Monthly Archives: April 2016

Shareholder activism is on the rise, often motivated by outrage over the stratospheric pay rises that chief executives award themselves. Sharlene Goff asks David Oakley, FT Corporate Affairs correspondent, what have been the biggest recent rebellions and whether they can make a difference.

 

In the second of a four episode series the FT’s Robin Wigglesworth examines what happened when Argentina defaulted on $80bn of its bonds in 2001, at the time the biggest sovereign default in history.

 

Why would a big US telecoms company be looking to buy a struggling internet brand? The FT’s Shannon Bond and David Crow discuss Verizon’s alleged interest in merging Yahoo with its AOL business.

 

Goldman Sachs, the go-to bank of the rich and powerful, is moving into consumer lending and consumer savings. Patrick Jenkins, FT financial editor, discusses the surprise development with US banking editor Ben McLannahan, UK banking editor Martin Arnold, and Sam Theodore of credit rating agency Scope Ratings. Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

Patrick Jenkins and guests discuss Goldman Sachs’s move into retail banking, the usefulness or otherwise of ‘coco’ bonds and why British banks aren’t doing as well as their European continental rivals.

 

The longer I suffer the commute, the more likely I will stop asking if it is mad to cycle, says Lucy Kellaway.

 

In the first episode of a four part series on sovereign bankruptcy, the FT’s Robin Wigglesworth looks at how and when countries fall into distress, and examines whether Italy’s debts are sustainable.

 

Richard Walton moved to Costa Rica to take up surfing after a health scare prompted him to rethink his work-life balance. He tells Jonathan Moules how it worked out.

 

Short seller Jim Chanos tells host Matt Klein about his illustrious career in investment management, including his bet against Enron before it went bust in 1999. Mr Chanos also discusses the mechanics of short selling, his research process, and some of the opportunities he said he missed. Visit FT.com/alphaville for show notes and a full transcript of the interview.

 

With Roula Khalaf, Philip Stephens, Gonzalo Vina and Isabel Berwick of the Financial Times. Presented by Sebastian Payne.