FT Announcements

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Financial Times – 2014 interim statement

The FT’s total circulation is at an all time high – up 13 per cent year on year to more than 677,000 across print and online. Digital subscriptions have increased 33 per cent year-on-year to 455,000 and now make up two-thirds of our total paying audience. The FT now has more than 290,000 corporate users.

We are seeing sustained mobile growth, which now drives almost 50 per cent of total traffic and 20 per cent of new digital subscriptions and a growing number of people enjoy FT journalism in more than one format. Read more

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​Financial Times appoints Megan Murphy Washington bureau chief

22 July 2014: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Megan Murphy (@meganmurp) as Washington bureau chief to lead the FT’s coverage of US politics. She will assume Read more

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FT celebrates first festival of finance with Camp Alphaville

4 July 2014: On Wednesday, FT Alphaville hosted ‘Camp Alphaville’, London’s first festival of finance, in the Artillery Gardens at the HAC.

Held in a marquee complete with inflatable igloos and robots, Camp Alphaville wasn’t your usual finance conference. The event opened with a discussion about the future of money – with the keynote speaker beaming in via robot from Australia – and included other panels discussing topics as diverse as the global arts market, central banking and disruptive technology. Read more

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Financial Times debuts FT Weekend app for growing lifestyle audience

3 July 2014: FT Weekend readers can from today access content through the new FT Weekend app, a mobile-first proposition built as part of the FT’s award-winning HTML5 web app. The app is launching across iOS,

Android and Windows 8 devices, and will come with a standalone subscription after the first free month which is supported by Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin. Read more

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Financial Times launches global members forum ‘The 125’

Unilever, ArcelorMittal, Santander and McKinsey & Company among founding members

1 July 2014: The Financial Times is today launching a new global learning forum for senior executives to stimulate fresh thinking about the biggest financial, business, economic and political issues of the day. The 125, an exclusive members-only group named after the FT’s 125th anniversary in 2013, will help prepare the next generation of business leaders. Read more

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Record profits for global banking as China dominates list of top banks

30 June 2014: Global banking profits have reached an all-time high, with China dominating the post financial crisis banking sector, according to The Banker’s Top 1000 World Banks ranking.

Chinese banks ICBC and China Construction Bank top the world ranking, with two more Chinese banks in the top ten. Chinese banks now account for a third of total world banking profits, outstripping the USA (20% of profits) and contributing to the largest ever annual profits for the global banking sector of $920 billion – 23% higher than the previous year. Read more

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Financial Times hosts summer party at newly opened Banking Hall

Guests included HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York; Shami Chakrabarti, director, Liberty; Mike Coupe, incoming CEO, J Sainsbury; Andrew Marr, BBC presenter; Rachel Johnson, Sunday Times; Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party; Kathryn Parsons, founder, Decoded; Alan Yentob, creative director, BBC; Emily Maitlis, BBC presenter; Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP; Lynda Gratton, Professor at London Business School, Alastair Campbell and economist Dambisa Moyo.

See images from the party here.

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Financial Times appoints Shannon Bond US media and marketing correspondent

Shannon Bond has been appointed US media and marketing correspondent for the Financial Times, effective June 30. In her new role she will cover content and distribution companies, digital media and the broader advertising and marketing industries.

Shannon joined the FT in 2008 and has since served as a general assignment reporter, most recently covering the consumer goods industry, and interactive production editor. Before joining the FT, Shannon was a war and national security reporter for Medill News Service, covering Congress, the Pentagon and various federal agencies. She also served as a science and business reporter for Medill, writing on research frontiers, neuroscience and the technology beat. Read more

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FT CIO judges tech talent at Apps for Good Awards

Christina Scott, who was recognised as a top CIO of 2014, said: “The FT is delighted to support Apps for Good, which plays an important role in guiding and inspiring young people to consider a career in technology. As part of our partnership, FT employees volunteer their knowledge and feedback for the students’ apps as they brainstorm ideas and come up with their prototypes. Last night’s awards proved the innovative and creative ideas that emerge through this process and are a fantastic way of recognising this success”.

The award winners included Occasion Location, an app that allows the user to find, rate and promote venues for events, and CryptoConnex, an app that teaches the user to crack codes. Read more

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Financial Times lists winners of inaugural Innovative Lawyers Awards in Asia-Pacific

The FT Innovative Lawyers Programme is based on a rigorous research process that includes expert analysis, market surveys and hundreds of interviews with legal professionals. The awards cover legal professionals and departments across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.

“Our congratulations to all of the 2014 winners and nominees from this year’s FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards,” said Robert Gogel, CEO of Integreon. “Innovation has long-been a focus of Integreon as we seek to delight our law firm and corporate clients by transforming how legal services are delivered. Our partnership with the FT and RSG aligns well with our focus on innovation by encouraging innovative practices among our colleagues, partners and others across the global legal community.” Read more

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