Berlin Philharmonic finds harmony in democracy

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The orchestra is a beacon in a world where mutuals often transform into for-profit companies

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The messaging system with little left to say

After two decades of indiscretions, digital trails and bulging inboxes, emailers are picking up Slack

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Lenders of the revolution look familiar

Goldman Sachs, hedge funds and investment trusts muscle into online consumer lending

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©Ingram Pinn

Luxury goods face a global reckoning

The China crackdown shows what can occur suddenly to conspicuous consumption

Deutsche, stuck in middle of global finance

Jain and Fitschen personified the muddled sense of identity at the heart of the company

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The unhealthily high price of cancer drugs

Companies take advantage of inflexible patient demand to try to recoup research costs

Apple’s Ive is tired of designing everything

Some regard Sir Jonathan as the group’s most powerful executive, thanks to his partnership with Jobs

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America best referee to discipline Fifa

The US has a long tradition and displays great vigour pursuing international criminality

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©Ingram Pinn

Silicon Valley has become a dream factory

Investors eager to throw money at start-ups that look as if they can create a brave new world

Picasso is not just a valuable abstract

The financial worth of any work of art remains as mysterious and unknowable as Mona Lisa’s smile

HSBC should seek its future in Hong Kong

British politicians may realise the UK cannot be complacent about its place in the world

Power without responsibility on the board

Instead of long-termism at Industrivärden and Volkswagen, there was corporate self-indulgence

Europe needs Deutsche Bank as its champion

The rules have been tightened, and rightly so. But one effect is to reinforce US hegemony

The politicians pillaging your pension

The next government will trample retirement savings, no matter who wins

Fossil fuel campaigners play charades

Why should funds listen to a protest that is not taken seriously by the activists themselves?

Companies have a new audience

Younger consumers with liberal attitudes are a bigger market than religious conservatives

Western dominance

The US features significantly in the FT’s list of leading business pioneers

Silicon Valley is seizing the customers

Instead of building for others, companies are doing more for themselves

Stop trying to ground Gulf airlines

They have come out of nowhere to steal a march on older carriers

Venture capital needs to be a happy family

These firms offer endorsement to in-demand start-ups that could easily raise money elsewhere


John Gapper John Gapper is associate editor and chief business commentator of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, appearing on Thursdays on the Comment page, about business trends and strategy. He also contributes leaders and other articles.

He has worked for the FT since 1987, covering labour relations, banking and the media. In 1991-92, he was a Harkness fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and studied US education and training at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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