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FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

US-German gas deal is a disservice to Ukraine
Russian threat to Europe's security cannot be ‘parked' to focus on China

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

Market jitters only underscore China's importance to global economy
US threats, combined with Beijing's drive for control, raise the very real risk of tensions escalating

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

Biden puts workers ahead of consumers
The president's executive order on competition policy aims to rebalance American capitalism

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

Rich countries need to share the IMF's $650bn gift
Special drawing rights should be given to low-income nations to help them fight Covid and climate change

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

Empty Olympic stadiums offer psychologists a rare opportunity
The lack of crowds at the Tokyo Games is having polarising effects on the athletes

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

The Conservatives and the whiff of chumocracy
A shadowy club of elite political donors increases perceptions of cronyism

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

IPO prospectuses: the long and longer of it
For investors, more is not necessarily better

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Aug 01, 2021

The rush to forget Covid needs to slow down
The pandemic is painful and exhausting but it has also triggered changes that must be made to endure

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 31, 2021

Vaccination and the bonfire of Asian clichés
Take-up rates in Japan and elsewhere confound the trope of herd-like deference

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 31, 2021

Want the best advice? Ask a six-year-old
How a Year 1 primary school class became thought leaders of the lockdown age

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 31, 2021

Is the world facing an inventory recession?
Demand for goods might drop after stockpiles are run down as supply chain problems ease

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 31, 2021

Olympic Games: local athletes own the stage
Host nations generally do well because of factors such as not having to travel and familiarity with stadiums

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 31, 2021

Ben Okri: rediscovering a 4,000-year-old poem
The playwright on an ancient Egyptian text that tackles immigration and the excesses of power

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 31, 2021

Austria's great value reds
‘The country is a rich hunting ground for lovers of red wine — particularly those seeking reds that are not too alcoholic'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

This is a golden era for urban landmarks that signify nothing
London's Marble Arch Mound is a fake hill that does nothing to help rejuvenate the West End

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

The best English gardens to visit now
‘I began at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, almost as grand as Versailles but more intelligible on a first visit'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Jeffrey Epstein stalks his shadowy network of plutocrats from the grave
Why did so many rich and powerful men seek out his advice?

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

The Big Tech boom marks a lasting change
Superfast growth will slow, but the shift in market power is here to stay

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

UniCredit/Monte dei Paschi: Andrea Orcel must stick to his firm line
Chief executive has set sensible conditions on relieving the Italian government of the bank it nationalised

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Peru's new president has plunged it into instant political crisis
Pedro Castillo's nomination of leftwing radicals for cabinet posts shows he is no mood to compromise

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

IAG: cautious summer schedule signals late take-off for recovery
Once Covid fog has cleared, a more encouraging view of the airline group's prospects will emerge

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Chinese ructions test the buy-the-dip reflex of investors
After market bouncebacks from a series of shocks, fresh test of sentiment looms

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Have we ever needed a summer holiday more than we do now?
Taking time off is essential to avoid burnout after an unusually stressful year

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Chinese hot pot stocks: market sell-off lifts lid on opportunities
China's catering industry has historically carried low regulatory risk — and this is now a big draw

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

About that Amazon-to-accept-bitcoin story
An FT Alphaville insider tells us it looks a little fishy.

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Don't be conservative with your conservatory
‘An underdressed conservatory can look sad (a couple of plasticky armchairs, a single dying pot plant). Make it a happy-making room'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Business is booming everywhere except the office
Commercial landlords insist employees are heading back even as companies such as Twitter shut their doors

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

What Biles's Olympic exit says about elite sport
The flipside of sport's professionalisation is extra pressure heaped on athletes

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Why cheques aren't quite dead yet
Mobile app imaging breathes new life into payment system still popular with older bank customers

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Holiday books for difficult times
Crisis, catastrophe and the best place for an escape bunker

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Insurance reforms short change UK customers
Key pricing data will still be kept secret — and the industry remains unpunished

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

How to redesign our cities to make them heatwave-proof
‘A city block with tarmac and concrete can be several degrees hotter than one with shady trees'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 30, 2021

Robinhood push to democratise finance falters with own shares
IPO gives greater voting rights to founders of upstart brokerage

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Bridgepoint golden hellos a challenge to private equity and investors alike
Payments to board directors require better explanation from all parties

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

The world needs help in going back to school
Absence from classrooms has caused severe damage in poorer countries

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Comcast: media group faces an Olympic-sized dilemma
Conglomerate must strike balance between short-term returns and long-term growth

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Credit Suisse/Archegos: Hwang prang reveals bankers as hostages to fortune
Executives wilfully ignored every bell, buzzer and klaxon of the risk alarm systems

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

The Olympic Games have become unsustainable for cities
Enthusiasm for hosting the Games is fading, but the IOC has a chance to make them appealing once again

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Big Tech's test after powering past the pandemic
Will Silicon Valley giants be able to maintain growth as life returns to post-Covid normality?

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Women Spac founders are good for finance
Diversity makes for lateral thinking, and benefits us all

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Diageo/AB InBev: spirited specialist has better optics
London-listed distiller is well placed for another challenging year

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

More questions than answers in a Hong Kong courtroom
The mystery of a mob attack on commuters and pro-democracy protesters is still under scrutiny two years later

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Republicans have become the party of nihilism
US conservatives who might once have criticised Trump are now falling in line with disturbing speed

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

SoftBank/Didi: spread protects Son's Vision from worst of China clampdown
Broad enthusiasm for new tech is proving an effective hedging strategy

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Deepfakes threaten to inflate the ‘liar's dividend'
A new AI-enhanced film about Anthony Bourdain reignites the debate about what constitutes artistic truth

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Duolingo: threatened by free riders — and electronic Babel fish
The big existential danger is an AI translation tool that works well in real time

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Britain goes for gold in Olympic overenthusiasm
It is a bizarre situation when your first thought on waking is ‘did Adam Peaty win the breaststroke?'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

What happens when elites abandon their homeland
‘Does the elite treat its country as a sort of luxury watch that it's only looking after for future generations or as a stolen wallet full of cash?'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

China's misguided crackdown on business
Concerns over Big Tech are legitimate but fear of entrepreneurs is a mistake

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Real rates as tools of repression
And fixing the Treasury market

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Why a book-lover like me turned from a Finisher to an Abandoner
How can we avoid the twin traps of finishing books we don't care for and ditching those that might have brought us joy?

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Online launches give black-run businesses a better chance
Web anonymity helps entrepreneurs avoid some discrimination but prejudices persist

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

China lays down challenge to the west on crypto
Governments and private sector must adopt more unified approach in response to Beijing

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Could hybrid working make or break your finances?
Moving further afield might hit your pay and make it harder to get a mortgage

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

Climate change is a global threat demanding national solutions
The lofty hopes of the COP26 process will have meaning only if they connect with local politics

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

EV charging: a (battery) chicken-and-egg problem
Motorists are reluctant to go electric when there is no extensive public charging network

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 29, 2021

EV charging: a chicken-and-egg problem
Motorists are reluctant to go electric when there is no extensive public charging network

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Make time for the people at the edge of your life
There was no small talk in the pandemic, but it's time to reawaken the power of ‘weak ties' in our networks

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

California wildfires/PG&E: heat is on schemes treating extreme weather as one-off
Utility's stock has fallen by more than a quarter this year

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Reparations from former slave-owning countries are long overdue
Caribbean nations have led calls to reframe development aid as a restitution process

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

The Covid virus is an ever-evolving threat
The constant march of variants shows how difficult it will be to beat, but the human immune system is a powerful defence

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Reverting to autocracy is not the answer for Tunisia
Successive governments failed to tackle economic problems and corruption

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Three questions from the Nixon era for Joe Biden
‘Since 1971 there has been such a rise in debt and money that it seems impossible to believe that the US, Europe or Japan will ever be able to pay it off through growth alone'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Adecco/Akka: recruiter expands consultancy skills with new hire
The acquisition of engineering group aims to take advantage of the growing digitisation of industry

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Capitalists can play a vital part in saving US democracy
Asset owners such as pension funds and university endowments must speak out against voter suppression

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Barclays/Deutsche: blessed release bolsters the Brit
For the brave or foolhardy, UK lender remains the better bet

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Nissan: turning a new leaf is no easy task
The Japanese automaker is grappling with the rising cost of materials and the global semiconductor shortage

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Why Silchester's real beef with Morrisons deal boils down to price
Supermarket's biggest investor takes issue with takeover structure that allows grocer to dictate timings

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Why Silchester's real beef with Morrisons' deal boils down to price
Supermarket's biggest investor takes issue with takeover structure that allows grocer to dictate timings

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Boris Johnson scores a goal for new conservatism
A potent form of identity politics explains the UK premier's apparent willingness to regulate football

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Big Tech: blowout earnings are sustainable
Apple's strategy of selling expensive new versions of hardware while offering high-margin services is working

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Gabon's government is tripping for a psychedelic plant
It wants to monetise the trade in iboga, which is reputed to help people kick drug addictions

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

The UK should not treat journalists like spies
A plan to defend ‘democratic processes' falls at the first hurdle

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Real rates ain't as real as you think
Is there any signal amid the Treasury market noise?

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Should I transfer my half of our house to my estranged wife?
In return she will transfer shares to me in the family business

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Have we entered a new phase of climate change?
A striking spate of weather extremes has triggered studies to find out if it has become more chaotic

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Investors should stay overweight equities during market turbulence
Monetary responses to rising inflation will be more muted than in past crises

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 28, 2021

Superjumbos may have a role to play in low-emission aviation
Passenger preference for direct flights could be a convenience the planet can no longer afford

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Boutique investment banks: rainmakers have leverage
Traditional industry focus on company-to-company strategic deals is less important to the business

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Audit of auditors leaves room for improvement
Quality is stagnating while the UK sector awaits regulatory reforms

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

It's not too late to save Tunisia's shaky democracy
The US and EU should deploy their leverage to oppose Kais Saied's coup

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

First's new boss will face challenges closer to home
Activist investor Coast had called for change of CEO as bus and train company focuses on UK

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

The Fed should stop treating all money the same
As a cash pile mounts in the financial system, the central bank's interest rate policy is working less well than it used to

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

JET/Cat Rock: food delivery group looks appetising to rivals
As more consolidation in the sector beckons, criticism from the activist fund should be heeded

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Vaccination race reveals two distinct populisms
US Republicans have a more anarchic vision than some parties they are often grouped with

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Nigel Farage scents opportunity in UK's migrant boat quandary
Government attempts to control the growing numbers of small boats crossing the Channel have so far failed

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Extreme weather raises stakes at COP26
Window is closing to prevent a much warmer and more unstable planet

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Tesla: bitcoin impairment suggests crypto investments are on hold
Self-inflicted problem is an unwelcome distraction for the electric car company

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Hospital costs, not drug prices, are the real US healthcare scandal
Medical monopolies have allowed inflation to get out of hand, but American politicians are not paying attention

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Tesla's stellar earnings fail to enchant investors
When you pitch an ever brighter future, you better hope it doesn't darken.

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

China stocks: Beijing crackdown demonstrates winner's curse
Investors should expect crackdowns to spread to other sectors that have outperformed

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

The China discount widens again
The Communist party expands its crackdown

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Crises make Latin America an unwelcome guest for Biden
Migration and China's vaccine diplomacy force US president to turn his attention to region

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Is it still too soon for wearable cameras?
‘Imagine if Alexa had eyes and Siri could see what you see'

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Covid-19 vaccines: follow-up jabs will give manufacturers sustained boost
Once the world is inoculated, the issue will be one of demand not supply

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

‘Platform' is the latest buzzword to beguile investors
Pedestrian businesses seek to goose valuations by deploying the term for their business models

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 27, 2021

Caregiving is important work that deserves a fair wage
Ageing populations will need much more help in future and a new focus on care quality is overdue

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 26, 2021

Spreading chip plants around world will add to costs
Geopolitical pressures mount for diversification of manufacturing locations but that involves risks

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 26, 2021

Safeguarding Britain's nuclear power future
Barring Chinese involvement is rational but carries risks

FT.com - Comment & Analysis
Jul 26, 2021

Aon/Willis Towers Watson: bidder pays steep price for shouldering antitrust risk
Buyers will need to start asking themselves if acquisitions are worth the potential cash penalty

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