The Financial Times (FT) is a British international business newspaper. It is a morning daily newspaper published in London and is printed at 24 sites. Its primary rival is the New York City-based Wall Street Journal.
The FT was launched as the London Financial Guide on 9 January 1888 by Horatio Bottomley, renaming itself the Financial Times on 13 February the same year. Describing itself as the friend of "The Honest Financier and the Respectable Broker", it was as a four-page journal. The readership was the financial community of the City of London. The Financial Times established itself as the sober but reliable "stockbroker's Bible" or "parish magazine of the City", its only rival being the slightly older and more daring Financial News. In 1893, the FT turned light salmon to distinguish it from the similarly named Financial News. In 1993, the FT printed a single edition on white to commemorate this change a hundred years earlier. From initial rivalry, the two papers were merged by Brendan Bracken in 1945 to form a single six-page newspaper. The Financial Times brought a higher circulation while the Financial News provided editorial talent.
Over the years, the newspaper grew in size, readership and breadth of coverage. It established correspondents in cities around the world, reflecting early moves in the world economy towards globalisation.