Breathe deep and pay in Bitcoin

In the tropical idyll of Bali, dozens of merchants now accept payment in this electronic exchange system

Gillian Tett/Frontline Q&A

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

Russia sounds a warning on global debt

Should the dollar continue to rise, currency and funding mismatches could be exposed

All-female panels: the new normal?

‘I had never seen an all-female panel at a big conference before, least of all in the financial world. Nor, it seemed, had anyone else’

Economy healthy, inflation weak, Fed stymied

Officials tempted to ignore prices as there is a good chance unemployment will fall

Grandparenting: the new rules

Grandparents are now taught that age no longer automatically confers authority

Sovereign funds pave path to prosperity

It has been lamentably difficult to get private sector investors to fill the infrastructure void

Cooking up change

Around four million people in developing countries die each year from household cooking smoke

Dangerous sparks in the parched bond market

Liquidity risk prompts a push for transparency and electronic trading

Gold: worth its weight?

Ordinary people are unnerved about how money works in a bottomless cyber space. Gold seems tangible, clear and timeless

Politics: can sensible be sexy?

‘Jeb Bush could yet be presented as the political equivalent of dating a lawyer after being burned by an unreliable rock star’

Penalise banks but use the money well

One lesson from the financial crisis is that opacity has a nasty habit of breeding abuse

Rhyme and reason

The idea of quoting Muslim poetry at a non-Muslim wedding might seem bizarre to some Americans

Exuberance is not just for Republicans

If a few tangible policy changes emerge from Capitol Hill, it is possible animal spirits will return

Political apathy: who cares?

Voters apparently feel considerably more positively towards cockroaches, traffic jams or colonoscopies than congressmen

Jingle that sounds the road to recovery

It sometimes pays to wipe the debt slate clean rather than sweep problems under the carpet

The quiet heroes of wartime Italy

Gino Bartali, an Italian cycling legend, worked with hundreds of other unknown Italians to keep thousands of Jews alive

Markets are thirsting for liquidity

This week’s price gyrations show that the degree to which assets can be traded matters hugely

Philanthropy for dinner

A world where rich people give away some of their money is better than a world where they give nothing at all

America’s economy is cooking on shale

As businesses enjoy lower energy costs, a new spirit of collaboration is taking hold

Hubris and the City

Companies could study the hormones of their competitive employees, to see if these offer warning signs


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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