Investors are piling back into buy-to-let – but are there good deals out there? With-profits providers have been slammed for treating customers poorly – but what can you do about it? And, we look at the best savings deals
In the podcast this week: Why are BP shares up? And on another positive note for BP, comments made by prominent UK scientists last week in Bonn suggest that the oil spill in the Gulf is not environmentally as bad as first thought. Also in the show: we look at climate change and the opening of the Green Investment Bank in the UK; plus Iran and the continuing battle over sanctions.
With Ed Crooks, Carola Hoyos, Javier Blas and Fiona Harvey.
The FT’s Africa editor William Wallis from Kinshasa talks to Fiona Symon, about the mood of the Congolese on this day of celebration – with particular reference to the announcement of the World Bank on Tuesday postponing a decision on writing off the country’s debt.
In this week’s podcast: Growing replacement lungs through tissue engineering; an interview with Daniel Zajfman, president of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science; and maternal and child health, the main topic of last week’s Pacific Health Summit.
Presented by Clive Cookson, with Andrew Jack and Diana Garnham.
In the podcast this week: A week of extraordinary change, from the passage of the US Financial Reform Bill at the 11th hour to new capital and liquidity pledges at the G20 summit in Toronto.
Also up for discussion is the mounting pressure for wider stress testing of European banks and growing fears of a looming sovereign debt crisis.
In particular Patrick Jenkins, having returned from Spain last week, looks at the Spanish response to the stress tests and their adamance about publishing all results from the bigger banks such as Santander to the smaller savings banks.
Presented by Megan Murphy, with Patrick Jenkins, the FT’s banking editor.
In this week’s podcast Peter talks to Edward Amoroso, chief security officer at AT&T about critical national infrastructures and what countries and companies can do to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. Also, Stephen Pritchard investigates what companies can do with the enormous amounts of data they collect. He talks to Stephen Brost, chief technology officer for Teradata, a data warehousing and analytics company.
Guinea is preparing for its first competitive election since 1958. Tom O’Sullivan, the FT’s assistant world news editor asks Tom Burgis, the FT’s West Africa correspondent, what we can expect this weekend.
In this week’s podcast we look at the appointment of Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard. We ask, what went wrong with Kevin Rudd’s leadership and what can we expect from his successor?
Also up for discussion is the prompt sacking of US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal. We ask, what does this action reveal about the Obama administration?
And finally we look forward to the upcoming G20 meeting in Toronto this weekend.
Presented by Tom O’Sullivan with Helen Warrell, the FT’s Asia page editor, Peter Smith, the FT’s Australian and Pacific correspondent, Richard McGregor the FT’s deputy news editor and down the line Dan Dombey the FT’s US diplomatic correspondent.
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