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  1. July 29, 2014

    Contenders for the patron saint of entrepreneurs

    Who are the patron saints of entrepreneurs? Technically Saint Homobonus, a 12th-century Italian merchant, is the patron...

  2. June 6, 2014

    Five Whitehall lessons that Sir Humphrey never learnt

    Benjamin Franklin once said that by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. But when I started work as a special...

  1. FT Tech Hub

    May 9, 2014

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me* “Dough”, “paper”, “cabbage”, “brash”, “scrilla, “chips”, “bread”, “bacon”, “Gs”, “beans”,...

  2. February 19, 2014

    Municipal bonds boosted by tax breaks

    Benjamin Franklin declared that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. But while investing in US...

  3. December 29, 2013

    To-do lists that actually get done

    Benjamin Franklin is often held up as the father of the to-do list. He famously began his lists with: “The morning question,...

  4. December 12, 2013

    Liberty Global/Ziggo: cable extension

    Energy and persistence conquer all things, claimed Benjamin Franklin. John Malone, boss of international cable group Liberty...

  5. May 10, 2013

    Heads in the clouds

    Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, by Richard Holmes, William Collins, RRP£25, 404 pages In December 1783, Benjamin...

  6. FT Long Short

    February 8, 2013

    Death, taxes and investment

    Benjamin Franklin always accepted the US constitution might be changed; “the only things we can be certain of are death and...

  7. FT Tech Hub

    January 7, 2013

    AP juggles impartial news and Samsung-sponsored CES tweets

    The right balance between commercial imperatives and editorial purity has been debated since Benjamin Franklin first made a...

  8. November 9, 2012

    Forward thinking

    Benjamin Franklin was clearly not the present purchaser in his family. Presumably, in the late 18th century, that was...

  9. beyondbrics

    August 9, 2012

    Croatia's tax name-and-shame

    Croats may not know much about Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s most influential founding fathers, but they are certainly...

  10. June 12, 2012

    Head of ENRC faces governance challenge

    “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” Benjamin Franklin did not say how...

  11. May 8, 2012

    Illusion of fresh start may suffice

    From Mr Kristian J. Branaes. Sir, In his Morning Note “French election a close call” (FT.com), the usually brilliant John...

  12. February 15, 2012

    ECHR ruling can lead to an excellent outcome for all but the extremists

    From Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. Sir, “Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve...

  13. February 2, 2012

    Stamps retain scope for first-class returns

    For any investor in collectables, the holy grail is a complete set of whatever they have chosen to collect. It could be...

  14. November 22, 2011

    A cornucopia of Republican turkeys

    Never in the 390 year history of Thanksgiving in America have so many turkeys been roaming the land. Unfortunately, most of...

  15. November 11, 2011

    Taxing my music can’t be good, can it?

    “Exploitation of a controversial value-added tax relief on low-value goods such as CDs, DVDs, memory cards and contact...

  16. September 8, 2011

    US Postal Service: postmortem

    In the words of its first postmaster, “time is money”, and the US Postal Service is rapidly running out of both. Of course,...

  17. August 21, 2011

    Europe struggles with path to fiscal union

    During a closed-door summit in June, José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, made a 14-slide presentation to...

  18. July 22, 2011

    IPOs hold the key to forging reputations

    To misquote Benjamin Franklin, it takes many good flotations to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it....

  19. July 1, 2011

    Hot property: guest houses

    As Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the US, observed: “Fish and visitors smell in three days.” One way...

  20. June 28, 2011

    Bring the big bills out of retirement

    From Dr Harvey Clark Greisman. Sir, John Dizard notes (“Central Bank of Libya leads rush for physical gold”, June 25) that...

  21. April 26, 2011

    A revolutionary republic embraces the royals

    Eleven score and 15 years ago, as Abraham Lincoln might now put it, a new nation was brought forth dedicated to the...

  22. March 28, 2011

    A Wicked Company

    A Wicked Company: Freethinkers and Friendship in Pre-revolutionary Paris, by Philipp Blom, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£25,...

  23. February 25, 2011

    The Founding Gardeners

    The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden, by Andrea Wulf, William Heinemann,...

  24. February 15, 2011

    Multiple careers are better than one

    I have always been transfixed by those who lead multiple careers. They are the ones who refuse to be typecast but instead...

  25. January 28, 2011

    Fitness guru who fed America’s hunger for healthy living

    Self-improvement, that restless striving for a better life, is as central a tenet as any to the American psyche. In the 18th...

  26. December 17, 2010

    American Colossus

    American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865-1900, by HW Brands, Doubleday RRP$35, 624 pages Lee Chew, the son of a...

  27. December 4, 2010

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, London

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s first London concert in five years was delayed while a roadie fiddled with a faulty amplifier....

  28. November 26, 2010

    A politically cold turkey for Thanksgiving

    You don’t mess with the traditional American Thanksgiving meal, consumed on Thursday, from the turkey and stuffing down to...

  29. August 30, 2010

    Must try harder

    Benjamin Franklin, writing in 1751, dubbed North America the “land of opportunity”. But, in the modern US, the circumstances...

  30. August 23, 2010

    Kindness can be the hardest word

    In 1903, King Edward VII journeyed to Paris. Crowds lining the streets on his arrival made clear that he was not welcome....

  31. May 17, 2010

    Hat tip for long-winded card carriers

    From Mr James M. Allen.Sir, Lucy Kellaway’s reply to the Dear Lucy question “Does the job title ‘Business Fixer’ hide my...

  32. May 8, 2010

    Tories fail to move enough young women

    "All mankind," runs a proverb sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin, "is divided into three classes: those that are...

  33. May 7, 2010

    Support of key groups eludes Tories

    “All mankind”, runs a proverb sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “is divided into three classes, those that are...

  34. March 20, 2010

    Decision-making, John Kay's way

    In a letter to the English chemist Joseph Priestley, the 18th-century polymath Benjamin Franklin outlined a procedure for...

  35. November 15, 2009

    Funds of funds dive into hedgie Ucits pool

    Benjamin Franklin famously declared that, in life, “nothing is certain but death and taxes”. The asset management industry...

  36. November 2, 2009

    Freedom for Sale

    Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty By John Kampfner Simon & Schuster £18.99, 304 pages FT Bookshop...

  37. October 19, 2009

    The free market is not up to the job of creating work

    America has always been a country that thrives on hard work, thrift and self-reliance. We have all absorbed Benjamin...

  38. FT Alphaville

    September 14, 2009

    Financial crisis may claim Philadelphia's public libraries

    Not quite what you might expect from an FT Alphaville post, but the following report from the LA Times on the imminent...

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