A peek into the IMF machine

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

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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

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

Generation C’s secret

What tweens really love about Starbucks’ secret menu is not just that it feels a little subversive – but that it offers ‘customisation’

Pride that still dare not speak its name

Public attitudes have shifted with extraordinary speed but many executives remain afraid

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of a miscommunication between a man and a woman
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A guide to (mis)communication

In the UK, it is important to finish meetings by summing up key points; but in France they can end with an ambiguous ‘Et voilà!’

Fragmented corporate culture is to blame

The business structure is such that employees have little interdepartmental contact

Let the (other) games begin

The Invictus Games come at a time when media outlets are changing their ideas about what ‘good’ sport is

Humble gnomes become the kings of cash

If treasurers were more confident they would be putting money into factories and staff

From fire drills to firearm drills

‘The best way to deter attacks might be to downplay the risk of school shootings not to dramatise them’

Tranquil markets have it too good

After years of monetary experiments, central banks will do ‘whatever it takes’

A city in a world of its own

‘London has become like Constantinople – the centre of a trading empire divorced from its hinterland’

The macro model back on the catwalk

Policy ideas that seem terribly old fashioned to one generation have a habit of being reborn

Can a crowd keep a secret?

‘Could you turn off your phones, your cameras?’ Chris Martin said. ‘Let this just be between us’

China must do as Japan says not as it did

Beijing, like Tokyo in the 1980s, is trying to transform a state-controlled financial system

Only connect, but do it in person

‘Can new forms of communication release the same endorphin buzz as other, older rituals?’

Buffett is avoiding catastrophe bonds

QE is leaving some investors exposed to natural disasters in the reinsurance market


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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