Gold: worth its weight?

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

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

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

The hidden cost of freezing Russia out

Instead of having one major cross-border payments system there could eventually be many

Bill Gross missed the big shift

Now it is governments that are intimidating – or at least wrongfooting – the bond gurus

The lessons of student debt

Elizabeth Warren argues the rising cost of education is shattering the American dream

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

Where new ideas take root

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

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


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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