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  1. FT Alphaville

    September 19, 2014

    You call that a balance sheet expansion?

    “Too Low To Resuscitate Optimism” indeed… From BofAML on the definitely underwhelming, potentially stigmafied TLTRO pickup...

  2. The World

    September 18, 2014

    Unflattering account of English proves a hit with Portuguese

    At school we used to be taught in history lessons that Portugal was England’s oldest ally (“Please, sir, Treaty of Windsor,...

Special Reports

  1. Doing Business in Portugal 2012

    Reform: Commentary by the country’s greatest 19th century novelist is given a new airing...
  2. FT year in finance 2011

    - There is little consensus on how to fix the banking system - Behind the scenes with...
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  1. September 17, 2014

    Scots’ choice: independence or sterling

    If Scotland votes Yes to independence the knee-jerk response in the markets is easy to predict: sell sterling, sell UK...

  2. September 14, 2014

    Good qualifications are essential to stand out from the pack

    José Ferreira Machado, dean of the Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, calls it “the disappointment effect” –...

  3. September 13, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo rescue team heading Novo Banco quits

    An independent management team appointed to steer Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo out of trouble has announced its...

  4. September 11, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo: Family fortunes

    It took Ricardo Espírito Santo Salgado almost two decades to win back ownership of his family’s bank. But one morning in...

  5. September 11, 2014

    Air France-KLM chief raises stakes in dispute with pilots

    The chief executive of Air France-KLM is threatening to halt the development of the Franco-Dutch airline group’s budget...

  6. September 7, 2014

    Bookmaker sees surge in Yes backing

    McBookie.com, a Scottish online betting website primed to service the gambling needs of diehard football fans, has never...

  7. September 5, 2014

    Jorge Mendes, power broker behind football’s elite

    Nearly 20 years ago, in his nightclub in the windy northern Portuguese coastal town of Caminha, Jorge Mendes became a...

  8. September 3, 2014

    Growth in jobs outstrips rest of EU

    The UK has seen more net employment growth over the past four years than the rest of the EU put together, according to...

  9. September 3, 2014

    Quantitative easing would sow the seeds of crisis not recovery

    The fear of a descent into Japanese-style deflation is starting to influence monetary policy making in the eurozone....

  10. September 3, 2014

    OECD warns wage cuts create deflation risk

    Further cuts in real wages in countries whose labour markets have been hardest hit by the economic crisis would risk...

  11. September 2, 2014

    Switzerland named as world’s ‘most competitive’ economy

    Switzerland has retained its crown as the world’s most competitive economy for the sixth year in a row, according to a...

  12. August 29, 2014

    Five swell homes: perfect properties for surfing enthusiasts

    Residencial El Sueño, Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain, €2.6m Where Close to the Playa de las Americas in the region of San...

  13. August 22, 2014

    The bond paradox and how it will end

    The world has never been in as much debt as it is now. If that sounds worrying, consider this: with interest rates in the...

  14. August 15, 2014

    Women in Business - Gabriela Galvano, EMBA graduate

    Gabriela Galvano is an executive MBA graduate of IE Business School in Spain and team leader of Green Light, one of the...

  15. August 14, 2014

    Despite gloomy numbers the economy still has bounce

    It is perhaps a contradiction in terms, but it was an uplifting week for the Eeyores of economic commentary. Germany and...

  16. August 14, 2014

    Eurozone bond yields reach record lows

    Dismal economic data released by Europe sent government bond yields across the eurozone to record lows on Thursday. For a...

  17. August 12, 2014

    Data reveal further chinks in eurozone’s recovery

    Further chinks in the eurozone’s recovery emerged on Tuesday, as official figures showed Portugal sank into a deeper...

  18. FT Photo Diary

    August 12, 2014

    Sky high Onofre

    Phil Noble/Reuters Marta Onofre of Portugal competes in the women’s pole vault qualifying rounds during the 2014 European...

  19. August 10, 2014

    Portugal bank failure knocks recovery

    Banking was not supposed to be the issue in Portugal. Yet, less than three months after exiting an international rescue...

  20. August 7, 2014

    Bank bondholders ignore risk of losses

    In the comedy classic Duck Soup Groucho Marx warned that if a man looks and talks like an idiot, then don’t be fooled – “he...

  21. August 6, 2014

    World will have 13 ‘super-aged’ nations by 2020

    The world will have 13 “super-aged” societies by 2020, up from just three today, according to a report that warns of ageing...

  22. August 5, 2014

    Portugal regulator probes possible insider trading in BES shares

    Portugal’s stock market regulator has launched an “in-depth investigation” into possible insider trading in the shares of...

  23. August 5, 2014

    Westminster relaxed over Scottish independence debate

    Broadcasters might be forgiven for not having shown Tuesday night’s Scottish independence debate live on television south of...

  24. August 5, 2014

    Crédit Agricole profit nearly wiped out by BES charge

    Crédit Agricole’s second-quarter profits have been nearly wiped out by a €708m writedown on its stake in Portugal’s Banco...

  25. August 4, 2014

    Portugal pays up for Espírito Santo

    Many questions remain unanswered about the collapse of Banco Espírito Santo. Portugal’s largest lender failed last week,...

  26. August 4, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo junior bonds tumble after €4.9bn rescue

    Junior bonds in Banco Espírito Santo fell sharply on Monday after regulators announced a €4.9bn rescue for the distressed...

  27. August 3, 2014

    Brazil’s banks keep it all in the family

    As the Espírito Santo dynasty in Portugal struggles to save its business empire from collapse following the discovery of...

  28. July 31, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo scrambles to avert government rescue

    Banco Espírito Santo is racing against the clock to avert a government rescue by hurriedly patching together a...

  29. July 30, 2014

    Banco Espirito Santo posts loss of €3.58bn

    Banco Espírito Santo has posted a first-half net loss of €3.58bn that exposes the full extent of the Portuguese lender’s...

  30. July 28, 2014

    Spanish yields fall to two-century low

    Spain’s borrowing costs have fallen to levels not seen since the country’s empire stretched across the Americas. The yield...

  31. July 25, 2014

    Banco Espirito Santo’s Ricardo Salgado faces an uncertain future

    A distinguished retirement as the elder statesman of Portuguese banking was only months away. Tradition dictated that on...

  32. July 24, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo’s former head Ricardo Salgado detained

    Ricardo Espírito Santo Salgado, former executive chairman of Banco Espírito Santo and patriarch of Portugal’s most...

  33. July 22, 2014

    Dynasty losing grip over Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo

    Financial authorities in Panama take control of a teetering bank. Angola’s central bank warns of bad debt risks at one of...

  34. July 18, 2014

    Reality check for European banks

    European markets recovered quickly from the spasm caused by the funding crisis that has gripped Portugal’s Banco Espírito...

  35. July 16, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo gains continue on investor assurance

    Shares in Banco Espírito Santo and Portugal Telecom made gains on Wednesday despite an €847m default by an Espírito Santo...

  36. beyondbrics

    July 15, 2014

    Colombia: vote of confidence for finance minister

    Recently re-elected Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos starts his second term in less than a month. As he won the...

  37. July 14, 2014

    Espírito Santo family saga is unlikely to end happily

    The ongoing saga at Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo is a reminder of several facts: that banks in the eurozone periphery are...

  38. July 13, 2014

    Portugal speeds up Banco Espírito Santo management changes

    Portugal’s central bank has ordered the immediate appointment of a new chief executive and other board members at Banco...

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