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What is the difference between an standard and premium subscription?


In summary, an FT Standard digital subscription provides an overview of the most important business, political and economic stories from around the world. Standard access is about breadth: readers can rely on our trustworthy and unbiased reporting to understand what is happening in the world.

Premium is about depth, providing deeper analysis on key topics. With FT Premium subscriptions, readers receive full access to FT journalism, including extra analysis and insight that they can’t find elsewhere. Customers tell us they value Premium because it helps shape their decision-making and gives them a competitive advantage.

What additional content and tools are included in Premium?

A Premium subscription includes the global market intelligence you would expect from the FT, plus:

  • The Lex Column: Lex is the FT’s premium business and finance column. The oldest and arguably the most influential column of its kind, Lex delivers independent opinion and analysis of company news, macroeconomics and the financial markets. Lex writes for the investor, providing a concise summary of the critical issues of the day, backed by evidence and written with wit and brevity. Our readers rely on Lex to understand the risks and opportunities likely to impact their investment decisions.

  • Due Diligence: Due Diligence is the FT’s daily briefing on corporate finance, private equity and M&A. It provides exclusive and proprietary insights on deals and deal makers, including scoops, sharp commentary and access to what the most powerful people in corporate finance are thinking.

  • Market Forces: Mike Mackenzie writes the FT’s daily newsletter on the world of investment. It provides context and analysis on the world of investment each day, and provides readers with a handy guide to the best coverage on offer, both in the FT and elsewhere.

  • FT Confidential Research: FT Confidential Research is an independent research service from the Financial Times, providing proprietary data and statistical insight into China and Asean. Our network of on-the-ground researchers provide impartial data on key sectors in the region, collected through monthly and quarterly surveys. Combined with in-house analysis, this results in exclusive, actionable intelligence so readers can stay ahead of the market.

  • EM Squared: Building on reader interest in emerging markets, EM Squared is a premium data-driven news and analysis service on emerging markets. It covers the major trends affecting developing economies as defined by the MSCI emerging markets index. Stories and data are sourced from the FT’s global correspondents every weekday.

  • Martin Sandbu’s Free Lunch: Martin Sandbu’s Free Lunch is the FT’s daily newsletter on the global economic policy debate. For premium subscribers, it is sent out by lunchtime in Europe, and offers a spirited opinion on the latest commentary and stories. It is your daily guided tour to the meaning behind global economics news.

  • Free Trade:Free Trade provides an in-depth analysis of developments and trends in global commerce. Our top FT trade specialists send a curated briefing with the most important news, data and insights on world trade from the FT and across the web to help readers navigate this rapidly changing area.

  • #techFT: #techFT is a newsletter briefing on the latest news, trends and products from the technology, media and telecoms industries. Written by specialist FT correspondents in key tech hubs around the world, it is an essential guide for senior decision-makers in all industry sectors to understand developments in technology that matter.

In addition to the services listed above, Premium subscribers also receive access to our ePaper edition, a digital replica of the printed newspaper, and the ability to send up to 20 free ‘gift articles’ a month to anyone who does not have an subscription.

I would like to try a Premium subscription for my team. How can I do that?

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