The bank that ran aground while overseas

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To anyone who witnessed its rise to become a global bank, the entire thing is baffling

‘The Monopolists’, by Mary Pilon

The author delves into great detail about the intellectual and business roots of Monopoly. Review by John Gapper

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Software is steering auto industry

This revolution makes it possible for a technology group to be a car company

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Private banks must be more than laundries

Sector should protect and invest legal wealth not aid tax evasion and money laundering

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Big oil is not the biggest victim of cheap crude

Countries not companies are paying the price for the industry’s crisis

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Tech has to create more than disruption

Start-ups need to augment jobs rather than eliminate them

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The prudent mogul breaks up his empire

Investors tolerate the foibles of a founder who displays talent, but are suspicious of his successors

Regulators right to cut banks down to size

Fed’s new capital standards hint at forcing complex institutions to break themselves up

McDonald’s is shaken by the Shack

Millennials regard McDonald’s as unhealthy, outdated and downmarket

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A sharing economy must share the risks

We have 20th-century benefits and insurance that do not fit the 21st-century worker

Expect dark sequels to the Sony hack

Many others could potentially become casual targets in the same way

Men alone should no longer run finance

At this rate, women should achieve executive parity in about 120 years, well into the 22nd century

Cheap energy is the new cheap labour

For companies wondering where to locate, the world has turned upside down

Uber should not run down the messenger

It is perverse to be angry that others are upset with you if you pride yourself on annoying them

A plan for fixing the next crisis

In a serious crunch, it would be every bank regulator for itself

A Taylor Swift reply to Spotify

The streaming service badly wants the singer back, but this could perhaps be her reply

Showman or businessman for Virgin?

As both an entrepreneur and adventurer, Richard Branson must choose which persona dominates

‘The Copyright Wars’, by Peter Baldwin

Today’s disputes between publishers and technology companies over online theft are just the latest chapter in a centuries-long saga

Television prepares to loosen up

Most people prefer choices made for them, as long as it’s a bargain

Technology will not kill the banks

Silicon Valley does not want a new financial system, but rather to ride on the existing one


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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