Silicon Valley has become a dream factory

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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

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HSBC should seek its future in Hong Kong

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

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Power without responsibility on the board

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

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Europe needs Deutsche Bank as its champion

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

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The politicians pillaging your pension

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

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Fossil fuel campaigners play charades

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

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Companies have a new audience

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

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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

Luxury is a sideline for the Apple Watch

No other company that I know of offers an upmarket model that is 49 times the basic price

How to follow in Buffett’s big footsteps

It boils down to three precepts: be patient, be private and be peculiar

The bank that ran aground while overseas

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

Software is steering auto industry

Now a technology group can be a car company

Private banks must be more than laundries

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

Big oil is not the biggest victim of cheap crude

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

Tech has to create more than disruption

Start-ups need to augment jobs rather than eliminate them

ABOUT JOHN

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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