Most talked about Financial Times stories

Shenzhen stock exchange nears equity options launch

ft.com — The Shenzhen stock exchange is poised to launch equity options by the year-end, according to state media, in what would be the first new equity derivative product to debut in China since the global financial crisis. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange is

Janus shareholders braced for Gross pay costs

ft.com — Janus Capital warned its shareholders they will see higher compensation expenses next year, as the company throws its resources behind Bill Gross and his new bond fund. Mr Gross, formerly chief investment officer at Pimco, stunned the investment
Oct 23, 2014

You know you make bank when the boss warns shareholders your pay will harm overall profitability ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7… (via @matt_levine)

Oct 23, 2014

"I think Bill Gross is a portfolio manager – I don’t think he’s a franchise." -analyst Ken Worthington. on.ft.com/1zmu259

Oct 23, 2014

Just once I want to work at a job where executives have to warn shareholders about my impact on compensation expense. ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7…

Show 3 more tweets from Andrew Ackerman, Andrew Ackerman and others...

Figure from LME Sumitomo scandal returns

ft.com — It is eighteen years since Norma Cohen, a Financial Times reporter, introduced this newspaper's regular commodities column at the time in unconventional fashion. Recent gyrations in the price of copper on the London Metal Exchange, Ms Cohen revealed,
Oct 24, 2014

Fascinating piece on the return of a key figure from LME Sumitomo copper scandal - by Paul Murphy h/t @humenm ft.com/cms/s/0/d7f56b…

Oct 24, 2014

Except that Mr Levett is back. Nearly two decades after the Sumitomo scandal, which cost the Japanese firm at leas... on.ft.com/1xggnas

Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter (or anywhere else)

ftalphaville.ft.com — The newest issue of Men's Journal contains an amazing story about people desperate to get rich by buying stock in companies exposed to the rapidly-growing legal US marijuana industry. (Hat tip to @modestproposal1 for alerting us to it.) Written by Erik Hedegaard, the piece focuses on three characters:
Oct 24, 2014

RT @TonyTassell: Headline of the day: Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter - by @M_C_Klein on @ftalpha ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/10/24/201…

Oct 24, 2014

Headline of the day: Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter - by @M_C_Klein on @ftalpha ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/10/24/201…

Donetsk People’s Republic campaign reveals shambolic tendencies

ft.com — Riding in a fleet of Lexus and Toyota Cruisers and accompanied by no fewer than 30 armed guards, Alexander Zakharchenko - leader of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic - descended on this war-torn town one recent morning with a bold claim.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JoshuaChaffin: The OTHER Ukraine election campaign - and it's a strange one - FT.com on.ft.com/1sdauq2 via @FT

Oct 24, 2014

The OTHER Ukraine election campaign - and it's a strange one - FT.com on.ft.com/1sdauq2 via @FT

China real estate decline continues

ft.com — China's housing prices fell for the fifth consecutive month in September as oversupply and falling sales continued to undermine the sector that has driven growth in the country for much of the past decade. Falling prices and fewer sales in the

Scoping market liquidity, with stick figures

ftalphaville.ft.com — Tracy Alloway Tracy Alloway used to be deputy editor of FT Alphaville. Here she learned the details of derivatives, the absurdities of accounting and the various structures of ... erm ... structured finance. She now covers big US banks for the FT paper, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Foxtons shares tumble after warning of sharp property slowdown

ft.com — Shares in Foxtons tumbled 18.5 per cent on Thursday after the London-focused estate agent warned that its 2014 earnings would fall below last year because of "a sharp and recent slowing of volumes in [the] London property sales market". In a grim
Oct 23, 2014

RT @ChassNews: Good news for Londoners looking to buy a home: Foxtons shares tumble after warning of sharp property slowdown on.ft.com/12gGXHl @FT

Oct 23, 2014

Foxtons shares tumble after warning of sharp property slowdown on.ft.com/12gGXHl

Oct 23, 2014

Good news for Londoners looking to buy a home: Foxtons shares tumble after warning of sharp property slowdown on.ft.com/12gGXHl @FT

Show 7 more tweets from John Kenchington, Jonathan Eley and others...

EU tells Britain to pay extra €2.1bn

ft.com — Britain has been told to pay an extra €2.1bn to the EU budget within weeks on account of its relative prosperity, a hefty surcharge that will further add to David Cameron's domestic woes over Europe. To compensate for its economy performing better
Oct 24, 2014

And if you've not managed to read about it yet, here's the @FT piece: ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8… (£)

Oct 24, 2014

Imagining perfect storm: UK files (via corp proxy) #ISDS case against EU/Germany for sudden fee increase. ;) #TTIP ft.com/cms/s/0/81f4a3…

Oct 24, 2014

With impeccable timing EU tells Britain to pay extra €2.1bn: on.ft.com/1DEXhPu

Oct 24, 2014

RT @staffordphilip: This is going to go down well: Britain to pay extra €2.1bn to Brussels, France gets a rebate on.ft.com/1vU8jhh via @FT

Oct 24, 2014

This is going to go down well: Britain to pay extra €2.1bn to Brussels, France gets a rebate on.ft.com/1vU8jhh via @FT

Show 7 more tweets from Carolyn Rice, Geoff Hill and others...

Amazon to open German data centre to soothe European concerns

ft.com — Amazon's cloud computing arm is making a significant expansion in Europe, unveiling plans to create new online infrastructure in Germany as it attempts to soothe growing concern from the continent's businesses over where their information is stored.
Oct 23, 2014

Amazon to open German data centre to soothe European concerns on.ft.com/1zm0DIq

Oct 23, 2014

RT @muradahmed: Breaking on @FT: Amazon to open German data centres to soothe European post-Snowden concerns on where data is held: ft.com/cms/s/0/56181a…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @muradahmed: Breaking on @FT: Amazon to open German data centres to soothe European post-Snowden concerns on where data is held: ft.com/cms/s/0/56181a…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @muradahmed: Breaking on @FT: Amazon to open German data centres to soothe European post-Snowden concerns on where data is held: ft.com/cms/s/0/56181a…

Show 1 more tweet from Murad Ahmed

Pay attention to those dividend declarations

ft.com — Of all the metrics analysts study to value a share, the one they seem to regard least is the dividend. It is often an afterthought in the acronymic tangle of RoC, Ebitda, NAV and EPS - the last dribble out of the sausage machine. Viewed from the

Reasons to be bearish on US banks

ft.com — At the end of September, US financial funds had their largest inflows in six months as markets discounted rate hikes, according to data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The flow data, though, has been volatile all year as banks and other

City insider: Horlick pushes P2P

ft.com — Nicola Horlick: Supermum pushes P2P Self-styled City supermum Nicola Horlick has moved - not without the odd stumble - from fund manager to film and restaurant backer to the fashionable business of peer-to-peer lending, known as crowdfunding. Her
Oct 24, 2014

This week's City Insider, feat. Nicola Horlick's struggling venture, the #tinder of headhunting, Barclays & JPMorgan on.ft.com/1D5hJXw

Canada’s TMX acts on predatory HFTs

ft.com — The operator of Canada's largest stock exchange plans to introduce a series of measures to discourage predatory high-speed traders and keep deals from leaking to US markets. Toronto-based TMX Group wants to simplify trading by cutting the number of

Jean-Claude Juncker plays with future of EU-US trade deal

ft.com — Jean-Claude Juncker has secured parliamentary support for his European Commission, but the president has sent an odd signal in depriving his trade commissioner of control over the investor-protection clause in the transatlantic trade talks. He
Oct 24, 2014

RT @PeterDraper5: Jean-Claude Juncker plays with future of EU-US trade deal: on.ft.com/1wn1S5j #FT ISDS issue clips Malmstrom's wings

Western analysts fear blowback from Russia sanctions

ft.com — At a state-sponsored conference in a plush mountain retreat near Sochi that was supposed to host Russia's G8 summit - before it was cancelled amid outrage over the annexation of Crimea - it is no surprise that criticism for western sanctions runs

Facebook does an anonymous app - with a touch of Pinterest

blogs.ft.com — FT experts in San Francisco, London and Taipei upload their views

World’s city dwellers paying out $650bn more than they can afford

ft.com — City dwellers around the world pay $650bn more in housing costs than they can afford yearly, as rapid urban growth meets a constrained supply, according to a new report. Some of the world's leading urban areas face the biggest housing cost problems,
Oct 24, 2014

RT @McKinsey: RT @McKinsey_MGI World’s city dwellers paying out $650bn more than can afford @FT on.ft.com/1vVo3AS cites report bit.ly/1rrYTDF

Oct 24, 2014

Rapid urban growth and lack of new housebuilding trigger affordability crunch in the world's leading cities ft.com/cms/s/0/3df85b…

US earnings season

video.ft.com — John Authers reports from New York as the post-flash crash rally continues. US earnings are in the spotlight - and they do not give grounds for unalloyed optimism.