Monthly Archives: September 2014

A fixed holiday entitlement tells us it’s OK to take a break – even though our work is far from done, says Lucy Kellaway

 

Patrick Jenkins is joined by Sam Fleming, Emma Dunkley and Harriet Agnew, as well as Clifford Chance’s Simon Gleeson to discuss bankers pay, the latest on the foreign exchange trading scandal and KPMG’s innovative deal to subsidise mortgages for its staff

 

Peter Harwood’s job at Acas has given him an insider’s view of the transformation of industrial relations in Britain over the past three decades. He spoke to Sarah O’Connor about how the service has changed since he joined it 28 years ago.

 

Two women are leading this year’s presidential election contest in Brazil – the incumbent Dilma Rousseff and an upstart candidate Marina Silva. Ms Silva shot to the top of the polls after she became Socialist Party candidate last month following the death of its previous presidential hopeful, Eduardo Campos. Joe Leahy, FT correspondent in São Paulo, discusses the two rival candidates with Fiona Symon.

 

One of Russia’s richest men was placed under house arrest last week on charges of money laundering. Courtney Weaver, the FT’s deputy Moscow bureau chief, takes an in-depth look at the strange story behind the arrest, and what it says about Putin’s brand of power politics.

 

This week’s show looks at how a proposed mansion tax may work and who would be affected, plus how behavioural psychology can aid investors, and how inheritance laws are changing where there is no will

 

As the prospect of higher US interest rates puts emerging markets under renewed pressure, Delphine Strauss, currencies correspondent, asks Koon Chow, emerging markets strategist at Barclays, whether we will see a repeat of last year’s ‘taper tantrum’. Also, what is the scope for volatility as carry trades unwind, and what are the risks of China resorting to exchange rate intervention to boost flagging growth.

 

The US says air strikes launched this week against Islamists in Syria with the backing of Arab allies mark the beginning of a sustained campaign that could last for years. Sam Jones, FT defence and security editor, talks to Fiona Symon about the risks associated with the campaign.

 

Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates have agreed to share power, drawing a line under a contested election that has dragged on for almost six months. Ashraf Ghani, former finance minister, becomes president and Abdullah Abdullah, ex-foreign minister, takes over the newly created position of chief executive officer. Fiona Symon spoke to May Jeong, FT correspondent in Kabul, about the deal.

 

With President François Hollande languishing at record lows in the polls, former president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that he plans to return to frontline politics, which almost certainly means a view to running for the presidency in 2017. Gideon Rachman is joined by Hugh Carnegy, Paris bureau chief, and Tony Barber to discuss his prospects.