• IMF Chief Warns on Exchange Rate Wars Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 6:31 AM ET
    IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that governments are risking a currency war if they try to use exchange rates to solve domestic problems, reports the Financial Times.

  • Obama Open to Lowering Corporate Tax Rate Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 6:10 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Barack Obama signalled he was open to lowering the US corporate tax rate from its level of 35 per cent, amid speculation that the administration could seek broad-based reform of the tax code as early as next year, reports the Financial Times.

  • Plosser Voices Concern Over Further Easing Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 4:49 AM ET

    The US Federal Reserve must not launch a new round of asset purchases without setting out what they are meant to achieve, the president of the Philadelphia Fed has warned in an interview with the Financial Times.

  • Currencies Clash in New Age of Beggar-My-Neighbour Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 6:13 AM ET

    In an era of deficient demand, issuers of reserve currencies adopt monetary expansion and non-issuers respond with currency intervention. Those, like Brazil, who are not among the former and prefer not to copy the latter, find their currencies soaring. They fear the results.

  • US Treasury Stumbles Selling Citi Shares Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 8:55 AM ET

    The US government is in danger of missing its deadline of divesting all of its Citigroup shares by the year-end after a fall in stock market trading volumes prompted authorities to slow down sales in July and August.

  • European Central Banks Halt Gold Sales Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 4:27 AM ET

    Europe’s central banks have all but halted sales of their gold reserves, ending a run of large disposals each year for more than a decade. The FT reports.

  • Commentary: The Silence over Repos Is Shocking Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 7:55 AM ET

    The repo market was central to the dramas of 2008. One of the main reasons why entities such as Lehman Brothers collapsed, after all, was that investors fled from repo deals, because they became frightened about counterparty risk.

  • Junk Bond Prices Hit Pre-Crisis Levels Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 7:31 AM ET

    Strong investor demand for junk bonds has pushed the average price on such corporate debt to its highest level since June 2007, when companies could borrow with ease at the height of the credit boom, the Financial Times reports.

  • State Department Courts Morgan Stanley Executive Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 9:16 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)

    Tom Nides, Morgan Stanley’s chief operating officer and a long-time aide to the bank’s chairman, John Mack, is in discussions to take a senior post in Hillary Clinton’s state department, reports the Financial Times.

  • Seven Major Players in High-Frequency Trading Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:49 PM ET

    These hotshots aren't household names. Until recently, they've shunned the limelight.

  • Borrowing by Europe Banks Soars; Market Appetite Up Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 3:48 AM ET

    European banks are borrowing at their fastest rate in almost six months and are set to continue exploiting a positive market mood. The FT reports.

  • Soros and Paulson Lead Hedge Fund Table Saturday, 11 Sep 2010 | 3:32 PM ET
    George Soros

    The top 10 hedge fund managers have earned more than $153bn for their investors since they were founded, a third of the 7,000-strong industry’s returns, latest research shows. The FT reports.

  • What Can Be Done to Slow High-Frequency Trading? Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 5:24 AM ET

    While the "speed" issue has not garnered much attention in recent years – partly because most observers assumed that speed was good – it seems that a debate is long overdue, the FT writes.

  • Fears Growing Over Global Food Supply Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 8:00 AM ET
    A self-propelled combine harvestes on a field near a village of Meshcherskoye, some 50 km south of Moscow.

    Russia announced a 12-month extension of its grain export ban on Thursday, raising fears about a return to the food shortages and riots of 2007-08, the FT reports. 

  • UK Faces Economic 'Hurricane': Labour Politician Friday, 27 Aug 2010 | 4:27 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    Ed Balls will on Friday say that a “hurricane is about to hit” Britain’s economy, in the most dramatic warning yet by a Labour politician that the coalition’s plans to cut the deficit risk pitching the country into a double-dip recession. The FT reports.

  • Body of Murdered Spy in Flat for Days Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    An MI6 employee who was found murdered in his London flat this week may have been killed up to two weeks ago, according to security sources investigating the case.

  • Debt Fears Slink Back in Euro Markets Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

    When the European Union stepped in this spring with a €750 billion ($955 billion) rescue package to back Europe’s weaker economies, the threat of imminent default practically disappeared, the New York Times reports.

  • France's Sarkozy Unveils G20 Leadership Agenda Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 4:41 AM ET
    Nicolas Sarkozy, President-elect France

    Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday set out his agenda for France’s forthcoming presidency of the G20 group of leading economies, proposing measures to reduce currency fluctuations, curb commodity speculation and speed up reform of international institutions.

  • Bonus Furor Hits Banking Chiefs’ Pay Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | 12:51 PM ET

    The average pay of top bankers in the US and Europe fell by nearly 60 per cent in 2009 amid a furor over bonuses, according to data compiled for the Financial Times.

  • BHP in Canadian Charm Offensive for Potash Bid Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | 4:54 AM ET
    Bhp Billiton Headquarters

    BHP Billiton will launch its charm offensive in Canada this week, as the mining group seeks to convince Canadian regulators and Potash shareholders of the value in its $39 billion (£25.1 billion) bid to take over the fertiliser producer.

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