BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

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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  • Cyprus and Russia

    Thu, 2 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    You might have thought Russians would think twice about Cyprus after losing billions in 2013's bank collapse. But not so, it seems, with closer ties agreed only last month. We get a report from the Mediterranean island. And we hear from a remarkably upbeat David Horgan, the managing director of the small oil producer, Petrel Resources, who reckons the 50% cut in the price of crude actually an exciting business opportunity. Also, the BBC's Phil Mercer gives us the latest from the south Pacific island chain of Vanuatu, which was hit by a devastating cyclone last month.

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  • Elements: Iron and Industrialisation

    Wed, 1 Apr 15

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    32 mins

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    Iron is the chemical element at the heart of steel, and by extension of industrialisation, so what does the collapse in iron ore prices say about the economic progress of China and India? Is the steel-making party over, or is a new one just about to begin? And will humanity, one day, stop digging this element up altogether?

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  • Mental Health at Work

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Is there a right way of dealing with mental health issues in the workplace? Presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to Alastair Campbell about how he managed his depression while he worked as a chief spokesman for the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Also, it has been two years since Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, published a book famously advising women to "lean in" when battling gender discrimination in the workplace. The BBC's Gianna Palmer in New York assesses the book's continued influence.

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  • Women & Guns in America

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Why are more women buying guns in the US? We have a special report from a women-only club at a Virginia shooting range, and presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to Brian Ruttenbur of CRT Capital Group who says President Obama's administration has, paradoxically, been a boon to the US firearms industry. Also, the BBC's Nkem Ifejika in Abuja tells us what Nigeria's presidential elections mean for the country's economy and its business community. Plus, Lucy Kellaway on how to get people to reply to your emails.

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  • ITB: Soros and an SOS for Ukraine

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

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    27 mins

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    George Soros argues that European failure to offer Ukraine more economic help will end in disaster, as standards of living there plunge and the threat from Russia continues.

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  • The End of Poverty?

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    Can global poverty be wiped out in the next 15 years? The World Bank thinks so. Linda Yueh hears from the president, Jim Yong Kim, who is confident despite the rising numbers of poor in Africa. Tulanana Bohela reports from Tanzania, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, but where a third of the population still lives on less than $1.25 a day. And Professor Sir Paul Collier from Oxford University, Kevin Watkins from the Overseas Development Institute, and Professor Henrietta Moore, director of University College London's Institute for Global Prosperity, discuss how to lift a billion people out of poverty.

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  • Nigeria: Election Economics

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    What are the big economic issues as Nigerians head to the polls in a general election this weekend? We speak to Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Nigerian Central Bank, and we have a special report from the BBC's Sam Olukoya in Lagos. Plus, ahead of UK general elections in May, a survey has shown that a large proportion of the general public does not understand economics. We'll hear how a new film, backed by the actor Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, hopes to change that.

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  • Elements: Iron & Manganese - Steel-making

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    32 mins

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    In our latest look at the role of the chemical elements in the global economy, we focus on the two key ingredients that enabled the mass production of steel. Justin Rowlatt chews on salad leaves with Andrea Sella of University College London. He travels to Sheffield - the birthplace of modern steelmaking - to get up close to the technological mid-wife of that birth, a Bessemer converter. And he visits the modern Forgemasters steelworks, to get a taste of just how hard it is to produce unbreakable parts for nuclear power stations and oil rigs.

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  • Greece, Fruit Juice and Bras

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    18 mins

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    In an eclectic Business Daily, we look at the latest eurozone talks, small businesses in Kosovo and a rather large lingerie empire. Ed Butler speaks to Prof James Galbraith, an unofficial advisor to the Greek finance minister, about how urgent Greece's financial plight has become and what can be gained from talks in Berlin. The BBC's Guy de Launey reports from Kosovo on the difficulties of setting up business there, and a surprising success story - juice maker Frutomania. And, as if that weren't enough in a bulging Business Daily, Ed chats to the rags-to-riches icon Michelle Mone about how, starting from nothing, she created the global lingerie business empire that is Ultimo.

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  • Singapore's founding father, dies

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Business Daily looks at the legacy of the late Lee Kwan Yew. Singapore's first Prime Minister is credited with turning an island state into an Asian power-house. Critics called him an autocrat. He said denying civil liberties was a necessary part of achieving growth. Also in the programme, Also in the programme, can solar power really rival coal and gas in the next ten years? And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on a recent accident she suffered just before an important job interview. When is it right to cancel, or postpone, when you can't look your best? Do appearances really matter that much?

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