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The Financial Times Newspaper

Your newspaper gift can be further personalised by adding the recipient’s name, the occasion, and a personal greeting on the Certificate of Authenticity, which acts as a guarantee that your copy of the Financial Times is a genuine original newspaper.

Historic Newspapers have the UK’s largest archive of the Financial Times, stretching back over one hundred years. To see the newspaper titles we have for your chosen special day, simply select the date in the box below.

A Brief History of The Financial Times

The Financial Times newspaper is part of The Financial Times Limited, a subsidiary of Pearson PLC (the international book publishers). It is printed Monday-Saturday in broadsheet format and has an average worldwide daily circulation of 435,319 as of December 2008. The newspaper is printed at London and Leeds in the UK, plus a further 22 locations throughout the world. It is available in 140 countries, with correspondents in 55 of those and two thirds of its circulation is outside the UK. The Financial Times is thus a world leading daily financial newspaper, second only to the Wall Street Journal. Politically, the Financial Times takes a centrist stance- it advocates free markets and is in favour of globalisation. The motto of the Financial Times is "Without fear and without favour". However, the Financial Times issued a reserved endorsement of the Conservative Party on 4th May 2010 after supporting the Labour Party at the previous four General Elections.

The forerunner of the Financial Times was the London Financial Guide which was founded on 9 January 1888. It was re-launched as The Financial Times on 13th February 1888- "The friend of the Honest Financier and the Respectable Broker".

The first pink issue of the Financial Times was printed on 2nd January 1893, distinguishing the Financial Times from its rival the Financial News (which was founded on 23rd January 1884 and thus pre-dated the Financial Times by 4 years). The Financial Times of 4th January 1993 was famously printed in white to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first pink issue.

In 1919, the Financial Times was acquired by the newspaper publishers William and Gomer Berry (later Viscount Camrose and Viscount Kemsley). The Berry brothers split their newspaper holdings in 1937- William Berry (1st Viscount Camrose) retained the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph, whilst Gomer Berry (1st Viscount Kemsley) formed the Kemsley newspaper group including The Sunday Times, the Sunday Graphic and Daily Sketch.

The Financial Times was bought by Brendan Bracken, Chairman of the Financial News in 1945. Brendan Bracken subsequently merged the two newspapers on 1st October 1945, keeping the pink paper and The Financial Times name (since the Financial Times had the higher circulation).

The Pearson Group acquired Financial Times Limited in 1957, which included the 50% share in The Economist magazine the Financial Times had inherited from the Financial News. The Pearson Group later went on to purchase the publisher Longman in 1968 (now published under Pearson Education) and the Penguin Group in 1971.

The first Financial Times to be printed outside the UK was printed in Frankfurt, with the launch of the European edition on 1st January 1979. The US edition was launched in 1997 and the Asia-Pacific edition in 2003. In 1998, the international circulation sales overtook UK circulation sales for the first time.

The How to Spend it magazine was first supplied with the Financial Times newspaper as a quarterly magazine on Saturday 19th November 1994. It is now printed monthly on the first Saturday of each month. (Occasionally, there are bonus issues on a Friday. In addition, special themed issues of the How to Spend it magazine occasionally appear on a Saturday- A Passion for Fashion, Superior Interiors, Travel Unravelled and the annual Christmas Unwrapped.) A weekly magazine has also been supplied with the newspaper each Saturday since the launch of the Financial Times Magazine on 26th April 2003.

Financial Times Limited also has a specialist unit, FT Business- which publishes the Investors Chronicle, The Banker, Money Management and Financial Adviser magazines. However, these magazines are sold separately and are not part of the Financial Times newspaper.

The current main regular weekday supplement in the Financial Times newspaper is the Companies & Markets broadsheet newspaper supplement, which appears each Monday to Friday. In addition, each Monday the FTfm tabloid newspaper section provides a weekly review of the fund management industry. The Appointments broadsheet newspaper section appears each Thursday. Special Reports are also often provided with the newspaper.

The Saturday edition of the newspaper was refreshed on 26th April 2008 with the Saturday Companies & Markets section merged into the main newspaper, whilst the weekly Life & Arts, House & Home and Money newspaper sections were redesigned. The weekly Financial Times magazine was re-named the FT Weekend Magazine. However, the monthly How to Spend it magazine and its special issues continue to appear as before.

The Formation of the Financial Times

The forerunner of the Financial Times was the London Financial Guide, founded on 9th January 1888. It was re-launched as The Financial Times on 13th February 1888 with the tagline, “The Friend of the Honest Financier and the Respectable Broker”.

The first pink edition of the newspaper was printed on 2nd January 1893, with the purpose of distinguishing the Financial Times from the Financial News. The rival paper had been founded on 23rd January 1884 and thus pre-dated the Financial Times by four years. On 4th January 1993, the Financial Times was famously printed on white paper to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first pink edition.

In 1919, the Financial Times was bought by publishers William and Gomer Berry - later known as Viscount Camrose and Viscount Kemsley - who already owned a variety of UK newspapers. The Berry brothers split their holdings in 1937. William Berry (1st Viscount Camrose) retained the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph, whilst Gomer Berry (1st Viscount Kemsley) formed the Kemsley newspaper group, which included The Sunday Times, the Sunday Graphic and Daily Sketch.

In 1945, The Financial Times was bought by Brendan Bracken, who was the Chairman of the Financial News. Bracken subsequently merged the two newspapers in October 1945. As the Financial Times had traditionally sold a higher number of copies, the merged newspaper kept the Financial Times name and format. Subsequent editions would continue to be printed on pink paper.

The Pearson Group acquired Financial Times Limited in 1957, which included a fifty percent share in “The Economist” magazine. The newspaper had inherited this from the Financial News. The Pearson Group later went on to purchase the publisher Longman, now known as Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

The first foreign copies of Financial Times were printed in Frankfurt, with the launch of the European edition of the newspaper on 1st January 1979. The US edition was launched in 1997 and by 1998, the Financial Times had begun to sell more copies abroad than in the UK. An Asia-Pacific edition of the newspaper was introduced in 2003, as the publication continued to expand.

The Financial Times’ Supplements

“How to Spend it” originated as a quarterly magazine and was first distributed with the Financial Times on Saturday 19th November 1994. The magazine is now printed on the first Saturday of every month and there are occasional bonus editions, which are published on a Friday. “How to Spend it” also produces specially themed editions of the magazine from time to time, which accompany the newspaper on a Saturday. Examples of these special editions include “A Passion for Fashion“, “Superior Interiors“, “Travel Unravelled” and the annual “Christmas Unwrapped“. A weekly magazine has also been supplied with the newspaper every Saturday since the launch of “The Financial Times Magazine” on 26th April 2003.

The Financial Times currently features a variety of other regular supplements. “Companies and Markets” is a broadsheet newspaper insert, which is published each weekday. In addition, the “FTfm” tabloid newspaper section provides a weekly review of the fund management industry and is distributed every Monday. The “Appointments” broadsheet section comes with the paper each Thursday. Special Reports are also often provided with the newspaper on any given day.

The Saturday edition of the newspaper was refreshed on 26th April 2008. The “Companies and Markets” supplement merged into the main newspaper, whilst the weekly “Life and Arts“, “House and Home” and “Money” sections were all redesigned. The weekly “Financial Times Magazine” was also re-named the “FT Weekend Magazine“. However, the monthly “How to Spend it” magazine continued to appear as before, along with its occasional special editions.

Financial Times Limited also has a specialist unit, FT Business, which publishes “The Investors Chronicle“, “The Banker“, “Money Management” and “Financial Adviser” magazines. However, these magazines are sold separately to the new

The Financial Times Newspaper

Your newspaper gift can be further personalised by adding the recipient’s name, the occasion, and a personal greeting on the Certificate of Authenticity, which acts as a guarantee that your copy of the Financial Times is a genuine original newspaper.

Historic Newspapers have the UK’s largest archive of the Financial Times, stretching back over one hundred years. To see the newspaper titles we have for your chosen special day, simply select the date in the box below.

A Brief History of The Financial Times

The Financial Times newspaper is part of The Financial Times Limited, a subsidiary of Pearson PLC (the international book publishers). It is printed Monday-Saturday in broadsheet format and has an average worldwide daily circulation of 435,319 as of December 2008. The newspaper is printed at London and Leeds in the UK, plus a further 22 locations throughout the world. It is available in 140 countries, with correspondents in 55 of those and two thirds of its circulation is outside the UK. The Financial Times is thus a world leading daily financial newspaper, second only to the Wall Street Journal. Politically, the Financial Times takes a centrist stance- it advocates free markets and is in favour of globalisation. The motto of the Financial Times is "Without fear and without favour". However, the Financial Times issued a reserved endorsement of the Conservative Party on 4th May 2010 after supporting the Labour Party at the previous four General Elections.

The forerunner of the Financial Times was the London Financial Guide which was founded on 9 January 1888. It was re-launched as The Financial Times on 13th February 1888- "The friend of the Honest Financier and the Respectable Broker".

The first pink issue of the Financial Times was printed on 2nd January 1893, distinguishing the Financial Times from its rival the Financial News (which was founded on 23rd January 1884 and thus pre-dated the Financial Times by 4 years). The Financial Times of 4th January 1993 was famously printed in white to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first pink issue.

In 1919, the Financial Times was acquired by the newspaper publishers William and Gomer Berry (later Viscount Camrose and Viscount Kemsley). The Berry brothers split their newspaper holdings in 1937- William Berry (1st Viscount Camrose) retained the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph, whilst Gomer Berry (1st Viscount Kemsley) formed the Kemsley newspaper group including The Sunday Times, the Sunday Graphic and Daily Sketch.

The Financial Times was bought by Brendan Bracken, Chairman of the Financial News in 1945. Brendan Bracken subsequently merged the two newspapers on 1st October 1945, keeping the pink paper and The Financial Times name (since the Financial Times had the higher circulation).

The Pearson Group acquired Financial Times Limited in 1957, which included the 50% share in The Economist magazine the Financial Times had inherited from the Financial News. The Pearson Group later went on to purchase the publisher Longman in 1968 (now published under Pearson Education) and the Penguin Group in 1971.

The first Financial Times to be printed outside the UK was printed in Frankfurt, with the launch of the European edition on 1st January 1979. The US edition was launched in 1997 and the Asia-Pacific edition in 2003. In 1998, the international circulation sales overtook UK circulation sales for the first time.

The How to Spend it magazine was first supplied with the Financial Times newspaper as a quarterly magazine on Saturday 19th November 1994. It is now printed monthly on the first Saturday of each month. (Occasionally, there are bonus issues on a Friday. In addition, special themed issues of the How to Spend it magazine occasionally appear on a Saturday- A Passion for Fashion, Superior Interiors, Travel Unravelled and the annual Christmas Unwrapped.) A weekly magazine has also been supplied with the newspaper each Saturday since the launch of the Financial Times Magazine on 26th April 2003.

Financial Times Limited also has a specialist unit, FT Business- which publishes the Investors Chronicle, The Banker, Money Management and Financial Adviser magazines. However, these magazines are sold separately and are not part of the Financial Times newspaper.

The current main regular weekday supplement in the Financial Times newspaper is the Companies & Markets broadsheet newspaper supplement, which appears each Monday to Friday. In addition, each Monday the FTfm tabloid newspaper section provides a weekly review of the fund management industry. The Appointments broadsheet newspaper section appears each Thursday. Special Reports are also often provided with the newspaper.

The Saturday edition of the newspaper was refreshed on 26th April 2008 with the Saturday Companies & Markets section merged into the main newspaper, whilst the weekly Life & Arts, House & Home and Money newspaper sections were redesigned. The weekly Financial Times magazine was re-named the FT Weekend Magazine. However, the monthly How to Spend it magazine and its special issues continue to appear as before.

The Formation of the Financial Times

The forerunner of the Financial Times was the London Financial Guide, founded on 9th January 1888. It was re-launched as The Financial Times on 13th February 1888 with the tagline, “The Friend of the Honest Financier and the Respectable Broker”.

The first pink edition of the newspaper was printed on 2nd January 1893, with the purpose of distinguishing the Financial Times from the Financial News. The rival paper had been founded on 23rd January 1884 and thus pre-dated the Financial Times by four years. On 4th January 1993, the Financial Times was famously printed on white paper to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first pink edition.

In 1919, the Financial Times was bought by publishers William and Gomer Berry - later known as Viscount Camrose and Viscount Kemsley - who already owned a variety of UK newspapers. The Berry brothers split their holdings in 1937. William Berry (1st Viscount Camrose) retained the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph, whilst Gomer Berry (1st Viscount Kemsley) formed the Kemsley newspaper group, which included The Sunday Times, the Sunday Graphic and Daily Sketch.

In 1945, The Financial Times was bought by Brendan Bracken, who was the Chairman of the Financial News. Bracken subsequently merged the two newspapers in October 1945. As the Financial Times had traditionally sold a higher number of copies, the merged newspaper kept the Financial Times name and format. Subsequent editions would continue to be printed on pink paper.

The Pearson Group acquired Financial Times Limited in 1957, which included a fifty percent share in “The Economist” magazine. The newspaper had inherited this from the Financial News. The Pearson Group later went on to purchase the publisher Longman, now known as Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

The first foreign copies of Financial Times were printed in Frankfurt, with the launch of the European edition of the newspaper on 1st January 1979. The US edition was launched in 1997 and by 1998, the Financial Times had begun to sell more copies abroad than in the UK. An Asia-Pacific edition of the newspaper was introduced in 2003, as the publication continued to expand.

The Financial Times’ Supplements

“How to Spend it” originated as a quarterly magazine and was first distributed with the Financial Times on Saturday 19th November 1994. The magazine is now printed on the first Saturday of every month and there are occasional bonus editions, which are published on a Friday. “How to Spend it” also produces specially themed editions of the magazine from time to time, which accompany the newspaper on a Saturday. Examples of these special editions include “A Passion for Fashion“, “Superior Interiors“, “Travel Unravelled” and the annual “Christmas Unwrapped“. A weekly magazine has also been supplied with the newspaper every Saturday since the launch of “The Financial Times Magazine” on 26th April 2003.

The Financial Times currently features a variety of other regular supplements. “Companies and Markets” is a broadsheet newspaper insert, which is published each weekday. In addition, the “FTfm” tabloid newspaper section provides a weekly review of the fund management industry and is distributed every Monday. The “Appointments” broadsheet section comes with the paper each Thursday. Special Reports are also often provided with the newspaper on any given day.

The Saturday edition of the newspaper was refreshed on 26th April 2008. The “Companies and Markets” supplement merged into the main newspaper, whilst the weekly “Life and Arts“, “House and Home” and “Money” sections were all redesigned. The weekly “Financial Times Magazine” was also re-named the “FT Weekend Magazine“. However, the monthly “How to Spend it” magazine continued to appear as before, along with its occasional special editions.

Financial Times Limited also has a specialist unit, FT Business, which publishes “The Investors Chronicle“, “The Banker“, “Money Management” and “Financial Adviser” magazines. However, these magazines are sold separately to the newspaper and are not presented as part of the Financial Times.

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