BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Examining the big issues facing the global economy, Business Daily demystifies the world of money. From giant industries like aviation and automotive to the smallest scale start-up, Business Daily asks the big questions about free trade, technology and investment. There is also analysis of management and marketing trends, and what business jargon really means - together with reports on business news from around the world via the BBC's global network of reporters.

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  • ITB: Is Germany's economic crown slipping?

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    Germany's economy is teetering on the brink of a new recession - we ask what is Berlin's plan to turn things around and will it do anything to help the rest of the eurozone? Ed Butler speaks to the German Deputy Finance Minister Steffen Kampeter and discusses the issues with Marcel Fratzscher, head of the German Institute for Economic Research; Philippe Legrain, a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute, and Christian Schulz, senior economist at the German bank, Berenberg

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  • Arundhati Roy on Modi's New India

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise of economic reforms, one of the India's most celebrated authors sees a bleak future for the the very poor in the country. Arundhati Roy says she believes India's entrenched caste system means that even as the economy grows, the most socially and economically disadvantaged will fail to thrive. And a leading Indian economist and close associate of the Modi government tells us how he thinks growth can be achieved and why that will have advantages for all.

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  • World toilet day

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    Business Daily today lifts the lid on the loo. One third of the world's population lack proper sanitation according to the UN. And it's not just a personal nightmare for the billions affected, it's an economic challenge as well. We hear from aid agencies, the UN and from a man who wants to make the toilet an object of desire.

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  • Entrepreneurs: how to pick a winner

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Business Daily today looks in detail at what makes a successful entrepreneur. Exactly who are they, and how do you help them create blockbuster companies? The thoughts of a leading UK thinktank and of leading experts from Israel - which is the world's highest per capita investor in homegrown research and development. And our regular commentator Steve Fritzinger meditates on the advantages of cross-cultural research when it comes to devising a new business idea.

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  • Japan goes back into recession

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Japan's back in recession. The government's calling the news shocking, having spent billions trying to stimulate growth. What are the implications for the wider global economy? Also in the programme, on Global Entreprise Week, we hear from enterprise expert, Linda Rottenburg of the US-based mentoring company, Endeavor, about some of the myths and realities of making it in business. And our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, unpicks the pr spin of one of the world's leading management consultancies, McKinsey.

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  • ITB: Monetising Online Content

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones hears from some of the world's top tech entrepreneurs about how to make money from publishing online. From music to long form journalism - how do you monetise content and make people want to pay to listen or watch the latest news and entertainment? Rory gets the views of Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard; Eric Wahlforss from SoundCloud; Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and also Steven Levy of Medium - a new look at longform journalism online. And comedian Colm O'Regan tries out old media versus the new.

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  • G20 Summit: What's There to Cheer About?

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Rich ones, poor ones, democratic and authoritarian ones - leaders of all kinds are meeting in Australia this weekend at the G20 summit. But with Europe teetering on the brink of recession and China's growth slowing - what can they do to inspire confidence in the global economy? Plus: giving bad batteries the boot - the magic of wirelessly charging your gadgets.

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  • Navigating Social Media

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    How easy is it for a company to get it wrong on social media? We hear about the businesses that get it right, and the ones that messed up. Also, we take a look at Hungary's unorthodox economy. Plus the world's property hot spots: Dubai, New York, Sydney - and Windhoek, Namibia. We hear why house prices are soaring in this country of vast open spaces.

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  • Banks fined for price-fixing

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Business Daily today reports on the latest fines levied against five of the world's biggest banks. British and American regulators are demanding more than 3 billion dollars for alleged foreign exchange manipulation. Plus the latest on the economic cost of Ebola. The UN says it's not just the disease itself - starvation could yet become a menace for Africans in the worst-affected regions. BD after the news.

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  • Worldwide Water Crisis?

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    The risks of a global water crisis, as the demands for food and from business increase world-wide. Some experts predict a 55% increase in global water demand by 2050, and yet supply is already stretched as global warming affects rainfall in many countries. We look at water conflict, at calls for water pricing, and ask what business can offer in the fight to conserve what we already have. Ed Butler speaks to campaigners and companies plus UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson at the Economist World Water Summit in London.

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  • Foreign Exchange Banks face fines

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Business Daily today looks at alleged currency manipulation. Banks in London and New York are accused of illegally fixing rates between them, to extract millions of dollars in profit. After months of investigation, the regulators' are expected to impose tough fines this week. Also we get a taste of Caribbean rum in the programme, with a report on the industry from Kingston, Jamaica, and Lucy Kellaway argues why manicures should never, ever be used as a recruiting tool.

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  • ITB Kilkenomics - economics and comedy 7 Nov 14

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    In the Balance comes from the Kilkenomics economics and comedy festival in Kilkenny, Ireland. Simon Jack and guests meet in Cleere's pub to discuss the economic issues of the day. Ireland is predicted to be the fastest growing Eurozone economy in 2014, but what dangers lie beneath the surface? And what about the rest of the Eurozone as the spectre of deflation looms? Simon discusses the issues with economist David McWilliams; Argentina's youngest ever economy minister Martin Lousteau and finance journalist Sinead Ryan. And Colm O' Regan ponders the unpredicatbility of human behaviour.

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  • Kilkenomics - festival of comedy & economics

    Fri, 7 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    Business Daily comes from the Kilkenomics Festival in Ireland. It's a blend of economic conference and comedy fringe where standups and economists put the Irish economy under the spotlight. It's been no laughing matter but this year it is predicted to be the fastest growing in Europe. But does it feel as good on the ground as does on paper? We visit one of the ghost housing estates where houses built in the boom but left empty after the bust are being put back to use. Plus we look at the issue of tax and the 'Irish double'. Will the big tech companies stay here now that this tax loophole has been closed?

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  • The oil price slide

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    The collapsing price of crude oil - a thirty per cent slide on global markets in just three months. It could soon become a crisis for some oil-producing nations. But - could a falling oil price prove the salvation of the global economy. Why is it happening, and who stands to gain?

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  • Republicans win Senate control

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    The US midterm election result: what will a newly-elected Republican Senate mean for President Obama in his efforts to stimulate a US recovery in his last two years in office? Will it spell progress or just more gridlock on Capitol Hill? A former economic adviser to the President, Larry Summers, gives his assessment of where America should be going next. Also in the programme, we hear from a business guru explains why it helps to scrum down with the workers in the office.

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  • The Commodities Slump

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Commodity prices have dropped 12% in the last 3 months alone, hitting a five year low. That's bad news for countries that dig up the metals, drill the oil, or grow the food, but according to the IMF it could be good news for the global economy as a whole. Also, we have a report from Darjeeling in the hills of west Bengal in India, where our reporter Rahul Tandon tastes the world's most expensive tea.

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  • US Congressional Elections

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    The US Congressional elections being held this week are known as the midterms, because they come half-way through the President's term in office. So how will the state of the US economy and in particular the challenges in the jobs market affect voting. Also in the programme, our regular contributor Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, looks at the typo - the typing mistake. Why we make them and how they can sometimes matter more than you might imagine.

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  • ITB: Has quantitative easing worked in the US?

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    BBC World Service Economics correspondent Andrew Walker enjoys the wisdom of country and western singing money manager Merle Hazard (also known as Nashville fund manager Jon Shayne) for this week's In the Balance programme. Listen to Merle's latest song about the perils of being a central banker. Andrew discusses whether QE has worked in the USA with guests Bridget Rosewell from the economic consultancy Volterra; Richard Dobbs, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute and in the US, Professor Jeffrey Frankel of Harvard University. And Professor John Kay talks about the perils of short-termism

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  • Cinema in China - Entering a Golden Age?

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Cinema in China: With box office receipts poised to overtake Hollywood's, is China's film industry a rival for its US counterpart, or can the two learn from each other?

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  • Iraq: The Economic Cost of Isis

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Iraq: The Islamic State's occupation of the oil-rich north and its bombings in Baghdad are exacting a heavy toll on the country's businesses and economy, but not on the oil price. Also in the programme, Jeremy Wagstaff warns us of the many companies who covertly harvest data from our mobile phones.

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  • Tax Avoidance and Living the Dream

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Tax avoidance: the OECD's plans to make the likes of Google, Amazon and Starbucks pay their dues. Plus, SAP's first American head, Bill McDermott, tells why he's livin' the dream. Also in the programme we take a look at the global wellness industry.

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  • Race and US company management

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Race and company management in the US: America's first black billionaire, Bob Johnson, explains why he wants a "Rooney Rule" to increase the ethnic diversity of senior executives. Also in the programme, sociologist Nigel Dodd explains how he thinks our relationship with money has changed since the financial crisis of 2008.

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  • Europe's bank stress tests

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    Europe's stress tests: As 25 banks are found wanting, we ask how they will raise the needed capital, and whether the tests failed to take account of the risk of deflation. Also in the programme, the FT's Lucy Kellaway explains why, when it comes to personal organisation, she prefers dead trees to digital.

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  • ITB: Can our cities cope with massive urbanisation?

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    In The Balance asks if our cities can cope in the face of rapid urbanisation. We hear from the megacity of Dhaka in Bangladesh, where migrants are struggling with poor water, health and schooling services. We also go to Beijing, where marathon runners last year were force to pull out, or run in masks, because air pollution was at dangerous levels. Ed Butler talks to Leo Johnson, co-author of "Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future" and Sir David King, Chairman of the Future Cities Catapult and currently the British Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change. Plus, the independent economist Andy Xie joins the debate from Hong Kong.

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