The Bracken column


The Bracken column is named after Brendan Bracken, the founding editor of The Banker in 1926 and chairman of the modern-day Financial Times from 1945 to 1958.

Latest articles from Bracken

A new global financial architecture

January 5, 2009

Incoming US presidents often face significant financial headwinds. Barack Obama is facing a force-five hurricane. The world economy has swiftly transitioned from a position of reckless financial risk-taking to a situation that may be even worse – no financial risk-taking. To add to these difficulties, the emerging challenge is deflation. By David Smick.

Statutory auditing – is there another way?

October 6, 2008

Four firms dominate the auditing business globally and, between them, would appear to have more than 280,000 employees dedicated more or less exclusively to audit and assurance, generating approximately $48bn in fees. By Stephen Kingsley.

Russia: neither indulge nor provoke

August 4, 2008

Europe and the US must not be afraid to take a firm line with Russia as it returns to full strength, writes Simon Serfaty.

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