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Financial Times appoints Tom Betts as its first chief data officer

In this role, Tom will oversee the strategic use of customer data and research across the organisation. He will help identify growth opportunities as well as experimenting and testing new ideas with the aim of building audiences and revenues. In addition to supporting product development, advertising and audience engagement with data insight, Tom and his team will create new tools to democratise the use of data across the business.

John Ridding, FT CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Tom to the FT executive board in recognition of the contribution data insight brings to the FT’s performance and success. His experience leading our data analytics team during a hugely important part of our digital transformation will be fundamental to the continued growth of our digital and subscription business.” Read more >>

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FTChinese celebrates tenth anniversary

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Wang Feng at the FTChinese 10th anniversary party

FTChinese was launched August 31, 2005, with a small team in Beijing. Today, the business has staff in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and London, providing news and information to China’s top business executives and decision makers. Read more >>

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FT appoints Demetri Sevastopulo Washington bureau chief

6 August 2015: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Demetri Sevastopulo (@DimiSevastopulo) as Washington bureau chief, to lead the FT’s coverage of US politics and policy and the 2016 presidential election. He will assume the role with immediate effect.

US managing editor Gillian Tett said: “Demetri is one of our most experienced reporters and editors and we are delighted that he will lead our world class DC team at a pivotal time in American politics. He knows the town and its stories well, having begun his FT career in Washington more than a decade ago, reporting on the Pentagon, CIA and Washington business.” Read more >>

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Stop the Traffik selected as Financial Times seasonal appeal partner 2015/2016

3rd August 2015: The Financial Times has chosen Stop the Traffik as its 2015-2016 charity seasonal appeal partner. Stop the Traffik is a global charity working to prevent human trafficking and disrupt its supply chains around the world.

FT deputy editor and head of the seasonal appeal committee John Thornhill said: “The Financial Times is delighted to be working with Stop the Traffik for this year’s seasonal appeal. Over 21 million people are victims of forced labour, a global crime that generates profits of £150 billion each year. Through our journalism and the support and generosity of our readers, we can help shed light on human trafficking and strengthen Stop the Traffik’s efforts to end it.” Read more >>

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FT 2015 half year results

In addition to a focus on digital, the FT has been innovating successfully across a series of physical formats, responding to demand and a desire for contact, conversation and community. We’ve seen double digit growth in events revenues and new initiatives include an FT Live Future of Europe series, which will culminate in a major summit in Brussels in 2016, and a number of events exploring the challenges and opportunities of digital disruption in the automotive, healthcare, banking and insurance industries. The 125 forum continues to grow its membership and hosted events on topics including cyber security, social media and managing globally diverse workforces, with speakers including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

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Pearson to sell FT Group to Nikkei Inc.

Pearson is today announcing that it has agreed the sale of FT Group to Nikkei Inc. for a gross consideration of £844 million, payable in cash.

Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised for its authority, integrity and accuracy. It includes the FT newspaper, FT.com, How to Spend It, FT Labs, FTChinese, the Confidentials and Financial Publishing (including The Banker, Investors Chronicle, MandateWire, Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors and more). At the FT, total circulation across print and digital rose more than 30% over the last five years to 737,000, with digital circulation growing to represent 70% of the total, from 24%, and mobile driving almost half of all traffic. Content and services now account for the majority of revenues. Read more >>

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FT hosts second annual festival of finance with Camp Alphaville

FT Alphaville editor and Camp Alphaville founder Paul Murphy said: “Camp Alphaville is a place for all the world-class strategists, economists, financiers, asset managers and academics who read Alphaville but never get a chance to meet outside the office to discuss some serious ideas. But there’s no reason it can’t be in a fun setting. This is the future of finance conferences – tents, igloos, robots and all.”

See our full coverage of Camp Alphaville here

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The Banker Top 1000: End of the global bank?

This year HSBC – which has restructured significantly and increased its focus on Asia – slipped from 5th place to 9th. Citigroup – which has also curbed its overseas presence – fell from 6th to 7th place. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) fell to 18th place after the UK government bailout thwarted its international ambitions.

Meanwhile, Chinese banks are powering ahead in the ranking. China now has three banks in the top five places, with Bank of China moving from 7th place to 4th, and China Construction Bank staying in 2nd place. Agricultural Bank of China moved up from 9th place to 6thRead more >>

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Financial Times hosts annual summer party in London

June 24 2015: Financial Times editor Lionel Barber hosted the FT’s annual summer party in London last night. The event brought together 350 guests from business, finance, politics and media at the Mondrian Hotel in the recently refurbished Sea Containers House. Read more >>

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Financial Times Reveals the Top 300 Independent Registered Investment Adviser Firms of 2015


NEW YORK, June 18, 2015 – The Financial Times (FT) today released the Financial Times Top 300 Independent Registered Investment Advisers (RIA) of 2015. The ranking of top U.S. RIAs was developed in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on the investment management industry. Read more >>

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