Monthly Archives: December 2011

Author Amy Waldman reads her short story set in Afghanistan ‘Mile 54′, commissioned by the Financial Times for the new year.


Gideon Rachman is joined on the podcast by David Gardner, international affairs editor, and Roula Khalaf, Middle East editor, to discuss the major geopolitical upheaval of 2011: the Arab Spring.


Jan Hatzius, the chief US economist for Goldman Sachs, explains to FT Alphaville’s Cardiff Garcia why he expects US growth to slow in the first half of 2012. Mr Hatzius says the US economy is particularly vulnerable to European banks with significant US holdings.


The banking team discuss the government response to Sir John Vickers’ report, the questions raised by a series of cases against former members of the “Asia II” wealth management desk at UBS and the announcement that António Horta-Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, will be returning in January.

Presented by Brooke Masters,with Sharlene Goff and Megan Murphy.
Produced by Amie Tsang


Margin Call, the latest in a line of films on the crash of 2008, depicts a Wall Street investment bank’s last ditch attempts to save itself from impending disaster.

Written and directed by first time feature director J.C.Chandor – and starring Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore and Jeremy Irons – The New Yorker called it “the best Wall Street movie ever made”.

It’s been marketed as a thriller – but how do you create excitement when the action consists of men in suits peering at computer screens and talking on Blackberries? Does Margin Call have anything new to say on the much-debated causes of the collapse?

Andrew Hill, FT management editor, puts these questions to Alex Preston, ex-City trader and author of This Bleeding City; Peter Aspden, FT arts writer; and Leo Robson, film and television critic.

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown


FT science editor Clive Cookson talks neutrinos with Pier Oddone, director of leading US particle physics centre Fermilab


Financial companies have been fined £63m this year but do these fines work? Anthony Bolton on why China is fair value. And we look at why lenders are launching mroe buy-to-let loans


In this edition, Cardiff Garcia talks with Sal Arnuk, co-head of Themis Trading, about high frequency trading and the fragmented trading infrastructure in the US. Among the topics covered are the regulatory and technological reasons for the dramatic changes of the last decade, high frequency traders’ role in the flash crash and how they might contribute to another, and why academic support for HFT falls short.


Shawn Donnan, Ben Hall and Peter Spiegel discuss the eurozone crisis following Cameron’s treaty veto, while Clive Cookson talks to Pilita Clark about the outcome of the Durban climate change talks.


Patrick Jenkins, Sharlene Goff and Megan Murphy discuss the FSA’s long-awaited report into the failure of Royal Bank of Scotland, the European Banking Authority’s latest stress test results, and at what the UK’s EU treaty veto really means for the City of London.