Deflation: the modern policy bogeyman

‘You cannot assume that falls in the price of goods and assets are the same . . . their impact can differ’

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The FT and the Frontline correspondent Martin Smith and producer Marcela Gaviria join for a discussion of Money, Power and Wall Street, the special investigation into the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered US economy following the financial crisis, being aired on the PBS network

Wall Street’s finest head for the Valley

Ruth Porat’s move to Google from Morgan Stanley shows where the US economy’s power is going

A degree of creativity

‘Vocational degrees provide skills that can become outdated or be replaced by robots’

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Quicksilver markets catch out the unwary

Charts imply that equities are in bubble territory comparable to patterns in 1929, 2000 and 2007

The drive to make a better car

‘Companies such as Google are creating self-driving cars — even Apple is planning one’

Ultra-low interest rates could run and run

Instead of Japanification, we should probably now switch to a new term: Europification

The benefits of blue-sky thinking

‘Sunshine alone did not create the Silicon Valley spirit but it undoubtedly helped. It is hard to imagine Steve Jobs brainstorming during a blizzard’

Stress tests are predictable theatre

Once again the bankers are gaming the system by working out what regulators will do

Accountancy: the new buzz

‘The value of bees’ service to the British economy was estimated at £200m — the value of what they pollinate closer to £1bn’

The Nasdaq logo is seen on the exterior of the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, in this April 2, 2013
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The legend of Silicon Valley’s unicorns

Tech companies are raising private money through financing rounds rather than IPOs

Time to tear up the paperwork

Why is so much of modern life dominated by endless bureaucracy and frustrating administrative tasks?

Short-termism may hamper long-term growth

Our hyper-connected technology may be inadvertently shortening our time horizons

You’re never alone with a drone

‘Enthusiasts want fewer controls; privacy groups want tighter rules’

Selling start-up London to New York

Silicon Valley is so crowded and overvalued that appetite is growing to look overseas

To counter horror, turn it off

‘The fastest way to rob these Isis videos of their power is to respond with a cultural counter-fight and stop watching’

The changing face of employment

‘Most Davos delegates expected bar codes and robots to replace humans at an accelerating rate’

The fur debate — recycled

These days my attitudes to fur have become less black and white. Or sable and cream, perhaps

Use markets to stop the next Ebola crisis

‘Pandemic bonds’ could inject private-sector rigour into global medical bureaucracies

Banks eye tech with sense of déjà vu

Could tech sector repeat bank mistakes?

A debt to history?

To some, Germany faces a moral duty to help Greece, given the aid that it has previously enjoyed


Gillian Tett Gillian Tett serves as US managing editor. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Her other honors include a SABEW Award for best feature article (2012), President’s Medal by the British Academy (2011), being recognized as Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, and as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Her upcoming book, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015, will look at the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology.

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