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Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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How close are we to defeating malaria?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 discusses the latest strategies for defeating malaria the disease with Charles Nelson and Prudence Hamade of the Malaria Consortium and Alister Craig of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Music by David Sappa

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Santander takes on fintech with blockchain payments service

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 the FT about the new service, which is being offered initially to customers in Spain, the UK, Brazil and Poland.

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#MeToo puts more women on the ballot

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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.

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US-Russia sanctions hit Deripaska's aluminium empire hard

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 discusses the impact of the sanctions on Rusal and the global commodities markets with the FT's Henry Foy and Henry Sanderson.

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Zuckerberg's week in Washington

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

What will come of the two day face-off between Congress and the Facebook chief executive? The FT's Hannah Kuchler explains. 

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Anti-Soros populist wins re-election in Hungary

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 term in office with the FT's Neil Buckley, who covered the election.

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India’s energy dilemma: coal vs solar

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:54:38 GMT

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 demand, with the FT’s Kiran Stacey.

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Alleged chemical attack raises Syria tensions

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:18:01 GMT

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 options and the risks of escalation with Rebecca Collard in Beirut and Katrina Manson in Washington.

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Deutsche Bank appoints trusted insider as new CEO

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:43:03 GMT

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 German lender with the FT's Olaf Storbeck and Laura Noonan. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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What next for Spotify?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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.

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US car makers urge easing of US China trade dispute

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 Milton. 

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Goldman faces class action suit over sexual discrimination

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 05:00:20 GMT

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 case with the FT's Hannah Murphy. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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China hits back at US with retaliatory tariffs

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 countries? The FT's global trade editor Shawn Donnan explains.

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What's behind the US census citizenship question

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 implications. The FT's Sam Fleming explains.

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The path to Uber's IPO

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 04:01:00 GMT

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 he is facing new challenges that could alter the path to an initial public offering. The FT's Richard Waters and Shannon Bond discuss. 

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China seeks to boost soft power abroad

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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.

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Good news for Britain on financial services?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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.

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Who or what is Cambridge Analytica?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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.

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Facebook under pressure

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 who might be held responsible. 

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Activist investor takes stake in Barclays

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 the bank with the FT’s Martin Arnold and Jonathan Guthrie.

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India's first liberal arts university

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 founders, and the FT's Amy Kazmin

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Stephen Hawking: the man who made theoretical physics fun

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:03:30 GMT

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 legacy with the FT's Clive Cookson and Aliya Ram and Katherine Mathieson, chief executive of the British Science Association. Music by David Sappa

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Why did Trump block the Broadcom Qualcomm deal?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 sector.

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Trump sacks top diplomat ahead of North Korea talks

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 to the shake up, and what to expect from replacement Mike Pompeo. 

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India's new low tax financial centre

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 bureaucracy, and for domestic companies to raise funding in foreign currencies. Jyotsna Singh asks the FT's Simon Mundy how realistic this is.

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Why are tax rates for multinationals still falling?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 individuals, the world’s biggest public companies have escaped the pain.

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Andy Haldane explores British towns on the edge

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 seaside towns like Blackpool. Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, has been thinking a lot about this question. He's been touring some of the poorest parts of the UK and he spoke to the FT's Sarah O'Connor after one of his recent trips.

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Getting to grips with air pollution

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:02:18 GMT

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, the WHO's Maria Neira, and Laurie Laybourn-Langton, of the UK health alliance on climate change. Music by David Sappa

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What to expect from Dodd-Frank reform

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 why it is gaining traction now. 

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Poor job prospects fuel Mideast discontent

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 the University of Minnesota, about the root causes of the problem.

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Will Trump's steel tariffs lead to a global trade war?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:31:09 GMT

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.

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India jobs claim proves a political hot pakora

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:00:29 GMT

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.

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The mystery of Deutsche Bank’s largest shareholder

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 Robert Smith and Laura Noonan.

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Comcast disrupts Fox Disney deal with bid for UK broadcaster Sky

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:03:50 GMT

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 unravels the details of the rival bids and what they signify for the global media industry in conversation with the FT's Matt Garrahan and Arash Massoudi

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Students take the lead in US gun control debate

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:01:00 GMT

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. 

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China acts as peacemaker in Pakistan's Balochistan

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 the FT's Farhan Bokhari, Kiran Stacey and James Kynge.

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Latvia's banking crisis

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:52:00 GMT

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 the banking crisis in the Baltic state and why the European Central Bank failed to spot the problem with Claire Jones, Martin Sandbu and Neil Buckley.

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Punjab National Bank hit by $1.8bn fraud

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:07:49 GMT

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.

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Rebuilding Puerto Rico

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:01:00 GMT

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 Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson to discuss the state of the recovery.

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The news site that keeps Egypt's media freedom alive

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 editor and founder of the news site Lina Attala at the news site's offices in Cairo.

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India's passion for books

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:39:21 GMT

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 Nilanjana Roy.

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Norway fund takes lead on executive pay

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:01:34 GMT

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, the FT’s Nordics correspondent, and Jonathan Guthrie from the FT’s Lex team.

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Past returns to haunt Barclays

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:52:34 GMT

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 the FT's Barney Thompson and Laura Noonan.

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China feature towns aim to revive rural backwaters

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:50:29 GMT

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 initiative and whether it can succeed in reviving some of the country's rural backwaters. Music by David Sappa

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Music therapy for dementia

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:12:39 GMT

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 Metcalfe from Playlist for Life.


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A citizen's guide to statistics

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 conversation with the FT's Sarah O'Connor.

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The global market turmoil explained

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:01:00 GMT

US stocks staged a late rebound on Tuesday after a three-day global sell off. John Authers explains what triggered investor fears.

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Fed sanctions Wells Fargo over 'customer abuses'

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:14:09 GMT

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 Martin Arnold. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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How close are we to quantum computing?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 Waters and Clive Cookson.

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Modi seeks re-election with promise to help rural poor

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:25:42 GMT

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 chronic underfunding of healthcare. Jyotsna Singh discusses how realistic his latest plans are with the FT’s Amy Kazmin and Kiran Stacey.

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How do we measure prosperity?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 talks to Gemma Tetlow about his new book, The Growth Delusion.


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What next for Trump's Korea strategy?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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?

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Jamie Dimon to remain at JPMorgan

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:39:27 GMT

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 politics? Patrick Jenkins discusses this question with Martin Arnold, the FT's banking editor. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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Are family-run businesses more successful?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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 Dudderidge executive chairman of Focusrite, the UK audio equipment maker, about what led him to list his company in 2014.

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Stanford tops FT's MBA ranking

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:00:00 GMT

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 

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Silicon Valley investors line up to back Telegram ICO

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:15:50 GMT

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 economy within its app. Ravi Mattu asks the FT's Chloe Cornish and Jonathan Guthrie to explain why. 

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Threat of war clouds upbeat economic mood at Davos

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:00:06 GMT

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 military conflict.

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US government buys three weeks in return for pledge over fate of 'Dreamers'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 Sevastopulo, Washington bureau chief, explains what must happen next in order to avoid another shutdown. Clip courtesy of Reuters. 

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Multinationals face nationalist ire of China consumers

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:55:22 GMT

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 towards the multinationals with the FT's Emily Feng and Edward White. Music by David Sappa

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Carillion collapse sparks political furore

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 economic fallout with the FT’s Gill Plimmer, Gemma Tetlow and Jim Pickard

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Banks vie with tech for MBA graduates

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 Rambosson from the advisory and executive search firm Vici.

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Centeno takes up key euro policy role

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT

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 strengthening institutions. Mehreen Khan talks to the FT's Jim Brunsden about Mr Dijsselbloem's achievements and the tasks facing his successor.

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US falls out with Pakistan over failure to tackle Islamist militants

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:31:09 GMT

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 the region? Jyotsna Singh puts the question to the FT's Farhan Bokhari and Kiran Stacey.

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JPMorgan, Wells Fargo kick off bank earnings in the US

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:30:00 GMT

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 the rest of the sector. 

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Winners and losers from Las Vegas tech fair

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:41:06 GMT

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

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Iranian unrest rattles Rouhani regime

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:06:05 GMT

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.

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Are banks ready for Mifid II?

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:55:04 GMT

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 investors.

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Using blockchain to lift billions out of poverty

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 05:01:00 GMT

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. They join the FT's John Authers to discuss their new venture. 

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Living with dementia

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:16:50 GMT

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.

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Top company news of 2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:17:37 GMT

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.

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Health and austerity

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:10:49 GMT

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 Franklin, one of its authors, and the FT's Sarah Neville. 

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Can Ramaphosa rescue South Africa's ANC?

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:16:26 GMT

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 majority in 2019 elections. Andrew England discusses Mr Ramaphosa's prospects with the FT's Africa editor David Pilling.

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Theresa May 'weakened but welcome' in Brussels

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:48:58 GMT

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 can be implemented. The FT's Jim Brunsden and George Parker report from Brussels on how she was received by other European leaders and what happens next in the Brexit negotiations.

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China tech giant seeks foreign collaborators

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT

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

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Unibail buys Westfield in fight against online rivals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:41:04 GMT

The shift to internet shopping has hit traditional malls hard and sparked a wave of consolidation in the retail property market. In the latest development, Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest property company has acquired Australia's Westfield. Daniel Thomas discusses how the big mall operators are adapting to the online challenge with the FT's Aime Williams, Arash Massoudi and Miles Johnson.

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Why the global refugee crisis requires a coordinated response

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:59:14 GMT

David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, discusses his book Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time, with the FT's Pilita Clark. The crisis is a bellwether for the fate of the global system, he says, and tackling it requires the combined efforts of governments, agencies and businesses.


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Silicon Valley suffragette

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:00:00 GMT

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 public with her allegations, and why the FT has chosen her as its Person of the Year.

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Apple's $47bn tax windfall

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT

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 windfall with the FT's Richard Waters and Tom Braithwaite.

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David Miliband warns on dangers of Brexit

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:20:31 GMT

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 globalisation in influencing the way people voted, and about the tactical stance adopted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn towards Brexit.

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Deutsche Bank to rebrand asset management arm

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:49:17 GMT

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 merits of the plan with Laura Noonan, the FT's investment banking correspondent. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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Uber's bid to clean up image faces courtroom test

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:24:18 GMT

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 Chloe Cornish and Leslie Hook in San Francisco about events this week and what happens next.

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LSE's Rolet stands down after damaging power struggle

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:13:55 GMT

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 Rolet's departure and what happens next with the FT's Philip Stafford

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UK banks pass 'worst case Brexit' stress tests

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:28:32 GMT

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 with Caroline Binham, financial regulation correspondent, Martin Arnold, banking editor, and Isabelle Jenkins head of banking at PWC. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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Islamist flare-up bolsters power of Pakistan army

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:44:07 GMT

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.

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UK economic outlook worsens

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:55:11 GMT

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, in his Budget are the right ones.

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India's Mughal history sparks Hindu nationalist ire

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:58 GMT

Disagreements over Indian history have delayed the release of one of Bollywood's most eagerly awaited releases and caused some to question whether the Taj Mahal should continue to be celebrated as an architectural masterpiece. Jyotsna Singh discusses Hindu nationalism's growing sway over the country's culture and politics with the FT's Kiran Stacey. Music credits: Official Trailer and 'Ghoomar' song from the film Padmavati by Bhansali Productions.

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China counts the cost of coal and steel layoffs

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:06:44 GMT

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 the social and political cost of the lay-offs.

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London loses key EU agencies to Paris and Amsterdam

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:16:19 GMT

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.

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GE loses its crown

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT

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 with the FT's Ed Crooks.

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Zimbabwe army moves to end rule of ageing Mugabe

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:47:58 GMT

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.

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Brussels forecasts UK growth will lag EU as Brexit talks resume

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:46:14 GMT

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.

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Wall Street concerns over Brexit grow

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:37:30 GMT

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 being resolved. Music by Kevin MacLeod

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Saudi Crown Prince launches corruption crackdown

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:53:35 GMT

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, Anjli Raval and Arash Massoudi

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Saving the Ganges

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT

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 book, 'River Of Life, River Of Death'.

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Can music damage your health?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:37:27 GMT

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 about the findings.

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South Africa's widening corruption scandal

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:01:19 GMT

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 contracts. Andrew England discusses the repercussions of the scandal with the FT's David Pilling and Joseph Cotterill

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Will Abe amend Japan's pacifist constitution?

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

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 gives him a mandate to amend the country’s pacifist constitution. Sarah Witt discusses the implications of this with the FT's Robin Harding and Emiko Terazono.

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Ex-HSBC forex trader guilty of fraud

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:21:43 GMT

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

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Pollution levels in Delhi prompt Diwali exodus

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:49:17 GMT

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 South Asia bureau chief, tells Jyotsna Singh

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Activist hedge fund seeks Credit Suisse break-up

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:49 GMT

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 Mooney and with David Herro of Harris Associates and Davide Serra of Algebris. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

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