Sue Norris explores how a B-side by a little known American singer, Gloria Jones became a cult hit on the 1970s English northern soul scene, before being turned into one of the most recognizable pop songs of all time by Soft Cell. Credits: Universal Music TV, Universal Music Enterprises, Parlophone UK, Interscope Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Tacca Musique
As France prepares for Sunday’s first round of voting in its presidential election, any two of the four leading candidates could still reach the run-off, and an apparent attack in Paris on Thursday has brought terrorism back to the top of the agenda in a campaign already shaped by questions of security and identity. Harriet Agnew talks to the FT’s Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Michael Stothard about a remarkable campaign that has upended French politics and will have wide ramifications for France and beyond.
Economist Anne Case joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about her trilogy of research papers that revealed the stunning reversal of mortality trends among certain groups of Americans. The two also discuss the methodology used in the papers and her comprehensive theory behind the causes of these trends.
Theresa May’s snap election caused a surge in the pound and had investors purring at the idea that a smooth Brexit is coming. Roger Hallam of JP Morgan Asset Management tells Roger Blitz whether he thinks the market’s optimism is justified and looks at the euro’s prospects after Sunday’s first round in the French presidential election
By winning last week’s constitutional referendum, albeit narrowly, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved his long-held ambition of taming the country’s instututions. Daniel Dombey discusses how he is likely to use his new powers with Delphine Strauss and Mehul Srivastava.
French billionaire Vincent Bolloré’s move to acquire Italy’s Mediaset, owned by the family of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, sets up a battle between the two media tycoons for the future of Italy’s biggest commercial broadcaster. Daniel Thomas discusses the latest twists in the story with Harriet Agnew, FT Paris correspondent.
The Vix index is known as Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ and was once just a measure of market movements. But volatility has itself become a tradable asset and financial engineers have used the index to create high-risk products and strategies that can act as siren calls to unwary investors, says Robin Wigglesworth
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