The fur debate — recycled

These days my attitudes to fur have become less black and white. Or sable and cream, perhaps

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

Use markets to stop the next Ebola crisis

‘Pandemic bonds’ could inject private-sector rigour into global medical bureaucracies

Banks eye tech with sense of déjà vu

Could tech sector repeat bank mistakes?

A debt to history?

To some, Germany faces a moral duty to help Greece, given the aid that it has previously enjoyed

Finance can cope with cheap oil

If companies default the effects will ripple through the system — but they will not make waves

What Zuckerberg read next

Book clubs are proliferating. Five million American adults are estimated to be in one

US export economy fails to import jobs

American businesses are now so efficient they require fewer workers

How social media split the family

What children are doing online today is simply an extension of what they used to do in the real world

Breathe deep and pay in Bitcoin

In the tropical idyll of Bali, dozens of merchants now accept payment in this electronic exchange system

Russia sounds a warning on global debt

Should the dollar continue to rise, currency and funding mismatches could be exposed

All-female panels: the new normal?

‘I had never seen an all-female panel at a big conference before, least of all in the financial world. Nor, it seemed, had anyone else’

Economy healthy, inflation weak, Fed stymied

Officials tempted to ignore prices as there is a good chance unemployment will fall

Best of 2014 - Grandparenting: the new rules

Grandparents are now taught that age no longer automatically confers authority

Sovereign funds pave path to prosperity

It has been lamentably difficult to get private sector investors to fill the infrastructure void

Cooking up change

Around four million people in developing countries die each year from household cooking smoke

Dangerous sparks in the parched bond market

Liquidity risk prompts a push for transparency and electronic trading

Gold: worth its weight?

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

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


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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