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QE’s break-up with markets: no regrets?

ft.com — Dear Quantitative Easing, It's me, Markets. I know our time with each other is at an end and that you are on your way out, but my therapist thought it would be a good idea for me to write this letter to you. We have been through so much together.
Oct 31, 2014

'You had me at 'deflation' - brilliantly written article on QE and market's break-up by @tracyalloway on.ft.com/1sR1x6d

Oct 31, 2014

Mr. Market copes with ending "codependent relationship" with QE. Fun piece by @tracyalloway ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4…

Oct 31, 2014

"Dear QE, it's me, Markets." Simply magnificent writing by @tracyalloway. "My therapist says I need closure..." on.ft.com/1wLSCHm

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FT interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page

ft.com — Wouldn't the world be a happier place if 90 per cent of the people with jobs put their feet up instead and left the robots to do the work? Why didn't the last house you bought cost only 5 per cent of what you paid for it?
Oct 31, 2014

RT @pmarca: This is a very good interview, both the questions and the answers: Richard Waters & Larry Page: ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/3… @Richard…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @pmarca: This is a very good interview, both the questions and the answers: Richard Waters & Larry Page: ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/3… @Richard…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jimprosser: Great Q&A by @RichardWaters with Larry Page. So right on about technological progress and its inevitable effects. http://t.…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @lauralockesf: In-depth interview with Google co-founder & CEO Larry Page - FT.com on.ft.com/1paSlPm @FT @RichardWa…

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The Diary: Martin Wolf

ft.com — I dedicated my latest book (The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned - and Have Still to Learn - from the Financial Crisis ) to my three children, and I have come to realise that a book is itself rather like a child: it needs parental support
Oct 31, 2014

Classic JCT: "Eurozone might have been hit by crisis, but the euro itself, [Trichet] reminded me... remained strong." on.ft.com/1E8yiUK

Oct 31, 2014

"A book (that you've written) is...rather like a child: it needs parental support even after leaving home." -M Wolf. on.ft.com/1voOc6V

Oct 31, 2014

"The eurozone might have been hit by crisis, but the euro itself... remained remarkably strong." Trichet, naturally on.ft.com/1udeYob

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Bank of Japan shows central banks can still wield firepower

ft.com — Central banks can create money. That gives them the power to move markets - and with them, the terms of trade between the world's economic blocs - with only a few words. They maximise their power by controlling expectations. It is not just their
Oct 31, 2014

RT @johnauthers: S&P has now trebled since '09 low: suggests excessive faith in power of central banks to move the economy. Long View: http…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @johnauthers: S&P has now trebled since '09 low: suggests excessive faith in power of central banks to move the economy. Long View: http…

Oct 31, 2014

S&P has now trebled since '09 low: suggests excessive faith in power of central banks to move the economy. Long View: on.ft.com/1qa9942

Beijing subway bans Halloween costumes

ft.com — Masked revellers, beware. The Beijing subway is not the place for you. The Chinese capital on Friday banned Halloween costumes from its subway system, warning they could cause "panic" and "stampedes." Halloween is not a traditional holiday in China
Oct 31, 2014

The Chinese govt is afraid of "subversive" Halloween costumes: ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5…

Oct 31, 2014

Beijing subway bans Halloween costumes on.ft.com/10F5Z2f "Authorities may fear that subversive outfits could crop up in the capital."

Oct 31, 2014

oooooooooooooh... Beijing subway bans Halloween costumes - FT.com on.ft.com/1tH808I via @FT

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Artificial intelligence: machine v man

ft.com — The scene in the cramped office in Berkeley on a recent Saturday feels like a typical start-up carried along by the tech boom, with engineers working through the weekend in a race against time. The long whiteboard down one wall has been scrawled over
Oct 31, 2014

RT @lionelbarber: The irresistible rise of artificial intelligence - our special report in Silicon Valley in weekend FT #google ft.com/cms/s/2/abc942…

Oct 31, 2014

The irresistible rise of artificial intelligence - our special report in Silicon Valley in weekend FT #google ft.com/cms/s/2/abc942…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @hannahkuchler: “We’re going to reverse-engineer the brain, that’s just the way it is,” he says. #FTSiliconV on.ft.com/1u1f0ib

Oct 31, 2014

“We’re going to reverse-engineer the brain, that’s just the way it is,” he says. #FTSiliconV on.ft.com/1u1f0ib

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Lunch with the FT: Richard Branson

ft.com — ©James Ferguson Chicken or beef?" The call of the Virgin Atlantic trolley-pusher escapes my lips as Sir Richard Branson consults his menu. Without looking up, the philanthropic entrepreneur-adventurer tells me he gave up beef nine months ago, having read what cattle farming was doing to the rainforest.
Oct 31, 2014

Lunch with Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson - Chicken or beef? on.ft.com/1pb6jAW via @FT

Oct 31, 2014

"The next few months are obviously something that has a halo effect on every Virgin company." ft.com/cms/s/2/2b27db…

Oct 31, 2014

FT's lunch w/ Richard Branson, interview done before the crash news ft.com/cms/s/2/2b27db… #FT

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Edgecliffe: My Lunch with the FTwith Richard Branson on space, succession, delegating - and halibut on.ft.com/1pb6jAW via @FT

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Edgecliffe: My Lunch with the FTwith Richard Branson on space, succession, delegating - and halibut on.ft.com/1pb6jAW via @FT

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Food 2.0: the future of what we eat

ft.com — The burger on the hotplate in front of me is sizzling like meat. The patty is browning like meat and gives off a beefy smell. When I bite into it, sandwiched between bun and lettuce, it certainly tastes like meat, its juices running down my chin. If

Demolition dreams: the world’s ‘worst’ buildings

ft.com — ©Steve Bronstein The world is full of terrible architecture. Which buildings would the FT's global network of correspondents demolish if they were given a wrecking ball? John Paul Rathbone Latin America editor The Soviets came to Cuba, almost precipitated a third world war, and then pulled the plug on the island 30 years later when the USSR collapsed.
Oct 31, 2014

Building you'd most like to knock down? The FT readership is voting overwhelmingly for the Walkie Talkie ft.com/cms/s/2/2e030b…

Oct 31, 2014

The Walkie-Talkie "pops up behind Tower Bridge like a grinning idiot photobombing the city" accord to @edwinheathcote ft.com/cms/s/2/2e030b…

Oct 31, 2014

Which building in the world would you most like to demolish? ft.com/cms/s/2/2e030b…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @RobinBHarding: I'm a little disappointed by the conservatism of esteemed FT colleagues choosing the world’s ‘worst’ buildings on.ft.com/1sRhQA3

Oct 31, 2014

I'm a little disappointed by the conservatism of esteemed FT colleagues choosing the world’s ‘worst’ buildings on.ft.com/1sRhQA3

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Med becomes a no-man’s land for migrants

ft.com — Mohanad Luthon was in good spirits when he called his uncle on the evening of September 7, a day into the crossing from North Africa to Europe. "We are at sea and everything's going fine," he told Onur Cinar, who, like his nephew, comes from Gaza,

Alternative stress tests cannot compare with those of the ECB

ft.com — Sir, It is with puzzlement that we read "Alternative stress tests find French banks are weakest in Europe" (Inside Business, October 28). The column cast doubts on the credibility of the comprehensive assessment carried out by the European Central
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TBraithwaite: SocGen's CFO responds "with puzzlement" ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5… to this ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f… Investors value its equity 1/3 less than book

Oct 31, 2014

SocGen's CFO responds "with puzzlement" ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5… to this ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f… Investors value its equity 1/3 less than book

StanChart directors to push for chief’s succession plan

ft.com — Standard Chartered's non-executive directors intend to discuss a succession plan to replace Peter Sands as chief executive in a private meeting with the bank's chairman next week, said people familiar with the matter. Some of the biggest

Jefferies chiefs take drug tests to refute allegations

ft.com — Jefferies' chief executive and chairman said on Friday that they and several colleagues had taken drug tests to fight allegations that some of the investment bank's employees are "serial drug abusers". Rich Handler, chairman and chief executive, and

Bradlee the warrior king of journalism laid to rest

blogs.ft.com — Welcome to the World blog. Gideon Rachman and colleagues offer commentary on international affairs. Follow @ftworldnews Gideon became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @lionelbarber: Ben Bradlee: The finest newspaper editor of his generation - my despatch from Washington #warrior #turnbull&asser http:/…

Oct 31, 2014

Ben Bradlee: The finest newspaper editor of his generation - my despatch from Washington #warrior #turnbull&asser blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014…

The new country of Facebook

ft.com — Sitting in his home in San Francisco's Nob Hill, arachnophobe Tim Suzman is watching a virtual spider creep across a virtual table. If he can keep calm, he'll watch a larger spider and then a larger one, until eventually he can cope with a

BoJ stuns investors by expanding monetary easing programme

ft.com — The Bank of Japan stunned investors on Friday by expanding its ultra-aggressive monetary easing programme, saying that a combination of weak demand and a lower oil price meant that more action was needed to banish "a deflationary mindset". The
Oct 31, 2014

Pretty sure we are going to be hearing more re #TPP and currency out of US Congress after BoJ move today. on.ft.com/10DQHuw

Oct 31, 2014

“Maybe the BoJ will deny it, but this is complete monetisation,” said Yusuke Ikawa, a debt strategist at UBS in Tokyo on.ft.com/1wLVWSU

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“Hard day” poses question for US in space

ft.com — It could not have been more of a contrast to the cheery optimism with which Sir Richard Branson has sought to sell $250,000 tickets for a five-minute ride in space. At a press conference on Friday barely 20 miles from where the co-pilot of his

A Halloween Market Scare

video.ft.com — Nov 1, 2014 : John Authers covers a month when US stocks dived but ended at an all-time high, and previews a week which will bring a welter of new data to tell whether the US economy is really in good shape.

Silicon valley: start-up founders under pressure

ft.com — ©Jamie Kingham Weekdays at 5.30am or sometimes earlier, Ryan Hoover rolls out of bed in San Francisco and starts to worry. His start-up, Product Hunt, has become a cult hit in Silicon Valley, with two rounds of venture capital raised in less than a year of the company's existence.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Evanish: Yup. "Especially in start-ups, there’s this need to really show that you’re quote-unquote ‘killing it’ all the time." buff.ly/1s1o4hB

Oct 31, 2014

RT @rrhoover: Great piece by @sarahmishkin on the stresses and irrational fears of starting up. ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/a… cc @shaanvp, @danerobert

Oct 31, 2014

RT @FTMag: The majority of start-ups fail. How do founders deal with the pressure? @sarahmishkin finds out #ftsiliconv on.ft.com/1wMIzlc

Oct 31, 2014

"In start-ups, there’s this need to really show that you’re quote-unquote ‘killing it’ all the time" #FTSiliconV on.ft.com/1xIvbiq

Oct 31, 2014

RT @sarahmishkin: The stress of running a start-up. It's not all unicorns, stock options and free dinners. ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/a…

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