Monthly Archives: July 2014

James Pickford and guests discuss how changes in the asset management industry could benefit investors, the potential risks for corporate bond funds, and the sale of inappropriate annuity products


Parts of Western Africa are gripped by the Ebola virus, with more than 670 dead in the current outbreak. Gideon Rachman is joined by Clive Cookson, science editor, and Javier Blas, Africa editor, to discuss how serious a threat the virus poses to the region and to the wider world, and what the international community can do to thwart its progress


Martin Arnold is joined by Sharlene Goff for news that Lloyds has been fined £226m for its part in the Libor manipulation scandal. Included in this was £8m for attempts to reduce the amount it paid back to British taxpayers following its government bailout. Daniel Schäfer reports on Deutsche Bank, which has received a letter from the US Federal Reserve that was highly critical of the quality and reliability of its reporting. And finally, Harriet Agnew joins Daniel and Martin to discuss the continued rise of boutiques, as former UBS chair Luqman Arnold joins former Glencore chair Simon Murray and three other senior partners so establish a new advisory business.


Peter Aspden visits the V&A’s ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition and reflects on the art of protest in the age of rapid digital dissemination.


Russia and the west have been increasingly at odds following the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine, an atrocity that has been widely blamed on pro-Russian separatists. What are Vladimir Putin’s options, and what diplomatic accommodation be can be found to make the situation less volatile?
Katherine Hille, Moscow bureau chief, and Neil Buckley, east Europe editor, join Gideon Rachman.


People feel compelled to review everyday items but are more reticent regarding their work, says Lucy Kellaway.


Jonathan Eley and guests discuss new pension rules that will apply from next April, what to bear in mind when buying property overseas, and how investors can access ideas emerging from universities


Patrick Jenkins is joined by Sam Fleming to discuss whether world leaders will be able to agree measures to solve the problem of “too big to fail” banks when the G20 meets later this year in Brisbane. Martin Arnold has news of US banks’ second quarter results, where the footnote du jour is that profits took a hit as regulators imposed fines for various misdemeanours. Finally, Sam joins Daniel Schäfer to discuss the latest from the foreign exchange scandal, where the UK’s Serious Fraud Office brings the total to more than 15 authorities looking into the manipulation of rates, with the news that it may launch a criminal investigation.


As the Imperial War Museum unveils a £40 million refurbishment, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney reflects on the ubiquity of violence in popular culture.


Two FT journalists report from different sides of the US border, speaking to Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence for a better life in America, and to Texan citizens who witness illegal immigrants – often unaccompanied children – crossing the border.