FT Alphachat

In the final episode of a four-part series on sovereign bankruptcy, the FT’s Robin Wigglesworth tells the story of Jamaica’s fiscal turnaround, which took a punitive austerity programme and a dose of good luck.

 

In the third of a four-episode series, the FT’s Robin Wigglesworth examines the novel but controversial way Greece restructured €200bn of its debts, which demonstrated potential improvements to the messy sovereign debt restructuring process.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Economist Brad DeLong examines three key but underappreciated events in economic history with host Cardiff Garcia. Then, author and former banker Satyajit Das discusses a variety of stagnationist trends that he says could yield an economic disaster worse than the Great Recession if something doesn’t change, as outlined in his recent book The Age of Stagnation. Plus a conversation about starting a new career at middle age. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden.

 

In an episode dedicated to investing and quantitative analysis, hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia are joined by US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth to discuss quirky new alternative data that money managers use to make investment decisions. Robin also offers some insight into what first quarter earnings indicate for corporate performance in 2016. Then, the FT’s John Authers talks to Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management about cloning the strategies of the world’s most famous and aggressive active investors, the subject of Faber’s recent book Invest with the House. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden.

 

Psychologist Anders Ericsson, author of Peak: Secrets from the new science of expertise, joins hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond to discuss his career’s findings in the way people become experts in their fields. Then, the FT’s Matt Garrahan discusses who could become the next leader of Disney, where the question of who would succeed Bob Iger as CEO has been thrown wide open by this week’s exit of chief operating officer Tom Staggs. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links.

 

Wearable technology, including the Apple Watch and Google Glass, has been limited in appearance and functionality, but Amanda Parkes, chief technologist at Manufacture NY, thinks it has a promising future. She joins hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond to discuss the relationship between technology and fashion and the privacy issues for the wearables of the future. Then, the FT’s David Crow explains the latest developments in the Valeant and Theranos sagas. Plus a quick debate about executive pay and the public humiliation premium. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes.

 

In light of US president Barack Obama’s historic trip to Havana co-hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond discuss the state of the Cuban economy, including the evolution of the dual currency system, new opportunity for foreign investment and Mr Obama’s attempt to claw away at the trade embargo. Then, economist Caroline Freund describes the relationship between the emergence of billionaires in poor countries and the ability of those countries to move quickly up the development ladder, the topic of her new book Rich People, Poor Countries. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links.

 

David Burkus, author of Under New Management, joins co-hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia to debate the merits and pitfalls of open-plan offices, transparent salary structures and unlimited vacation policies. Then, Citi’s chief global political risk analyst, Tina Fordham, discusses the extent to which the economy effectively prices in political risk, and reveals the findings from her recent paper on the missed potential of women in the global economy. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links.