The FT Alphaville Christmas Podcast

It’s that time of year when FT Alphaville invites you, our dear readers, to take the plunge into podcast “review of the year” territory.

This year we asked our contributors to bring along sound-effects to acoustically enhance their stories so as to, you know, better imprint them on your neural network. Read more

“Alphaville Person of Interest 2014″ — you decide!

With Tim Cook out of the way, we can get on with the main award this holiday season. Introducing the inaugural…

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CBR rate hike in keeping with orthodox policy… for now

The reactions from research shops and sell-side analysts to the Russian rate hike will soon be flooding your inbox, but one of the first to land in ours comes from Alex Kliment, FT Tilt alum and director of emerging markets strategy at the Eurasia Group:

What happened: At an emergency midnight meeting, the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has raised the benchmark interest rate by 650bp to 17%, tightened ruble liquidity provisions, and increased allotments of USD to the Russian market, effective 16 December. Read more

Rouble, re-routed

The rouble tumbled more than 10 per cent in its biggest fall since 1998 as the implications of the fall in oil prices for the country’s energy-dependent economy triggered a rout across Russian markets.

In the bleakest official forecast yet from Moscow, the Russian central bank warned that the country could see a 4.5 per cent to 4.7 per cent contraction in GDP next year if oil prices remained at $60 a barrel. Read more

FCA = British Transport Police

Remember Jonathan Burrows? The ex-Blackrock serial fare dodger?

Well, the FCA are on it:

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned Jonathan Paul Burrows from performing any function in relation to any regulated activities for not being fit and proper.

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Holding over London…

London airspace at pixel time:

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What’s “catch a falling knife” in Greek?

A snap presidential election — and the chances of Syriza coming into power if the government fails to win enough support to push its candidate through — are all it took to push the ASE down over 10 per cent on Tuesday.

Which makes it a 27 per cent drop for the Athens bourse this year. Only the Portuguese, Nigerian, Russian (in US dollars), and Ukrainian stock markets have done worse in 2014. Read more

November payrolls: + 321k, unemployment rate stays at 5.8%

Lots of good news in this report:

– A huge payrolls number, the best since January 2012 Read more

African Minerals, Kontillo Resources and the strange story of GIO

This is a collaboration between the OCCRP and FT Alphaville. By Dan McCrum and Paul Radu.

Cypriot public filings for Global Iron Ore, a commodity trading firm at the heart of a controversy surrounding large payments made by the London-listed African Minerals, raise fresh questions about the ownership and control of a group paid $50m in 2012 to walk away from its contracts with the company. Read more

FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as The 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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Questions from last night’s New York pub quiz

Thanks so much to everyone who attended last night’s pub quiz at Ainsworth Park in New York. Below we post all the questions we used. The winning team, which styled itself Lower Expectations, scored 45/60 in the first three rounds, and then 7/10 in the tie-breaker.

See if you can beat them! The questions without the answers are first, followed by both the questions with the answers further down. Read more

FirstFT, the emailing briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as The (early) Lunch Wrap

There is bad news ahead for oil producers, with the International Energy Agency predicting prices are set to slip further in the first half of next year, after dropping 30 per cent to below $78 a barrel since June. Sluggish demand in Asia and Europe, as well as surpluses in the Atlantic Basin and the North Sea, will more than offset problems among Middle Eastern exporters. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said ahead of this weekend’s Brisbane G20 summit he was bracing for a “catastrophic” slump in production. Opec nations will meet at the end of November to discuss any cutbacks to support prices. (FT) Read more

FirstFT, the emailing briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

If anyone reading this is not yet subscribed do please click here.  Read more

FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as The (early) Lunch Wrap

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the emailing briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as The (early) Lunch Wrap

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly knows as The (early) Lunch Wrap

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

If anyone reading this is not yet subscribed do please click here.  Read more

FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as The (early) Lunch Wrap

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should now be receiving it in their inboxes. If that isn’t happening do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT, the email briefing formerly knows as The (early) Lunch Wrap

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should have found it in their inboxes for the first time today. If that didn’t happen for any reason do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT: Read more

FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should have found it in their inboxes for the first time today. If that didn’t happen for any reason do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

If anyone reading this is not yet subscribed do please click here.

FirstFT: Read more

FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the (early) Lunch Wrap

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should have found it in their inboxes for the first time today. If that didn’t happen for any reason do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

If anyone reading this is not yet subscribed do please click here. Read more

FirstFT, the email briefing formerly known as the 6am Cut

This is FirstFT, the FT’s new email briefing written by Amie Tsang in Hong Kong which is replacing the Lunch Wrap and the Cut. All Cut subscribers should have found it in their inboxes for the first time today. If that didn’t happen for any reason do please email firstft@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com.

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FirstFT: Read more

The (early) Lunch Wrap

Good morning New York, this may well be the last Lunch Wrap you’ll receive as from tomorrow, tech mishaps notwithstanding, the new FirstFT email will be ushered in to replace the LW and the Cut. All queries, thanks, tears should be directed to First’s writer Amie Tsang in Hong Kong at amie.tsang@ft.com or alphaville@ft.com. Read more

The (early) Lunch Wrap

The eurozone’s manufacturing recovery remained sluggish || Merkel is reported to have warned Cameron that she is prepared to consider a British exit from the EU || Russia moved swiftly to recognise results of controversial elections in Ukraine’s breakaway eastern regions || The rouble has continued to decline || Hong Kong property prices rip ever higher || A British investment banker has appeared in a Hong Kong court to hear two charges of murder || JPM has not abandoned physical commodities || HSBC has set aside more than $1.6bn to cover the cost of legal settlements and customer compensation || An AIG/ Greenberg win? || Argentina has accused P&G of tax fraud and said it has suspended the company’s Argentinean operations || Altice has made a binding €7bn offer to acquire the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom || Ryanair has again raised its profit guidance for the year || Apple to prep shareholders for a bond sale || Markets Read more

The (early) Lunch Wrap

Good morning New York,

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