Financial journalists write in the press, or talk on radio or television, about the financial markets and all the factors that move them. The term ‘financial’ to describe this work is traditionally used in England, but the more senior writers cover a much wider ground. They report and discuss any matter that may be of professional interest to the alert businessman. Their field includes economic analysis and comment. Their personal views on events are often expressed with a freedom rarely allowed to other journalists, and they are sometimes influential both in moving markets and in shifting public and political opinion.