The digital war with Isis

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of digital Isis
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‘What makes this so nasty is that it involves all of us, sitting in our own homes in front of our computer screens’

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

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

Illustration by Shonagh Rae of a mobile phone being a source of information
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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

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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’

A promise of real corporate transparency

Analysts need a way to track links between companies scattered across jurisdictions

The truth about Trump and Mexico

‘If you look at Mexican exports to the US, some 40 per cent of these were created with “made in America” components’

The Fed takes a look beyond US data

The central bank’s equations have tended to ignore events beyond America’s borders

Spending in the age of Snapchat

‘One of the most powerful forms of conspicuous consumption today is not the accumulation of goods but the accumulation of memories’

Trump tax affairs part of bigger concern

Real estate is producing profits, much of which are escaping the tax net

We’d be lost without GPS

‘The more we become dependent on this magical technology, the more vulnerable we become, too’


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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