Monthly Archives: May 2015

Some companies are experimenting with tracking their employees with wearable devices. We fitted Sarah O’Connor, the FT’s employment correspondent, with a sleep tracker, a mood ring and a fitness tracker, and then shared the data with her boss. She tells Robin Kwong about the week-long experiment, what it feels like to be tracked as an employee, and whether this sort of data collection could actually be useful to an employer.

 

Despite the arrest this week of several of Fifa’s top officials, football’s world governing body has re-elected Sepp Blatter as its president. Roger Blitz joins Gideon Rachman to discuss the implications of the scandal for the business of the global game.

 

Peter Aspden tells the story of ‘Misirlou’, the swaying Anatolian love song that was reinvented as a 1960s surfers’ anthem before gaining a massive audience with Pulp Fiction and sampling by The Black Eyed Peas. Credits: Parker Street Records, JB Production, Universal Music Group

 

Can Fifa president Sepp Blatter survive the corruption allegations at football’s world governing body? What happens when employers track employees with wearable technologies? Why is there so much secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership? And what does artificial intelligence mean for the future of humanity? Henry Mance answers these big questions looking back at the best of this week’s Financial Times videos and podcasts.

 

Italy is making tentative steps on the road to recovery. Europe’s third largest economy reported first quarter growth of 0.3% this month, its best performance in three years. James Politi tests the mood among ordinary Italians.

 

Ralph Atkins and his guest John Normand of JP Morgan discuss recent patterns of currency turbulence, why the Yen has fallen – and what will happen to sterling as UK election excitement fades

 

Lucy Kellaway explains why wielding a can of boot polish and a brush can result in greater job satisfaction

 

Deputy head of Lex Oliver Ralph and guests discuss the £75m fine for Keydata over mis-selling of investment products, the ongoing debate over ringfencing banks’ retail and investment units, and the attempts of Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena to raise €3bn in a rights issue

 

This week we delve into the Queens Speech and how it could transform the UK’s housing market. Plus what is the future for banks, and should you use a saftey deposit box in light of the Hatton Garden heist

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal between the US, Japan, and 10 other economies in Asia and Latin America, has run into a barrage of criticism. But why have the governments involved gone to such lengths to keep the negotiating texts secret? The FT’s Alan Beattie thinks this is a mistake.