Can we fix polling? Yes. No. Not sure . . . 

‘While political faith in big data is rising, the reputation of the polling industry is under attack’

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

Cyber threats insurers cannot measure

Attacks on data are presenting a whole new wave of uncertainty

How marijuana keeps on growing

‘Marijuana is stealthily being redefined as a consumer business — one that could be worth $25bn, if you believe the estimates’

Taking on the unions is a tall order

‘If the 111 57th Street project proceeds, it may be the first modern Manhattan skyscraper constructed without union labour’


Start-ups turn healthcare on its head

Companies could transform the medical industry just as Uber has upended our idea of the taxi

Charity at the tip of a unicorn

‘Unicorns’ — valued at $1bn but not yet floated — could deliver a philanthropy bonanza

New hires for a connected Deutsche Bank

If CEO wants to fix the IT problems he should start looking for top-notch computer engineers

Why we trust the cyber crowd

‘About 90 per cent of consumers say they turn to recommendations by friends when choosing products’

How humans can seize control of markets

Flash crashes affect even commodities markets hitherto considered dull such as corn

WiFi woman: a teen superhero

‘The ultimate dream for this generation is unlimited, ultra-high-speed internet’

The tangle of loose lending to tight oil

Big US lenders have admitted they are setting money aside to cover losses on fossil fuel loans

G-zero: the new world order

‘One American military official observed that the major powers are now “playing eight dimensional chess”’

Asset prices march to one unnerving beat

When turbulence hit global markets this summer some of the best hedge fund gurus were hammered

What technology can do for your health

‘A host of savvy new players are trying to enter the medical data field, hoping — belatedly — to push it into the 21st century’

The credit bubble, bears and central bankers

What happens when emerging market private money creation slows or goes into reverse?

The doublethink insurance club

‘The business has become so complex that it is hard for any individual insurance expert to work out what is going on’

Sharing economy is a Wall Street playground

Hedge funds and banks are repackaging P2P loans and lending via these platforms

The secret of Sturgeon’s success

‘If Hillary Clinton ever wants a lesson in how somebody can seem “real” to “everyday” voters, she could do worse than look at the SNP leader’

Uber and the bumpy road ahead

‘Fifty-three million Americans — some 34% of the workforce — are now defined as freelancers’

China risks repeating the errors of Japan

To see what happens when government tries to prop up stock prices, Tokyo’s story is sobering


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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