Monthly Archives: April 2015

America’s biggest trade union federation is campaigning against “golden parachutes” in which bank executives pocket millions of dollars before taking jobs in government. Patrick Jenkins discusses the issue with Heather Slavkin Corzo, head of the federation’s investment office, and Caroline Binham.

 

Disappointing economic data may perversely help the Conservatives by making nervous voters question whether they can afford to base their vote on any subject other than the economy.

 

The list of technology companies based in Ireland is long and growing. But some European states complain Ireland’s enforcement of European data protection rules is lax. Ravi Mattu asks Duncan Robinson and Murad Ahmed whether a new supranational regulator would resolve such disputes.

 

Michael Stott, Robert Shrimsley and Tim Bale discuss Labour’s gambit on housing, Cameron’s new found passion, and the Lib Dem strategy for persuading voters that it’s the best coalition partner as the election stalemate continues.

 

Despite multiple election pledges, neither Labour nor the Conservatives are anywhere near becoming the undisputed party of housing. To do that they would have to reform Britain’s old-fashioned laws on planning an land use, the one structural rigidity that Margaret Thatcher never smashed open.

 

From a heavy metal hit to its use in the Abu Ghraib tortures, Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ strikes some sinister chords with Ludovic Hunter-Tilney. Credit: Elektra

 

Why is the world finally ready to criticise Turkey over the Armenian genocide? Why can’t Europe end its migrant crisis and how did supermarket giant Tesco lose £6.4bn last year? Henry Mance answers these and other questions in his ‘Best of the Financial Times podcasts.

 

The US shale industry has transformed the outlook for US energy security, created tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, and rattled the leaders of rival oil-producing countries from Riyadh to Caracas. But as oil prices have sunk, the fledgling industry is facing its first real test, Ed Crooks tells Matthew Vincent.

 

Sarah Neville is joined by business editor Sarah Gordon and employment correspondent Sarah O’Connor who give their take on why businesses have serious concerns about elements of both Labour and the Conservative’s election pledges, and whether either party is really addressing the UK’s dire record on productivity.

 

As the currency market prepares for the Federal Reserve’s next move, further talks on Greece and the UK election, Lena Komileva of G Plus Economics discusses how the US is preparing the global economy for a rate increase, why the euro decline isn’t greater, and the political risk to sterling