FT Alphaville’s Izabella Kaminska leads Gavyn Davies, chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management and an FT blogger, and Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University, in a discussion on the forces causing productivity stagnation. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. This conversation was recorded at the FT Festival of Finance on July 1, 2016

 

The outlook for policy at central banks id back at the forefront of the market. Hans Redeker, global head of FX strategy at Morgan Stanley, joins Michael Hunter to discuss if policymakers will ever have conditions that are ‘practically perfect in every way’ before they can act

 

Phil Gordon, one of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisers, tells the FT’s Gideon Rachman how the alleged involvement of Russian hackers in the leak of Democratic party emails could revive tension between Washington and Moscow and affect November’s vote.

 

In this week’s FT Money show, presenter Claer Barrett and guests discuss student loans, leasehold properties, and how to talk to your children about your wealth.

 

Patrick Jenkins and Martin Arnold discuss US authorities’ allegation that current and former HSBC employees cheated clients on a foreign exchange deal, and look at how Luxembourg is pitching to win business from firms in the City of London stung by Brexit. Meanwhile, Ben McLannahan speaks to Nader Tavakoli, CEO of Ambac, about the settlement to end litigation brought by investors burnt by the collapse of the futures brokerage MF Global.

 

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a turbulent start this week, revealing deep divisions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The FT’s World News editor Ben Hall discusses what this means for Clinton’s campaign for the White House with Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo and Gideon Rachmann, the FT’s chief foreign affairs commentator.

 

Now it is unacceptable to boast about spending, company bosses are turning to the summer reading list

 

Lex writer Sujeet Indap explains why Verizon’s $4.8bn acquisition of Yahoo’s core operating business is a good deal for the US telecom giant and what it means for Yahoo. Visit FT.com for more on the story.

 

Bob Dylan’s cryptic number is one of the signature songs of the 1960s, signalling a shift in his career. It helped launch The Byrds to stardom and was pivotal in the development of indie rock. Richard Clayton follows its history.

Credits: Columbia, Legacy, Spectrum, Naxos

 

Xi Jinping, China’s leader since 2012, came from humble beginnings. How has he grown to have such power in such a short time and what does he want to do with it? James Kynge, the FT’s Emerging Markets Editor, talks to Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese politics at King’s College, and Tom Mitchell, FT Beijing Bureau Chief.