FT appoints financial historian with “cutting edge”

Historian Niall Ferguson has joined the Financial Times as contributing editor, writing a blog on international finance and articles for the paper’s weekend section and op-ed page.

Ferguson, an expert on the history of finance and international relations, is the Laurence A. Tisch professor at Harvard University and William Ziegler professor of business at Harvard Business School.

His books include The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild and Empire: How Britain Made the World.

In 2004 Ferguson was named as one of the world’s most influential people by Time mnagazine.

FT editor Lionel Barber said: ‘Niall is a hugely respected commentator on finance and foreign affairs who possesses a rapier-like wit and a cutting-edge intellect. Niall will further strengthen our stable of commentators.”

Niall Ferguson said: ‘I’m hugely excited at the prospect of writing regularly for the Financial Times and FT.com. There’s now no question that the FT is the world’s quality newspaper, offering by far the most knowledgeable reporting on both economics and politics. Other papers are either national or local. Only the Financial Times is global.’

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