On vacation with the Obamas

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of Martha's Vineyard littered with Secret Service
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‘Each day everyone had to guess where the president’s party might go paddle-boarding next — and take evasive action’

Gillian Tett/Frontline Q&A

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

The hidden pipes of finance may be furring up

JPMorgan’s pullout of tri-party repo market shows impact of banks reshaping their business models

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How Rio got super-smart

‘Spectators were using their phones to navigate the city, download tickets, hail taxis — or just catch up on the medal tally’

Investors hoard to offset economic despair

Asset managers fear that the policy landscape is about to get even weirder and more disorienting

Illustration by Shonagh Rae
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What Brexit can teach America

‘The electorate is losing its fear of leaping into the unknown. Nobody can assume that Trump will lose “just” because he presents a risk’

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Donald Trump, female voters and the cringe factor

‘Trump is an equal-opportunity offender who attacks everyone with a freewheeling approach that some view as “honest”’

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of digital Isis
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The digital war with Isis

‘What makes this so nasty is that it involves all of us, sitting in our own homes in front of our computer screens’

Trump and the shifting mood on austerity

The Republican convention is not the only place where debt watching is going out of fashion

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Newt’s eye view of the Trump ‘circus’

‘Trump is an erratic showman but he is also highly skilled at catching the popular protest vote’

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of a U-turn sign against a Leave grafitti mark
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Why the US thinks we’ll vote again

‘Many Americans seem to find it hard to believe that Brexit will really take place’

American trade deals no quick fix for UK

It turns out the Leavers might have been foolish to brush off the ‘back of the queue’ warning

Why we no longer trust the experts

‘If we rely on crowd-sourced advice to choose healthcare or holidays, it seems strange to expect voters to listen to experts when it comes to politics’

Brexit: interest rate outlook will shift

Future historians may conclude this is one of the most important ripple effects of the poll

Markets pass first Brexit stress test

No signs of ‘Lehman moment’ as banks and central bankers learn their lesson

Resilience in a time of crises

‘The modern world is such a tightly connected system that it is a fantasy to think we can ever abolish all threats’

A small step for gig economy workers

Whisper it quietly: Uber executives have realised their drivers need to feel a touch more secure

Selling Donald Trump

‘Not only is it unclear whether the Republican elders can ever control Trump, it is less clear whether Trump can control himself’

Finance geeks must have say on Brexit

As with Lehman, technical points apparent only to experts can set off unpredictable chain reactions

Review – The Inner Lives of Markets

The more that markets theory shapes our lives, the more likely a backlash becomes

A vote for online elections

‘It seems peculiar that nobody has been able to devise a way to make cyber voting secure’


Gillian Tett Gillian Tett serves as US managing editor. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Her other honors include a SABEW Award for best feature article (2012), President’s Medal by the British Academy (2011), being recognized as Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, and as Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Her upcoming book, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015, will look at the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology.

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