Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ahead of George Osborne’s autumn statement, the Banking Weekly team discuss his plans for the government to underwrite loans for small and medium sized companies. Also this week, European banks face a struggle to raise capital to meet the new nine per cent core tier 1 capital ratio put forward by banking authorities.

Presented by Brooke Masters, with Patrick Jenkins, Sharlene Goff and Tracy Alloway. Produced by Emily Cadman


FT correspondents join Gideon Rachman to discuss the continuing turmoil in Egypt and Syria, and what the return of Vladimir Putin means for Russia’s relationship with the West.


This week we look at whether the government’s new scheme will get the housing market moving. Why advisers are slow to recommend low-cost tracker funds. And the FSA digs deeper into bridging loans.


Thinking strategically about your life isn’t necessarily such a great idea, says Lucy Kellaway


It is not just economic uncertainty that has prompted CIOs to do more with less.

Cheaper consumer devices, and cloud computing, are making IT more powerful, and more flexible.

We speak to Adobe’s CTO, Kevin Lynch, about smart devices and apps, to Constellation Research’s Ray Wang about moving back office software to the cloud, and hear how the Wellcome Trust saved £600,000 on a single cloud computing project.


The management turmoil at Lloyds after high-profile hire Nathan Bostock, who was due to take charge of the bank’s wholesale division decided to stay on at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Also this week, the banking team take a look at nationalised lender Northern Rock’s return to the private sector and new UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti’s decision to cut some of UBS’s bonus pool in order to recoup some of the money lost in the alleged rogue trading scandal.

Presented by Patrick Jenkins, with Sharlene Goff and Brooke Masters. Produced by Emily Cadman


London has seen many Hamlets in recent years – David Tennant, Jude Law and Rory Kinnear to name but a few. And now Michael Sheen take the prized role in the Young Vic’s new production.

Jan Dalley talks to actor Simon Russell Beale, David Lan, artistic director of the Young Vic, and Sarah Hemming, theatre critic for the FT, about the enduring appeal of the troubled Dane.
Produced by Griselda Murray Brown


So long as top people in the City are continuing to behave in an uncivilised fashion, the world as we know it isn’t coming to an end, says Lucy Kellaway


We look at how QE is hitting pensioner’s income, whether investments are becoming too costly, and whether Virgin buying Northern Rock could make banking more competitive


In this week’s show: after a week in which the prospect of a country leaving the eurozone has been floated, where do we go from here? We look at the possibility of closer political and fiscal union in the eurozone, the state of relations between Germany and the UK, and the prospects for a financial transaction tax.

Presented by the FT’s chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman, with economics editor Chris Giles and Berlin bureau chief Quentin Peel.