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It’s April 1, but given the comedy we regularly serve up to you on these pink pixels, there’s no pranking on this site today. Instead, we’re serving you up another refreshingly earnest FAWUK, FT Alphaville’s Wot U Know quiz, on this surprisingly snowy day.

Here’s the deal: eight questions, six tangentially on finance, one price guess and one guess at who tweeted the most ridiculous thing this week. Winner gets a prize of our choice (up for a grabs: a branded stress ball from a third-tier VC firm) and, possibly, our own CFA-equivalent credential.

Without further ado:


  1. Vladimir Putin said this week that Europe’s energy companies must start paying for their Russian gas in roubles. Which bank will facilitate the transactions on the Kremlin’s behalf? For a bonus point, what letter has been ascribed to the special accounts that will facilitate the payments?

  2. Inflation is on the up — including in the eurozone. If you take the official estimate at face value, by what percentage have prices shot up over the past 12 months in the single currency area? Bonus point for anyone who can calculate the real interest rate for the region.

  3. The week got off to a bad start for Barclays after it emerged it had oversold structured products. These will now have to be bought back at par. What’s the scale of the expected loss?

  4. GameStop and AMC were back to their old, short squeezy selves this week. What’s the name of GameStop’s current chair, who seems to spend most of his time berating short sellers?

  5. What’s the name of the Scottish Limited Partnership that’s found itself on the US sanctions list?

  6. The FT has been yacht hunting this week. On which Caribbean island has our pink paper found two of Roman Abramovich’s boats?

  7. Will the rouble-dollar exchange rate end the week above or below where it was before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began?

  8. Who tweeted this nonsense?


Answers, as always, in the comments or via electronic mail to Jamie (jamie.powell@ft.com) or Claire (claire.jones@ft.com).

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