impact with Patrick McGee and Peter Campbell. For…
Workplace perk for women stirs controversy in India
Jul 26, 2017 • 8 min
A Mumbai media company has offered an optional day off each month for its female workforce and has urged others to follow suit. Amy Kazmin and Jyotsna Singh discuss whether the move to offer ‘period leave’ will benefit women or reinforce ugly gender…
Transatlantic gap in bankers’ pay revealed
Jul 25, 2017 • 5 min
US bank chief executives are paid twice as much as their European competitors, new research has revealed. The FT’s Laura Noonan discusses the findings with John Roe, head of ISS analytics. Music by Kevin MacLeod For information regarding your data…
Alzheimers research puts focus on prevention
Jul 20, 2017 • 8 min
New research has identified nine primary causes of dementia and Alzheimers in later age, giving us a much better idea about how to prevent the disease, the FT’s Clive Cookson tells Andrew Jack For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Winnie the Pooh falls foul of Chinese censors
Jul 19, 2017 • 7 min
Winnie the Pooh briefly became a taboo character on Chinese social media this week. Josh Noble discusses what was behind this latest example of internet censorship in China with the FT’s Yuan Yang in Beijing. For information regarding your data privacy,…
JPMorgan chief attacks Washington gridlock
Jul 18, 2017 • 3 min
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan’s chief executive, has been outspoken about the current Washington grldlock, saying it was “almost an embarrassment” being an American citizen. Patrick Jenkins discusses the remarks with Martin Arnold, FT banking editor. Music by…
Giant iceberg breaks free in Antarctic
Jul 14, 2017 • 7 min
A vast iceberg nearly the size of the US state of Delaware has broken away from Antarctica in a move likely to alter the frozen landscape forever. Clive Cookson discusses the implications with the FT’s Pilita Clark For information regarding your data…
Why did Morgan Stanley miscalculate on Snap?
Jul 13, 2017 • 5 min
Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that led Snap’s $3.4bn public offering has downgraded the stock less than five months after listing it on the New York Stock Exchange. Daniel Thomas asks the FT’s Hannah Kuchler what’s behind the downgrade and what it…
Loss of Mosul deals blow to Isis in Iraq
Jul 11, 2017 • 8 min
Iraq has Isis on the run in Mosul after eight months of brutal street-to-street battles. Siona Jenkins asks the FT’s Erika Solomon whether this spells the end for the Islamist group’s hopes of creating an Islamist state in the region. Music by David Sappa…
EU and Japan seal free trade agreement
Jul 6, 2017 • 11 min
EU-Japan free trade pact signals a direct challenge to Donald Trump’s policy of protectionism. The FT’s Robin Harding and Daniel Dombey give their assessment of the significance of the deal to James Wilson. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Brexit and skilled European workers: will they stay or leave?
Jul 5, 2017 • 6 min
Recent surveys and economic data suggest that the UK is becoming a less attractive place for the many European professionals who work there. But while many say they plan to leave, will they really go? The FT’s Naomi Rovnick and Federica Cocco discuss the…
Payout bonanza awaits US banking investors
Jul 4, 2017 • 8 min
Chris Kotowski of Oppenheimer tells the FT about the results of US stress tests and the $100bn windfall in dividends and share buybacks that investors can now expect. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
MBAs lean towards start-up expertise
Jul 3, 2017 • 6 min
Listen to Jonathan Moules and Laurent Ortmans analyse the FT’s new ranking of business schools that shows a growing preference for entrepreneurship among students. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
German lawmakers back gay marriage
Jun 30, 2017 • 4 min
Despite clearing a way for the move, Chancellor Angela Merkel actually voted against same-sex marriage, which reflects a lack of popular support for gay rights in Germany, Hugo Greenhalgh tells Siona Jenkins For information regarding your data privacy,…
Cyber attack hits global businesses
Jun 28, 2017 • 8 min
The latest hacking appears smaller in scale than WannaCry but has companies asking themselves whether they did enough to upgrade their security after the first breach, the FT’s Sam Jones and Aliya Ram tell Siona Jenkins. For information regarding your…
Google fined record €2.4bn over abuse of search dominance
Jun 27, 2017 • 7 min
The EU has acted tough on the tech group for breaching competition rules but the decision is not an indication of a European crusade against US technology companies, the FT’s Rochelle Toplensky tells Jyotsna Singh For information regarding your data…
India risks chaos with tax reform
Jun 26, 2017 • 9 min
India’s most ambitious tax reform since its independence from Britain - the new goods and services tax that takes effect on July 1 - may cause havoc in the short term, the FT’s Kiran Stacey tells Victor Mallet. For information regarding your data privacy,…
A year after Brexit, voters’ fears and hopes remain
Jun 23, 2017 • 18 min
Following a highly divisive campaign, the people of Britain cast a historic vote to leave the EU in June last year. The FT’s Zosia Wasik has been gauging the mood on Brexit a year on. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Succession shake-up in Saudi Arabia
Jun 22, 2017 • 7 min
The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince of Saudi Arabia has come during the worst crisis facing the Gulf region in decades. Siona Jenkins spoke to the FT’s deputy editor Roula Khalaf and energy correspondent Anjli Raval to understand how the…
Uber’s chief executive resigns
Jun 21, 2017 • 9 min
The maverick chief executive of the ride-hailing app Uber has stepped down. The FT’s Andrew Hill tells Ravi Mattu about management lessons from the episode for start-ups as well as big companies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Catastrophic forest fires in Portugal raise wider concerns
Jun 19, 2017 • 8 min
Portugal’s devastating forest fire is forcing the authorities to question whether land use or the wider issue of climate change may have contributed to the disaster. Peter Wise, the FT’s Lisbon correspondent, explains the human and economic cost of the…
Anbang chairman’s detention raises business concerns
Jun 16, 2017 • 5 min
The dramatic rise of Anbang’s owner Wu Xiaohui, arrested by China’s anti-graft authorities this week, had baffled industry experts. James Kynge talks to the FT’s Lucy Hornby in Beijing about Mr Wu’s detention and its implications for business For…
Irish PM Leo Varadkar unveils new cabinet
Jun 15, 2017 • 9 min
Ireland has a new prime minister who this week named his cabinet. Vincent Boland, the FT’s Dublin correspondent, discusses with John Murray Brown the significance of the appointment of Leo Varadkar, an openly gay politician who is the son of an Indian…
GE management shake-up
Jun 13, 2017 • 9 min
The US giant replaces its veteran chief executive, Jeff Immelt , with insider John Flannery as it faces declining share prices. The FT’s Andrew Parker dissects the development with Ed Crooks and Andrew Hill For information regarding your data privacy,…
Oldest human remains found in Morocco
Jun 12, 2017 • 8 min
A revolutionary discovery of fossils in Morocco suggests humans that lived 300,000 years ago may have looked like us, though they may not have thought like us, the FT’s Clive Cookson tells Andrew Jack For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Macron’s party seeks parliamentary majority
Jun 9, 2017 • 6 min
Sunday’s first round of voting in France’s legislative elections are a crucial test of the level of support behind the new president Emmanuel Macron. Harriet Agnew discusses the polls with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Michael Stothard For information…
Uber struggles to fix management problems
Jun 9, 2017 • 9 min
The FT’s Leslie Hook tells Ravi Mattu about the company’s latest efforts to rebuild its management team in the face of a series of scandals For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Where does Russia stand on climate change?
Jun 8, 2017 • 6 min
A long-standing reliance on oil and gas has prevented Russia from developing a renewable energy industry, but this may be beginning to change, the FT’s Henry Foy tells Pilita Clark For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
London voters speak about their voting intentions
Jun 7, 2017 • 12 min
Business professionals in London talk candidly to Zosia Wasik about which policies and parties they favour ahead of this week’s election For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Boutique firms rival big banks in M&A league table
Jun 6, 2017 • 3 min
The ability of the boutiques to out-earn much larger bank rivals is a reflection of how they have been able to convince corporate America that they can excel on the biggest deals, the FT’s Sujeet Indap tells Patrick Jenkins. Music by Kevin MacLeod For…
Goldman move to buy Venezuela bonds sparks outrage
Jun 1, 2017 • 9 min
News that Goldman Sachs had bought almost $3bn worth of Venezuelan bonds sparked outrage this week and prompted Venezuelan opposition leaders to accuse the US bank of handing the country’s autocratic government a financial lifeline even as many of its…
Russian banker laments Washington paralysis
May 30, 2017 • 8 min
A top Russian banker has accused the American elite of waging a political witch hunt against Donald Trump and preventing any improvement in east-west relations. Martin Arnold, the FT’s banking editor, discusses the comments by Andre Kostin of Russian…
What do UK voters remember from the election manifestos?
May 26, 2017 • 6 min
What kind of messages are voters most likely to remember during election campaigns? Zosia Wasik investigates which manifesto promises have made most impression on British voters ahead of next month’s election. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Manchester mourns
May 25, 2017 • 7 min
The FT’s Andy Bounds reports from a city in mourning in the aftermath of the terror attack at the Manchester Arena. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Political crisis puts Brazil’s reforms in doubt
May 25, 2017 • 7 min
Brazil’s long-running corruption probe has ensnared Michel Temer, the country’s president, after an executive secretly taped a conversation that showed Mr Temer allegedly endorsing bribe paying. James Kynge asks the FT’s Andres Schipani and Jonathan…
Saudis celebrate Trump visit with giant investment deals
May 24, 2017 • 10 min
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is investing $65bn in foreign asset managers as part of a plan to diversify the economy away from oil. Nearly a third of that will be put into a fund run by Blackstone to invest in US infrastucture. Andrew England…
Macron’s cabinet
May 23, 2017 • 8 min
France’s newly elected president has co-opted politicians from the left and the right to try to win enough support to push through his ambitious reforms. Harriet Agnew discusses the battles ahead with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, the FT’s Paris bureau chief,…
RBS trial delayed
May 23, 2017 • 4 min
Fred Goodwin, disgraced former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, may avoid appearing in court if last minute talks about a settlement with disaffected shareholders are successful. Patrick Jenkins discusses this week’s events at the High Court in…
Gina Miller launches tactical voting campaign
May 19, 2017 • 7 min
Britain’s most vocal pro-EU campaigner is hoping to “dent” the expected Conservative landslide victory in next month’s UK election by backing candidates who pledge to work for the softest possible Brexit. She spoke to the FT’s Robert Wright about her…
Iranian voters choose between openness and isolation
May 18, 2017 • 3 min
Iranians go to the polls on Friday in what is effectively a referendum on whether to pursue closer ties with the west, or revert to the diplomatic isolation that preceded the nuclear accord in 2015. Najmeh Bozorgmehr, FT Tehran correspondent, talks to…
Do apps herald the end of car ownership?
May 17, 2017 • 9 min
Ravi Mattu discusses how the car industry is reacting to the challenge of new technologies, notably ride hailing apps, with FT motor industry correspondent Peter Campbell. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Lloyds returns to the private sector
May 16, 2017 • 6 min
The UK government is poised to return Lloyds Banking Group to the private sector at a profit, in a watershed moment for the banking sector. Patrick Jenkins talks about the outlook for the high street lender with Martin Arnold, the FT’s banking editor, and…
Kenya pins hopes on infrastructure investment
May 15, 2017 • 11 min
Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta talks to the FT about Africa’s business ties with China, upcoming elections and his hopes for the region’s economy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Iranian business fears return of the populists
May 11, 2017 • 5 min
If Iranians choose populism in next week’s election, the country’s economy which is already struggling with acute problems and massive corruption, would deteriorate rapidly, Iranian businessmen warn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
China creates the world’s largest chemicals group
May 10, 2017 • 8 min
Two giant Chinese groups, ChemChina and Sinochem, are planning to merge next year, creating the world’s largest chemicals group. This follows ChemChina’s purchase of Swiss agrochemicals leader Syngenta, amid more consolidation of the global agrochemicals…
South Korea’s new president pledges dialogue with the north
May 9, 2017 • 1 min
South Korea has chosen an advocate of engagement with North Korea as its new president, in a vote that draws a line under almost a decade of conservative rule but which could also increase tensions with the US, reports Bryan Harris. For information…
What’s behind the Goldman shake-up?
May 9, 2017 • 4 min
A cascade of changes at Goldman Sachs’s investment banking arm has followed the move to Washington of the bank’s former president Gary Cohn. Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, discusses what’s behind the reshuffle with Arash Massoudi, M&A correspondent.…
Macron wins the French presidency
May 8, 2017 • 3 min
Emmanuel Macron is to become France’s youngest elected president after decisively beating his far right opponent Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s vote. But he takes over a deeply divided country and now needs to win a majority in June’s national assembly…
Macron retains commanding lead ahead of French poll
May 4, 2017 • 7 min
France’s presidential rivals took part in a bitter final debate this week that was richer in insults than policy discussions. FT Paris correspondents Harriet Agnew and Michael Stothard discuss the final days of the campaign ahead of Sunday’s poll. For…
Can Alitalia be saved?
May 4, 2017 • 8 min
Alitalia, the Italian airline, has collapsed into administration, in a process likely to lead to its sale or liquidation. Andrew Parker discusses the collapse and its implications with James Politi, FT correspondent in Rome, and Jonathan Eley, deputy head…
Stakes raised in Brexit talks
May 3, 2017 • 11 min
It has been a tumultuous week for Theresa May, UK prime minister. First came the leaked reports of her acrimonious dinner with European officials, then news that the divorce bill the UK faces for leaving the EU has risen to 100bn euros. Malcolm Moore…
Can success and sanity go together?
Apr 28, 2017 • 6 min
Does extraordinary achievement have a dark side? Can you be driven while also content and of sound mind? FT columnist Emma Jacobs puts the question to journalist and broadcaster Alastair Campbell and psychologist Oliver James. For information regarding…
Iran’s president Rouhani seeks re-election
Apr 27, 2017 • 9 min
Hasan Rouhani is seeking re-election as Iran’s president next month. He remains popular for reaching a nuclear deal with the west, but the poor state of the economy could count against him, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, FT correspondent in Tehran, tells Andrew…
Diesel: the silent killer
Apr 25, 2017 • 9 min
Diesel was once seen as a pragmatic way to save the planet because of its fuel efficiency. Then came the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Now diesel, a leading cause of nitrogen dioxide pollution, is becoming known as a silent killer. Andrew Ward discusses…
EU citizens in the UK feel post-Brexit chill
Apr 24, 2017 • 10 min
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has thrown the country’s 3m EU citizens into a legal limbo. Many long-term residents are applying for permanent residency, but unforeseen bureaucratic hurdles are making the process difficult, if not impossible.…
France prepares to vote in highly uncertain presidential race
Apr 21, 2017 • 9 min
As France prepares for Sunday’s first round of voting in its presidential election, any two of the four leading candidates could still reach the run-off, and an apparent attack in Paris on Thursday has brought terrorism back to the top of the agenda in a…
Bolloré and Berlusconi battle over Italy’s Mediaset
Apr 20, 2017 • 5 min
French billionaire Vincent Bolloré’s move to acquire Italy’s Mediaset, owned by the family of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, sets up a battle between the two media tycoons for the future of Italy’s biggest commercial broadcaster. Daniel…
Volcker comments on bank deregulation efforts
Apr 19, 2017 • 3 min
Patrick Jenkins speaks to Paul Volcker, author of one of the best known rules aimed at limiting the speculative activities of banks. What does the former Federal Reserve chairman think of the current plans to deregulate the US financial system? Music by…
UK’s Theresa May calls surprise election
Apr 18, 2017 • 12 min
Why did the UK prime minister decide to hold an early election? Is this an opportunity for those wishing to stay in the European Union to exit Brexit? Malcolm Moore puts these and other questions to the FT’s Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green For…
Toronto Wolfpack’s grand ambitions
Apr 14, 2017 • 11 min
The Toronoto Wolfpack, the world’s first transatlantic rugby league team, is seeking to create a following in Canada and North America. The FT’s Andy Bounds went to watch the team in action at one of their first UK matches and to hear about their…
United Airlines shamed over passenger assault
Apr 13, 2017 • 6 min
United Airlines has been shamed on social media and faces a potential lawsuit over the way it forcibly removed a passenger from a flight that had been overbooked. The chief executive’s half hearted series of apologies seemed to make things worse. Michael…
Turkey’s high stakes referendum
Apr 12, 2017 • 7 min
On Sunday, Turks head to the polls to vote on a new constitution that, if passed, would cement President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s role as perhaps the most powerful president Turkey has known. John Murray Brown discusses the implications with Mehul…
Trouble at the top at Barclays
Apr 11, 2017 • 8 min
Jes Staley has made a point of underlining the importance of ethics since taking over as Barclays chief executive. But he is now under investigation for breaking rules surrounding the treatment of whistleblowers. Christopher Thompson discusses how bad…
Italy’s populist Five Star movement wins fans in Sicily
Apr 10, 2017 • 5 min
The FT’s James Politi reports from Sicily, an island with one of the highest levels of poverty in Europe, and where the populist Five Star movement has a growing appeal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
France’s far-left leader enjoys pre-election boost
Apr 6, 2017 • 9 min
Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is challenging one-time front runner Francois Fillon for third place in France’s presidential race and, with only two weeks to go, a third of voters are still undecided. Harriet Agnew discusses the latest twists in…
Trump policies hit US tourism
Apr 5, 2017 • 8 min
The appeal of the US as a tourism destination is falling as a result of the strong dollar and Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and airlines and travel companies say they are preparing for a difficult year. Madhumita Murgia talks to Murad Ahmed, the…
Why women fail to make it to the top in banking
Apr 4, 2017 • 5 min
Women account for the majority of recruits into banking but still make up barely 25% of senior executives, according to data compiled by the FT. Patrick Jenkins asks the FT’s Laura Noonan what the data show about why women are still missing out on…
Isis on the run in Iraq and Syria
Apr 4, 2017 • 10 min
Raqqa in Syria looks set to be the next battleground as the US-led coalition seeks to crush Isis in the Middle East. The group is fighting to cling on in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Now Raqqa, its stronghold in Syria, is now almost entirely encircled by…
How will Trump tackle the North Korea threat?
Apr 3, 2017 • 7 min
Donald Trump says he will take unilateral action to tackle the nuclear threat from North Korea if China fails to put more pressure on the regime in Pyongyang. Emiliya Mychasuk discusses the US options with Demetri Sevastopulo, FT Washington bureau chief,…
Socialist former PM endorses Macron in French presidential poll
Mar 31, 2017 • 7 min
Fewer than four weeks before the first round of voting in France’s presidential election, former prime minister Manuel Valls has provoked outrage in the Socialist party by supporting centrist independent Emmanuel Macron rather than his own party’s…
Why Trump can’t bring back US coal jobs
Mar 29, 2017 • 7 min
Donald Trump ran for president on the promise of bringing back US coal mining jobs, and set out to do so on Tuesday by signing an executive order that intends to roll back many of his predecessor’s actions against climate change. Ed Crooks, the FT’s US…
The spill-over from Poland’s political rivalries
Mar 27, 2017 • 8 min
Poland’s political divisions have spilled onto the European stage with a clash over Donald Tusk’s bid to be reappointed as president of the European Council. Neil Buckley, the FT’s Eastern Europe editor, asks Henry Foy, the former Warsaw correspondent and…
Macron feels the heat during French TV debate
Mar 23, 2017 • 7 min
Emmanuel Macron, the centrist front runner in France’s presidential race, fought off repeated personal attacks from political veterans during a three hour televised debate on Monday. Harriet Agnew asks Michael Stothard, FT Paris correspondent, who came…
The life and legacy of Martin McGuinness
Mar 23, 2017 • 12 min
Martin McGuinness, the Irish politician who died this week, had made the transition from IRA terrorist leader to respected peacemaker. Jimmy Burns interviewed him in 1990 when peace talks were going on in secret, and he tells the FT’s John Murray Brown…
Google reacts to scandal over YouTube content
Mar 22, 2017 • 8 min
A media storm over extremist content on YouTube prompted the UK government and a host of companies to freeze their YouTube ads this week. Google has now published a plan to tackle the problem. Chris Nuttall asks the FT’s Madhumita Murgia and Matthew…
Frankfurt poised to lure banks from London
Mar 21, 2017 • 6 min
International banks considering relocating some business away from London in the aftermath of Brexit are increasingly favouring Frankfurt. Patrick Jenkins discusses why the German city appears to have the early edge over rival financial centres with…
Sweden feels the strain of generous refugee policy
Mar 20, 2017 • 8 min
Sweden takes in more refugees per capita than almost any other western country. But now it is cutting back as the strain on public services begins to show. The FT’s Richard Milne visited Malmö, the Swedish city where most refugees arrive. He tells Orla…
Scandal leaves French conservatives confused and angry
Mar 17, 2017 • 6 min
The scandal that has engulfed Francois Fillon, France’s centre right presidential candidate, has left supporters confused and angry. Harriet Agnew talks to the FT’s Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Michael Stothard, about the latest developments and how they…
Executive thrill seekers ‘go for flow’
Mar 16, 2017 • 7 min
How do you attain that elusive but addictive experience of being “in the zone”? Lucy Kellaway talks to the FT’s Andrew Hill and Emma Jacobs about the increasingly outlandish ways in which wealthy business executives are seeking to tune their brains. For…
Will Intel’s bet on Mobileye pay off?
Mar 15, 2017 • 6 min
Intel has just bought Mobileye, a leader in the fast-growing market for assisted-driving systems, for $15bn. Why was this small Israeli company so attractive to the semiconductor giant and will the deal pay off? Madhumita Murgia puts the question to the…
Is there an ethical problem with British banks?
Mar 14, 2017 • 8 min
One of the biggest industry surveys has found that one in eight bankers said it was difficult to progress in their careers without “flexing” ethical standards. Caroline Binham discusses the findings with Dame Colette Bowe, chair of the BSB, which carried…
Election exposes Dutch divisions
Mar 13, 2017 • 6 min
Elections in Holland are shaping up to be among the most divisive in the country’s history. With 28 parties on the ballot, none are forecast to win more than 20 per cent of the vote. Now a diplomatic spat with Turkey is dominating the final days of the…
Is Fillon finished?
Mar 9, 2017 • 6 min
After a turbulent week, support for François Fillon, France’s Republican Party presidential candidate, is draining away. Harriet Agnew asks Michael Stothard, FT Paris correspondent, whether he can stage a recovery in time for the first round of the…
Are you listening, Langley?
Mar 9, 2017 • 11 min
WikiLeaks has published documents that appear to show that the CIA has an arsenal of malware it can use to break into widely used electronic gadgets. Madhumita Murgia discusses what the revelations tell us about state surveillance and the security of our…
UK Budget targets self-employed
Mar 8, 2017 • 3 min
Philip Hammond, UK chancellor, hit 2.5m Britons with a rise in national insurance contributions, as he announced a fiscally tight Budget in a bid to Brexit-proof the British economy. Vanessa Kortekaas asks Chris Giles, FT economics editor, Henry Mance,…
What does the Standard Life deal mean for investors?
Mar 6, 2017 • 7 min
Standard Life’s acquisition of Aberdeen Asset Management will create one of the biggest asset managers in Europe. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses what the deal means for investors and the sector with Miles Johnson, global investment…
Macron’s manifesto
Mar 3, 2017 • 6 min
French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has presented his long-awaited election manifesto, promising to cut payroll and corporation tax, and to promote investment in what he called the economy of the future. Michael Stothard discusses the…
How will Britain’s economy fare post Brexit?
Mar 1, 2017 • 6 min
Britain’s economy is doing better than many people expected after the vote to leave the European Union. Barney Thompson asks Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor, which sectors are doing best and whether the momentum can be sustained. For information…
Worldpay founder shakes up UK clearing bank market
Feb 28, 2017 • 7 min
Nick Ogden, the entrepreneur behind the online payment platform Worldpay has launched the UK’s first new clearing bank in 200 years. He tells the FT’s Patrick Jenkins and Emma Dunkley how Clear Bank came about. Music by Kevin MacLeod For information…
How will Europe respond to Trump’s trade protectionism?
Feb 27, 2017 • 7 min
Europeans are worried about a new mood of trade protectionism in the US. What are the implications for world trade and how will Europe respond? John Murray Brown discusses the issue with Shawn Donnan, the FT’s world trade editor, and Stefan Wagstyl,…
Murder mystery strains Malaysia’s ties with North Korea
Feb 23, 2017 • 7 min
The unexplained death of Kim Jong Nam, a member of North Korea’s ruling family, in Kuala Lumpur has caused a diplomatic rupture between Malaysia and North Korea. James Kynge asks Bryan Harris, FT correspondent in Seoul, what we know about the apparent…
Should we tax the robots?
Feb 22, 2017 • 8 min
Bill Gates has a new idea. He wants us to tax robots. The Microsoft co-founder made his unexpected suggestion in an interview with Quartz magazine. Sarah O’Connor asks the FT’s West Coast editor Richard Waters what he meant by this and the likely reaction…
Deutsche Bank’s mystery Chinese investor
Feb 21, 2017 • 5 min
Deutsche Bank has welcomed a big new shareholder - HNA from China. Patrick Jenkins discusses what we know about the Chinese investors and why they might have bought into the European bank, with Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, and Don Weinland,…
Ecuador’s election goes to the wire
Feb 21, 2017 • 8 min
Ecuador’s presidential poll is another big test for Latin America’s battered left. At stake is the legacy of Rafael Correa, a populist leader who has been in power for a decade. His protégé Lenín Boltaire Moreno has almost enough votes to avoid a run-off.…
Snap hits the road for IPO
Feb 20, 2017 • 8 min
The Snapchat owner begins its investor roadshow on Monday, with plans to price and list by early March. The FT’s Sujeet Indap and Nicole Bullock discuss what investors are thinking about as Snap comes to market. For information regarding your data…
Inside Kraft Heinz’s $143bn bid for Unilever
Feb 17, 2017 • 8 min
The FT’s Arash Massoudi and Matthew Vincent dissect the proposed mega-merger that would combine the producers of Heinz Ketchup and Dove soap, including the charm offensive Kraft Heinz is expected to launch to win over the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant.…
Greece’s debt crisis
Feb 15, 2017 • 9 min
Greece is approaching a crunch point - again. Six years after its first bailout, the government in Athens is looking to its creditors, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission, for fresh help. Mehreen Khan discusses the latest crisis…
Swiss vote no to corporate tax reform
Feb 13, 2017 • 9 min
Switzerland’s bid to align its corporate tax system with international norms has come unstuck with voters rejecting the reforms at the weekend. Where does that leave the Alpine country’s business regime? James Wilson discusses the issues with Vanessa…
Are Trump’s ties with Fox News closer than we thought?
Feb 9, 2017 • 8 min
News that Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was a trustee for a bloc of shares belonging to Rupert Murdoch’s two youngest daughters has underscored the closeness of ties between US president’s family and Fox News. David Bond discusses the implications with…
Super rich choose New Zealand as a bolt hole
Feb 8, 2017 • 7 min
Revelations that dozens of wealthy Americans have taken New Zealand citizenship as a kind of hedge against the collapse of the capitalist system have shone a spotlight on the phenomenon of disaster planning by the super rich. Jennifer Thompson talks to…
Former Goldman banker to oversee financial deregulation
Feb 7, 2017 • 12 min
Gary Cohn, former number two at Goldman Sachs, has become President Trump’s point man for financial deregulation. Will he go too far in unpicking post-crisis reforms? Patrick Jenkins puts the question to Ben McLannahan, the FT’s US banking editor, and…
Is Germany Putin’s next target?
Feb 6, 2017 • 9 min
German officials fear Russia may try to influence the outcome of its September election, in the same way it was alleged to have interfered in the US presidential election. Christine Spolar discusses the potential threat and what Russia would gain by such…
Diet, fads and feeding your gut
Feb 5, 2017 • 10 min
There’s no shortage of advice about diet, but it doesn’t seem to be working. People are getting fatter, and this has spawned a surge in lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. So what should we be eating? Sarah Gordon…
Does performance match spending in European football?
Feb 3, 2017 • 6 min
As the transfer window slams shut for Europe’s top football leagues, Daniel Thomas asks Murad Ahmed, FT leisure correspondent, which clubs have spent their money most wisely, according to analysis of data from KPMG’s ‘Football Benchmark’. For information…
Abduction sends chilling message to Hong Kong billionaires
Feb 2, 2017 • 6 min
Xiao Jianhua, a billionaire businessman living in Hong Kong, was spirited away by agents of the Chinese authorities last week and his whereabouts remain a mystery. The FT’s Josh Noble and Lucy Hornby discuss what might have happened and why the incident…
Will 3D printing change the future of oil?
Feb 1, 2017 • 8 min
BP said this week it was studying the potential impact of 3D printing on oil demand in the event that manufacturing becomes local and global shipping declines. Pilita Clark, FT environment correspondent, discusses this and other potential threats to the…
Deutsche Bank settles Russian money laundering probe
Jan 31, 2017 • 3 min
Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay $630m to settle US and UK investigations into alleged mirror trades used to launder $10bn out of Russia. But there is more pain to come for the German lender, the FT’s James Shotter and Laura Noonan tell Patrick Jenkins.…
Insead tops FT global MBA ranking
Jan 30, 2017 • 8 min
An increasing number of employers no longer fund MBAs, but the qualification can still greatly increase your salary. As Insead tops the FT’s global MBA ranking again this year, we discuss whether funding this route to upper management is still worth it,…
BT’s Italian scandal
Jan 26, 2017 • 6 min
An accounting scandal at the British telecoms group’s Italian unit is raising questions about the company’s Global Services strategy. It is not the first time the Global Services division has caused big losses for the group. Daniel Thomas discusses the…
London considers pay-per-mile scheme for motorists
Jan 25, 2017 • 7 min
Efforts to combat congestion in London have had the perverse effect of increasing pollution as road changes to help cyclists and pedestrians have slowed the average speeds of motor vehicles. Will a proposed scheme to charge motorists per mile solve the…
UK government suffers Brexit setback
Jan 24, 2017 • 8 min
Theresa May has suffered a setback to her Brexit timetable after the UK Supreme Court upheld a challenge brought by London businesswoman Gina Miller that the prime minister could not trigger an EU exit without the consent of parliament. Sebastian Payne…
The battle for India’s lucrative mobile market
Jan 24, 2017 • 6 min
India’s Reliance Industries has raised the stakes in the multibillion-dollar battle for India’s mobile market by offering a free service that rivals say is unfairly eating into their market share. Daniel Thomas discusses the controversy with FT…
Gambians celebrate peaceful transition of power
Jan 23, 2017 • 10 min
Gambia, a tiny West African country popular with tourists, is celebrating its first democratic transition after the country’s long serving president, Yahya Jammeh, was finally persuaded to step down. David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor, recently back…
Former UK retail chief seeks mandate to lead West Midlands revival
Jan 23, 2017 • 9 min
The West Midlands region, which includes Britain’s second city of Birmingham, is due to elect its first mayor in May and the winner will preside over huge tranches of funding for housing, transport and infrastructure. Andy Street, Conservative candidate,…
Protesters camp outside Goldman Sachs HQ
Jan 18, 2017 • 3 min
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Lower Manhattan headquarters of Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, following a series of appointments of Goldman-linked people to top jobs in the Trump administration. Ben McLannahan reports. For information…
Luxottica-Essilor merger creates global eyewear champion
Jan 18, 2017 • 8 min
The tie-up, one of Europe’s biggest cross-border mergers, will create a global leader in the fast-growing eyewear industry. John Murray Brown discusses the merger with the FT’s Rachel Sanderson, Michael Stothard and Jonathan Guthrie. For information…
UK prime minister sets out Brexit goals
Jan 17, 2017 • 9 min
Theresa May mixed firm declarations of intent with a conciliatory tone towards the European Union in her statement on Britain’s objectives before formal negotiations to leave the bloc begin. Barney Thompson talks to Jim Pickard, the FT’s chief political…
Former UK foreign secretary joins Citigroup
Jan 17, 2017 • 3 min
William Hague, former UK foreign secretary, has become the latest prominent figure to join the payroll of a big American bank in the run-up to Brexit. Patrick Jenkins talks to the FT’s investment correspondent Laura Noonan about the move. Music: Kevin…
Can the UK become the Saudi Arabia of the tides?
Jan 16, 2017 • 10 min
A new report has suggested the UK should embrace the power of the sea and invest in a novel form of electricity generation - the tidal lagoon. Pilita Clark discusses the merits of the idea with the FT’s Nathalie Thomas, Jonathan Ford and Jonathan Guthrie.…
UK retailers shrug off Brexit blues
Jan 13, 2017 • 7 min
This week has seen a deluge of retail results in the UK, showing a mixed picture of the state of consumer sentiment in wake of vote to leave the European Union. Sharlene Goff asks Mark Vandevelde, the FT’s retail correspondent, who were the main winners…
Amazon falls foul of India’s growing mood of nationalism
Jan 12, 2017 • 6 min
India’s foreign minister this week threatened to expel all of Amazon’s foreign employees over a doormat imprinted with the Indian flag that was on sale on its website. Josh Noble asks the FT’s Kiran Stacey why the item caused such offense. For information…
China football clubs told to rein in spending
Jan 10, 2017 • 11 min
A rush of high profile winter signings has prompted the authorities in China to intervene to curb spending on foreign players. Josh Noble asks the FT’s Tom Hancock and Murad Ahmed what’s behind the spending splurge and what impact it is likely to have on…
Egypt’s painful economic reforms
Jan 9, 2017 • 13 min
Egypt recently clinched a deal with the IMF for a $12bn loan over three years. But it has had to implement painful measures which include floating the currency and reducing subsidies. The FT’s Heba Saleh talks to Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s minister of…
Silicon Valley comes to terms with Trump
Jan 5, 2017 • 6 min
Mark Zuckerberg plans to tour the US following Donald Trump’s election as president. The Facebook founder said, “we are at a turning point in history” and spoke of the need to “find a way to change the game so that it works for everyone”. Chris Nuttall…
Persecution of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims escalates
Jan 3, 2017 • 4 min
Rohingya Muslim refugees have been leaving Burma for decades but in the last few months, the numbers have swelled amid allegations of a campaign of brutal violence by the Burmese military. The FT’s Kiran Stacey talks to refugees in Cox’s Bazar on the…
Leaders under pressure: Denis Kozlowski 4/4
Dec 30, 2016 • 12 min
Denis Koslowski former head of Tyco, tells Andrew Hill, FT management editor, how he reinvented himself in the wake of public disgrace and imprisonment. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Leaders under pressure: Marcela Sapone 3/4
Dec 29, 2016 • 12 min
Marcela Sapone, chief exec and co-founder of Hello Alfred, tells Andrew Hill, FT management editor, how she coped with the pressure of maintaining momentum after a successful launch. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Leaders under pressure: Stephen Hester 2/4
Dec 28, 2016 • 13 min
Former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland Stephen Hester tells Andrew Hill, FT management editor, how he found himself in the eye of the storm during the financial crisis. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Leaders under pressure: Pascal Soriot 1/4
Dec 27, 2016 • 13 min
Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the Anglo-Swedish drugs company AstraZeneca, tells Andrew Hill about his 2014 battle to head off a hostile takeover bid from Pfizer of the US. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Factory revival brings hope to Cumbria town
Dec 23, 2016 • 5 min
It was a familiar story: a small town, a big factory, overseas owners and job cuts, another tear in the social fabric of an English community. Except that in Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, the ending has been rewritten. Andrew Bounds, the FT’s…
Megadeals of 2016
Dec 21, 2016 • 8 min
For the world’s largest and most influential companies, 2016 brought plenty of megadeals, controversies, crises and some big cross border investments. Matthew Vincent discusses the most notable of these with Brooke Masters, the FT’s companies editor. For…
Berlin terror attack shocks Germany
Dec 20, 2016 • 4 min
A terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has shocked Germany and seems likely to add to pressure on Angela Merkel, the chancellor, over her decision to welcome so many refugees from the Middle East. The FT’s Guy Chazan reports from Berlin. For…
Lloyds boosts UK credit card business with MBNA deal
Dec 20, 2016 • 5 min
LLoyds Bank has struck a £1.9bn deal to buy credit card company MBNA from a subsidiary of Bank of America, in its first acquisition since a taxpayer-funded rescue more than seven years ago. Patrick Jenkins asks Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, what the…
Congo teeters on the brink
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was credited with helping broker the end of the country’s bloody civil war in 2003. But after two terms in office, his refusal to step down is threatening to tip the country back into violence.…
Regulators crack down on shoddy auditing
Dec 15, 2016 • 6 min
Deloitte’s Brazilian arm was fined a record $8m this month for falsifying reports and providing false testimony during an investigation into the audits of a low-cost airline. This case and others like it reflect growing scrutiny of auditing carried out by…
Boeing’s landmark aircraft deal with Iran
Dec 14, 2016 • 8 min
Boeing has signed a $16.6bn deal with Iran’s national carrier in the first major deal between a US company and Iran since the 1979 revolution. Matthew Vincent asks Peggy Hollinger, FT industry editor, and Geoff Dyer, US diplomatic correspondent, whether…
Unicredit chief discusses Italian bank’s restructuring plan
Dec 13, 2016 • 5 min
The latest stage of Jean-Pierre Mustier’s plan for Italy’s largest bank involves slashing jobs and shedding a vast bad-debt portfolio. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor discusses the plan with Martin Arnold, banking editor. With clips from…
Allianz chief outlines digital growth strategy
Dec 11, 2016 • 11 min
Oliver Bäte, chief executive of the German insurer Allianz, talks to the FT’s Patrick Jenkins and Oliver Ralph about the company’s digital growth strategy and contingency planning in light of the uncertainty resulting from the US election and the UK vote…
How much should journalists engage with readers?
Dec 9, 2016 • 12 min
How should journalists respond to readers who comment on their articles? Should offensive comments be deleted? Sarah Gordon, the FT’s business editor, discusses the merits of engaging with readers with Andrew Hill, management editor, Lilah Raptopoulos,…
South Korea president faces impeachment vote
Dec 8, 2016 • 5 min
Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s president, embroiled in a corruption scandal, is facing an impeachment vote on Friday, while her so-called “shaman adviser” has been indicted on a host of charges. Meanwhile, the country’s top businessmen have been hauled…
Flashing lights offer hope for Alzheimers cure
Dec 7, 2016 • 4 min
Flashing lights offer hope for a radical new non-drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, according to research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It found that flickering at a frequency of 40 times per second induced brain waves that helped clear…
What next for Italy’s banks?
Dec 6, 2016 • 8 min
Matteo Renzi has lost his referendum on constitutional reform, plunging the country into political and financial crisis. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, discusses the fallout for the banking sector with Martin Arnold, banking editor, Rachel…
China is big winner in Mexico oil auction
Dec 6, 2016 • 6 min
Mexico has invited outside investors into its energy sector after a gap of nearly 80 years. It sold several deep water exploration blocs in the Gulf of Mexico, with China being one of the big winners. Jonathan Wheatley talks to David Sheppard, the FT’s…
Syria rebels in talks with Russia
Dec 1, 2016 • 7 min
A fierce Russia-backed aerial assault on Syria’s rebels in Aleppo has helped regime forces capture more than a third of rebel-held districts. Now it appears the rebels are in secret talks with Russia to end the fighting in the city. John Murray-Brown…
Could Sunday’s referendum shake Italy’s stability?
Nov 30, 2016 • 8 min
Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has vowed to step down if, as polls suggest, he loses Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reform. Some fear this could hit the economy and banking sector hard. John Murray Brown discusses the likely repercussions with…
India’s cash clampdown
Nov 28, 2016 • 8 min
Earlier this month, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, declared 86 per cent of the country’s bank notes invalid in a measure aimed at curbing the country’s black market. But the immediate effect was to slam the brakes on the economy. Jonathan Wheatley…
London lures tech companies, despite Brexit
Nov 25, 2016 • 7 min
There have been encouraging signs recently that tech companies are expanding their operations in London, despite Brexit. Chris Nuttall discusses whether the trend can last with Madhumita Murgia, the FT’s European technology correspondent, and Judith…
Hammond ushers in more years of UK austerity
Nov 23, 2016 • 8 min
In his first Budget statement, Philip Hammond said he wanted to get the economy ‘match fit’ for Brexit, but admitted that worsening public finances would mean the UK needed to borrow more. Barney Thompson talks to Chris Giles, FT economics editor, and…
Is the global consensus on bank rules breaking down?
Nov 22, 2016 • 6 min
Brussels plans to tighten rules for overseas banks operating in the EU in a tit-for-tat step against the US that will raise costs for big foreign lenders. Does this mean the global consensus on bank rules is breaking down? Patrick Jenkins, FT financial…
Saudi Arabia to reveal its oil reserves
Nov 16, 2016 • 9 min
Saudi Arabia is preparing to lift the lid on one of the global energy industry’s most closely guarded secrets - how much crude lies beneath the desert kingdom’s sands. David Sheppard interviews the FT’s oil and gas correspondent Anjli Raval For…
UK turns attention to scale-ups
Nov 13, 2016 • 6 min
UK attempts to encourage business growth have tended to focus on start-ups, but under Theresa May’s government, scale-ups are starting to win favour. Recent research has shown that they account for an outsize share of economic and jobs growth, as the FT’s…
Corporate winners and losers under a Trump presidency
Nov 10, 2016 • 8 min
Companies doing business in Mexico, heavily exposed to global trade, or reliant upon US regulation have been judged the big losers under a Donald Trump presidency by international stock market investors. But how clear cut is the picture? Matthew Vincent…
Turning point for HSBC?
Nov 8, 2016 • 7 min
The Asia-focused lender has reported a small after tax loss but delighted shareholders with the news that it was to return more capital to investors. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the results with Ronit Ghose, head of global banks…
What’s behind the M&A surge?
Nov 3, 2016 • 6 min
October has been one of the busiest for global deal making on record, with the total value of deals topping $500bn. Matthew Vincent asks Arash Massoudi, FT M&A correspondent, what’s behind the trend and whether it’s likely to continue. For information…
Tide turns against South African president
Nov 3, 2016 • 6 min
Opposition to Jacob Zuma is growing after an official report found evidence of possible corruption at the top level of his government. David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor, asks Joseph Cotterill, southern Africa correspondent, how bad it now looks for…
Missouri sees new fight over guns
Nov 2, 2016 • 6 min
A key race — and the national gun debate in the US — has been shaken up by a Democratic Senate candidate with a striking ad. But it’s part of a bigger shift in the 2016 election. Shawn Donnan reports from Missouri. For information regarding your data…
Brexit ‘secrecy’ is damaging for business
Nov 1, 2016 • 5 min
The UK government is facing growing criticism over its strategy on negotiations to leave the European Union. The FT’s Patrick Jenkins and Martin Arnold discuss a recent warning by influential MP Andrew Tyrie that the lack of transparency on Brexit risks…
Is Mark Carney indispensable?
Oct 31, 2016 • 6 min
Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, has endured a barrage of criticism over his forecasts about the economic cost of Brexit. At a time of uncertainty over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, many see him as an indispensable source of…
Iceland’s Pirates head for power
Oct 27, 2016 • 7 min
The rise of Iceland’s Pirates party is a striking example of the anti-establishment mood that has swept western countries since the financial crisis. Founded by a ragtag bunch of internet activists, the party is hoping for victory in Saturday’s…
Doubts raised over China’s agribusiness mega deal
Oct 26, 2016 • 7 min
There are fresh doubts about ChemChina’s proposed acquisition of Syngenta - amid increasing signs that the west is stiffening its opposition to Chinese takeovers of US and European companies. Andrew Parker discusses what’s behind these doubts with the…
UK government backs Heathrow expansion
Oct 25, 2016 • 2 min
The FT’s Robert Wright discusses the UK government’s controversial decision to back a new runway at London’s overcrowded Heathrow airport. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Can the world’s oldest bank return to profit?
Oct 25, 2016 • 9 min
Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of Europe’s most troubled lenders, has announced a new restructuring plan. Martin Arnold is joined by the FT’s Christopher Thompson and Filippo Alloatti of Hermes Investment Management to discuss whether the…
America’s devastated coal country
Oct 24, 2016 • 7 min
In a US election dominated by character attacks, coal country stands out as a region where a single policy question — what to do about unemployed miners — still eclipses all else. The FT’s Barney Jopson reports from the mountains of Appalachia For…
The battle for Mosul
Oct 20, 2016 • 2 min
The military campaign to recapture Iraq’s second city of Mosul from Isis is the biggest test yet for Iraq’s armed forces and allied militias. The FT’s Erika Soloman reports from northern Iraq on how the campaign is going. For information regarding your…
Goldman leads Wall Street’s bounce back
Oct 18, 2016 • 4 min
Goldman Sachs has led an impressive performance by US banks in the latest round of quarterly results. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, discusses Wall Street’s bounce back with Alistair Gray, US financial correspondent. Music by Kevin MacLeod…
Duterte heads to China
Oct 17, 2016 • 6 min
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte heads to China this week for talks that will test whether his anti-US rhetoric will lead to a fundamental security shake-up on Asia’s seas. James Kynge discusses the trip and its implications with the FT’s Tony…
Does Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for literature?
Oct 13, 2016 • 5 min
Malcolm Moore discusses the merits of the decision to award the prestigious literature prize to a singer songwriter, with FT journalists Ed Crooks and Robert Wright. Music credit: All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan, Columbia Records For information…
South Africa’s finance minister talks to the FT
Oct 12, 2016 • 9 min
South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan has been summoned to a court on fraud charges. The charges relate to his time at the head of the South African Revenue Service, but many observers believe the investigation is politically-motivated. Lionel…
Can a damaged Trump still defeat Clinton?
Oct 11, 2016 • 6 min
Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency is in trouble after the release of a tape in which he was heard to make lewd comments about women. Four weeks before the US election, Lionel Barber, FT editor, takes stock of the campaign, with columnist Ed Luce…
Why did the ECB bend the rules for Deutsche Bank?
Oct 11, 2016 • 6 min
European regulators gave the German lender special treatment in this summer’s stress tests, the FT has discovered. Patrick Jenkins asks Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent, and Laura Noonan, investment banking correspondent, to explain…
Joice Mujuru: the new voice of Zimbabwe’s opposition
Oct 5, 2016 • 12 min
The transformation of Joice Mujuru from revolutionary hero and life-long Mugabe comrade to opposition leader encapsulates the political turmoil shaking Zimbabwe. David Pilling, the FT’s Africa editor, spoke to her about her political ambitions during a…
UK banks roll out robot technology
Oct 4, 2016 • 6 min
UK banks have begun to adopt artificial intelligence to speed up processes and customer interaction, with RBS in the vanguard. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, discusses the development with Emma Dunkley, UK retail banking correspondent, and…
Dispatch from Ohio: Black voters on Clinton, Trump
Oct 3, 2016 • 5 min
Ohio is a pivotal state in any US presidential election. No Republican has ever won without it. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton struggle to rally black voters, the FT’s Joe Rennison visits a neighbourhood in Cleveland to see how members of the local…
Colombians to deliver their verdict on peace accord
Sep 29, 2016 • 8 min
Colombians will vote on Sunday in a referendum on a peace accord that brings to an end a bloody civil war that lasted for over 50 years. John Paul Rathbone, FT Latin America editor, and Andres Schipani, Andes correspondent, tell Jonathan Wheatley why…
Battle of the camera drones
Sep 28, 2016 • 8 min
A battle for the camera drone market has broken out, with action camera maker GoPro taking on the current leader DJI. Both companies have unveiled new products that are small enough to fold into a backpack. Chris Nuttall asks the FT’s Tim Bradshaw in San…
Deutsche Bank in the eye of the storm
Sep 27, 2016 • 5 min
Deutsche Bank is at the centre of an intense market sell-off, reflecting investor concern about a looming fine from the US government. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, asks Laura Noonan, investment banking correspondent, and Chris Wheeler, an…
Mexico’s other border
Sep 22, 2016 • 6 min
The UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year and as many as half of those are fleeing violence. As pressure builds for measures to stem the flow of migrants, the FT’s Jude Webber tells one woman’s story. Visit FT.com…
Google and the AI arms race
Sep 22, 2016 • 7 min
Google’s big bet on computers that can teach themselves is about to face its most significant test. One of its latest products, an intelligent digital assistant, is intended to usher in a more natural and intelligent form of human-computer interaction,…
Data reveal scale of Brexit disruption for companies
Sep 20, 2016 • 5 min
Britain’s exit from the European Union is causing headaches for thousands of companies that rely on ‘passporting rights’ to do business in other European countries. Patrick Jenkins discusses the scale of the problem with Martin Arnold, the FT’s banking…
New York area bombing suspect arrested
Sep 19, 2016 • 3 min
US authorities arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. The FT’s Gregory Meyer reports from Elizabeth, New Jersey. Clips courtesy of Reuters. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Man v machine
Sep 19, 2016 • 8 min
“Gut feelings” as the key to financial trading success. John Murray Brown discusses new research from Cambridge University with Clive Cookson, science editor, and Roger Blitz, currencies correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
What to do about doping
Sep 16, 2016 • 5 min
Russian hackers released a second batch of high profile athletes’ medical records this week in an attempt to show widespread instances of doping around the world. The FT’s John Burn-Murdoch and Murad Ahmed discuss how the international sporting world will…
The power behind Hinkley Point
Sep 15, 2016 • 3 min
The approval of the Hinkley Point power station injects new energy into the UK’s nuclear sector. The FT’s Giles Wilkes and Alan Livsey explain what is at stake for French utility EDF. Visit FT.com for more on the story. For information regarding your data…
Clinton’s penchant for privacy
Sep 12, 2016 • 6 min
With the delay in disclosing her pneumonia diagnosis, Hillary Clinton prompted new questions about her candour with the public and the press. The FT’s Courtney Weaver explains how this will affect the candidate in the remaining weeks of the presidential…
Were economists wrong about Brexit?
Sep 8, 2016 • 10 min
Before the June referendum, economists warned a UK vote to leave the EU would tip the economy into recession. But today, Britons are still spending and the markets are buoyant. So who is right? The gloomy economists or the upbeat markets? Barney Thompson…
Return of ‘Taylorism’ on steroids
Sep 8, 2016 • 7 min
Using algorithms to monitor performance is associated with companies like Uber and the gig economy, but also harks back to the ‘scientific management’ of Frederick Winslow Taylor a century ago. More recent management theories suggest making workers…
Britain’s immigration conundrum
Sep 5, 2016 • 6 min
For many of the 17m Britons who voted to leave the European Union, immigration was a decisive factor. Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, has ruled out an Australian-style points system for controlling the inflow. So what are her other options? Barney…
Hong Kong’s radical young politicians
Sep 5, 2016 • 8 min
Several young activists opposed to China’s control over Hong Kong have been elected to the territory’s legislature in a sign of growing anger with Beijing. Josh Noble discusses the rise of this group of radical young politicians with Ben Bland, FT…
Brazil after Dilma Rousseff
Sep 1, 2016 • 8 min
The impeachment of Dilma Rousseff thrusts new president Michel Temer into the spotlight at a time when the country is suffering the worst recession in more than a century. The FT’s John Paul Rathbone and Joe Leahy discuss what lies ahead for Mr Temer and…
Why are investors so keen on Saudi bonds?
Sep 1, 2016 • 5 min
Saudi Arabia is planning its first international sovereign bond issue this year, with a $15bn sale that has generated huge interest from Asian investors. John Murray Brown asks Simeon Kerr, the FT’s Gulf correspondent, and Elaine Moore, capital markets…
US fury over EU’s Apple tax ruling
Aug 31, 2016 • 8 min
US political leaders have reacted with anger to an EU decision to hit Apple with a record-breaking €13bn tax penalty, with one politician describing it as a ‘cheap money grab’ by the European Commission. Chris Nuttall discusses the ruling and its likely…
Building a new Silk Road
Aug 30, 2016 • 5 min
China’s president Xi Jinping has made building a new Silk Road from east Asia to the Middle East and Europe his signature foreign policy. If he succeeds, the Caspian region could once again be at the heart of world trade. The FT’s Jack Farchy reports from…
Big pharma still makes billions after patents lapse
Aug 26, 2016 • 11 min
Doctors in the US are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year prescribing expensive branded medicines even when cheaper generic alternatives are available, according to an FT analysis. David Crow and Sujeet Indap discuss the findings. For…
Earth finds a near neighbour
Aug 25, 2016 • 4 min
For decades, astronomers have searched the skies for planets in our galaxy similar to Earth that could harbour life. A team of European scientists has now revealed they are closer to this goal, with the discovery of a new Earth-like body orbiting Proxima…
Race against time to find Italy quake survivors
Aug 25, 2016 • 1 min
The FT’s Davide Ghiglione reports from Amatrice as rescue teams race to find survivors from the earthquake that devastated mountain towns in central Italy this week. Picture credit: Davide Ghiglione For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Banks hijack bitcoin technology
Aug 24, 2016 • 5 min
Four of the world’s biggest banks are collaborating on a new blockchain project to transform the way securities trades are processed, with the aim of making it cheaper and safer. Patrick Jenkins asks Martin Arnold, the FT’s banking editor, to explain…
British Olympic success meets scepticism in Europe
Aug 23, 2016 • 7 min
Britain’s stunning medals success in the Rio Olympics was a cause for elation at home — but in parts of Europe it was met with sneers and some incredulity. Joshua Chaffin discusses this reaction and what’s behind it with Guy Chazan and Henry Foy, FT…
Explaining the global pension crisis
Aug 22, 2016 • 11 min
Record low bond yields have intensified the pressure on pension funds already struggling to provide for retirees who are living longer. This squeeze has widened the pension deficit for hundreds of funds globally, prompting fears of a slow-moving but…
The threat to Obama’s healthcare legacy
Aug 19, 2016 • 6 min
The future of the Affordable Care Act’s open insurance marketplaces is at risk as large providers such as Aetna threaten to pull out of the state exchanges in response to the administration’s crackdown on industry mergers. The FT’s Barney Jopson explains.…
French seaside towns ban the burkini
Aug 18, 2016 • 9 min
Several towns in France have taken the unusual step of banning the burkini from their beaches, and a number of women in the resort of Cannes have already been fined for wearing the concealing swimwear favoured by some Muslims. Josh Noble discusses what’s…
China challenges US space supremacy with quantum satellite
Aug 17, 2016 • 7 min
China has launched a quantum satellite to test whether communications can be rendered hack-proof, in its latest challenge to US supremacy in space. Clive Cookson, the FT’s science editor, discusses the development with Lucy Hornby, FT Beijing…
Shift away from fossil fuels takes hold
Aug 17, 2016 • 4 min
The share of electricity that the world’s 20 major economies are generating from the sun and the wind has jumped in the space of five years, new figures show. John Murray Brown asks FT environment correspondent Pilita Clark whether this breakthrough is…
EU regulators tackle ‘over-the-top’ web services
Aug 16, 2016 • 5 min
Europe plans to regulate ‘over-the-top’ web services like WhatsApp and Skype as part of a radical overhaul of rules on telecoms due out in September. Duncan Robinson, FT correspondent in Brussels, tells Chris Nuttall why the EU is trying to fix this…
What’s behind Jamaica’s sprinting prowess?
Aug 15, 2016 • 6 min
Why does Jamaica, an island nation of just 2.7m, produce sprinters that so easily trounce those from richer, more populous nations? The FT’s Murad Ahmed put the question to Usain Bolt shortly after he won his third 100m Olympic gold medal, and he tells…
Can Theresa May tackle Britain’s ‘soft corruption’?
Aug 12, 2016 • 4 min
Britain’s ancient system of patronage for the ruling elite has come under renewed scrutiny after David Cameron showered honours and titles on his allies shortly before leaving office. Janan Ganesh, the FT’s political columnist, tells Hugh Carnegy he…
Is the Bank of England’s Brexit rescue plan working?
Aug 11, 2016 • 8 min
The Bank of England’s bond buying programme intended to cushion an expected slowdown in the economy caused by the British vote to quit the European Union had a dramatic effect on financial markets this week, with yields on UK government bonds turning…
ANC poll setback shakes up politics in South Africa
Aug 10, 2016 • 7 min
South Africa’s ruling ANC has been forced into coalition talks after suffering its worst electoral performance at local polls last week. The party once led by Nelson Mandela lost its primacy as South Africans’ party of choice after voters registered their…
India lightens tax burden for businesses
Aug 9, 2016 • 8 min
A radical overhaul of India’s tax system will replace national, state and local taxes with a new unified value added tax, improving the country’s competitiveness and boosting growth. James Kynge discusses the breakthrough with the FT’s South Asia bureau…
GSK and Alphabet team up to find biolectronic cures
Aug 8, 2016 • 5 min
Google’s parent company Alphabet is teaming up with British drug company GlaxoSmithKline to invest in bioelectronics. The aim is to treat diseases by targeting the electronic signals that pass along the body’s nerves. Chris Nuttall discusses the prospects…
Facebook, Google and Verizon shake the digital ad world
Jul 29, 2016 • 7 min
The digital advertising industry was rattled this week starting with Verizon’s Yahoo takeover and followed by record second quarter earnings for Facebook and Google, underlining the two groups’ dominance in the online media market. The FT’s global media…
Did Russia hack the US election?
Jul 28, 2016 • 4 min
Phil Gordon, one of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisers, tells the FT’s Gideon Rachman how the alleged involvement of Russian hackers in the leak of Democratic party emails could revive tension between Washington and Moscow and affect November’s…
What Verizon sees in Yahoo
Jul 25, 2016 • 2 min
Lex writer Sujeet Indap explains why Verizon’s $4.8bn acquisition of Yahoo’s core operating business is a good deal for the US telecom giant and what it means for Yahoo. Visit FT.com for more on the story. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Munich - firsthand report from a city shocked by attack
Jul 22, 2016 • 3 min
The FT’s Cardiff Garcia reports from Munich where a lone gunman killed nine people in an attack near a shopping centre on Friday evening before taking his own life. Visit FT.com for more on the story. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
A meagre second quarter for US banks
Jul 22, 2016 • 7 min
In an economic climate of low interest rates and choppy capital markets, US banks are struggling to improve their day-to-day operations. The FT’s Ben McLannahan and Alistair Gray discuss the forces restricting revenue growth at the big Wall Street banks,…
What the Murdochs plan next for Fox News
Jul 21, 2016 • 4 min
With the expected departure of Roger Ailes from Fox News Channel, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber and media correspondent David Bond discuss what’s at stake for the future of 21st Century Fox, a key part of Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire. For…
Libya’s uncertain future
Jul 20, 2016 • 10 min
The UN-backed government in Tripoli is close to pushing Islamic State fighters out of the coastal city of Sirte, considered one of the terror group’s most important bases outside of Syria and Iraq. But with little sign of a return to stability across the…
The FT meets Fethullah Gülen
Jul 19, 2016 • 2 min
The FT’s James Fontanella-Khan travels to Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, for a rare interview with Fethullah Gulen, the man Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan accuses of masterminding the failed coup that rocked Turkey. Erdogan’s clash with a 75-year-old…
The magic of spreadsheets
Jul 19, 2016 • 13 min
Devotees love spreadsheets for their directness. You click the formula that you want, edit it instantly and it updates, live. But their use can also lead to problems, as the UK retailer Marks and Spencer recently discovered to its cost. Columnist Lisa…
Softbank buys UK’s Arm Holdings
Jul 18, 2016 • 7 min
SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms giant, has agreed to buy UK-based chip designer Arm Holdings in a deal worth more than $32bn. It’s an enormous bet by chief executive Masayoshi Son that the UK company will make Softbank a leader in one of the next big…
Turkey arrests thousands in wake of failed coup
Jul 18, 2016 • 2 min
Turkey has sacked thousands of police officers and detained up to 8,000 in the wake of a failed coup in which some 290 people were killed. The government’s political opponents came out against the attempted coup but are criticising the crackdown as an…
Theresa May’s cabinet marks a break with the past
Jul 14, 2016 • 6 min
Theresa May, Britain’s new prime minister, has revealed some contentious cabinet choices which mark a significant break with the past. What does her line-up say about the future direction of the government? Lionel Barber, editor of the FT, puts the…
Who is the world’s highest paid banker?
Jul 12, 2016 • 5 min
Double-digit pay rises became the norm on Wall Street in 2015, while European banks proved they were willing to pay big to get the chief executives they wanted, data compiled by Equilar shows. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the findings…
Is Pokémon Go a lasting craze?
Jul 12, 2016 • 7 min
Nintendo’s smartphone game Pokémon Go has jumped to the top of the highest grossing charts in the US. Within 24 hours of its launch last week, the game had crashed company servers, driven atheists to church and prompted road safety warnings by police.…
China warns on South China Sea ruling
Jul 11, 2016 • 5 min
China has warned of increased tension in the South China Sea if a UN tribunal rules against its claim to disputed waters that are also claimed by the Philippines. Chinese warships have been conducting live-fire military drills in the area ahead of…
London property market takes a hit
Jul 7, 2016 • 6 min
This week, private investors felt the first effects of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union as not one but seven property funds put restrictions on people trying to take their money out. Matthew Vincent asks Judith Evans, the FT’s property…
IMF chief warns on risks of protectionism
Jul 7, 2016 • 6 min
Christine Lagarde says political courage will be critical at a time of growing uncertainty following Britain’s vote to leave the EU. In an interview with the FT’s Shawn Donnan, she warns that the kind of antitrade policies championed by Republican…
How will Brexit vote affect US growth?
Jul 6, 2016 • 2 min
What impact will Britain’s vote to leave the European Union have on US growth? Sam Fleming, the FT’s Washington correspondent, looks at the likely repercussions of the political and economic uncertainty. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Brexit vote throws Italy’s banks into crisis
Jul 6, 2016 • 6 min
Italian banks have felt the brunt of the market volatility that has followed the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the government of Matteo Renzi is at loggerheads with Europe over how to rescue the troubled lenders. Patrick Jenkins asks the FT’s…
Nasa’s Juno probe enters Jupiter orbit
Jul 5, 2016 • 5 min
The US space agency Nasa has successfully put its Juno probe into orbit around the giant planet Jupiter, following a five-year journey from Earth. John Murray Brown discusses this key development in space exploration with FT science editor Clive Cookson.…
Hole in the earth’s ozone layer begins to heal
Jul 4, 2016 • 7 min
The 1987 Montreal Protocol banned the use of industrial chemicals known as CFCs that were used in refrigeration and aerosols with the aim of preventing damage to the earth’s ozone layer. Now, thirty years later, there is scientific evidence that the ban…
Why did north of England voters turn against Europe?
Jul 4, 2016 • 9 min
The north of England voted heavily against membership of the European Union in last month’s Brexit poll. Many said they had not seen the economic benefits of EU membership and felt their jobs were threatened by European migration. Economist Jim O’Neill…
Israel’s high-tech border walls
Jun 30, 2016 • 5 min
Israel is a world-class expert at building fences and walls, starting with its controversial, decade-old security barrier that seals off the occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem from Israel proper. In this report, FT correspondent John Reed…
Sturgeon battles to keep Scotland in the EU
Jun 29, 2016 • 2 min
Scottish voters emphatically backed the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU and are deeply dismayed at the prospect of being force to leave. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has launched a diplomatic campaign to secure Scotland’s European…
Migration: a historical perspective
Jun 29, 2016 • 15 min
An exhibition at London’s British Museum this summer tells the story of Sicily, showing how successive waves of conquest and settlement from northern Europe, Africa and the Middle East shaped the Mediterranean island’s history. In collaboration with the…
Spain’s political establishment strikes back
Jun 28, 2016 • 7 min
Spain’s second election in six months has delivered a surprisingly clear victory to Mariano Rajoy, the veteran prime minister, whose conservative Popular party won 33 per cent of the vote. However, he will still need the support of coalition partners to…
What future for the City of London post Brexit?
Jun 28, 2016 • 7 min
International banks have used London as a pivot into the European single market, but are likely to lose these so-called “passporting” rights to operate in the EU once Britain is no longer a member. Patrick Jenkins discusses what impact this will have on…
Which companies are worst hit by Brexit shockwaves?
Jun 27, 2016 • 5 min
Britain’s political parties are in disarray after last week’s vote to leave the European Union, and this has been accompanied by market turmoil and a steep slide in sterling. But what is the impact of all the uncertainty on companies around the world?…
Expat reaction to Brexit
Jun 24, 2016 • 4 min
British expats and others from Dubai to New York voice their feelings about the EU referendum results. Visit FT.com/Brexit for more. Contributions from Patrick McGee in Frankfurt, Adam Thomson in Paris, Simeon Kerr in Dubai and Gregory Bobillot in New…
Elon Musk makes ambitious bid to dominate solar power
Jun 23, 2016 • 8 min
The Tesla boss wants to create a trillion-dollar company by piecing together his different businesses to make a sustainable energy conglomerate. Ravi Mattu asks Richard Waters, the FT’s West Coast editor, and Ed Crooks, the FT’s US energy editor, why Wall…
Brazil’s ‘other’ corruption probe
Jun 22, 2016 • 9 min
In the shadows of the Lava Jato probe into graft activity at state oil company Petrobras, prosecutors in Brazil are tackling another corruption investigation that could implicate dozens of Brazilian companies in allegations of tax evasion. All of those…
Personalities ‘shape bank risk taking’
Jun 21, 2016 • 7 min
The personality of bankers is a far bigger risk factor than pay or bonuses, an analysis of more than 1,500 top bankers has found. Patrick Jenkins talks to Sascha Steffen, one of the authors of the study, and Laura Noonan, the FT’s investment banking…
Rome elects its first female mayor
Jun 20, 2016 • 8 min
Virginia Raggi, a 37-year old lawyer, has become the first female mayor of Rome after an election that delivered a resounding victory to the populist Five Star Movement and a blow to Italy’s centre-left prime minister Matteo Renzi. Joshua Chaffin…
Brexit interviews: John Major on the perils of leaving the EU
Jun 20, 2016 • 11 min
In the final days of the referendum campaign on Britain’s European Union membership, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, spoke to former prime minister Sir John Major about why he is campaigning to stay in the EU. For information regarding your…
Ultrasound device could aid brain cancer treatment
Jun 16, 2016 • 4 min
French scientists have carried out the first human trial of an ultrasound device that pushes drugs through the “blood-brain barrier”, potentially clearing a big obstacle to using chemotherapy on brain tumours. Clive Cookson, the FT’s science editor, tells…
Standard Chartered chief tackles ‘cancer’ of lax controls
Jun 15, 2016 • 8 min
Bill Winters, chief executive of Standard Chartered, tells the FT’s Patrick Jenkins and Martin Arnold about the steps he has taken to stamp out a “cancer” of complacency and lax controls that he blames for recent misconduct among senior staff at the…
Microsoft’s LinkedIn gambit
Jun 14, 2016 • 9 min
Microsoft has struck a landmark deal to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2bn, its largest acquisition ever, as chief executive Satya Nadella seeks to transform one of the world’s best-known companies. Matthew Vincent discusses the risks and benefits of the deal…
Who was Orlando shooter Omar Mateen?
Jun 14, 2016 • 3 min
The FT’s Barney Jopson reports from the attacker’s home town of Fort Pierce, Florida, as details emerge about what happened at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Visit FT.com for more on the story. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Goldman Sachs faces Libya lawsuit
Jun 13, 2016 • 8 min
A trial in London promises to give a rare glimpse into Goldman Sachs’s dealings with one of world’s richest investors. The Libyan Investment Authority claims that Goldman exploited the sovereign wealth fund’s financial inexperience in 2008, forcing it…
Should G4S have spotted the danger posed by Omar Mateen?
Jun 13, 2016 • 5 min
Omar Mateen, the gunman who left 50 dead when he stormed a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, was an employee of the private security company G4S. What could or should the company have known to alert it to the risk that this individual would turn into a…
What are the prospects for Peru’s new president?
Jun 10, 2016 • 7 min
Andres Schipani, the FT’s Andes correspondent, talks to Jonathan Wheatley, deputy emerging markets editor, about the challenges facing Peru’s president-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Britain dismantles its oil industry
Jun 9, 2016 • 10 min
Britain’s North Sea oil infrastructure is being dismantled, rig by rig, after falling oil prices made the industry unprofitable. Many in the north of Scotland hope decommissioning can provide a lifeline for a local economy. Matthew Vincent asks FT oil…
Aldeburgh festival celebrates bird song
Jun 7, 2016 • 6 min
Britain’s Aldeburgh music festival was founded after the second world war by the composer Benjamin Britten and the singer Peter Pears. Britten used to take “composing walks”, drawing inspiration from the birdsong he heard in the surrounding countryside…
Brexit interviews: Nigel Farage talks to the FT
Jun 6, 2016 • 12 min
British voters will decide this month whether to remain in the European Union. Ahead of the vote Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party and one of the most vocal Brexit campaigners, tells Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, why he…
America’s jobs slowdown
Jun 3, 2016 • 7 min
FT Alphaville writers Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein discuss the latest US employment report, what it says about the economy, and how it might affect Federal Reserve policy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Saudi Arabia’s $3.5bn bet on Uber
Jun 2, 2016 • 8 min
Uber has just received a $3.5bn investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, making it the best backed start-up in the world. Ravi Mattu asks Leslie Hook, the FT’s San Francisco correspondent, and Simeon Kerr, Gulf correspondent, what the…
Could the Habré trial set a precedent for African justice?
Jun 1, 2016 • 7 min
Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, has been convicted of crimes against humanity, the first time an ex-leader has been tried in an African Union-backed prosecution in another African country. William Wallis asks John Aglionby, the FT’s East…
Will the US peer-to-peer lending bubble burst?
May 31, 2016 • 6 min
Some of the leading names in the US peer-to-peer lending industry have been hit by governance problems as well as a withdrawal of some of the big institutional investors. Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, asks Rhydian Lewis, chief executive of UK-based…
Trader uses $1bn dividend to sever ties with Russian oligarch
May 31, 2016 • 4 min
The boss of Gunvor, one of the world’s biggest oil traders, has awarded himself a bumper $1bn dividend to sever his ties to a former Russian business partner who is the subject of US sanctions. Neil Hume, FT commodities editor, tells Emiko Terazono the…
Attacks in Syria and Iraq put pressure on Isis
May 26, 2016 • 6 min
US-backed forces this week launched an attack on Raqqa in Syria, close to the de facto capital of the Islamic State, as the Iraqi government launched its own attack on Fallujah. Siona Jenkins asks the FT’s Middle East correspondent Erika Solomon if the…
Obama seeks closer ties with Vietnam
May 26, 2016 • 2 min
President Barack Obama used a visit to Hanoi this week to announce that the US was ending a 50-year arms embargo on Communist Vietnam, in the latest push to strengthen opposition to China’s territorial ambitions in Asia’s seas. Michael Peel, the FT’s…
Why are carmakers investing in taxi apps?
May 25, 2016 • 7 min
Volkswagen has put $300m into Israeli taxi start-up Gett on the same day Toyota announced an undisclosed investment in US ride-hailing app Uber. Matthew Vincent asks the FT’s motor industry correspondent Peter Campbell what’s behind these moves. For…
What chance for the Bayer Monsanto megadeal?
May 24, 2016 • 10 min
Bayer, the German aspirin to week killer conglomerate has made a $62bn all cash offer for Monsanto, the US agribusiness. If agreed, the deal would create a huge global company providing farmers with everything from seeds to crop chemicals. Matthew Vincent…
Strikes hit French oil refineries
May 24, 2016 • 5 min
Motorists in France are facing long queues for petrol after unions opposed to the government’s labour reforms tightened their blockade of the country’s oil refineries. Joshua Chaffin asks the FT’s Paris bureau chief Anne-Sylvaine Chassany why the unions…
Transforming London’s Tate Modern
May 23, 2016 • 6 min
London’s Tate Modern is the world’s most popular museum of modern and contemporary art, with 5m visitors a year. Only 20 years ago it was the shell of a defunct power station on the banks of the Thames. Now it is expanding with a £260m extension that…
Egypt’s decimated tourism industry
May 23, 2016 • 2 min
Suspicion that a terrorist act may have brought down the Egyptian airliner that plunged into the Mediterranean last week delivers another blow to Egypt’s already desperate tourism industry. Arrivals have collapsed, hotels shut down and many workers have…
How a jihadi website profited from Google ad platform
May 18, 2016 • 8 min
How did ads for Citigroup, IBM and Microsoft appear on the website of a designated terrorist? Robert Cookson, the FT’s digital media correspondent, tells Ravi Mattu how an Indonesian jihadi website came to profit from ads paid for by big western brands.…
Will the US election affect Fed policy?
May 18, 2016 • 5 min
Could the US presidential election affect Federal Reserve policy this year? Will the Fed shy away from further rate rises, for example, as it avoids taking risks during an increasingly heated period. The FT’s Sam Fleming looks at how the central bank…
What chance for Venezuela’s recall referendum?
May 17, 2016 • 2 min
Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s unpopular president, has declared a state of emergency as his foes seek to remove him by collecting enough signatures for a recall referendum. Andres Schipani, the FT’s correspondent in Caracas, reports. For information…
How are banks tackling cyber risk?
May 17, 2016 • 6 min
Cyber risk is in the news following a series of attacks on Asian banks, and New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance is in London to talk about a transatlantic co-operation deal to tackle the risk. Patrick Jenkins asks Caroline Binham, the FT’s financial…
France’s sexual harassment problem
May 16, 2016 • 6 min
The issue of sexual harassment in the corridors of power in France burst into the open at the weekend when 17 prominent women, all serving or former ministers, published a letter vowing to make public “all sexist remarks, inappropriate gestures and…
Norwegian oil fund to sue Volkswagen
May 16, 2016 • 7 min
Norway’s oil fund is taking legal action against Volkswagen over the German carmaker’s emissions testing scandal. It is a further sign that the fund is flexing its muscles as an active investor, coming weeks after it said it would start cracking down on…
Saudi Arabia’s ambitious reformer
May 11, 2016 • 6 min
Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken up expectations about the world’s biggest oil exporter with his ambitious plans to wean the kingdom off its dependence on hydrocarbons. Ben Hall talks to the FT’s oil correspondent Anjli…
What’s up with WhatsApp in Brazil?
May 11, 2016 • 7 min
The Facebook-owned messaging app has been blocked and unblocked several times in recent months in Latin America’s biggest economy. The company was not pleased and nor were its customers. Ravi Mattu asks the FT’s Samantha Pearson in São Paulo and Hannah…
Who is Rodrigo Duterte?
May 10, 2016 • 9 min
The Philippines has elected a political outsider as president, a man with no experience of national level politics and who has said little about his plans for the economy. John Murray Brown asks the FT’s Avantika Chilkoti, who covered the election…
Laplanche’s Lending Club departure
May 10, 2016 • 7 min
Shares in Lending Club plunged on Monday when the company announced that chairman and chief executive Renaud Laplanche would step down amid allegations of a lapse in business practices. The FT’s Ben McLannahan and Alistair Gray discuss the potential…
Philippine voters seek change
May 5, 2016 • 6 min
Long known as the sick man of Asia, the Philippines has been transformed over the past six years under President Benigno Aquino. Growth has accelerated and investment has poured in but, with elections on Monday, Filipinos are demanding change. The FT’s…
Pros and cons of co-working spaces
May 5, 2016 • 9 min
Creative and freelance positions are the fastest growing sector of the white collar economy in the US and many of these workers choose to share a space with others, rather than work in isolation. Richard Greenwald has studied this phenomenon over the past…
The future of robot-human interaction
May 4, 2016 • 10 min
What kinds of things will robots do in future and what jobs will be left for the humans? The FT’s Maija Palmer puts the question to three London-based roboticists For more articles, videos and podcasts on living with robots, go to the FT’s special series…
Robots and management
May 3, 2016 • 9 min
How will robots and advanced computer technology affect the role of managers in the workplace? Andrew Hill, the FT’s management editor, puts the question to Julia Kirby, co-author of ‘Only Humans Need Apply’, a book on the rise of automation, and Hamid…
Deutsche Bank rocked by conduct scandal
May 3, 2016 • 4 min
The UK financial watchdog has found “systemic” failings in relation to financial crime at Deutsche Bank after a review of its UK unit last year. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, discusses the findings and how shareholders have reacted with…
India’s broken justice system
Apr 28, 2016 • 6 min
India’s chief justice this week made a tearful plea to the government for more judges to help tackle the country’s vast backlog of more than 33m outstanding cases. India’s justice system is notoriously slow, with actions and appeals sometimes lasting…
Shareholder activism on the rise
Apr 27, 2016 • 5 min
Shareholder activism is on the rise, often motivated by outrage over the stratospheric pay rises that chief executives award themselves. Sharlene Goff asks David Oakley, FT Corporate Affairs correspondent, what have been the biggest recent rebellions and…
What Verizon sees in Yahoo
Apr 26, 2016 • 5 min
Why would a big US telecoms company be looking to buy a struggling internet brand? The FT’s Shannon Bond and David Crow discuss Verizon’s alleged interest in merging Yahoo with its AOL business. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Goldman Sachs opens to the masses
Apr 26, 2016 • 5 min
Goldman Sachs, the go-to bank of the rich and powerful, is moving into consumer lending and consumer savings. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the surprise development with US banking editor Ben McLannahan, UK banking editor Martin Arnold,…
How to beat the next epidemic
Apr 22, 2016 • 7 min
The effort to develop an Ebola vaccine has made progress recently, but too late to save those who died during last year’s epidemic. Scientists are now racing to find a vaccine against the Zika virus. Andrew Ward, FT pharmaceuticals correspondent, asks…
European regulators take on Google
Apr 21, 2016 • 8 min
The EU has widened its landmark antitrust battle against Google, accusing the US technology group of abusing its dominance of the smartphone operating system Android. Ravi Mattu examines the case against Google with Murad Ahmed, the FT’s European…
New York victory means more for Clinton than Trump
Apr 20, 2016 • 8 min
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton secured substantial victories in the New York primaries on Tuesday night, strengthening Clinton’s position as Democratic frontrunner but doing little to ease speculation of a contested nomination process at the Republican…
Why Shakespeare’s plays live on
Apr 20, 2016 • 8 min
The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is being marked by celebrations around the world, including in London, where he wrote his plays. Sarah Hemming, the FT’s theatre critic, speaks to Dominic Dromgoole, outgoing artistic director of…
What happens in Brazil if Rousseff is ousted?
Apr 19, 2016 • 8 min
Brazil is in a deepening economic and political crisis. Will the impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff help resolve the country’s problems? Jonathan Wheatley asks Joe Leahy, the FT’s Brazil bureau chief, what happens next. For…
Gender Iris Bohnet, Harvard professor and leading authority on gender equality in the workplace
Apr 15, 2016 • 13 min
Prof Iris Bohnet explains to Sarah Gordon, the FT’s business editor, her research into “unconscious gender bias” in candidate selection and performance appraisals in business, and explains the famous experiment at the Boston Symphony Orchestra which now…
The case for breaking up Citigroup
Apr 12, 2016 • 7 min
Days before Citi releases its first quarter earnings, research analyst Brian Kleinhanzl of KBW makes a case for splitting up one of the largest US banks. Presented by Alistair Gray. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dystopian vision of Hong Kong stirs controversy
Apr 5, 2016 • 5 min
Ten Years, a bleak film about the future of Hong Kong, which has just won a prestigious industry award, has caused a stir for highlighting some of the political tensions between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. Josh Noble talks to FT Hong Kong reporter…
Round one victory for MetLife
Mar 31, 2016 • 4 min
MetLife celebrated a victory this week when a district court in Washington ruled the Obama administration had acted unlawfully in determining the biggest US insurer by assets was “too big to fail”. The FT’s Alistair Gray tells Ben McLannahan which other…
What do banks think about Brexit?
Mar 29, 2016 • 5 min
Members of Britain’s Bankers Association have revealed that they are against Britain leaving the European Union, which is in line with the views expressed by US bankers. Patrick Jenkins discusses the poll results and why bankers have been reticent about…
Iraq prepares to retake Mosul from Isis
Mar 24, 2016 • 7 min
Iraq has announced the beginning of a long-awaited campaign to recapture Mosul from Islamic State forces. It is hoping to push the Islamists out of the city by the end of the year. Siona Jenkins asks Erika Solomon, the FT’s Middle East correspondent, what…
Why do women fail to reach the top in banking?
Mar 23, 2016 • 8 min
A UK report on women in finance, led by Jayne-Anne Gadhia, head of Virgin Money, has found that women occupy only 14 per cent of top jobs in the sector. FT retail banking correspondent Emma Dunkley spoke to Ms Gadhia about how to fix the problem. Music by…
Terrorists launch assault on Europe’s diplomatic capital
Mar 22, 2016 • 2 min
Brussels has come under terrorist attack in an assault on the arteries of Europe’s diplomatic capital. Alex Barker. FT correspondent in Brussels, reports For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Valeant’s chief executive to step down
Mar 21, 2016 • 6 min
Valeant said on Monday that chief executive Mike Pearson would be stepping down. The Canadian drugmaker also traded blame with its former chief financial officer over providing incorrect information to the company’s auditors that it said led to the filing…
London’s river workers
Mar 17, 2016 • 8 min
Thousands of finance professionals spend their days in offices along the Thames, but the stretch of river that connects London’s two financial districts is a different kind of workplace. Emma Jacobs spoke to some of the city’s river workers about how they…
UK budget highs and lows
Mar 17, 2016 • 5 min
George Osborne delivered his 2016 Budget against a backdrop of a lower growth forecast for the UK economy, putting further pressure on the chancellor’s spending plans. Malcolm Moore discusses the highlights with FT economics editor Chris Giles and…
Bangladesh bank chief resigns over cyber attack
Mar 15, 2016 • 5 min
Bangladesh central bank governor Atiur Rahman has stepped down after the bank lost $81m through a cyber attack in one of the world’s biggest ever bank robberies. Victor Mallet, the FT’s South Asia bureau chief tells Patrick Jenkins what happened. For…
Ankara bomb underlines Turkish instability
Mar 14, 2016 • 2 min
A large car bomb in Ankara has killed at least 37 people, underlining the threat to Turkish stability posed by Kurdish separatists and Islamic state militants. The FT’s Mehul Srivastava reports. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The art of getting what you want at work
Mar 11, 2016 • 9 min
How do you go about negotiating a pay rise or a promotion at work? Maggie Neale teaches the art and science of negotiation at Stanford Business School. She talks to Emma Jacobs about the secrets of getting more of what you want. For information regarding…
Google’s DeepMind wins at Go
Mar 10, 2016 • 2 min
Lee Sedol, world champion of the Chinese board game Go, has just been beaten by a computer. Murad Ahmed explains how Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo programme did it, and why its victory is significant for the world beyond the Go board. Music by David Sappa For…
American lead in investment banking widens
Mar 9, 2016 • 2 min
Europe’s top five investment banks are now making less than half as much revenue as the top five US operators, which beat their European rivals on almost every financial measure last year. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, asks Laura Noonan, FT…
Has UK welfare reform succeeded?
Mar 9, 2016 • 8 min
Three years after the UK government began slashing welfare benefits, Financial Times reporters looked at the impact of the cuts on some of the poorest parts of the country. Barney Thompson discusses the results of their research with Sarah Neville and…
Electroceuticals: the next frontier in medical science?
Mar 8, 2016 • 7 min
Harnessing the electronic signals of the human nervous system to treat diseases has been described as the next great frontier in medical science. Andrew Ward discusses the possiblities and risks with Clive Cookson, FT science editor. Music: David Sappa…
Iranian women fight for social change
Mar 7, 2016 • 4 min
Women activists played a prominent role in Iran’s recent parliamentary elections, campaigning on social media and urging women to come out and vote. Minou Khaleghi, one of 14 newly-elected women MPs, says her priority will be to push for for changes in…
US voters left behind by economic recovery
Mar 4, 2016 • 7 min
The US economy added an unexpected 242,000 jobs in February, exceeding economists’ forecasts significantly and easing market concerns of a recession. But clouds remain over a lack of wage rises. The FT’s Shawn Donnan explains how the underlying figures…
Can Europe manage its refugee crisis?
Mar 2, 2016 • 3 min
EU leaders are preparing for an emergency summit against a grim backdrop: desperate scenes at the Greece-Macedonia border, where crowds of migrants are being beaten back from storming a fence with salvos of tear gas. Alex Barker, FT Brussels…
Deutsche Börse seeks merger with London Stock Exchange
Mar 1, 2016 • 5 min
Deutsche Börse is seeking to merge with the London Stock Exchange, potentially creating an important bridge between the London and Frankfurt financial centres. But it is not the only prospective bidder. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the…
Poland’s unrepentant ideologue
Feb 26, 2016 • 9 min
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who heads Poland’s Law and Justice Party, is leading a conservative counter-revolution that some see as anti-democractic. Henry Foy, the FT’s Warsaw correspondent, was granted a rare interview. He talks to Gideon Rachman and Neil…
Iran’s Rouhani seeks reform mandate
Feb 25, 2016 • 4 min
Iranians go to the polls on Friday in the first major test of public opinion since last summer’s nuclear accord. President Hassan Rouhani is seeking a mandate to press on with long-promised reforms. Najmeh Bozorgmehr, FT Tehran correspondent, talks to…
Would Britain be better off outside the EU?
Feb 24, 2016 • 7 min
Would a vote to leave the European Union be good for Britain’s economy? John Redwood, Conservative politician, and Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, discuss the question in the third and final of a series of FT debates on…
Would Brexit be a disaster for the City of London?
Feb 23, 2016 • 7 min
Would a British vote to leave the European Union be a disaster for the City of London? Howard Shaw of investment bank Shaw Capital and Gina Miller of investment managers SCM Private discuss the question in the second of a series of FT debates on Brexit.…
Would Europe benefit from Britain’s exit from the EU?
Feb 22, 2016 • 7 min
Would a UK vote to leave the European Union this year benefit Europe? Peter Mandelson, the Labour politician, and Daniel Hannan, a Conservative member of the European parliament, discuss the question in the first of a series of FT debates on Brexit. To…
Regulatory fears halt Chinese takeovers
Feb 19, 2016 • 8 min
China’s appetite for acquiring overseas companies was dealt a major setback this week as regulatory fears hindered two potential takeovers. How will this affect the $44bn ChemChina deal to acquire Swiss agribusiness Syngenta and other large-scale deals?…
Big bank break-up debate
Feb 18, 2016 • 7 min
What are the justifications for the call from Federal Reserve of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari that the major banks should be broken up, and are his motivations political or in the best interests of society and investors? Lex US editor Sujeet Indap…
Apple versus the FBI
Feb 18, 2016 • 9 min
Apple has taken a stand against a US court order that it must help the FBI unblock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Ravi Mattu discusses the FBI request and Apple’s response with Sam Jones, FT defence and security editor, and Tim…
Anglo American’s radical survival plan
Feb 16, 2016 • 7 min
The diversified mining group is targeting an extra $3bn to $4bn of asset sales this year as it seeks to recover from the commodities rout. Matthew Vincent asks James Wilson, FT mining correspondent, what’s behind Anglo’s plan and whether it can succeed.…
Are investor doubts about banks justified?
Feb 16, 2016 • 9 min
Some of the world’s biggest banks have seen their share prices fall again this week. Is the investor anxiety justified? Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, puts the question to Simon Peters, a portfolio manager at Algebris Investments, and Thomas Hale, FT…
Tech MBAs on the rise
Feb 15, 2016 • 3 min
London business schools report a growing trend among large tech companies to hire MBA graduates. Jonathan Moules talks to David Morris of London Business School about how the schools are adapting to meet the new demand for tech-based courses. Music:…
Shipping sector performance shows signs of sluggish global trade
Feb 12, 2016 • 8 min
The world’s largest container shipping company, AP Møller-Maersk, warned investors this week that it was seeing significantly tougher business conditions than it had during the 2008 financial crisis, marking the latest gloomy announcement in recent weeks…
Football and culture in Europe
Feb 11, 2016 • 8 min
Simon Kuper is joined by journalists Amy Raphael, Jimmy Burns and David Winner for a behind the scenes look at how the interplay between soccer and culture will play out at Euro 2016. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Syria’s rebels face loss of Aleppo
Feb 10, 2016 • 7 min
In what could prove a decisive moment in Syria’s civil war, the northern rebel stronghold of Aleppo is on the brink of falling to government forces backed by Russian air power. Ben Hall discusses what options remain for the US-backed rebels with Erika…
Benefits of female corporate leadership
Feb 10, 2016 • 5 min
The latest report on the benefits of female corporate leaders shows that the presence of female executives appears to boost company profits. Carola Hoyos discusses the findings with Kate Burgess, FT corporate correspondent. For information regarding your…
Mohamed El-Erian on Yellen’s next move
Feb 10, 2016 • 7 min
Janet Yellen’s testimony to the US Congress on Wednesday comes as confidence in the Federal Reserve is strained, demonstrated by a sell-off in bank stocks, sharp moves in bond markets and some critics calling the December rate rise a mistake. The FT’s…
Turning up the heat on Wall St
Feb 9, 2016 • 8 min
Five years after producing the US government’s official report on the financial crisis, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman Phil Angelides has written a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking why the Department of Justice has yet to hold…
European banks under pressure
Feb 9, 2016 • 4 min
The world’s banks, especially European banks, have been routed in the equity and debt markets as fears mount about future earnings and levels of capital. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, talks to Laura Noonan, investment banking correspondent, about…
Workers wanted in US construction
Feb 8, 2016 • 4 min
Construction companies across the US are struggling to find enough workers to keep up with demand, due in large part to a dearth of Mexican immigrants who do much of the heavy lifting in construction trades. Gary Silverman sits down for lunch with three…
US jobs data unpacked
Feb 5, 2016 • 8 min
US economics editor Sam Fleming breaks down the numbers in the January jobs report and explains what the data indicates about the health of the US economy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
EU safe harbour regime
Feb 3, 2016 • 4 min
Murad Ahmed, European technology correspondent, and Duncan Robinson, Brussels correspondent, discuss the EU’s new deal with the US on transferring data across the Atlantic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Space mining takes a giant leap forward
Feb 2, 2016 • 6 min
Space mining is about to leap from the pages of science fiction to commercial reality. The Luxembourg government is launching an initiative with European and US partners to create a new space industry that will exploit asteriods for metals and other…
Reinventing bank culture
Feb 2, 2016 • 5 min
Short termism in investment is in the news because of recent comments by legendary investor Warren Buffett and others. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, talks to Jessica Ground of the fund manager Schroders, about a UK initiative to reinvent bank…
Translatlantic tax showdown looms
Jan 28, 2016 • 4 min
Google is paying £130m in back tax to the UK and Apple could soon be instructed to pay billions. FT columnist John Gapper talks to Murad Ahmed, European technology correspondent, about where it could all lead. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Why are people so worried about the Zika virus?
Jan 27, 2016 • 6 min
Zika, a mosquito-born virus seems to have come out of nowhere and gone rogue, spreading rapidly in South America. Andrew Ward discusses the origins of the outbreak and how worried we should be with Clive Cookson, FT science editor. Music by David Sappa…
Tax inversions explained
Jan 26, 2016 • 8 min
In another multibillion-dollar deal, a US company has acquired a smaller European company in order to reduce its tax base. The so-called tax inversion deal has become one of the most prominent types of transaction in the recent M&A boom. The FT’s Sujeet…
Insead tops MBA rankings for the first time
Jan 24, 2016 • 3 min
France’s Insead has overtaken Harvard to lead the FT’s MBA business school rankings for the first time. Jonathan Moules discusses the findings with FT statistician Laurent Ortmans. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
First world water crisis
Jan 22, 2016 • 2 min
Living in a state of emergency over the water supply, a resident of Flint in the state of Michigan talks about the daily routine when living with poisoned water. The FT’s Lindsay Whipp travelled to the city to speak to those struggling to get clean water…
Iran rejoins the global economy
Jan 21, 2016 • 8 min
The lifting of UN sanctions on Iran reconnects a potentially vibrant emerging economy to world markets. Siona Jenkins asks Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Tehran correspondent, Martin Arnold, banking editor, and Anjli Raval, oil correspondent, how soon the country is…
Unlocking the psychology of hacking
Jan 21, 2016 • 4 min
Why do hackers do what they do? Understanding what motivates cyber criminals could be the first step in protecting yourself from attack. Reformed hacker Cal Leeming shares his insights with the FT’s Maija Palmer For information regarding your data…
Davos 2016: the rise of AI
Jan 20, 2016 • 5 min
Erik Brynjolfsson, director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, discusses the rise of artificial intelligence with the FT’s Murad Ahmed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He explains how it will transform industries globally and…
Bank bonuses rise for junior staff
Jan 19, 2016 • 4 min
After a number of years of bonus restraint, some of the world’s big banks have started to increase bonuses for junior staff. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, asks Laura Noonan, investment banking correspondent, what’s behind the new trend. Music:…
How fast is China really growing?
Jan 18, 2016 • 6 min
China’s 2015 growth data, released this week, provides an opportunity for Beijing to argue that the underlying economy remains sound despite recent stock market chaos. Michael MacKenzie asks George Magnus, an associate at Oxford university’s China Centre…
Legal ambiguities of the gig economy
Jan 14, 2016 • 5 min
The gig economy, exemplified by companies like Uber and TaskRabbit, is allowing employees more freedom, but at the same time it remains unclear how relationships between the workers and their employers are governed. Sarah O’Connor, FT employment…
Jakarta terror attack linked to Isis
Jan 14, 2016 • 4 min
Police have linked a terror attack in the Indonesian capital to the jihadi group Isis, heightening fears over the rise of Islamist terrorism in the world’s largest Muslim majority country. John Murray-Brown discusses the attacks and their repercussions…
The future of food: What will the world eat in 3016?
Jan 14, 2016 • 13 min
The food industry is struggling to find the next technological advancement to feed a growing population. For hundreds of years scientists have sought inventive ways to produce and package calories while advertisers have been learning how to change our…
China’s Wanda pays $3.5bn for Hollywood studio
Jan 12, 2016 • 7 min
The Chinese entertainment conglomerate will acquire Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment for a cash sum of $3.5bn. What does the deal mean for the two leading global theatrical markets, the US and China? The FT’s Matt Garrahan and Sujeet Indap…
Whose decision was it to drop UK bank culture review?
Jan 12, 2016 • 6 min
There’s a deepening row over why the UK financial watchdog decided to drop a review into bank culture. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the controversy with Emma Dunkley, the FT’s retail banking correspondent and John Mann, opposition…
BP sheds jobs as oil price rout continues
Jan 12, 2016 • 6 min
BP is cutting 4,000 jobs across its exploration and production business, in a further round of cost cutting as oil companies continue to feel the pain of a plunging oil price. Matthew Vincent asks Chris Adams, FT energy editor, how the industry is…
David Bowie: innovator in all aspects of his life
Jan 11, 2016 • 5 min
Just as he blazed a trail through the world of rock and roll, David Bowie also gave the world of finance something it had never seen before: pop bonds. Dan McCrum discusses these and other technological innovations embraced by the late pop star with Peter…
Free WiFi comes to the streets of New York
Jan 7, 2016 • 2 min
New York is ripping out its ageing phone boxes and replacing them with more than 7,000 WiFi routers to give the city free and fast internet access. Senior US business correspondent David Crow talks to city residents about the new service. Music by Blue…
German refugee policy under fire after Cologne attacks
Jan 7, 2016 • 4 min
A series of sexual assaults and thefts in Cologne on New Year’s Eve has shocked Germany and led to mounting criticism of the government’s immigration policies after it was reported that the attackers were of Arab or North African appearance. Joshua…
How do Iranians view the split with Saudi Arabia?
Jan 6, 2016 • 8 min
Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia cleric earlier this month led to a diplomatic rupture with Iran after hardliners in the Shia country set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Siona Jenkins discusses how Iranians view the dispute ahead of next month’s…
US car makers hit record sales in 2015
Jan 5, 2016 • 8 min
Auto sales figures from the world’s biggest economy brought some good news to an otherwise grim week for global markets. FT journalists analyse how US car manufacturers have recovered from one of the worst periods in the industry’s history, and the key…
Corruption’s stranglehold on the Moroccan economy
Dec 22, 2015 • 9 min
Karim Tazi is Morocco’s most outspoken businessman - a rare example of someone prepared to challenge vested interests on issues ranging from corruption to human rights and democracy. He spoke to Heba Saleh, FT North Africa correspondent, at his…
Yellen shows the courage of her convictions
Dec 17, 2015 • 5 min
The Federal Reserve has finally raised interest rates in a widely expected move. What has really changed? The FT’s Roger Blitz asks Roger Hallam of JP Morgan Asset Management how significant the move is and what signals were sent about the pace of future…
Business stories of the year
Dec 17, 2015 • 9 min
Matthew Vincent relives a year of highs and lows in the corporate world with the FT’s business editor Brooke Masters, including record merger and acquisition activity, trouble for commodities groups and a scandal that, for once, did not involve banks. For…
How Canada will settle new refugees
Dec 16, 2015 • 9 min
Under a new government, Canada welcomed hundreds of refugees this week as part of its plan to bring in 10,000 before the end of the year. Outlining the possible challenges ahead, the FT’s Ravi Mattu reports from Toronto on the economic and social…
Will Spain vote for experience over youth?
Dec 16, 2015 • 8 min
Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy is facing three youthful challengers in this weekend’s elections. The FT’s Josh Chaffin asks Tobias Buck, who has been covering the elections, whether his message of experience and stability will win over the country’s…
ECB chief economist on policy divergence with the US
Dec 15, 2015 • 5 min
The US Federal Reserve may be about to raise rates for the first time in nine years, but the European Central Bank is moving in the opposite direction. The FT’s Claire Jones asks the ECB’s chief economist Peter Praet to explain why, and how the Fed’s move…
What hope for a strong climate agreement?
Dec 10, 2015 • 5 min
As the Paris climate talks draw to a close, Pilita Clark, FT environment correspondent, assesses the chances that a strong and binding agreement to combat global warming will emerge and looks at the highlights of the past fortnight in Paris. For…
Oil glut triggers price slide
Dec 9, 2015 • 6 min
Oil prices fell again this week to their lowest in almost seven years, with the benchmark Brent Crude dropping below $40 a barrel. What factors will continue to drive prices in the next 12 months? FT energy experts discuss. Music by Gianluca Sgalambro.…
Venezuela opposition scores historic poll victory
Dec 9, 2015 • 8 min
Venezuela’s opposition has scored a historic victory in this week’s parliamentary elections. For the first time in 17 years it will control the national assembly - a result that could further the country’s political divide or prompt drastic change. John…
Hotels disrupted
Dec 8, 2015 • 4 min
The rise of Airbnb and other online accommodation start-ups has led analysts to say that the multibillion-dollar hotel industry is being disrupted. The FT’s Murad Ahmed and Malcolm Moore discuss whether hotel chains should fear new digital groups. For…
America’s forgotten friends in Iraq
Dec 7, 2015 • 8 min
For years after the 2003 invasion, Americans relied on Iraqis to navigate a country whose terrain and sectarian loyalties were little understood. But many Iraqis who risked their lives to help the Americans now feel abandoned. Siona Jenkins talks to the…
Zuckerberg disrupts Silicon Valley philanthropy
Dec 3, 2015 • 6 min
Mark Zuckerberg pledged this week to give away 99 per cent of his Facebook shares, currently worth about $45bn, during his lifetime. How will this change the shape of the social networking company and Silicon Valley philanthropy? FT correspondents…
Valeant’s dose of reality
Dec 2, 2015 • 9 min
Valeant was once considered a runaway success story, and one that upended the pharmaceutical sector. A series of crises engulfed the company in recent months, slashing nearly two thirds off its market valuation and forcing the company to tear up its…
UK banks pass post-crisis stress tests
Dec 1, 2015 • 5 min
Seven of the UK’s big banks have passed the Bank of England’s latest stress tests, which are designed to assess their ability to withstand a crisis - but only just. Patrick Jenkins discusses the results with Caroline Binham, FT financial regulation…
Adele finds path to success without streaming
Nov 26, 2015 • 6 min
Adele has broken the record for first-week album sales in the US, vindicating her strategy of withholding the release from streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Ravi Mattu asks Robert Cookson, the FT’s digital media correspondent, how she…
Macri’s daunting task in Argentina
Nov 26, 2015 • 7 min
Mauricio Macri has overturned 12 years of Peronist rule in Argentina as the candidate for change. Jonathan Wheatley asks J.P Rathbone, FT Latin America editor, how hard it will be for the new president to turn the economy around without causing too much…
The FT’s Books of the Year
Nov 26, 2015 • 31 min
From science and economics to music and poetry, the FT’s correspondents pick their best reads of 2015. Music credit: Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, “You Won’t Believe What Happens Next” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Osborne surprises with tax increases
Nov 25, 2015 • 4 min
The FT’s Michael Stott, Chris Giles and Janan Ganesh discuss UK chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, focusing on proposed welfare cuts, tax increases and the policy reversal on tax credits. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
George Osborne climbs down on tax credits
Nov 25, 2015 • 4 min
George Osborne, UK chancellor, has backed away from controversial cuts to tax credits for the poor as he sought to soften the blow from the deepest public spending cuts for a generation. Daniel Garrahan spoke to George Parker, the FT’s chief political…
Isis and encryption technology
Nov 19, 2015 • 8 min
The rise of encryption technology poses an increasing challenge for counter-terrorism agencies fighting Isis. Ravi Mattu asks Sam Jones, FT defence and security editor, why intelligence chiefs are so worried. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Can battery power transform industry?
Nov 19, 2015 • 8 min
The cost of big high-powered batteries is falling, offering the prospect that large scale storage could transform industry. Matthew Vincent asks Clive Cookson, FT science editor, and Andy Sharman, FT motor industry correspondent, how far off this is. For…
Obama and Putin repair relations to combat Isis
Nov 16, 2015 • 5 min
US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met this weekend alongside the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey to discuss political and military action against Isis in Syria. How might easing tensions between the two leaders affect the US…
Paris: a city in shock
Nov 15, 2015 • 13 min
Paris is reeling from one of the worst terrorist attacks in Europe’s history. An all-out assault on the heart of the city by a group of young men armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests. Simon Kuper, an FT writer who lives in the city, was witness to…
Microsoft seeks to take the lead on secure data
Nov 12, 2015 • 8 min
Microsoft has thrown down a challenge to the rest of the US tech industry unveiling a partnership with Deutsche Telekom that it says will protect the data of its cloud computing customers from US surveillance. Ravi Mattu discusses the development with…
Myanmar opposition on course for landslide win
Nov 10, 2015 • 10 min
Early poll results put Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy on course to form Myanmar’s first democratically elected government in fifty years. Fiona Symon talks to Michael Peel in Yangon about what happens next. For…
California’s sunshine revolution
Nov 9, 2015 • 4 min
Las Vegas has become one of the hot spots in the US solar power boom, creating tensions with local utilities. Ed Crooks, US industry and energy editor, reports. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Best of the FT podcasts - Internet snooping, foreign aid and climate change
Nov 5, 2015 • 13 min
In the final episode of this series, Henry Mance looks at Angus Deaton’s views on foreign aid, how US politics is influencing the debate on climate change and the Keystone pipeline. He also talks to FT leader writer James Blitz about UK plans for more…
Activision buys ‘Candy Crush’ owner for $5.9bn
Nov 3, 2015 • 6 min
US group Activision Blizzard is paying $5.9bn for the creator of Candy Crush Saga, in the gaming industry’s biggest deal since Microsoft bought Minecraft last year. Robert Cookson talks to Tim Bradshaw, the FT’s technology correspondent in San Francisco,…
Plotting the Keystone pipeline route around Obama
Nov 3, 2015 • 8 min
The machinations behind a request from TransCanada for the Obama administration to suspend its review of the Keystone XL pipeline permit application are explained by the FT’s US industry and energy editor, Ed Crooks. Music: “Acid Jazz” by Kevin MacLeod…
Turkey’s Erdogan cements his authority
Nov 2, 2015 • 7 min
Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cemented his authority after his AK party won a convincing victory in this week’s parliamentary elections. Daniel Dombey asks Mehul Srivastava, FT correspondent in Ankara, what the result means for Turkey’s…
The past and future of the human brain
Oct 30, 2015 • 21 min
Neuroscientist David Eagleman argues that the brain is like a field of battle: subject to conflicting drives and impulses that we are only just beginning to understand. He talks to Sally Davies, FT Weekend’s digital editor, about the nature of…
Best of the FT podcasts - Mergers, Poland’s rightwards shift and a bump in the road for Osborne
Oct 29, 2015 • 10 min
Henry Mance reviews the week’s events, including the landslide victory of Poland’s Law and Justice party, the unexpectedly strong poll performance of Argentina’s opposition, and the setback for Britain’s George Osborne over tax credits. He is joined by…
David Miliband on the Syrian refugee crisis
Oct 29, 2015 • 4 min
Earlier this week, US news editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson sat down with David Miliband, president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee. In this excerpt, Mr Miliband discusses how Russia’s presence in Syria has intensified the…
UK tax vote raises constitutional concerns
Oct 28, 2015 • 6 min
UK chancellor George Osborne was rebuffed by the House of Lords this week over his policy to cut tax credits. The FT’s Lionel Barber and Janan Ganesh discuss the opposition and the constitutional dilemma created by the move. Music: “Acid Jazz” by Kevin…
Facebook at Work signs up its first bank
Oct 27, 2015 • 2 min
RBS this week became the world’s first bank to adopt Facebook at Work, allowing staff to swap information and with the potential aim of providing banking services through the social network in future. Martin Arnold discusses what it means for the UK…
Argentina heads for presidential run-off
Oct 26, 2015 • 4 min
Argentina is heading for a presidential run-off after a turnround in the fortunes of the opposition candidate, Mauricio Macri. Jonathan Wheatley asks Benedict Mander, FT correspondent in Buenos Aires, whether the business friendly mayor of Buenos Aires…
Best of the FT podcasts: UK woos China, a rogue trader’s tale and Moscow revisited
Oct 23, 2015 • 12 min
Henry Mance presents the best of the FT audio, taking in Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK, the first interview with Kweku Adobole and an introduction to Canada’s new prime minister. He is joined by Guy Chazan, who recently returned to Moscow after an…
The crime and punishment of Kweku Adoboli
Oct 22, 2015 • 44 min
Kweku Adoboli, who went to prison for losing the Swiss bank UBS $2.3bn through unauthorised trading, tells his story to Lindsay Fortado, FT legal correspondent. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
What next for Kweku Adoboli?
Oct 22, 2015 • 9 min
Kweku Adoboli, recently released from prison for unauthorised trading at the Swiss Bank UBS, tells Lindsay Fortado how he hopes to help others in the banking industry avoid the mistakes he made For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Deutsche Bank’s fat finger slip-up
Oct 20, 2015 • 3 min
An embarrassing $6bn “fat finger” incident that came to light this week illustrates why Deutsche Bank’s radical management shake-up is overdue, Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, tells Patrick Jenkins For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Rocket’s stellar performance in doubt
Oct 20, 2015 • 9 min
Rocket Internet is Europe’s most valuable technology company by stock market capitalisation, but doubts have begun to be raised about its business model. Ravi Mattu discusses the reason for these doubts with Dan McCrum, FT capital markets editor and Sarah…
How Trudeau’s Liberals rose to lead Canada
Oct 20, 2015 • 9 min
After a sweeping win by Canada’s Liberal party with a fresh political agenda for the nation, FT journalists Anna Nicolaou and Gary Silverman discuss how Justin Trudeau rose to be the leader of choice and why the NDP and Conservative parties fell behind in…
Is sexual orientation relevant in the workplace?
Oct 19, 2015 • 11 min
Do gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual business leaders have an obligation to be out? The FT’s Carola Hoyos discusses the question with entrepreneur Ivan Massow, and executive Jan Gooding. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Democrats take the debate stage
Oct 14, 2015 • 7 min
Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo discusses the winners and losers from the first Democratic debate of the 2016 US election, where candidates touched on issues ranging from Wall Street reform to gun control. Read more about the US election at…
Blackphone offers defence against snooping
Oct 14, 2015 • 6 min
Silent Circle, a start-up in Geneva, has created a phone that is impermeable to snooping. How worried are the intelligence agencies? Murad Ahmed, the FT’s European technology correspondent puts the question to Sam Jones, the FT’s defence and security…
Scale of China’s Silk Road ambition emerges
Oct 13, 2015 • 6 min
The FT’s series China’s Great Game explores the signature foreign policy of President Xi Jinping. James Kynge, emerging markets editor, asks Tom Mitchell, Beijing correspondent, just how big the initiative is and what its aims are For information…
Barclays picks Jes Staley as new chief executive
Oct 13, 2015 • 6 min
The UK lender has turned to a former JPMorgan investment banker to lead it through a period of hefty restructuring and strategic uncertainty. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the move with Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, and Ronit Ghose,…
Best of the FT Podcasts - TPP, pilotless planes and why women still can’t have it all
Oct 9, 2015 • 14 min
Emma Jacobs reviews a week when the first global trade deal in years was struck, Air France managers lost their shirts and the chief executive of budget airline Ryanair predicted the advent of pilotless passenger planes. For information regarding your…
Europe’s ‘safe harbour’ ruling unpacked
Oct 7, 2015 • 7 min
What does the European Court of Justice ruling on the transfer of data between Europe and the US mean for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic and for internet surveillance. Murad Ahmed, the FT’s European technology correspondent, discusses the…
Air France protests turn violent
Oct 6, 2015 • 5 min
Turmoil at Air France was laid bare when senior executives had the shirts ripped from their backs by demonstrators after the airline set out plans to cut thousands of jobs. Matthew Vincent talks to Michael Stothard, FT Paris correspondent, about reasons…
Ben Carson narrows the gap on Trump in Republican race
Oct 4, 2015 • 6 min
Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo discusses how Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, has gained traction as a political outsider in the Republican race against Donald Trump for the White House. Music: “Brand New Record” by Steve Combs. For…
Ryanair seeks to become ‘Amazon for travel’ in Europe
Oct 4, 2015 • 2 min
Ryanair has big plans to become the “Amazon for travel” in Europe. Tanya Powley, FT transport correspondent, speaks to Michael O’Leary, chief executive, about his plans for the budget airline now that it has learnt to be “nice” to customers. For…
GE dials up volume on media ventures
Oct 2, 2015 • 2 min
From General Electric Theater to Bill Nye-hosted Vine clips, the industrial conglomerate has created science-inspired content as an advertising vehicle over the decades. Media and marketing correspondent Shannon Bond explores the company’s varied media…
Best of the FT podcasts - Glencore, Germany and Mars
Oct 2, 2015 • 11 min
Tom Burgis reviews a week when towering figures of recent years came under pressure, and when scientists from Nasa revealed evidence of briny water on the Red Planet. He is joined by FT science editor Clive Cookson. For information regarding your data…
Dispute over Picassos rocks art market
Oct 1, 2015 • 8 min
It’s been called the greatest art feud of modern times - a dispute that pits Russian billionaire and collector Dmitry Rybolovlev against the Swiss art dealer and businessman Yves Bouvier. In a fresh twist, Mr Rybolovlev has handed over two paintings by…
Glencore falls to earth
Sep 30, 2015 • 6 min
Glencore, the UK trading house that made billionaires of its top executives in a record-breaking flotation four years ago, lost up to a third of its market value earlier this week as investors reacted to fears of a prolonged commodities downturn. Matthew…
Barclays faces further scrutiny over Qatar deal
Sep 29, 2015 • 3 min
Barclays has been at loggerheads with Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over a 2008 deal with Qatar that helped the bank avoid a government bailout. Patrick Jenkins discusses the latest twist in the long-running probe with Caroline Binham, the FT’s financial…
Jeremy Corbyn: how long can he last as a Labour leader?
Sep 25, 2015 • 16 min
Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise election as leader has left the Labour party in disarray. Ahead of the party’s annual conference in Brighton, Jim Pickard, the FT’s chief political correspondent, asks FT columnists Philip Stephens and Janan Ganesh how long Corbyn…
Best of the FT podcasts - Corporate misbehaviour and Britain’s EU debate
Sep 24, 2015 • 10 min
Henry Mance discusses what went wrong at Volkswagen with John Gapper, the FT’s chief business commentator, dubious pricing behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry, and the apparent waning of the UK Labour party’s commitment to the cause of staying in the…
London in the design spotlight
Sep 23, 2015 • 8 min
Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, winners of the London Design Medal 2015, discuss their work and the broader significance of the London design festival with design writer Max Fraser For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A tumultuous week for biotechs
Sep 23, 2015 • 5 min
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front runner in the race for the White House, pledged this week to crack down on the growing cost of prescription drugs and out of pocket medical expenses in the United States after Turing Pharmaceuticals announced that it…
Volkswagen scandal causes car industry turmoil
Sep 22, 2015 • 7 min
The car industry has been thrown into turmoil after Volkswagen admitted cheating on US emissions tests for its diesel cars. Matthew Vincent discusses the burgeoning scandal with Andy Sharman, FT car industry correspondent. For information regarding your…
Netanyahu’s lightning trip to Moscow
Sep 21, 2015 • 5 min
Benjamin Netanyahu is on a lightning visit to Moscow to discuss Russia’s military deployments in Syria in a sign of Israel’s growing unease over arms transfers in the region. Siona Jenkins talks to John Reed, Financial Times Jerusalem correspondent, about…
Best of the FT podcasts: Republican presidential debate, Europe’s refugee crisis and adblockers
Sep 17, 2015 • 9 min
A round-up of the best FT coverage this week - featuring the Republican presidential debate, Europe’s refugee crisis and the rise of adblockers thanks to Apple’s new operating system. Presented by Henry Mance For information regarding your data privacy,…
Europe’s fraying union
Sep 16, 2015 • 10 min
In an excerpt from the latest episode of World Weekly, executive comment editor Mark Vandevelde is joined by Gideon Rachman and Peter Spiegel to discuss how the Eurozone and refugee crises are putting strain on the EU and whether or not the union can…
Yahoo suffers second blow in Alibaba spin-off plan
Sep 15, 2015 • 4 min
The Silicon Valley company’s plan to spin off its $24bn stake in Alibaba suffered a second major setback this week when the IRS, the US tax authority, said it had serious concerns about deals similar to the one proposed by Yahoo. Aimee Keane speaks with…
Best of the Podcasts: Brazil’s economy, the ‘chairman’s flight’ and the City under the Queen
Sep 11, 2015 • 9 min
Henry Mance is joined by John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor, to discuss what went wrong for Brazil’s economy, why the chairman of airline group United Continental resigned, and how the City of London has changed during the long reign of Queen…
What to know before the next Federal Reserve meeting
Sep 10, 2015 • 10 min
In an excerpt from this week’s episode of Alphachat, Cardiff Garcia speaks to US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth and US economics editor Sam Fleming about the potential implications of higher interest rates. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Best of the Podcasts: Brazil’s economy, the ‘chairman’s flight’ and the City under the Queen
Sep 10, 2015 • 11 min
Henry Mance is joined by John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor, to discuss what went wrong for Brazil’s economy, why the chairman of airline group United Continental resigned, and how the City of London has changed during the long reign of Queen…
China moguls tell their stories
Sep 10, 2015 • 4 min
Three of China’s most successful businessmen talk to the FT’s Patti Waldmeir about their rags-to-riches stories, the difficulties they had to overcome and their recipe for a successful life. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
How a New York traffic jam led to a CEO’s ousting
Sep 9, 2015 • 9 min
United Continental Holdings announced on Tuesday that the US airline’s chief executive Jeff Smisek would resign in connection with a federal investigation linked to a key ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is running for the White House.…
Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century
Sep 4, 2015 • 11 min
Modern life forces us to do a multitude of things at once - but can we? Should we? Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist who has 150 things on his to-do list, talks to the editor of the FT Weekend Magazine about the myths, science and history of…
Refugees, multitasking and broken banks
Sep 3, 2015 • 11 min
Henry Mance looks at how Europe woke up to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, how we can learn to multitask better, and whether the banking industry is still just as broken as it was before the financial crisis. For information regarding your data…
China’s ‘carrier killer’ missile
Sep 2, 2015 • 6 min
China appears set to reveal a weapon so formidable it could upset the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region. The missile is likely to be wheeled through Beijing at a parade marking the second world war. James Kynge asks Charles Clover, FT Beijing…
Europe’s borders under strain
Sep 2, 2015 • 7 min
Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis in decades, with Germany assuming the greatest burden for absorbing the asylum seekers. Gideon Rachman talks to Jeevan Vasagar, FT correspondent in Berlin, and Tony Barber, FT Europe editor, about the political…
Anbang bid for Portugal’s Novo Banco collapses
Sep 1, 2015 • 5 min
A bid by China’s Anbang Insurance to buy Novo Banco has collapsed, leaving the future of Portugal’s biggest retail bank up in the air. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, discusses the implications with Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, and Laura…
Russia’s new data privacy rules
Aug 31, 2015 • 5 min
Hundreds of thousands of companies operating in Russia have been thrown into confusion by new data privacy rules that will help Moscow expand surveillance of its citizens. Kathrin Hille, Moscow Bureau chief for the Financial Times, spoke to some of them.…
S Africa bank chief rules out defence of the rand
Aug 28, 2015 • 6 min
S Africa bank chief rules out defence of the rand South Africa’s rand hit all time lows against the dollar this week as currency turmoil swept across emerging markets. Andrew England, the FT’s Southern Africa bureau chief, spoke to Lesetja Kganyago, the…
Best of the FT podcasts - China, Corbynmania and how an email saved Apple billions
Aug 27, 2015 • 12 min
Tom Burgis takes a tour of the FT’s podcasts and videos in a week when events in China shook the world, Corbynmania made headlines and a single email from Apple’s chief executive saved his company $80bn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Scandal rocks Malaysia’s ruling party
Aug 27, 2015 • 5 min
A political crisis has erupted in Malaysia involving questions about how nearly $700m made its way into the prime minister’s personal bank account and the mismanagement of the country’s sovereign development fund. Ben Bland talks to David Pilling, the…
China’s impact on the wider global economy
Aug 26, 2015 • 7 min
Concerns about the Chinese economy and the country’s stock market gyrations have shown little sign of abating this week. Martin Sandbu asks the FT’s economics editor Chris Giles, and US economics editor, Sam Fleming what impact this is likely to have on…
Tim Cook helps end Apple stock slide
Aug 25, 2015 • 6 min
An email from Tim Cook to ‘Mad Money’ television host Jim Cramer helped calm investors and save Apple nearly 80 billion dollars in its market value this week after global markets fell in reaction to turmoil in China. Ravi Mattu talks to Tim Bradshaw about…
Jeremy Corbyn on banks, Nato and the rise of the left
Aug 24, 2015 • 9 min
Jeremy Corbyn, the surprise front runner in the UK opposition Labour party’s leadership contest, speaks to Jim Pickard, the FT’s chief political correspondent, about his views on the deficit, banks, media ownership and Nato. For information regarding your…
Best of the FT podcasts: Amazon, Buzzfeed and Ukraine
Aug 20, 2015 • 13 min
Henry Mance looks the recent flare-up of fighting in Ukraine, the tribulations of white collar workers, the valuation of new media companies Buzzfeed and Vox, and talks to Sarah O’Connor, employment correspondent, about the way Amazon treats its…
Pardons expose flaws in South Korea’s chaebol system
Aug 20, 2015 • 8 min
While some countries fret over banks that are too big to fail, South Korea is grappling with the concept of systemically important business executives. Simon Mundy tells Fiona Symon why a prominent business leader convicted of fraud was recently pardoned.…
European leaders convene emergency summit on Ukraine
Aug 19, 2015 • 8 min
Rising violence in eastern Ukraine has prompted the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine to convene an emergency summit to try to halt the fighting; at the same time Kiev’s talks with its creditors are at a critical point. Ben Hall discusses the twin…
Amazon denies work hard, weep hard culture
Aug 18, 2015 • 5 min
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, has been forced on the defensive over stinging allegations about the retail company’s management style. Matthew Vincent talks to Hannah Kuchler, FT correspondent in San Francisco, about the allegations and the…
Iraqi prime minister cracks down on corruption
Aug 17, 2015 • 8 min
Iraq’s prime minister has responded to a wave of street protests by launching a sweeping overhaul of government to tackle corruption and strengthen his own powers. Fiona Symon asks the FT’s Middle East correspondent Erika Soloman whether he can succeed…
Best of the FT podcasts: Google, China and migration
Aug 13, 2015 • 9 min
Henry Mance reviews Google’s transformation from a profitable search engine to a tech conglomerate, China’s decision to devalue its currency and the abuse of migrants by British employers, and talks to Andrew Hill, management editor about the best…
China’s mixed message on the renminbi
Aug 12, 2015 • 8 min
Is China’s renminbi devaluation a move towards liberalisation or a desperate bid to halt the country’s economic slowdown? Ben Hall discusses the move with James Kynge and Gabriel Wildau. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Google reinvents itself as a conglomerate for the tech age
Aug 11, 2015 • 4 min
Google has announced a broad restructuring which sees the US technology company renamed Alphabet and puts its internet search business into a subsidiary company. Matthew Vincent asks Richard Waters why Google has decided to reinvent itself. For…
Strategic tensions in the South China Sea
Aug 11, 2015 • 6 min
China’s island building in the South China Sea has led to friction with countries that share maritime borders around the sea and with the US which remains the dominant power in the region. James Kynge asks Charles Clover, FT correspondent in Beijing, how…
Japan’s lifetime employment system
Aug 9, 2015 • 4 min
Students who fail in the first round of recruitment after leaving education in Japan are excluded from the country’s lifetime employment system and condemned to a precarious life of temporary contracts and part time work. Robin Harding, FT Tokyo…
Best of the FT podcasts: All-male clubs, climate change, and jailing bankers
Aug 8, 2015 • 11 min
Henry Mance rounds up this week’s news with a look at London’s Garrick Club, Obama’s plan to combat climate change, and the first banker to be jailed for rigging rates. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Canadian economy
Aug 7, 2015 • 10 min
In an excerpt from this week’s episode of FT Alphachat, host Cardiff Garcia is joined by Alphaville colleague Matt Klein and FT reporter Anna Nicolaou to discuss Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s call for an election as the country is threatened by…
Saudi Arabia feels impact of low oil prices
Aug 5, 2015 • 6 min
Saudi Arabia is considering borrowing money on the local market in order to fund a growing budget deficit caused by the drop in oil prices and its expensive war in Yemen. Fiona Symon talks to Simeon Kerr, FT Gulf correspondent, about the kingdom’s…
Can Barack Obama’s climate plan succeed?
Aug 5, 2015 • 7 min
President Obama’s plan to impose emissions cuts on the US power sector is opposed by political rivals and some industry. How significant is the plan and can it succeed? Orla Ryan puts the question to Pilita Clark, FT environment corresponent and Barney…
Tom Hayes sentenced to 14 years for Libor rigging
Aug 4, 2015 • 7 min
Tom Hayes, a former star trader at UBS and Citigroup, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for conspiring to rig Libor, the first conviction in the global scandal over the manipulation of benchmark interest rates. Martin Arnold talks to Lindsay…
Best of the FT podcasts: Cyber security, Cameron’s Pyrrhic victory, and annual appraisals
Jul 31, 2015 • 10 min
Henry Mance rounds up this week’s news with a look at the fightback against hack attacks, why Britain’s Conservative leader David Cameron should not be too complacent, and why annual appraisals at work may be on their way out. For information regarding…
Cyber security threat shocks car industry
Jul 30, 2015 • 8 min
Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4m vehicles last week amid fears the company’s Jeep Cherokees could be compromised by hackers, sending shockwaves through the industry. Murad Ahmed asked Andy Sharman, the FT’s motor industry correspondent how carmakers are…
Kurds caught up in Turkey’s war on terror
Jul 29, 2015 • 8 min
Nato allies have welcomed Turkey’s decision to step up its fight against Isis. But its decision to include Kurdish opponents as the target of its air attacks is causing some concern. Siona Jenkins discusses Turkey’s strategy with Daniel Dombey and Alex…
The growing influence of China’s renminbi
Jul 29, 2015 • 12 min
Ten years ago the Chinese government ended the renminbi’s strict peg against the US dollar. Since then the currency has gained in stature in world trade, investment and as a reserve currency, reflecting China’s growing international influence. James Kynge…
China’s stock market turmoil
Jul 28, 2015 • 4 min
Chinese equities have been in turmoil, suffering one of their worst days on record this week. FT Banking editor Martin Arnold asks Gabriel Wildau, the FT’s correspondent in Shanghai, how damaging this is for the country’s banking system. For information…
Best of the FT podcasts: Corruption allegations, a regulator removed, and the danger of spreadsheets
Jul 24, 2015 • 9 min
Robert Shrimsley rounds up the best of the FT’s week in audio and video, including a look at corruption allegations in Brazil, what the removal of a financial regulator says about changing political priorities in Britain, dangerous spreadsheets and the…
Nigeria’s pivotal moment
Jul 23, 2015 • 6 min
Much of the hope for Africa’s progress in recent years has centred on Nigeria, with its emerging middle class and renaissance in business and the arts. Roula Khalaf asks William Wallis whether the country’s new president can keep those hopes alive. For…
Dilma Rousseff’s precarious presidency
Jul 22, 2015 • 8 min
The Brazil president’s second term in office has had a shaky start, with a barrage of corruption allegations fuelling discontent over the country’s economic woes and even talk of impeachment. Fiona Symon asks Joe Leahy, FT Brazil bureau chief, how bad…
UK financial watchdog tamed?
Jul 21, 2015 • 3 min
The City of London is celebrating the departure of Martin Wheatley as head of the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, asks Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent, whether this ushers in a more lenient era for…
A testing time for spreadsheets
Jul 21, 2015 • 11 min
Error rates in spreadsheets are frighteningly high and small mistakes can have significant impacts. But is this enough to justify testing in spreadsheets along the lines of what software developers do for code? Lisa Pollack reports on this and more from…
Best of the FT podcasts: Marathon negotiations and a drug baron’s escape
Jul 17, 2015 • 9 min
Were the two big deals resulting from this week’s marathon diplomatic talks about Greece and Iran worth celebrating? Henry Mance reviews what the FT commentators said. Also in the highlights of the week: drug baron Joaquin Guzman’s escape from a Mexican…
Citizen journalism and the conflict in Syria
Jul 15, 2015 • 6 min
Eliot Higgins has become a leading authority on the conflict in Syria by monitoring social media sites to piece together what’s happening on the ground. FT technology editor Ravi Mattu spoke to him about his groundbreaking citizen journalism. For…
Outlook improves for Greece’s banks
Jul 14, 2015 • 5 min
The outlook for Greece’s banks has improved now that the government has reached an agreement with its creditors. Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s financial editor, discusses what happens next, with FT investment banking correspondent Laura Noonan For information…
Iranians celebrate long-awaited nuclear deal
Jul 14, 2015 • 5 min
Iranians tell Najmeh Bozorgmehr, FT correspondent in Tehran, of their hopes for an improved economic outlook when sanctions are lifted For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Guzman escape leaves Mexico president in a hole
Jul 13, 2015 • 7 min
Jude Webber, FT correspondent in Mexico City, tells Fiona Symon why the escape of the country’s most famous fugitive, Joaquin Guzman, represents such a blow to the country’s reforming president Enrique Peña Nieto. For information regarding your data…
Best of the FT podcasts: money, magic and the minimum wage
Jul 10, 2015 • 9 min
Henry Mance scrolls through the week’s news and offers his selection of the best of the FT podcasts. This week: money - Chinese investors are losing it, George Osborne is juggling it, Greece is running out of it and Microsoft’s chief executive is too busy…
Murder mystery tarnishes India’s ruling party
Jul 9, 2015 • 8 min
A decade-old corruption scandal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has erupted on to the national political stage following the sudden death of a number of witnesses and an investigative journalist. Fiona Symon asks Victor Mallet, the FT’s…
George Osborne delivers radical UK Budget
Jul 8, 2015 • 6 min
Could plans to raise the UK living wage change the legacy of the Tories and chancellor George Osborne? FT’s Michael Stott asks political commentator Janan Ganesh, and delves into the numbers behind the Summer Budget with economics correspondent Ferdinando…
Greek banks: What happens when the money runs out?
Jul 7, 2015 • 8 min
How long can Greece’s banks survive the current political turmoil? Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses this question, and what happens when the money runs out, with Ronit Ghose, banks analyst at Citigroup and Martin Arnold, FT banking editor.…
Puerto Rico - America’s Greece?
Jul 3, 2015 • 9 min
Puerto Rico has been called America’s Greece, because of the ruinous scale - and nature - of its debt. Leaf Arbuthnot talks to the FT US Markets Editor Robin Wigglesworth about the problems facing the island. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Working lives: how to sustain a career until 70
Jul 3, 2015 • 7 min
As the pension age increases, sustaining a career until 70 is set to become a pressing issue. Emma Jacobs asks Lynda Gratton of London Business School and Chris Ball of the Shaw Trust how this can be done. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Best of the FT Podcasts: Terror, philanthropy and murky deals in Africa
Jul 3, 2015 • 9 min
Henry Mance scrolls through the week’s news and offers his selection of the best of the FT podcasts. This week: a terror attack in Tunisia, Prince Alwaleed promises to give away his fortune, and an African scandal unfolds. For information regarding your…
Working lives: London’s ‘red carpet’ curate
Jul 2, 2015 • 7 min
Peterson Feital, minister to the creative industries for the Diocese of London, has been dubbed the “red carpet curate” for his appearance at glitzy premieres, He explains his mission to Emma Jacobs For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Why Rome’s mayor is fighting to stay in office
Jul 1, 2015 • 6 min
Ignazio Marino, the Mayor of Rome, is fighting for his political life, as details emerge of an immense corruption scandal reaching right into the heart of the Eternal City. Does he deserve to be nudged out of office? Leaf Arbuthnot asks James Politi, FT…
Greece defaults on its IMF debt
Jun 30, 2015 • 7 min
Greece has become be the first developed country to miss a payment to the IMF. Martin Arnold, FT banking editor, discusses what the default means for the global banking system with Ferdinando Giugliano, Emma Dunkley and Laura Noonan. For information…
Denmark’s new politics
Jun 30, 2015 • 7 min
In Denmark’s topsy-turvy election, the party that won most seats has had to cede the premiership to a party that came third, and whose share of the vote actually diminished since the last election. What’s going on? Leaf Arbuthnot asks Richard Milne, FT…
Best of the FT podcasts: Nato’s chess game with Russia, Formula One’s future and US taxes
Jun 26, 2015 • 10 min
Henry Mance scrolls through the week’s news and offers his selection of the best of the FT podcasts. This week: the chess game between Russia and Nato, the future of Formula One and why Americans always moan about taxes. For information regarding your…
Investors hope for Argentine turnaround
Jun 26, 2015 • 6 min
Investors are hoping for a turnaround in Argentina’s economic fortunes after this year’s presidential elections, but doubts have begun to emerge that the new regime will represent real change. Benedict Mander, FT correspondent in Buenos Aires, tells…
Atlantic Alliance back in business
Jun 24, 2015 • 7 min
Nato defence ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the reinvigoration of the alliance in the face of Russian aggression. The US is to make the biggest reinforcement of its forces in eastern Europe since the fall of the Soviet Union. Ben Hall…
Apple vs Spotify
Jun 23, 2015 • 6 min
Apple is to change the terms of its upcoming subscription streaming service Apple Music, following an open letter by pop star Taylor Swift. What share of its streaming revenues will Apple pay to artists, and how will these changes affect current market…
Debt crisis takes a toll on Greek banks
Jun 23, 2015 • 5 min
Negotiations to avert a Greek default have been overshadowed by another growing concern: the country’s banks, caught up in the turmoil through no fault of their own, are in danger of becoming insolvent. Patrick Jenkins talks to Ferdinando Giugliano and…
UK unveils stringent bank bonus regime
Jun 23, 2015 • 2 min
Senior managers at UK banks risk having their bonuses clawed back for as long as a decade if they take “material risks”, under proposals unveiled by regulators that would give the UK one of the world’s strictest regimes on bonuses and pay. Patrick Jenkins…
The complexity of US taxes
Jun 23, 2015 • 11 min
The deadline for Americans abroad to file their taxes was June 15th. Lisa Pollack, FT columnist and expat, is joined by tax historian Joseph Thorndike to reflect on the complexity of US taxes for Americans everywhere. How did the system become so…
The story of Cao Xiuzhen, a Shanghai trashpicker
Jun 19, 2015 • 10 min
As part of the FT’s ‘End of the migrant miracle’ series, Shanghai correspondent Patti Waldmeir tells the story of Cao Xiuzhen who makes a living from the detritus of the city For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Tech bubbles then and now
Jun 19, 2015 • 11 min
Brent Hoberman rose to fame as co-founder of Lastminute.com, a British internet company that came to symbolise the dotcom excess of the year 2000. He’s reinvented himself as a serial entrepreneur and creator of exclusive start-up community Founders Forum.…
Best of the FT podcasts: US presidential hopefuls, world’s biggest beer company and is there a tech bubble?
Jun 19, 2015 • 8 min
Henry Mance negotiates the week’s top stories in the time it takes for Greece and the EU to shout at each other and storm out of the room. This week: US presidential hopefuls, the world’s biggest beer company and is there a tech bubble? For information…
Yellen treads carefully on rates
Jun 18, 2015 • 3 min
Currency investors were looking for signs of lift-off in interest rates this week, but Fed chair Janet Yellen wants the US central bank to tread very carefully. Roger Blitz, FT currencies correspondent, spoke to Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist…
Philae comet lander awakes from its slumber
Jun 17, 2015 • 5 min
This week, Europe’s comet lander Philae awoke after a sleep of seven months and made contact with earth via its mother ship Rosetta. Andrew Jack talks to Clive Cookson, FT science editor, about the famous tweet, and why it inspired such excitement in the…
Greek turmoil upsets the markets
Jun 16, 2015 • 7 min
As Greece heads closer to a default, how are the markets reacting and what would happen if the Tsipras government failed to reach a deal with Greece’s creditors? Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the potential fallout with Ralph Atkins,…
Can Qatar retain the 2022 World Cup?
Jun 15, 2015 • 7 min
Allegations that Qatar won its bid to host the 2022 World Cup through bribery have led to calls for the Gulf emirate to be stripped of its right to host the competition - especially after the corruption scandal at football’s governing body Fifa erupted…
Living with Art
Jun 12, 2015 • 8 min
Art historian Bendor Grosvenor talks about the growing trend for displaying Old Masters in contemporary interiors and whether brown furniture is making a comeback. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Best of the FT Podcasts: UK debt, Turkish elections, and ads on Snapchat
Jun 12, 2015 • 7 min
Henry Mance scrolls through the week’s news and offers his selection of the best of the FT podcasts and videos. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The plight of Asia’s Rohingya Muslims
Jun 11, 2015 • 8 min
The suffering of Asia’s Rohingya Muslims has been revealed in gruesome detail in recent weeks, with haunting images of desperate people stranded on the Indian Ocean. Fiona Symon talks to Michael Peel, FT correspondent in Bangkok, about the crisis. For…
Can Snapchat make money from Millennials?
Jun 10, 2015 • 8 min
Snapchat has lured Millennials by creating a new type of social media app, but can it figure out a way to make money out of them? Ravi Mattu discusses its attempt to convince advertisers that it can offer them a way to reach the next generation of…
How friends influence online security trends
Jun 9, 2015 • 8 min
What role do our friends play in the strategies we adopt to keep our internet data safe? Lisa Pollack is joined by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sauvik Das to discuss his research on role of social influence in the adoption of online security features on…
Turkish president suffers election setback
Jun 8, 2015 • 7 min
Turkey’s ruling AK party has lost its majority in parliament in a significant setback for the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled unchallenged for over a decade. Fiona Symon discusses the implications with the FT’s Istanbul…
Best of the FT podcasts: Italian reforms, Egyptian homes and ‘hurry sickness’
Jun 5, 2015 • 8 min
Henry Mance asks what hopes for Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, will Egyptians move to homes in the desert, and what is ‘hurry sickness’? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Egypt’s desert dreams
Jun 5, 2015 • 7 min
Egypt recently announced plans to build a new capital in the desert, but will Egyptians move there? Heba Saleh put the question to David Sims, urban planner and author of a book on Egypt’s efforts to build cities in the desert. For information regarding…
Sepp Blatter and the dangers of self-delusion
Jun 3, 2015 • 4 min
Self-belief is vital for leaders, but Lehman, Hanergy and Fifa show the dangers, says Andrew Hill. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Smartphones conquer the world
Jun 2, 2015 • 6 min
Smartphones are everywhere and the media industry is getting ready for a shake-up. By 2020 there will be more than 6bn smartphone subscriptions worldwide according to a new report by Swedish technology group Ericcson. Henry Mance discusses the findings…
Iran’s tech start-ups tap expatriate expertise
Jun 2, 2015 • 6 min
If Iran and the world powers reach a nuclear deal and international sanctions are lifted, Iran’s tech sector, one of the world’s biggest untapped markets, will be one of the main sectors to watch, says FT Tehran correspondent Najmeh Bozorgmehr. For…
China steps up investment in European finance
Jun 2, 2015 • 6 min
A Chinese buyer looks set to acquire one of Portugal’s biggest banks as Chinese companies expand their interest in European financial services. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the deal and its implications with Luigi de Vecchi, one of…
Wearables at work: What it’s like to be a tracked employee
May 30, 2015 • 5 min
Some companies are experimenting with tracking their employees with wearable devices. We fitted Sarah O’Connor, the FT’s employment correspondent, with a sleep tracker, a mood ring and a fitness tracker, and then shared the data with her boss. She tells…
Best of the Podcasts: Fifa’s Sepp Blatter, wearable technology, secret trade deals and artificial intelligence
May 29, 2015 • 6 min
Can Fifa president Sepp Blatter survive the corruption allegations at football’s world governing body? What happens when employers track employees with wearable technologies? Why is there so much secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership? And what does…
Why all the secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
May 25, 2015 • 5 min
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal between the US, Japan, and 10 other economies in Asia and Latin America, has run into a barrage of criticism. But why have the governments involved gone to such lengths to keep the negotiating texts…
Best of the FT podcasts: How to lose money on solar energy and save the Great Barrier Reef
May 22, 2015 • 8 min
Henry Mance looks at how to be a schmuck and make lots of money, how to invest in a mysterious solar energy company and lose a lot of money and how, maybe, to save the Great Barrier Reef. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Loss of Palmyra signals Syrian regime’s weakness
May 21, 2015 • 7 min
Isis forces have captured Palmyra, site of an ancient city that survived for 2000 years but is now facing destruction. It is a severe blow to Syria’s cultural heritage, but also signals the weakness of the Assad regime. Fiona Symon discusses the reasons…
Chelsea Flower Show highlights
May 21, 2015 • 7 min
Jane Owen, FT’s House & Home editor, talks to designers about their experience of this year’s show and brings us her highlights For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ad-blocking sets off internet arms race
May 20, 2015 • 8 min
Internet services have seen advertising revenues soar as consumers turned to smartphones to access the web. But they are having to contend with a new threat: ad-blocking. Ravi Mattu discusses the trend with Robert Cookson. For information regarding your…
Deutsche Bank fires warning shot on Brexit
May 19, 2015 • 5 min
Deutsche Bank is examining whether to move parts of its British operations to Germany if the UK votes to leave the EU, underlining the potential fallout in the City of London. Patrick Jenkins discusses the move with Martin Arnold and Laura Noonan. For…
Ramadi residents trapped after Iraqi city falls into Isis hands
May 18, 2015 • 6 min
Erika Soloman has been speaking to residents of the Iraqi city of Ramadi about the conditions they face since city fell into the hands of fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Sunday. She speaks to Fiona Symon about their predicament. For…
Milan: face of the new Italy?
May 18, 2015 • 7 min
Milan is seeking to emulate New York and London in attracting international investors to its fashionable new property developments. Serena Tarling speaks to Rachel Sanderson and Lavinia Albertini about the rebranding of the city. For information regarding…
Cuba: a carnival of expectations
May 15, 2015 • 6 min
The US move to normalise relations with Cuba unleashed a sense of hope on the island, but the pace of change remains slow, as John Paul Rathbone tells Matthew Garrahan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Best of the FT podcasts: Britain’s defeated Labour party, change in Cuba and the future of Fitbit
May 15, 2015 • 7 min
Henry Mance asks what next for Britain’s defeated Labour party, has anything really changed in Cuba, and what does the future hold for Fitbit, maker of those annoying bracelets that track people’s jogging. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Working lives: Learning to be mindful with horses
May 14, 2015 • 6 min
Equine Affinity offers executives the chance to learn something about themselves by interacting with horses. Emma Jacobs spent a morning with company founder Catherine Bray. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Business sees the benefits of rewiring the brain
May 13, 2015 • 4 min
The prefrontal cortex of coaches, marketers, executives and a few charlatans is lighting up at the possibilities offered by neuroscience, says Andrew Hill. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Can South Africa’s Obama challenge the ANC?
May 12, 2015 • 7 min
South Africa’s main opposition party has elected its first black leader. Mmusi Maimane’s good looks and skills as an orator have led some to liken him to Barack Obama. Fiona Symon asks Andrew Engand, FT correspondent in Johannesburg, whether he can…
Can Fitbit stay ahead of the pack?
May 11, 2015 • 7 min
Fitbit is in rude financial health, but can it fend off competition from the likes of Google and Apple? Ravi Mattu discusses the company’s prospects ahead of its IPO with Tim Bradshaw, FT San Francisco correspondent. For information regarding your data…
China’s shrinking Labour force
May 6, 2015 • 7 min
A shrinking labour force is driving huge economic change in China. James Kynge talks to Jamil Anderlini about the human cost of China’s mass migration from rural areas to the cities and why it is now beginning to slow. For information regarding your data…
It’s time to reinvest in Egypt, says tycoon Naguib Sawiris
May 5, 2015 • 7 min
Harsh sentences handed out against opponents of the regime have focused attention on the severity of Egypt’s security state. But many in business applaud what they see as a return to stability. Heba Saleh, FT Cairo correspondent, talks to tycoon Naguib…
Cirque du Soleil’s private equity buyout
May 4, 2015 • 4 min
All great enterprises start like a troupe of inspired circus performers. But over time, most end up churning out the equivalent of processed food. Andrew Hill asks how inventive companies can avoid this fate. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Best of the FT podcasts: recycled plastic, ‘golden parachutes’ and gay marriage
May 1, 2015 • 10 min
Henry Mance asks why the oil price is smashing the people recycling our yoghurt pots, why American bank bosses are paid when they leave their jobs, and whether Ireland, once one of Europe’s most Catholic countries, will vote in favour of a referendum on…
Oil price drop hits plastic recyclers
Apr 30, 2015 • 6 min
The collapse in oil prices is pushing plastic recyclers towards the brink of bankruptcy, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment, Pilita Clark, FT environment correspondent, tells Andrew Parker. For information regarding your data…
Iranians impatient for nuclear deal
Apr 29, 2015 • 5 min
Many Iranians believe a comprehensive nuclear deal will bring a lifting of sanctions and the return of foreign investors, in particular Americans, who have been absent from Iran for over thirty years. Najmeh Bozorgmehr, reports from Tehran on their hopes…
Wall Street’s ‘golden parachutes’ challenged
Apr 28, 2015 • 7 min
America’s biggest trade union federation is campaigning against “golden parachutes” in which bank executives pocket millions of dollars before taking jobs in government. Patrick Jenkins discusses the issue with Heather Slavkin Corzo, head of the…
Is Ireland’s data protection regime too lax?
Apr 28, 2015 • 7 min
The list of technology companies based in Ireland is long and growing. But some European states complain Ireland’s enforcement of European data protection rules is lax. Ravi Mattu asks Duncan Robinson and Murad Ahmed whether a new supranational regulator…
Best of the FT podcasts
Apr 24, 2015 • 9 min
Why is the world finally ready to criticise Turkey over the Armenian genocide? Why can’t Europe end its migrant crisis and how did supermarket giant Tesco lose £6.4bn last year? Henry Mance answers these and other questions in his ‘Best of the Financial…
US shale industry’s test of survival
Apr 24, 2015 • 8 min
The US shale industry has transformed the outlook for US energy security, created tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, and rattled the leaders of rival oil-producing countries from Riyadh to Caracas. But as oil prices have sunk, the fledgling industry…