FTChinese received the Award for Excellence in Opinion Writing and an Honorable Mention in the same category at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence in Hong Kong last night. The Financial Times also received Honorable Mentions in The Scoop Award, Explanatory Reporting and Opinion Writing categories.
The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 793,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving half of total traffic.
FT CEO John Ridding said: “Alpha Grid, with its reputation for quality, innovation and strong client relationships, will further strengthen the FT’s presence in branded content, especially in the area of digital and video. We have been working with the team for some time now and feel they are a strong fit for our strategy and ambitions.”
Roslyn Shaw, managing director of Alpha Grid, said: “Our differentiator has always been our passion for business and financial content, and our ability to tell stories in a way that engages decision maker audiences, so we couldn’t ask for a better partner than the FT.”
The top advisers hail from 34 states and Washington, D.C. The choppy and unpredictable markets of 2015 took their toll, as 40 per cent of last year’s FT 300 firms do not appear on this year’s list, up from 30 per cent turnover in 2015.
And the FT 300 rely heavily on packaged investment products: the single biggest portion of the FT 300’s combined assets, 34 per cent, are invested in mutual funds, while another 17 per cent are in exchange traded funds (ETFs).