Monthly Archives: March 2013

Paul Lambert from Insight Investment joins Alice Ross to discuss the impact of the crisis in Cyprus on the single currency, the Bank of Japan under a new governor, and whether the market has given up on the Swiss franc haven trade

 

We love French culture, yet according to a recent study there’s something in it that makes the French miserable. But every nation’s artistic mindset has its drawbacks, argues the FT’s arts writer

 

Alphaville chats about Cyprus, capital controls, Argentina’s ongoing sovereign debt restructuring trial of the century and the Fed.

 

The Brics started life as a marketing gimmick dreamt up by Goldman Sachs to promote emerging markets, but the notion has taken on a life of its own and this group of nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are now a formal organisation who have just met for their fifth summit. In this week’s podcast, Gideon Rachman is joined by Stefan Wagstyl, editor of beyondbrics, and Andrew England, South Africa correspondent, reporting from Durban, where the group has agreed to set up a Brics-led development bank. But do the Brics matter, what unites and divides these nations, and are we likely to still be discussing this group in ten years’ time?

 

In this week’s podcast:

We speak to two chief financial officers: Tony Wilson, of UK-based medical manufacturer Kimal, and Chris Lafond, CFO of the technology analysts Gartner, about their relationship with technology.

Plus Peter Lumley, of PA Consulting Group, on how to visualise financial data.

 

Joshua Chaffin, EU correspondent, joins the podcast from the Cypriot capital Nicosia to discuss the bailout deal that was reached in the early hours of Monday morning, and the mood on the ground in the country. Also up for discussion are the narrowing gap between bankers’ pay and that of other professional occupations, and the latest tweak to Basel III reforms of the banking sector

 

Lucy Kellaway says that a survey showing that teenagers in Britain want to pursue the ‘wrong’ careers was pointless

 

George Saravelos, foreign currency analyst at Deutsche Bank, joins currencies correspondent Alice Ross to discuss the euro’s indifference to the crisis in Cyprus, whether there will be a knock-on effect on other currencies and the impact for sterling of the Bank of England’s new mandate

 

The emirate’s contemporary arts event considers some thorny regional issues in a deceptively laid-back way, says the FT’s arts writer

 

After a failed bailout plan that involved taxing the deposits of small savers, Cyprus is now the epicentre of the eurozone crisis. Lawmakers are now seeking an alternative before Monday, when the European Central Bank will cut emergency liquidity to Cyprus’s foundering banks. Kerin Hope, Greece and Cyprus correspondent; Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief; and Patrick Jenkins, banking editor, join Ben Hall to discuss what’s happened and what lies ahead.