This week FT Money looks at Individual Savings Accounts indepth – from cash Isas to stocks and shares Isas. We look at where you should put your money, and the more unusual products that are eligible for Isas
Italian national elections have ended in chaos and the voters’ message is that they are tired of austerity and the political elite. The country faces a hung parliament after votes were split between a former comedian, an ex-prime minister who faces corruption charges, and the centre-left, who won narrowly in the lower house. Mario Monti, the technocratic prime minister who was appointed 15 months ago, came a distant fourth place. In this podcast, Guy Dinmore, Rome correspondent, Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief, and Ferdinando Giugliano, leader writer, join world news editor Shawn Donnan to discuss the unfolding drama, which could take weeks to resolve.
The FT’s banking correspondents look at RBS’ plans for a partial float of its US business, Lloyds’ plans to defer its chief’s bonus until 2018, big investment banks losing market share and a regulatory push to limit banks’ scope for discretion in calculating risk-weighted assets
Bob Savage of hedge fund FX Concepts joins Alice Ross, currencies correspondent, to discuss the beating that sterling has taken, when the Fed will end QE and the implications for the dollar, and the impact of the election in Italy.
The stock market hits new highs – but can it last much longer? Stamp duty – it’s one of the most unpopular taxes in Britain, but it’s unwise to try to avoid it. And the taxman wages a new war on second home owners
Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Moscow jail in 2009 after making allegations of tax fraud against interior ministry officials, is to be tried on tax-evasion charges in a Russian court beginning on Monday. Charles Clover, Moscow bureau chief; Geoff Dyer, diplomatic correspondent; and Neil Buckley, east Europe editor, join Gideon Rachman to discuss what this strange posthumous trial says about Putin’s Russia and how could it affect relations with Europe, and particularly the US.
This week the banking team is joined by David Oakley, investment correspondent, to discuss Barclays’ recent restructuring plans and whether bank stocks can outperform all others in the coming decade. The team also looks at the possibility that the European Parliament could put a cap on bankers’ bonuses, as talks on EU banking reforms enter a potentially decisive week
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