The lessons of student debt

Illustration by Shonagh Rae showing a graph of university graduates
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Elizabeth Warren argues the rising cost of education is shattering the American dream

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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

Emerging markets brace for a bumpy ride

The increasing role of asset managers is a striking – and risky – change in the credit ecosystem

Virtual drawbridge of fortress finance

What might happen if Russian hackers stop feeling they have a stake in market stability

Illustration by Shonagh Rae
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Where new ideas take root

It is intriguing to imagine what would happen if we were to flip our classification systems upside down

Illustration depicting pay inequality
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An unequal world is an economic threat

Since the global economic crisis of 2008, western growth rates have been disappointing

Should we call time on teenage drinking?

Alcohol consumption among youth has actually declined almost everywhere in the western world

Regulatory revenge risks scaring investors

As uncertainty is seen shifting to legal risk, questions arise about the investability of banks

Mapping crime – or stirring hate?

When Chicago police ran their predictive statistics, there was a strong racial imbalance

Tech upstarts lay in ambush for bankers

The industry has been too busy tending its own backyard to notice the shoots of disruption

How to ignite the creative spark

So what inspires the ‘aha!’ moment? And can anybody set out to replicate it in other areas?

Teenage books – with added bite

Bloodsucking heroes and heroines have become so wildly fashionable that many bookshops now have an entire section devoted to them

The battle for Britain’s heritage

As the definition of heritage widens dramatically, who should define and control it?

A bubblegum fix will make banks safer

It’s a pity it has taken a financial crisis to force financiers to embrace barcodes

Chess in cyber space: a smart move?

Parents are tapping the most brilliant chess brains in India, Bulgaria and Moscow to deliver online tutorials for their offspring via Skype

A peek into the IMF machine

Ahamed lifts the lid on the subtle symbols that signal hierarchy, tribal affiliation and power

The darker side of Iceland’s recovery

‘Emergency’ policy measures that distort the financial world tend to become addictive

Here’s to the land of the midnight bar

The country did not resort to moonshine. Instead the financial crisis gave birth to a microbrewery revolution

Make way for the millennials

While the baby boomers mostly made their money, the millennial generation is more used to inheriting it

Tinder highlights tech world’s sexist culture

These latest charges are the tip of an iceberg of gender bias in the computing world

Shine light on the sharks in dark pools

Relying on caveat emptor to keep the trading system from becoming too murky is naive


Gillian Tett Gillian Tett is markets and finance commentator and an assistant editor of the Financial Times. In her previous roles, she was US managing editor and oversaw global coverage of the financial markets. In March 2009 she was Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

In 2007 she was awarded the Wincott prize, the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. She was British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008. She joined the FT in 1993 and worked in the former Soviet Union and Europe, and in the economics team. In 1997 she was posted to Tokyo where she became the bureau chief, before returning in 2003 to become deputy head of the Lex column.

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