John Plender

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Full name: John Plender

Area of interest: Economics and business

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times


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Education: Oxford University

Career: Joined the City auditors Deloitte Plender Griffiths, 1967, qualified as a chartered accountant, 1970. Moved to journalism, became financial editor at The Economist in 1974. Foreign Office policy planning staff appointment, 1980. Editorial writer and columnist at the FT since 1981

Current position/role: Senior editorial writer and columnist

  • also writes/has written for: Prospect magazine (archive)

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Other activities:

  • Chairman of Quintain plc: John Plender (appointed July 2002)
  • Former positions at: London Stock Exchange's quality of markets advisory committee; chairman of Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC); UK Company Law Review steering group; consultant on corporate governance for the International Finance Corporation (the private sector investing and lending arm of the World Bank).


Viewpoints/Insight: Ethical Corporation, Strategy & Management: Trust and integrity - Is business ethics a lost cause?

Broadcast media:

Video: Current affairs programmes for BBC and Channel Four


Awards/Honours: Won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, 1994



  • Member of the Private Sector Advisory Group created by the World Bank and OECD to assist developing countries improve corporate governance practices; chairman of the advisory council of the Centre For The Study Of Financial Innovation; member of the advisory board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers

Books & Debate:

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Latest work: All you need to know about ethics and finance OCLC 81015584, 2007 (with Avinash D Persaud)


Current debate:

Financial Times:

Column name: John Plender

Remit/Info: Economics and business

Section: Companies

Role: Senior editorial writer / commentator



Website: FT.Com / John Plender

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Regularity: usually weekly

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Articles: 2009

  • Outside Edge: Yakuza solutions for errant bankers - John Plender on bankerly deprivation - 12th December
  • Insight: Currencies have their uses - Since central banks turned on the monetary tap, policy has inflated everything - 9th December
  • US: Decline but no fall - China may be chief beneficiary of the financial crisis and the latest challenger to US hegemony but a dependence on exports limits Beijing’s room for manoeuvre - 12th November
  • How to tame the animal spirits - Regulatory reform: Now policymakers know the financial system can no longer be an off-balance-sheet liability of the public sector – one that leaves the taxpayer to bear the cost of any catastrophe – the question centres on which curbs best protect investors. But few methods are easy - 30th September
  • US and China must guard against their fatal embrace - Interdependence hurts. That is one of several uncomfortable messages arising from the trade spat between the US and China over tyres, poultry and car parts - 16th September
  • A dash for trash may yet become a flight to quality - Thanks to the recent bounce, the stock market entertains hopes of a strong sustained recovery that will probably not be fulfilled - 29th August
  • Shame gene has disappeared from financial system - The recent results of the big banks have shown once again that bank profits are increasingly driven by proprietary trading. And ethical niceties rarely rank high on the traders’ agenda - 17th August
  • Taking away the punchbowl - there are, by now, a thousand and one ideas in circulation on how to change the regulatory architecture of finance. But what about changing the central bankers – or at the very least their mindset, since their notions about how to deal with bubbles have proved extraordinarily costly for the rest of us - 5th August
  • A winner’s curse that haunts the banking behemoths - As governments across the world roll out their plans to re-regulate the financial system, one aspect of the financial debacle receives far too little attention. This is the speed with which great institutions of national importance can be destroyed by ill-judged takeovers - 13th July
  • Fading political will has let banks off the hook - There must be a possibility that with bankers once again at play, the financial system will return to chaos in the not too distant future - 27th June
  • Respinning the web - Financial reform: Consensus is emerging on how to catch potential bubbles before they threaten the whole system – but the underlying model is controversial and hard to implement - 22nd June
  • Banks head back to their home markets - Deglobalisation: Even as appetite for risk recovers, the implosion in cross-border lending as banks return to their domestic markets will depress world finance for years to come - 30th April
  • Insight: Regulators mustn’t over-regulate - Policymakers in the world’s more financially orientated economies face a stark problem - 17th March
  • A world where transactions rule - A very European critique of a process of ‘financialisation’ of the economy that has sown distrust, generated supervision costs and made co-operation, creativity and long-term commitment almost impossible - 8th March
  • Insight: The perils of public ownership - Muddled objectives, conflicts of interest and naked populism: the problems of public ownership are back - 3rd March
  • Investment and the crisis: an error-laden machine - an inbuilt inability to allow adequately for disaster was compounded by a herd mentality - 3rd March
  • Reinvention holds key to downturn response - The reality is none of the big economies will emerge from this trauma without a badly weakened fiscal position, with the possible exception of China - 18th February
  • Insight: It may sound indelicate, but many banks are bust - More public ownership is both inevitable and potentially helpful - 4th February
  • Originative sin: the future of banking - The chaos will lead to curbs on financial innovation, then to smart new ways of circumventing them - 5th January

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