Politics away from the spotlight

‘The caucuses might seem like a crazy circus but America’s states are brim full of policy experiments and political races’

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
George Washinton, Dollar

Debate begins on US negative rates

The Federal Reserve will need to play an astonishingly canny hand in coming weeks

Biden’s ‘moonshot’ cancer mission

‘Scientists realise that if they want any chance of curing the disease, they must break out of their silos’

The benefits of scrapping cash

Drug dealers and terrorists do not in general favour bank accounts or mobile payments

Is Donald Trump a winner?

‘When voters listen to Trump, they are not judging him by the normal standards of a political campaign’

Net governance is no longer a US domain

Proposals will make Icann more accountable to the global community of internet users

The grand illusion of empowerment

‘The internet gives people the impression that they have a voice but in most countries power remains firmly in the hands of the elite’

Blockchain eclipses Basel III at Davos

Bankers and start-ups clash over the future of finance

Tiny shifts that can signal huge changes

Deep in the bowels of the system, financial flows are switching course

Rise of the robots will boost the dollar

Automation is of greater benefit to developed economies

The business case for helping refugees

‘Most companies have avoided getting embroiled in the issue, preferring to concentrate on less political causes’

Shipping’s globalisation woes

For signs of how tectonic plates of the global economy are shifting, look at the Baltic Dry Index

Should we welcome Big Brother?

‘As 2015 turned into 2016, I discovered that I quite like the idea of being monitored’

Rational markets expect crazy economies

The financial crisis showed limits of models. Fiscal and monetary policy are even less predictable

How photos reached snapping point

‘A sense of memory is being replaced by a giddy, breathless kaleidoscope’

America’s reading problem

‘It is claimed some US states predict their need for future prison beds simply by looking at school literacy rates’

Fed rate rise is first overdue step

Yellen will need skill and luck to handle present distortions without sparking another crisis

Women and the right to fight

‘These reforms could make the US army one of the most gender-neutral fighting forces in the world’

How New York stole Silicon Valley’s crown

Entrepreneurial activity in the US is rising in surprising places and among an older age group

Freezing out the factory worker

‘Robots and barcodes can undercut the cost of humans in China and India as well as in the west’


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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