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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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  • Can the euro cope with Syriza?

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Business Daily today focusses on Greece - a vote for change from the electorate, as the left-wing Syriza party is swept to power. But are Greece's European partners ready to finance an end to austerity? We hear from Athens and seek the German perspective. Also in the programme, speculating on what life would be like outside of journalism, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times eavesdrops on London's white-collar workers, and asks what do they all actually do?

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  • ITB: Costing the Terror Threat

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

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    27 mins

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    Billions of dollars are being spent trying to keep our towns and cities safe from the global terror threat but is it money well spent? Listen to former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin, the man in charge of policing London before the 7/7 terror attack there in 2005 Lord Blair, the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner and former CIA operative Robert Baer. They consider how resources can best be allocated to tackle this constantly evolving security challenge; and they answer your questions about the economic challenges posed by the terror threat.

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  • QE at the ECB: Who Benefits?

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    In the eurozone, shares rise, the currency falls, and bond yields drop as the European Central Bank unveils quantitative easing. Will all that money being printed ever trickle down to the real economy? We ask Andrew Wilson, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Also, the BBC's Mishal Husain speaks to Ana Botin, the chief executive officer of Spain's Santander bank, Europe's biggest lender. And as Greeks head to the polls on Sunday, Alberto Alesina, professor of political economy at Harvard University, and visiting professor at Milan's Bocconi University, talks about the risk of contagion for Italy.

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  • The ECB's Massive Stimulus Boost

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    The European Central Bank announces a 60bn euros per month asset-buying programme as the eurozone economy continues to flag. The BBC's Andrew Walker talks us through the details, and Gemma Godfrey, head of investment strategy at Brooks MacDonald, tells us what it means for the markets. Plus, we look at how the euro's buying power varies hugely throughout the eurozone with the Economist newspaper's finance editor, Ed Mcbride, and their latest Big Mac index.

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  • ECB & Quantitative Easing: Will it Work?

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    The European Central Bank is expected to announce a massive asset-buying programme - otherwise known as quantitative easing, or QE - in an effort to revive the eurozone economy, but skeptics say it may not make much of a difference. Plus, we look at how the euro's buying power varies hugely throughout the eurozone with the Economist newspaper's finance editor, Ed Mcbride, and their latest Big Mac index.

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  • Is the US Economy Healed?

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that the US economy is healed and it's time to turn the page, and create a stronger and more expensive safety net for middle class and poor Americans. Is he right? We speak to Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC. Also, Vishal Sikka, chief executive of Infosys, the IT firm which ranks as one of India's biggest companies, tells us inequality is one of the top agenda items at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which kicks off today. And the BBC's Rahul Tandon in Calcutta reports on the epic tale of an Indian civil servant who didn't turn up to work for 25 years and what that says about the Indian economy.

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  • Is Global Growth Stalling?

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    Growth figures from China are the lowest in nearly 25 years.And the IMF has reduced its earlier global forecast. What's of most concern? We hear from Olivier Blanchard, the IMF's chief economist, and from Miranda Carr, director of the UK consultancy, Mulan Advisory & Investments, which gives advice on investment in China. Both can see challenges ahead as Beijing adjusts away from its traditional manufacturing-led model of growth, and eurozone deflation checks optimism within the single currency area. And we have the thoughts of one of our Beijing correspondents about the rise of English terms within everyday Chinese speech, and why that's giving some Mandarin-speaking purists a headache.

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  • India and Greenpeace

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

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    Are India's leaders prioritising economic growth over freedom of expression for environmental pressure groups like Greenpeace? We hear from Priya Pillai, a campaigner for Greenpeace India, and get the response from Narasimha Rao from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party - the BJP. Also on the programme, Lucy Kellaway asks whether we need to devote more of our time in the office to thinking.

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  • ITB: The Women's Slice

    Sat, 17 Jan 15

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    If women had an equal slice of the global economic cake, output could soar by as much as 40%. So it seems like a no brainer that women might then look forward to a fairer share? And yet the division of the economic spoils for women in terms of job prospects, earnings and basic employment rights are nowhere near on a par with men. Former UK First Lady Cherie Blair, fashion retailer Eileen Fisher, CEO of Spot One Global Solutions Marieme Jamme and Director of the economic think tank Politea, Sheila Lawlor talk with the Linda Yueh about the way forward for greater female participation in the global economy.

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  • Is Switzerland Losing its Shine?

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

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    Is Switzerland in danger of losing its status as a safe haven for investors? And who are the winners and losers of the sharp rise in the Swiss Franc? We ask Kern Alexander, professor at the University of Zurich. Also on the programme, why don't women speak up at business meetings? Psychology researcher Victoria Brescoll tells all. And Steve Fritzinger in Washington DC tells us why his home town is the richest in the United States, despite producing nothing.

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  • The Economic Life of North Korea

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

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    Steve Evans in Seoul investigates the evolving economy of North Korea. He speaks to Andrei Lankov, a Russian academic in Seoul, who explains how capitalism is bleeding in to North Korean society. Swiss businessman Felix Abt tells him how he set up the Pyongyang Business School, and North Korean tour guide Simon Cockerell explains how cricket has helped boost the tourism industry in the secretive state.

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  • South Korea and the Family Firm

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

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    Why does the family firm work in South Korea when in many countries hereditary leaders aren't considered to be the best bosses. Plus the government's attempts to put everything online with its e-Government programme.

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  • Deflation danger for the euro?

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

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    Business Daily is gripped by the spectre of falling prices. A good thing, some might reckon, as everything in the shops gets cheaper. But the legacy of past crises suggests it's not so simple. Could deflation spell disaster for the eurozone. What is it anyway, and why is it so bad? We hear from two UK experts. Also in the programme, the British liuxury car brand that's defying the gloom. And lotus-positions everyone - yoga goes global.

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  • Oil Price: Using super-tankers for storage

    Mon, 12 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    We explore the effect a crashing oil price is having on oil companies - it's reported some of them are renting entire ocean-going super-tankers just to store the stuff while they wait for the price to rise. Also, in the year of a crucial global Climate Summit, we ask what cheap oil means for the renewable energy market. Apart from that, a leading Malawian entrepreneur, Gospel Kazaku, reveals his recipe for how to make it in business in Africa. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times announces her annual awards for last year's most ludicrous business jargon.

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  • ITB: Stormy Weather Ahead for 2015?

    Sat, 10 Jan 15

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    27 mins

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    Stalling growth in China - stalling growth in many places for that matter - Eurozone debt with Greece teetering on the brink, rock bottom oil prices, Middle East unrest and Putin with his back against the wall. How significant a year will 2015 be for the global economy? To reflect on these things and more, we speak to three of the BBC's leading economic thinkers - Economics Editor Robert Peston, Business Editor Kamal Ahmed and Chief Business Correspondent Linda Yueh. Along with them we hear from Havard Economics Professor Kenneth Rogoff on his fears for the Eurozone and Professor Michael Pettis from Peking University in Beijing explains the latest trends from the Chinese economy.

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  • Psychopaths in Business

    Fri, 9 Jan 15

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    Does it help to have psychopathic traits when trying to forge a career in business? We look at the links between psychopathy, leadership and capitalism. Kevin Dutton, professor of psychology at Oxford University, argues that certain psychopathic traits - detachment, coolness under pressure and a lack of empathy - may be beneficial to business and lead to success. And we speak to Jon Ronson, author of the Psychopath Test, who argues that the capitalist system rewards psychopathy.

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  • Deflation: Fear and Financial Markets

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    Deflation, fear and financial markets: in the bond market, investors are effectively paying the German government to hold their money for them. Mike Amey, managing director at Pimco, one of the world's largest bond investors, tells us what that says about where the world economy is heading. Also, Calcultta is often described as the Indian city left behind by the country's modernising economy. The BBC's Rahul Tandon reports on what the state government there is doing about it. And the serious business of sport in Australia: what a summer of big sporting events can do for the economy there.

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  • The world of the super-rich

    Wed, 7 Jan 15

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    How do the super-rich spend their cash? We investigate the lives of the 1% and the people who help them spend and invest their money. Mark Pearson from the OECD tells us how the world's wealth gap is widening. We also speak to Alex Cheadle of Ten Lifestyle Management - a company that helps rich people buy luxury cars and get the best tables at exclusive restaurants, and Catherine Tillotson from Scorpio Partnership on how the super-rich invest. And self-confessed rich man Robert Khun tells us about the value of wealth in the economy.

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  • Oil: how low can it go?

    Tue, 6 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    With the oil price dropping to new record lows, we ask how low can it go? Also in the programme, the boss of Rolls Royce explains why we should be happy to see the super-rich splashing out on luxury cars. And our regular commentator James Srodes reflects on recent scandals over the misbehaviour of American sports stars.

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  • Can the eurozone cope without Greece?

    Mon, 5 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly believes the eurozone can manage a Greek exit. Is that really true? And what does this mean for the ECB's eurozone stimulus plans? Also we have a report from the Mount Prison in Hertfordshire, where criminals are being employed to make high-end kitchenware. Finally Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times ponders why so many top business leaders engage in exhaustive fitness-training.

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  • Treasure from trash

    Fri, 2 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    Could our urban streets actually be paved with gold? Business Daily meets the team getting precious metals from the dust under our feet. Plus why treasure-hunters spend their days scouring the landscape for ancient finds. And how metal detecting is gaining in popularity, and proving a boost for manufacturers. A rubbish but lucrative Business Daily with Zoe Kleinman.

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  • Look ahead to 2015 01 Jan 15

    Thu, 1 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    A look ahead to 2015. Is the year going to be one when lurking conflicts between environmental and economic objectives come to the fore? What about the more traditional fare of the economic look ahead: will the Eurozone finally get on top of its problems and as the Chinese economy slows will it be a bumpy ride?

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  • Extracting Ear Wax and Other Tales 31 Dec 14

    Wed, 31 Dec 14

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    A look back at some of the odder moments in 2014 - at least on this programme.

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  • Russia's Woes 30 Dec 14

    Tue, 30 Dec 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We're in the biggest city north of the Arctic Circle to ask whether the Russian economy is heading for the deep freeze. A weak currency, rising inflation, collapsing oil prices and sanctions imposed by the US and Europe are all conspiring to effect the prospects for 2015. As Russians prepare for New Year are they in a party mood?

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  • Central Bankers 29 Dec 14

    Mon, 29 Dec 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Have you ever wondered what goes on in the minds of central bankers? Well today is your chance. On Business Daily we've got two of the main players in managing the financial crisis. Mervyn King, the then Governor of the Bank of England is in conversation with Ben Bernanke, the former Chair of the US Federal Reserve. They talk cricket, baseball and saving the world from financial meltdown.

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