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A family struggling with personal finances
A family struggling with personal finances

Duration: 01:47

An American journalist explains what he does in his working day, with emphasis on financial struggles and uncertainty.

 
Bankers unrepentant
Bankers unrepentant

Duration: 02:10

Two years after the worst of the banking crisis, a journalist interviews bankers at a charity bankers’ ball in London. Have they recovered fully from any guilt they may have felt?

 
Can the Euro survive?
Can the Euro survive?

Duration: 02:35

At the time of Germany’s bail-out of Ireland, the whole future of the Euro single currency is being questioned. There seem only two alternatives: either the Euro members must adopt common economic policies, or the common currency will collapse.

 
China and USA: currency wars
China and USA: currency wars

Duration: 02:49

Stephanie Flanders explains the economic background to the argument between China and the US over exchange rates.

 
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) - selling water
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) - selling water

Duration: 06:02

A report about the water industry, highlighting the need to consider environmental impact in a positive way.

 
Credit crisis - the impact
Credit crisis - the impact

Duration: 14:00

A look at the causes and effects of the credit crisis. Its youthful, lively presentation brings the subject to life and makes it comprehensible. There is a strong section on effects, looking both at the economy as a whole and 'what's the effect on me?'

 
Encouraging solar power
Encouraging solar power

Duration: 04:02

Subsidised solar power is making some households hugely better off, but at the cost of the majority. Is this worthwhile in pursuit of an improved environment?

 
German economic strength in recovery
German economic strength in recovery

Duration: 01:09

The German economy is recovering sharply from its 2009 recession. Unemployment is falling, partly thanks to an export boom centred upon Chinese demand for German consumer products such as cars.

 
Germany and the Credit Crunch
Germany and the Credit Crunch

Duration: 02:54

In Frankfurt, the Germans work hard, borrow little and have kept labour costs down over the past ten years. This has stopped the Germans from feeling wealthy, but has put them in a great position for jobs in the recovery from recession.

 
Government spending cuts – causes and effects
Government spending cuts – causes and effects

Duration: 02:12

A fast-paced explanation of the different types of government spending and income, and the problem of the deficit.

 
High street struggles
High street struggles

Duration: 06:20

The impact of difficult economic times on a High Street and how to tackle the problem.

 
How do banks work?
How do banks work?

Duration: 03:33

Robert Peston explains how banks work through the example of his own ‘Pesto Bank’. The explanation is clear, showing where profits are made and the risks involved in a run on the bank.

 
How is government spending funded?
How is government spending funded?

Duration: 02:47

A concise, accessible account of government income and expenditure, and the need to fund the gap between them.

 
Impact of recession on holiday spending
Impact of recession on holiday spending

In summer 2009, young people are interviewed in the street about the impact of the ‘cash crisis’ - showing that cutbacks in consumer spending can hit children as well as adults.

 
Indian Garment Factory
Indian Garment Factory

Duration: 04:46

An insight into the incredible differences between work in the developed and developing worlds. This helps in understanding absolute poverty.

 
Inflation in India
Inflation in India

Duration: 02:36

What are the causes and effects of inflation running at 14 percent in India, when the figure is closer to 2.5 percent in China, Britain and elsewhere? The blame lies with food prices, as food represents 50 percent of India's calculation of overall inflation.

 
Interest rates
Interest rates

Duration: 03:50

Exploring the impact of falls in interest rates on consumers, costs and the pound.

 
Is borrowing too easy?
Is borrowing too easy?

Duration: 02:03

Robert Peston interviews an 18-year-old who found it easy to borrow £5,000 to buy a car. He asks the young man’s grandfather about his first experience of borrowing. It becomes clear that it is much easier to get into debt today.

 
Is every country in debt?
Is every country in debt?

Duration: 01:27

Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan is baffled by the vast sums owed by countries. Ultimately, the question is: if every country owes huge sums, who do they owe it to?

 
Middle Class shopping in Mumbai
Middle Class shopping in Mumbai

Duration: 02:47

A look at booming spending in the new shopping malls of Mumbai, the new India. It shows what India can become in the future.

 
Might currency wars derail recovery?
Might currency wars derail recovery?

Duration: 02:43

In the recovery from the 2009 recession, countries may be trying to gain an advantage over others by cutting the value of their currencies. A weak pound, for example, makes it easier to export from Britain. Might currency wars derail the recovery, as they did in the 1930s?

 
Newsround – kids tell of recession worries
Newsround – kids tell of recession worries

Duration: 00:33

In a classroom, young children say how they have been affected by the recession.

 
Opportunities for British firms in China
Opportunities for British firms in China

Duration: 03:19

Robert Peston reports on the Chinese as potential buyers instead of sellers of consumer goods. He shows how China's economic policy has switched to promote growth in its home market as opposed to export markets.

 
Prisoner to millionaire: the Banyan Tree story
Prisoner to millionaire: the Banyan Tree story

Duration: 07:32

Starting the super-luxury Banyan Tree hotel chain owed a lot to luck. Now Mr Ho is determined to make the hotels as environmentally-friendly as possible, as part of a mission to make sure the hotels help the local economies in which they’re located.

 
Starting an online travel business
Starting an online travel business

Duration: 07:50

A former British Airways’ exec started the online travel business ‘Wego’ in 2006. It focuses on price comparisons within the airline market in Asia. Wego has increased competition hugely among a broad section of the travel market. It has benefitted from locating the business in deregulated Singapore.

 
Supplying our chocolate
Supplying our chocolate

Duration: 04:25

An insight into the farming and marketing of cocoa in the Ivory Coast, showing an apparently exploitative system.

 
The Edinburgh Fringe in times of recession
The Edinburgh Fringe in times of recession

Duration: 05:34

In 2010, the Edinburgh Fringe is adapting to recession. Some shows pass a bucket for people to pay what they thought the show was worth.

 
The Euro
The Euro

Duration: 03:39

Looking at the benefits of the Euro from the perspective of UK firms.

 
The impact of debt
The impact of debt

Duration: 01:35

Robert Peston explains the size of UK personal and government debt. The implication is that we will all feel poorer as we try to bring down our debt levels.

 
The new capitalism (pt 1/2)
The new capitalism (pt 1/2)

Duration: 04:17

In late 2009, Robert Peston analysed the causes of the credit crunch and its impact on UK banks. He thought that the government bail-out might lead to a new type of capitalism: fairer, gentler and more socially responsible.

 
The new capitalism (pt 2/2)
The new capitalism (pt 2/2)

Duration: 04:01

In late 2009, Robert Peston analysed the causes of the Credit Crunch and its impact on the banks. He thought that the government bail-out might lead to a new type of capitalism: fairer, gentler and more socially responsible.

 
Trading standards
Trading standards

Duration: 05:33

Trading Standards officers talk about their work and products and services that mislead or endanger the public.

 
Why do interest rates matter?
Why do interest rates matter?

Duration: 03:10

A detailed account of how interest rates affect prices and economic activity. The clip describes the mechanism by which the rate set by the Bank of England affects the rates set by High Street banks.

 
Working in the Thai rice industry
Working in the Thai rice industry

Duration: 06:11

Rice-picking in Thailand teaches British students about the low pay and awful conditions facing workers in the developing world.

 

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