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Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the business jargon really mean.

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  • Russia Sanctions: A Dangerous Game?

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    Russia sanctions: What are the political consequences of weakening an already wounded Russian economy? We hear from former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov, and also John Lough, associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia program at the research institute Chatham House in London. Plus, Charles Acland, a film adacemic at Concordia University in Montreal and the editor of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, tells us how Hollywood's blockbuster business model is about far more than just films, and the BBC's Theo Leggett has a special report on film merchandising.

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  • Money: A Potted History

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    We take a historical journey, tracing paper money's origins in 13th Century China to the emergence of the US dollar as the global reserve currency of choice. We look at the development of a cashless society in some northern European economies. And, Anna Holligan reports from the Netherlands, where she meets some of the pioneers ditching old paper notes and coins.

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  • Malawi land grabs

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

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    Are Malawian smallholder farmers suffering land seizures at the hands of big business? We look at claims that Malawian smallholders have suffered land seizures in the country. They claim plots have been taken from them by force for the sake of rich sugar interests. What's worse, say campaigners, is that seizures have been supported by European aid money. Ed Butler speaks to those who've lost their land plus the country's Agriculture Minister Dr Alan Chiyembikeza. But Jenny Brown from the EU's office in the capital Lilongwe says they believe they have improved the lives of smallholder farmers.

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  • Willfull Blindness

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    In the past ten years, there have been a string of organizational failures, hundreds, even thousands of people could see what was going on but acted as though they were blind. Silence ensured the problems continued and allowed them to grow. The conditions that create the phenomenon called "wilful blindness" are pervasive across institutions. It was a term that came up in the Enron scandal. Wilful blindness is a legal term, it states that if there is knowledge you could have had and should have had, you are still responsible. Businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan argues that the solution is a "just culture"; which means organizations that encourage people to speak up early and often when things go adrift, without fear of being silenced.

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  • Global impact of ever cheaper oil

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    It's the biggest story in the world economy right now - the dramatic fall in the price of oil. It's clearly bad news for oil producers but surely it is good news for the rest of us? So why are the financial markets spooked? Plus, we're venturing to one of the remotest places on earth, in Indonesia, in search of nickel. And Lucy Kellaway on why the only thing we have to fear is fearlessness.

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  • ITB: China exhales: the global impact of Chinese deflation

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

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    27 mins

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    As China's economy slows this engine room of production is adjusting its prices down in order to stay in the global game. So are we seeing Chinese deflation on the horizon? And as prices fall there, what will the impact be for the rest of us? Linda Yueh talks to three leading economists George Magnus, economist and long time observer of the Chinese economy, Patrick Chovanec chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Michael Pettis Professor of finance at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.

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  • Oil prices hit new low

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    The oil price has hit a new low and the Russian rouble has continued to slide in value against the dollar: We discuss the political and economic implications for Russia with Dr Sam Greene, director the Russia Institute at King's College, London. Also, journalist Alex Duval Smith in Mali is guided by the stars as she travels with smugglers in Timbuktu. And the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney profiles an Australian entrepreneur who's made a business out of riding the waves.

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  • Japan elections: more Abenomics?

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    Japan goes to the polls this weekend: The BBC's chief business correspondent Linda Yueh explains why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's gamble might pay off, as she talks to William Saito, an adviser to Japan's cabinet. Plus, our reporter Jane O'Brien is at one of the world's biggest international art fairs, Art Basel Miami in Florida, to see how the internet has opened up the market for investing in the art world.

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  • Germany's power house

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

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    Business Daily comes to you from the coal-fields of the Rhineland, in north-west Germany. This is the heart of power generation for Europe's great manufacturing giant, and it's here that an energy experiment is underway - one that may, or may not, offer a template for power generation around the world. No major economy is spending more on the transfer to green energy than Germany is. That's good for the fight against climate change but it may present problems for the country's own power supply. Some business leaders now warn the transition is too quick, ill-planned, and could risk a future energy crisis. So what is at stake for Germany, and what does the government think about the progress of the switch to renewables.

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  • What's wrong with the French economy?

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    Business Correspondent Jonty Bloom travels to France to explore why France seems unable to reform its aneamic economy. We speak to the global risk consultants, Control Risks, about why international power and influence seems to be draining away from the West and we are in Jamaica to ask why, with a female Prime Minister, the island is still so mired in sexism.

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