Standard Chartered: The Iranian connection

The FT has identified transactions that put the UK-listed bank at risk of further sanctions penalties

Cyber insecurity

Cyber insecurity: US losing the battle

Vital US agencies lack basic IT defences


Shining a light on China solar star Hanergy

FT Probe: Breakneck growth of world’s most valuable panel maker

Hanergy: The 10-minute trade

FT analysis highlights unusual trading patterns over the past two years

FT Investigation: The strange tale of ticker ‘566’

How an obscure toy maker was transformed into Hanergy Thin Film, a solar group whose value touched $40bn before a dramatic fall back to earth


The Steinmetz Affair: Podcast series

FT Investigations: Mountain of iron ore in west Africa sparks a corruption probe spanning three continents

The businessman Sam Pa in front of the Pyongyang skyline. His Queensway Group is linked with KKG, a North Korean enterprise
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North Korea: The secrets of Office 39

Shadowy organisation’s alliance with Queensway Group helps Pyongyang bring in cash

Clockwise from bottom left: Angolan oil drilling; Sam Pa in May 2014; 88 Queensway, Hong Kong; port in Conakry, Guinea; uncut African diamonds
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China in Africa: the middleman

For a decade, Sam Pa opened the doors for Beijing. But his story reveals a troubling side to China’s ambitions

China in Europe
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Silk Road Redux

An FT series examines the growth of Chinese investment into Europe since the eurozone crisis

Bahrain land deals
The $2.5bn Bahrain Bay development built on reclaimed land, is one of the projects fuelling controversy

Bahrain land deals highlight alchemy of making money from sand

Undersea plots spark questions on public and royal ownership

The eurozone crisis

How the euro was saved

How the euro was saved: Peter Spiegel recreates the three days when the eurozone crisis hit its lowest point

Voices from baghdad

Baghdad: Voices from a traumatised city

Ten years ago Christine Spolar reported on the Iraq war. Last month she returned to find her old colleagues and friends living in fear, and a city traumatised by spiralling violence

Currency Probes

Forex trading probes

Authorities in Switzerland, the UK, Hong Kong and the US are investigating whether some of the biggest banks in the world rigged the foreign exchange market

Libor scandal

What is the London interbank offered rate and how did things go wrong? The FT explains Libor with exclusive stories, commentary and analysis


Bribe claims taint Steinmetz’s Guinea gem

Inquiry evidence appears to put billionaire at centre of claims

qatari deals

Qatar: what’s next for the deal hunter?

The nation must grapple with the end of sky-high returns

Death in Singapore

Death in Singapore

On June 24 last year, the body of a young US electronics engineer, Shane Todd, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment. Police said it was suicide, but his family believes he was murdered

Vatican Bank

The scandal at the Vatican bank

An 11-month FT investigation reveals the extent of mismanagement at the €5bn-asset bank

corporate tax

Cadbury: The great tax fudge

The beloved British confectioner ran aggressive tax avoidance schemes at odds with its image

Amazon unpacked

The online giant is creating thousands of UK jobs, so why are some employees less than happy?

From warehouse to powerhouse

The company seems set to face sterner political scrutiny

The City and ENRC

ENRC looks to dig itself out of a hole

Mine deal adds to scrutiny of ENRC

Deal will raise more questions about transparency

ENRC’s Zambian assets deal in spotlight

Miner paid 46 times what founders paid for them years earlier

New money put City’s reputation at risk

UK’s regime helped open door to questionable overseas entrants

City grandee warned over governance

Sir Paul Judge warned former CEO Felix Vulis about staying on

Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley resign as ENRC’s brokers

China and Bo Xi Lai connections

Bo Xilai: power, death and politics

The alleged murder of Neil Heywood has brought down one of China’s powerful politicians – and exposed a power struggle that has rocked the Communist party

Bo family bought luxury London flats

FT probe reveals hidden life of ousted Chinese official

Gu’s sister fronted property company

Latest revelation about Bo family’s lavish lifestyle

Money and Power

Uzbekistan: The leading lady

Investigations are shedding new light on the business dealings of an autocrat’s pop-singing daughter

The dynasty that charmed the City

The FT investigates Bumi and the Bakries, Indonesia’s most entrepreneurial family

Superheroes soar above Disney tensions

2012 Investigations

Finance and fraud: Serious shortcomings

The high-profile investigation of the Tchenguiz brothers crystallises concern about the UK’s leading anti-fraud body

Fraud agency in dock over Tchenguiz case

On the rocks

Reconstruction of events points to operational chaos

Concordia ‘not first to deviate from routes’

Iraq sends crucial fuel oil to Syria

Deal triggers US concern and exposes Assad difficulties


FT Investigations

Hear some of the best-reported stories from the Financial Times’ investigative journalists. The dialogue in these podcasts is based on interviews, court records and other documents. We pace each story over a series of episodes.



The FT produces award-winning investigations, recognised in the UK and US for excellence and innovation.

'Silk Road Redux: China in Europe' was part of the FT coverage that won honours as Business Team of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2015. 'China in Africa: The Middleman' was awarded best investigation by the Society of Publishers in Asia in 2015 and was also shortlisted for investigative reporting for the European Press Prize. 'Hanergy: the 10-Minute Trade' was shortlisted for Investigation of the Year in the 2015 Data Journalism Awards by the Global Editors Network.

In 2014, ‘Austerity Audit’ was named best web-based investigation/enterprise story from Editor and Publisher in the US and was shortlisted for investigations by the Online Media Awards and for digital storytelling by the British Press Awards. ‘Death in Singapore’ was highly commended in 2014 by the British Society of Magazine Editors and was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Awards in the US. ‘Qatar: From Emirate to Empire’ was awarded Feature Story of the Year in 2013 by the British Foreign Press Association.

The FT’s coverage in 2012 of mining disputes in Guinea won best business news story in the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards. In 2011, ‘Tax Wars’, a series on structured tax deals, won top online investigative honours from the Overseas Press Club in the US and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. ‘Understanding Libor’, an interactive on the interest rate scandal, won an Editor and Publisher award for innovation.