The science prize that’s making waves

‘The Ocean Health XPrize reveals a new fashion among philanthropists’

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

Puerto Rico crisis in US back yard

The problem bedevilling the island is not just its $72bn debt but any obvious way to restructure it

New York’s biggest Apple

‘In years to come we may find it utterly bizarre to think that anyone ever wanted to go into a windowless basement to buy an iPhone’

Prepare for fireworks from populist left

The safety of their savings is no longer voters’ most pressing concern

Brace yourselves

‘An item that used to inspire shame has turned into a rite of passage, if not a fashion statement, for US tweens and teens’

A bloated Fed prepares to shape up

The balance sheet should shrink to a more normal size after seven or eight years

Beaten by the system

‘Kalief Browder’s tale shows that it remains a struggle to protect human rights in America’

Chinese optimism woos a tough US crowd

Alibaba’s founder believes that global trade could create a shining future

A very thin blue line

‘We think the police are the people who keep us safe. But if the cyber hackers can attack the police, who is secure any more?’

Ready money means merger market problems

A dark interpretation of the M&A boom is of a financial system drowning in cash and credit

The conference is calling

Modern professionals spend so much time on the internet that they are eager to meet real people

Finance must call time on foul play

Money talks — and without tipsters, regulators have little hope of knowing what is going on

Why ‘pedigree’ students get the best jobs

‘Academic qualifications alone are not the key to an elite job. Companies want the “polish” of extra-curricular activities’

Credit derivatives deserve a revival

Investors will need all the help — or instruments — they can find to hedge risks in the next year

Saying shhh to parents

‘Parenting at some kids’ sports games has become so intense that it has turned aggressive, if not violent’

Asset managers can fend off regulators

Hedge funds and private equity firms need to be smarter than the banks were in the crisis

The power of role models

‘Gender is not the only point of discrimination in finance or policy making today. Nor is it the most extreme’

Student debt ruins the American dream

There are ‘eerie parallels’ between the loan tale and subprime mortgages

What Detroit can teach us all

‘Politicians, bureaucrats and business leaders are pulling together in an unusually collaborative manner’

Healthy liquidity needed to survive shocks

If US rates suddenly rise, retail investors might flood out of bond funds

ABOUT GILLIAN

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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