Monthly Archives: April 2013

As the G20 pledges to crack down on multinational tax avoidance, the Financial Times looks at how and why governments help companies reduce their tax burden. Orla Ryan talks to taxation correspondent Vanessa Houlder, Matt Steinglass in Amsterdam and James Fontanella Khan in Brussels about why tax is rising to the top of the political agenda.


This week, the banking team discuss recent transatlantic spats over bank regulation, as Michel Barnier, the EU commissioner in charge of financial services warns the US on bank ‘protectionism’. Miles Johnson, Madrid correspondent looks at the reasons behind Santander chief executive Alfredo Sáenz’s resignation, and the team discuss the UK government’s reprivatisation agenda for RBS and Lloyds as Jim O’Neil, the UK Financial Investments chief executive and the man appointed to oversee this element of the financial recovery steps down.


Studies say the good looking are more successful but that is not a good way to recruit, says Lucy Kellaway


With several central bank meetings in the week ahead, FT currencies correspondent Alice Ross is joined by Derek Halpenny, head of European forex research at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. What impact would there be on the euro if the ECB cut headline interest rates on Thursday? What does it mean for the dollar if the Fed provides guidance on how much longer QE will be needed? And why is the Swiss National Bank unlikely to raise the floor at which it buys euros to weaken the franc?


Doha’s aspiration to become a global centre for culture is admirable – its squeamishness over ancient Greek sculptures less so, says the FT’s arts writer


It’s another Alphachat, our now reasonably frequent podcast. This time Izzy, Cardiff and David meander from gold and bitcoin, via the Bank of Japan all the way to Slovenia.


Would you buy a pension through a supermarket? How to make your charitable donations work harder for. And how more government support for banks will affect the savings and mortgage markets.


The political chaos in Rome seems to be about to come to an end as the bickering parties prepare to form a broad coalition government led by Enrico Letta of the centre-left Democrats. Will the coalition be able to rise to the challenges facing Italy, including an economy now entering its eighth consecutive quarter of contraction. Ferdinando Giugliano, FT leader writer, and Guy Dinmore, Rome correspondent, join Ben Hall to discuss.


In this week’s podcast:

We hear three different views about the way cyber threats are affecting
companies and consumers.

Christian Fredrikson, president and CEO of Finnish computer security company F-Secure, explains that mobile phones and tablets are at growing risk of attack; Verizon’s Ernie Hayden looks at protecting critical national infrastructure, and Lloyds Banking Group, looks at the growing shortage of skilled infosecurity professionals.

Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard


This week the banking team discuss the departure of the last two senior executives from the Bob Diamond era at Barclays, as Rich Ricci, head of investment banking and Tom Kalaris, head of wealth management, announce plans to retire. They also review the recent US bank results, and look at Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to expand the Funding for Lending Scheme