Emerging markets repent of ‘original sin’

Issuing bonds in local currencies has not spared countries from volatility

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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
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The birth of a new media species

‘What these non-profits are trying to do is to tap a desire by some rich people to support civic initiatives’

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Notes on a college scandal

‘It is around sports that questions of power, money, racism and culture crystallise particularly clearly’

American subprime lending revs up

Many new loans are going to consumers who previously had little chance of getting funding

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Let’s get geeks into government

‘If ever there was a time when it might make sense for more techies to give back by doing public service, that moment is now’

Female face of the crisis quits spotlight

Blythe Masters joined JPMorgan 27 years ago. Her story shows finance is entering a new era

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Digital v human: the new debate

‘The dirty secret of the digital economy is that humans do not know how to fight back’

Candy Crush crunch leaves a sweet taste

The IPO market has been boosted with the help of a reform passed with bipartisan support

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Has the nation state had its day?

‘You only need to look at a map to see how inappropriate – if not crazy – it is to apply this concept to some parts of the world’

Failure to share Big Data imperils finance

Early warning system is beyond reach because countries do not trust each other

The lost art of finance

‘Back in the days when “money” meant sacks of gold coins, artists had something tangible to paint’

The big bubble danger is bonds

The more money that floods into fixed income, the more risky any reversal

Social mobility: a family affair

‘We are all creatures of our social environment. Wealth generally begets more wealth’

The next Goldman arbitrage

Lending seed capital to poor female entrepreneurs is a clever transaction

My first post-Soviet revolution

‘Suddenly the streets I knew so well turned into a terrifying kaleidoscope of dark images’

Regulators should say who calls the shots

The truth is that every step towards co-ordination has been offset by a step away

How to tweet like a teenager

‘Social behaviour is adaptive, and people in power rarely understand the coping strategies of others’

Emerging markets can learn from US tests

Sentiment swung dramatically in the past five years, so it could swing back sooner than expected

A lesson in Lego

‘The bigger message it imparts is this: making things with your hands can be really cool’

Titans of finance are no longer bankers

So-called ‘alternative asset managers’ now matter as much as the banks


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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