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Behind the Money

From hostile takeovers to C-suite intrigue, Behind the Money takes you inside the business and financial stories of the moment with reporting from Financial Times journalists around the world. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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How beauty is beating the rest of retail

Record numbers of bankruptcies and store closures have devastated the retail sector. So why is the beauty market thriving? Will the likes of Sephora and Ulta be able to ward off Amazon? With guests Moj Mahdara, chief executive of Beautycon, and Simeon Siegel, analyst at Nomura Instinet. Read more on this story here.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

17mins

8 May 2018

Rank #1

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The repo market

A key short term lending market came under strain in September, raising concerns that the Federal Reserve's attempt to unwind post-financial crisis intervention may have gone too far. The FT's Joe Rennison explains what has been going on in the repo market. Further reading:How the Federal Reserve could fix the repo market:https://www.ft.com/content/33674380-e4f4-11e9-9743-db5a370481bcFed wrestles with role of regulation in repo squeeze:https://www.ft.com/content/45a9c196-e231-11e9-9743-db5a370481bcNew York Fed rejects Wall St criticism of response to repo turmoil:https://www.ft.com/content/c267a2f4-dd3e-11e9-9743-db5a370481bc Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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How WeWork really works

The co-working and office providing company set out to create the office of the future and has caught the attention of big investors, including SoftBank's Vision Fund. Will office subleasing open the door to profit for WeWork? With FT guests Dan Thomas and Alex Scaggs. Read more from Dan and Alex at FT.com. Music by Podington Bear.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

19mins

15 May 2018

Rank #3

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The leveraged loan market

There is a corner of the credit market that has started to worry regulators - leveraged loans. How does the $1.2tn leveraged loan market work and why do some say it could pose a risk to the financial system? The FT’s Colby Smith and Joe Rennison explain. Read more at FT.com/debtmachine. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Digging into student debt

The amount of outstanding student debt in the US has hit a staggering $1.4tn, and many millennials say the education-related debt they've been saddled with has prevented them from doing things like buying a home, getting married and taking career risks. Who has been hit the hardest by student debt loads and what does it mean for the US economy? With guests Michael Ranalli, Judith Scott-Clayton and the FT's Sam Fleming. Read more of Sam's reporting at FT.com.Review clips: Fox Business Network, CBS News, CNBC Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

17mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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SoftBank’s Masa Son under pressure

WeWork was long considered one of the most anticipated IPOs of 2019. For SoftBank, WeWork’s biggest outside investor, the listing would be the moment it made a return on the nearly $11bn it poured into the shared-office provider. Now, as WeWork struggles to take the company public, the spotlight is on SoftBank’s Masa Son and his billion-dollar bets.Further FT reading:SoftBank investors brace for Vision Fund writedownshttps://www.ft.com/content/ccdaa9c6-d60d-11e9-8367-807ebd53ab77WeWork postpones IPO after chilly response from investorshttps://www.ft.com/content/b869bc42-d8d9-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17WeWork: the ‘hypothetical’ company at the heart of the property markethttps://www.ft.com/content/0e426c90-8c45-11e9-a1c1-51bf8f989972SoftBank: inside the ‘Wild West’ $100bn fund shaking up the tech worldhttps://www.ft.com/content/71ad7cda-6ef4-11e8-92d3-6c13e5c92914Some of Aimee’s favourite FT reads:Warren Buffett: ‘I’m having more fun than any 88-year-old int he world’https://www.ft.com/content/40b9b356-661e-11e9-a79d-04f350474d62The trillion-dollar taboo: why it’s time to stop ignoring mental health at workhttps://www.ft.com/content/1e8293f4-a1db-11e9-974c-ad1c6ab5efd1Finding my Armenia, a century after the genocidehttps://www.ft.com/content/2e2f38b0-e7a1-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3How Purdue’s ‘one-two’ punch fuelled the market for opioidshttps://www.ft.com/content/8e64ec9c-b133-11e8-8d14-6f049d06439cAngola 3 inmate: from solitary cell to centre of the communityhttps://www.ft.com/content/72a0983a-9f7d-11e7-8cd4-932067fbf946 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

18mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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The unicorn IPO

What it means for a generation of tech companies with huge valuations to be making the shift to the public markets, and why some are doing it by unconventional means.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

18mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Private equity's debt mountain

Private equity has flooded the deal market in recent years, in part due to an era of cheap debt and fund managers on the hunt for greater investment returns. Firms are scooping up stakes in oil pipelines and newspapers — and even dental clinics. With a record $1.8tn in pension and sovereign wealth fund money waiting to be invested, some analysts are asking when private equity’s winning run will come to an end. With the FT's Javier Espinoza. Read more here. Review clips: CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Corporate America's new role

The purpose of the US corporation has evolved over time, from Henry Ford's mission to benefit the carmaker's employees to Milton Friedman's essay on shareholder primacy. The FT's US business editor, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, reports on the latest thinking, this time from America's largest business lobby, the Business Roundtable. Read more on the idea of sustainable investing at ft.com/moralmoney Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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The $100bn SoftBank vision

The man who built a $100bn fund has wooed investors with his vision for the future. But what is really behind the prowess of SoftBank's Masayoshi Son? With the FT's Arash Massoudi. Read Arash's story here. Review clips: Fox News, CNN, CNBC, ABC News, PBS, Bloomberg, Fox Business Network, TechCrunch.Contribute to our listener survey and enter our prize draw here. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Disrupting Big Ag

Investors poured $17bn into agricultural food and technology startups in 2018, fuelled by threats to the world's food supply, including climate change and a growing global population. We visit one such startup, Indigo Ag, which is working with farmers to trial its microbial products for healthier crops. Indigo Ag provides microbial seed treatments to farmers for free in exchange for data. The company also sells the seed treatments through its standard commercial model. With guests Emiko Terazono, FT commodities correspondent, Ben Riensche, owner and manager, Blue Diamond Farming Company and Geoffrey von Maltzahn, co-founder and chief innovation officer, Indigo Ag. Read more from Emiko on agricultural food and technology at FT.com:https://www.ft.com/content/ee6fb294-edc3-11e8-8180-9cf212677a57 (paywall) Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

19mins

20 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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The rise and fall of General Electric

GE is one of the greatest names in American business. It was an original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and at its peak the industrial conglomerate had a market capitalisation of nearly $600bn. But after decades of dealmaking, a weakening power sector is forcing the group's executives to consider radical changes. The FT's Ed Crooks explains. Review clips: Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business Network, PBS News, Euro News.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

22mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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What next for Detroit's carmakers

The future is on the line again for the carmakers known as the "big three": Ford, GM and what is now Fiat Chrysler. Ten years ago the question was whether the carmakers would survive the financial crisis. Today, investors wonder if traditional car companies will be able to make the technological shift to an industry of self-driving, electric and service-focused cars. The FT’s Patti Waldmeir reports. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

18mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Warren Buffett's cash dilemma

Over the past 54 years, shares in Berkshire Hathaway have outpaced the broader market. But now the conglomerate is holding onto more than $100bn in cash that it would rather be investing. The FT's Eric Platt guides us through the Berkshire Hathaway operation, and how its 88-year old chairman and chief executive is thinking about the company's future. Read more at FT.com.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

27mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Luxury's resilient market

Amid concerns about a slowdown in global economic growth, there is one industry telling a completely different story: luxury goods. Aimee goes to Paris to find out why. With guests Harriet Agnew, Paris correspondent for the Financial Times, and Robert Burke, chairman and chief executive of the consultancy Robert Burke Associates. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Purdue Pharma's 'one-two' punch

The name “Sackler” adorns museums and art galleries around the world. But the family name has also become tainted by its association with the US opioid crisis, amid accusations that OxyContin, more than any other drug, is responsible for sparking one of the worst public health epidemics of modern times. The FT's David Crow explains how the Sackler family company Purdue Pharma got its hold on the opioid market.   Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Private equity's debt mountain (encore episode)

Private equity has flooded the deal market in recent years, in part due to an era of cheap debt and fund managers on the hunt for greater investment returns. Firms are scooping up stakes in oil pipelines and newspapers — and even dental clinics. With a record $1.8tn in pension and sovereign wealth fund money waiting to be invested, some analysts are asking when private equity’s winning run will come to an end. With the FT's Javier Espinoza. Read more here. Review clips: CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

20mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Has the US bank consolidation wave begun?

Two mid-sized American banks are joining forces in a $66bn merger - BB&T and Suntrust. It is the biggest US bank deal since the financial crisis, and analysts say the deal will up the ante on rival banks to consolidate. The FT's Robert Armstrong and James Fontanella Khan dig into the details of the deal, and what it means for the broader industry.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

22mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Paying for the Caesars empire

About 10 years ago, two legendary private equity firms, Apollo Global Management and TPG, teamed up to carry out a leveraged buyout of one of the biggest and most iconic gaming companies, then known as Harrah’s. They financed the purchase by taking advantage of Harrah’s real estate. Now, an obscure regional casino group out of Reno, Nevada is set to scoop up what has become the Caesars Entertainment empire in a deal that is making use of a pretty similar kind of financing. The FT’s Sujeet Indap tells the story. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

26mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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On the front lines of the crisis

Nick was a regulator at the London Stock Exchange. Julia was an entrepreneur whose home was foreclosed. Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers we talk to two people with different perspectives on the lessons of the global financial crisis.Review clips: AP, CBS. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

23mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #20