The Financial Express is an Indian English-language business newspaper. It is published by the Indian Express group since 1961. The FE specialises in India and international business and financial news.
India’s oldest financial daily, The Financial Express, is today one of the leading newspapers in the country. Part of The Indian Express Group, the newspaper publishes eleven editions in English from leading cities — Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune. It also has an edition in Gujarati, published from Ahmedabad. The newspaper has offices across the country and is headquartered in Delhi.
The Financial Express has supported the eventual breakdown of the arbitrary control-based system that characterized the Indian economy to its emergence as a free market enterprise with accent on merit. The paper espouses the same position in its coverage of international developments. The position is based on a careful observation of the way economies have evolved in the past few decades. This is also known as a championing of the free market position. The FE columns and editorials articulate this opinion succinctly. The FE edit page columns are therefore the most widely read pieces among all business publications in India. Besides, the newspaper has an exclusive tie-up with The Financial Times and The Economist of London to carry its articles all days of the week on an exclusive co-branded page and the op-ed page.
A number of Indian and global economic experts pen their columns for The Financial Express. These include Surjit S Bhalla, Chairman of Oxus Investments, M Govinda Rao, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Arindam Bhattacharya, MD, Boston Consulting Group, Jayanth R Varma, Professor of finance at IIM Ahmedabad, Dheeraj Sharma, Professor of Marketing at IIM Ahmedabad, Adya Prasad Pandey, Professor, Department of Economics, Banaras Hindu University, Mahesh Vyas, MD & CEO, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, Krishnamurthy Subramanian faculty in finance at the Indian School of Business, Amitendu Palit of the National University of Singapore, Rajat Kathuria, Consultant for TRAI, Nirvikar Singh Professor of economics at the University of California, Madan Sabnavis chief economist, CARE Ratings, Manish Sabharwal Chairman, Teamlease Services, Ila Patnaik professor at NIPFP, Meghnad Desai prominent economist and Labour peer, Yoginder K Alagh noted economist and former Union minister and other prominent people. A veteran legal reporter Indu Bhan with over a decade of experience covers the Supreme Court and also writes a weekly column on the pressing legal issues of the day. The current crop of reporters working at FE include Siddhartha P Saikia(Oil & Gas and Revenue & Taxation), Sumit Jha (Power, Coal and renewable energy), Prasanta Sahu (Economic Affairs, Expenditure and divestment), Sandip Das (Agriculture).
FE’s news coverage is known for comprehensive sweep of economic policy making, corporate developments and market trends. For India’s fast expanding middle class of over 300 million, as per latest NSS data, plus the CEOs and government officials, the insights into the Indian growth story are particularly edifying. From business policies to market trends to new developments, The Financial Express comes packed with incisive news on every relevant issue. On weekdays there are a number of special pages which carry reports and analysis on crucial areas of the economy like—automobiles, infrastructure, entertainment, capital markets, workspace, small and medium enterprises, infrastructure, real estate, green businesses and BRIC. In addition the FE Reflect comes packed with insights, perspectives, discussion and debate that gives you food for thought. The Financial Express on Sunday focuses on the weekend reading for corporate executives.
Supplements and specials
The newspaper has weekly supplements—Brandwagon, a four-page supplement every Tuesday on advertising and marketing.
On weekdays there are special pages like: PSU Power, FE@Campus, eFE, Investor, Commodity Watch on Mondays, Personal Finance and Corporate Review; Tuesdays, Infrastructure, Show Business; alternate Wednesdays, FE Gadgets on Thursday, Alternate Fridays – FE Profile, Small & Medium Business and FE Edge, Motobahn on Saturdays.
The online section of The Financial Express, www.financialexpress.com, is an up-to-date source for news on economy, business, finance, stocks and money markets. Besides offering the daily newspaper in the e-paper format free, the site also has extensive sections on stocks and company information. The site is constantly updated for the latest news on economy and business. Archives for the print edition are available online since 2000. The site is part of the group portal, www.expressindia.com
The Financial Express also brings out two annual listings. While FE 500 lists top 500 companies of India, FE Best Banks has emerged as the blue ribbon of banking excellence in the country that culminates with an awards night.
An annual survey, published as a magazine, has established itself as a fair and empirically evaluated performance rating for India Inc. It is one of the most awaited corporate listing as it takes into account results of 3 quarters which gives a deeper insight into India Inc's performance.
FE Best Banks
The Financial Express releases the Best Banks survey annually with Ernst & Young as the knowledge partner. Released as a glossy magazine every year in March, the survey lists banks that have delivered exemplary performance on various parameters including growth, profitability, strength & soundness amongst others.
FE Best Banks Awards
Launched in February 1997, annually fetes banks that have delivered exemplary performance on various parameters including growth, profitability, strength & soundness amongst others. The awards are based on the FE Best Bank Survey and have emerged as the highest award of banking excellence in the country. The event is held annually in Mumbai, with the Hon'bl Finance Minister as the Chief Guest and witnesses a high profile gathering including various ministers, govt. representatives, CEOs and the Who's Who of India Inc.
FE EVI Green Business Awards
Based on the FE EVI Green Business Survey the awards recognize the efforts of Indian businesses towards climate change and sustainability. The awards are held on the occasion of World's Environment Day i.e. 5 June every year.
The Financial Express has also initiated a series of Round Table Conferences (RTC) that bring together policymakers and major players to discuss key issues pertaining to different sectors.
As India's oldest financial newspaper The Financial Express has had a string of eminent Editors such as R Jagannathan, Dr. Sanjaya Baru, Mythili Bhusnurmath, Sandipan Deb, M.K Venu etc. Presently Sunil Jain is the Managing Editor of the business daily.
The Indian Express Group
The Financial Express is part of The Indian Express Group, which also owns English daily The Indian Express, Marathi daily Loksatta, Hindi Daily Jansatta, entertainment weekly Screen, and weekly Marathi magazine Lokprabha.