Monthly Archives: December 2014

With all eyes on the European Central Bank for January, is full-blown
quantitative easing priced into the single currency yet? Alice Ross,
markets correspondent, discusses the outlook for the euro, as well as
the dollar and the yen in 2015, with Peter Kinsella, foreign currency
strategist at Commerzbank.

 

Between 1962 and 1972, the magazine set new standards for its industry – and in doing so created the perfect collectible, says Peter Aspden

 

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong’s directive — to spend one-tenth of each working week thinking — is in need of a rethink.

 

‘On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree …’ along with French hens, swans a-laying, lords a-leaping and a sackful of other online orders to put the logistics of Yuletide to the test. Andrew Hill’s Christmas carol for delivery services everywhere

 

‘Ambition’, by the award-winning author Helen Simpson, is read by Christopher Villiers.

 

The London venue’s exhibition of Presley memorabilia is curious mix of the banal and the resplendent – and none the worse for that, says the FT’s arts writer

 

The FT Alphaville team reviews the key stories of the year, from the Russia crisis and the oil crash, to the company known as Quindell and the rise of secular stagnation theory.

 

Serial, the hit podcast in which journalist Sarah Koenig investigated the conviction of Adnan Syed for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, has concluded its first series. It has been the most successful podcast ever, but it has also raised a lot of questions about journalism ethics, the role of social media in sensitive stories, and the future of the podcast form. After listening to the final episode, Sarah Gordon, the FT’s business editor; Helen Warrell, FT public policy correspondent; Sarah O’Connor, employment correspondent, and Shannon Bond, US media and marketing correspondent, react to the questions left unanswered by the innovative series.

 

Aceh in Indonesia was hit hardest by the Indian Ocean Tsunami ten years ago, which left 160,000 people dead as the entire coastal plain was devastated. Aceh was also the destination for one of the biggest reconstruction efforts ever mounted by the international community. Ten years on, Ben Bland, the FT’s Jakarta correspondent, went there to look at the results. He tells Shawn Donnan what he found.

 

Will Switzerland’s introduction of negative interest rates help it
keep the franc weak in the face of haven flows amid Russia’s currency
crisis? Alice Ross, markets correspondent, asks Steven Englander,
foreign currency strategist at Citigroup, what the outlook for the
franc is. Also, how will the dollar trade after the FOMC meeting, and
what is the future for Japan’s yen?