The world’s banks, especially European banks, have been routed in the equity and debt markets as fears mount about future earnings and levels of capital. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, talks to Laura Noonan, investment banking correspondent, about the implications.

 

For a few short months, Chinese entrepreneur Li Hejun became the richest man in China. FT reporters Miles Johnson and Lucy Hornby tell the story of the dramatic rise of his solar energy company, and what it says about levels of corporate debt in one of the world’s biggest economies.

Music by David Sappa

 

Construction companies across the US are struggling to find enough workers to keep up with demand, due in large part to a dearth of Mexican immigrants who do much of the heavy lifting in construction trades. Gary Silverman sits down for lunch with three Mexican immigrants in Dallas, Texas who have found work in the local roofing business. Go to ft.com/bigread for the full story.

 

Meg Whitman’s lieutenant was ‘disappointed’ with what I’d written. Here is my considered response, says Lucy Kellaway

 

Philip Stephens, Janan Ganesh and Kate Allen of the Financial Times, plus Rob Oxley of Vote Leave and Lucy Thomas of Stronger In, discuss the latest developments in Westminster this week — including whether David Cameron has won Britain a good deal with the EU and the political fallout for the Conservatives. Presented by George Parker, political editor.

 

US economics editor Sam Fleming breaks down the numbers in the January jobs report and explains what the data indicates about the health of the US economy.

 

The Bank of England has kicked UK rate rises into the long grass, but short term, sterling is holding relatively firm anyway. Kamal Sharma of Bank of America Merrill Lynch tells Katie Martin why.

 

Mike Hobart explores the history of Chic’s “Good Times”, a last-gasp salute to disco inspired by the Great Depression and Harlem Renaissance. Credit: Atlantic Records, Sanctuary, Castle

 

Peking University professor Michael Pettis visits the FT to discuss the role that debt plays in the rebalancing of the Chinese economy. Then, Trump’s bombastic stump speeches and interviews have been a ratings boon for US media. Global media editor Matt Garrahan joins hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia to explain how the ‘Trump Effect’ has impacted conservative talk radio and television shows. Go to FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Yeyey and Minden. Clips courtesy of The Laura Ingraham Show and The Rush Limbaugh Show.

 

Murad Ahmed, European technology correspondent, and Duncan Robinson, Brussels correspondent, discuss the EU’s new deal with the US on transferring data across the Atlantic.