Monthly Archives: September 2012

Geoffrey Yu, foreign exchange strategist at UBS, joins FT currencies correspondent Alice Ross to discuss the fallout on the currencies markets from the Spanish budget – and whether a bailout is now more or less likely – as well as when the focus will swing back towards Greece. Also, what is the QE3 effect on the commodities currencies?


This week the team look at the Spanish banking system, after a recent report into the country’s 14 largest lenders found they could need up to €60bn in new capital. But are recent stress-tests enough to restore confidence? They also discuss JPMorgan’s recent deal that saw it snap up three quarters of the first European commercial mortgage bond launched since the financial crisis and regulatory pressures on the banking sector


Lucy Kellaway says it’s not just the objects that are telling – it’s the juxtaposition


Should you use your tax-free lump sum to help your children onto the housing ladder? What to consider before setting up a Sipp. And, after a major reform package, has India become a better home for your investments?


With design so overbearing at Google’s London HQ, the individual can’t get a look in, says the FT’s Lucy Kellaway.


With the ECB committed to unlimited purchases of eurozone bonds, the German Constitutional Court in a forgiving mood, and the Dutch electorate surprising pundits by voting for pro-euro candidates, is the worst over in the euro crisis, or, with Spain still teetering, is this just another false dawn? Tony Barber, Europe editor, and Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief, join Gideon Rachman.


In this week’s podcast:

How is consumer technology changing IT – and how is the change in IT changing how we do business?

We speak to Gartner’s David Willis, Eversheds’ CIO Paul Caris, and investor and technologist Daniel Steeves about the way consumer devices and services are replacing “enterprise” technology for more and more day-to-day tasks.


Lucy Kellaway says that top executives should take an annual hubris test


This week the Banking team are joined by Paris correspondent Scheherazade Daneshkhu to discuss Société Générale’s plans to boost profits in Russia and Romania by the end of next year. They also look at Standard Chartered’s signing of a $340m settlement to resolve allegations it violated US sanctions on Iran and they debate what the future holds for London, as strict enforcement of new EU regulation begins to push debt deals away from the City.


Michael Hewson, senior market analyst at CMC markets, joins FT currencies correspondent Alice Ross to discuss the likelihood of a new outbreak of the currency wars and why Japan, not Brazil, has most to complain about from more quantitative easing in the US.