Missing out

tweeting off limits

tweeting off limits

In an age of blogs, twitters, professional and social networking I’ve just learned that some organisations are clipping their employees wings by forbidding them to access such sites from company computers.

At least that’s what happens in the world of some big investment banks.

So just when bankers, investment managers or analysts could gain extra insight into their sector, read cracking new research, pick up a piece of juicy gossip or scan the comments of peers, it is off limits.

What a pity to apply such strict rules to professional forums.

While it’s understandable that organisations want to protect their information systems, such protection comes at a price.

Quick scans of some of the best financial and investment blogs could help employees to be better informed and perhaps better prepared in making professional decisions.

But then what employer would want that?

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FTfm is no longer updated but it remains open as an archive.

FTfm's specialist writing team offer their insights into the global fund management industry.

About the authors

Pauline Skypala has been editor of FTfm for four years having previously been deputy personal finance editor. She joined the FT in 1999 and has been writing on savings and investment issues throughout her career.

Steve Johnson, FTfm deputy editor, has been a journalist for 17 years, 10 of which have been with the FT.

Sophia Grene, reporter on FTfm, has been a financial journalist in print and online for 12 years.

Ruth Sullivan has worked as a financial/business journalist and foreign correspondent and for the past 10 years has been at the FT.