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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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  • Money and the Human Psyche

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    Money: Does it make us happy? Does it even motivate us? Or does it turn us into sociopaths? Laurence Knight finds out as he speaks to psychologists Dacher Keltner of the University of California in Berkeley, and Dan Ariely of Duke University, as well as to Brookings Institution economist Carol Graham. Are we more productive when we are paid big bonuses? Does rapid economic growth make people more upbeat? And who is more likely to steal sweets from kids? The answers may surprise you.

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  • US Interest Rates & the End of QE

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    How will markets and the economy weather rising interest rates and the end of quantitative easing? We speak to Randall Kroszner, former member of the Federal Reserve board. Also, the BBC's Kim Gittleson travels to the southern US city of Chattanooga in Tennessee, where traditional organised labour is making a surprise comeback at a Volkswagen plant. Plus, Jeremy Wagstaff, Thomson Reuters' chief technology correspondent for Asia, explains how cybersecurity is getting ever more complex and lucrative.

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  • Elemental Business: Chromium

    Wed, 25 Feb 15

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    34 mins

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    Chromium: Justin Rowlatt visits the Warrs Harley dealership to find out from Professor Andrea Sella why this metallic element links the motorbikes on show, with the leather jackets and flick-knives of the archetypal biker gang. He hears from Erin Brockovich about the insidious role hexavalent chromium has played in drinking water and human health. And he travels to the luxury Savoy hotel in London, and the Harry Brearley memorial on a dingy post-industrial corner of Sheffield, to discover crucial role chromium plays in stainless steel.

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  • Stopping Asia's Appetite for Rhino Horn

    Tue, 24 Feb 15

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    The illicit trade in animal parts: some $20 billion, is traded annually, with 1000s of endangered animals, from rhino to elephants to turtles, being slaughtered for the sake of aphrodisiacs, medicines, or pendants. Experts like Heather Sohl, the Chief Advisor for Species at the WWF, estimate that at the current rate of destruction, some breeds of wild rhino will be extinct in just a few years. We hear from a former poacher in a game reserve in Malawi and from Taiwan where turtle smuggling has become big business and from film star Jackie Chan. China remains the main importer of smuggled animal products, some of which are widely used in traditional medicine. We ask what the industry should be doing to reduce China's growing taste for the bones and organs of endangered species.

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  • Greece & Eurozone: Another Deadline

    Mon, 23 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    Greece & Eurozone: Are we close to a solution or back to kicking the can down the road? And has Greece won real concessions from its European creditors when it comes to austerity? Sony Kapoor of the research institute Re-Define and Seamus Coffey of University College Cork, Ireland, discuss the questions. Plus, Simon Jack of the BBC's business unit gives us the lowdown on HSBC's earnings, as the global bank reports its full-year results amid allegations of helping customers evade taxes. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times gives advice on things to consider when you recruit people to your business.

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  • Office Life Today: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough Work?

    Fri, 20 Feb 15

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    Office life in the 21st century: David Bolchover, author of "The Living Dead: Switched Off, Zoned Out", tells us why he thinks there are too many people doing very little at work, and why he believes there's a conspiracy of silence about it. Also, we ask whether office design matters when it comes to workers' productivity. Barbara Kiss and Jane Clay of office designers Gensler take us on a tour of the new offices of United Business Media, or UBM, a London-based marketing a communications company. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times muses about whether a desk, chair and congenial colleagues are really all you need to work

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  • Ebola: Doing Business Amid A National Crisis

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

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    Paddy Docherty, chief executive of Phoenix Africa, tells us how he grew the business in Sierra Leone despite the Ebola epidemic, while Dr Stanley Ko of the UK's University of Central Lancashire explains what it's like working as a doctor on the front line of the fight against the disease. Plus, the BBC's Rahul Tandon visits the world's largest non-trade book fair - aimed at the general public - which happened earlier this month in Calcutta, often described as India's most literary city.

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  • Elemental Business: Nickel (& Rhenium)

    Wed, 18 Feb 15

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    34 mins

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    Nickel is the metal that made the jet age possible, not to mention margarine and bicycle sprockets. In the latest instalment in his journey through the periodic table, Justin Rowlatt travels to Rolls Royce to discover the incredible materials science that this chemical element and its super-alloys have driven, as well as the miniscule market for another, far more valuable metal - rhenium. And Rebecca Henschke travels to the world's biggest source of nickel in a remote corner of Indonesia to discover why that country has decided to impose a ban on raw nickel ore exports and how the industry is coping.

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  • Three Days to Save the Euro?

    Tue, 17 Feb 15

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    Europe's ministers give Greece till Friday to accept a bailout extension, or else... With the help of Vicky Pryce, Cebr's chief economic adviser, we consider the latest breakdown in talks and ask how close Greece and the eurozone are to a financial precipice. Also in the programme, we hear about the growing Chinese demand for rhino horn and the increasing incentives this is offering poachers in India's largest game reserve for the one-horned rhino. We have a report from Kaziranga National Park in Assam state. And we speak to the Swiss animal welfare lawyer, Antoine Goetschel, who argues that it's time to formally enshrine animal rights in international law.

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  • Should Business Keep it in the Family?

    Mon, 16 Feb 15

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    As South Korea digests the implications of a leading air executive halting a plane over a bag of macadamias, we look at the wider implications of the so-called Nut Rage scandal: what it says about family firms like Korean Air, where succession is based purely on who you are, not on what you know. Are they a solid basis for an enduring business empire, or just another way to ring-fence wealth and privilege? Also in the programme, we look at the falling oil price and its impact on the American Midwest. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times lambasts the nutty jargon of corporate emails.

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  • ITB: What Nigeria Did Next...

    Sat, 14 Feb 15

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    27 mins

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    Nigeria's election, when it comes next month, is due to be the moment when the nation presents its contemporary face to the world - a dynamic, entrepreneurial, democratic country with an economy that has grown at a pace that has left many holding on to their hats. So listen here to three of the thirty-somethings - Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Pagatech, Amy Jadesimi MD of logistics giant Ladol and Titi Odunfa-Adeoye MD with Sankore investment - who have helped build Nigeria's new economy and find out what they expect next, from their nation's extraordinary journey. And Jim O'Neill, the man who predicted Nigeria's soaring economic transformation, tells us why he is optimistic about the future.

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  • Can CleanTech Solve The Power Conundrum?

    Fri, 13 Feb 15

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    We examine the technology solutions to achieving a clean and universal power supply. And we look at the stereotypes about penny-pinching, risk-averse Germans. Are they true?

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  • Greek Battle Lines Drawn

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    The battle lines were drawn over Europe's debt crisis on Wednesday as Greek ministers offered a 10-point plan to redraft the bailout, and their partners said no deal, thanks. The negotiations aren't quite over yet, but the deadline for a Greek default is now just two weeks away. We hear the views of both sides in the negotiations, and with the help of Vicky Pryce, the Greek economist, representing the Centre of Economics and Business Research, Sony Kapoor, of the economic think-tank, Redefine, and the BBC's economics correspondent, Andrew Walker, we look at where a compromise might lie. Also we have a report on cricket's biggest money-spinner, the ICC World Cup, just two days before the event launches in Australia and New Zealand. Is the lure of hard cash corrupting the Gentleman's game?

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  • The Birthing Business

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    The BBC's Mariko Oi explores the global costs of childbirth as she compares her own experiences through pregnancy and preparation for motherhood. She speaks to the OECD about why expensive healthcare doesn't always equate to quality of care. Plus Tom Sackville, chief executive of the International Federation of Health Plans, explores why birth in the US is so expensive. Katy Watson in Brazil speaks to a mother about why many women in the country opted for an elective caesarean, and private healthcare. Plus Shilpa Kannan in India reports on the problems of juggling childcare and employment for an increasingly female workforce.

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  • HSBC Tax Scandal

    Tue, 10 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily looks at the ongoing fallout of the HSBC tax scandal. Revelations this week have shown how thousands of rich clients were helped by a Swiss branch of the bank to hide hundreds of millions of dollars from the tax authorities. What does this conspiracy say not just about Swiss banking, but about the deals cut by tax authorities and about corporate culture in general? Is it time to disclose everything, to name and shame tax avoiders? Also in the programme, we hear from Detroit, where America's Motor City is motoring again after suffering years of insolvency.

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  • Grexit Inevitable?

    Mon, 9 Feb 15

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    Greece and its creditors appear increasingly at loggerheads over a new deal for the eurozone's most troubled economy. As the new Greek prime minister repeats his anti-austerity rhetoric, the former Fed chairman, Alan Greenspan, says a Greek exit from the eurozone is becoming inevitable. We debate the issues with Frances Coppola, the independent financial commentator, and Thanos Vamvakidis, a senior strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and formerly an economist at the IMF. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on the growing trend these days to resort to social media to pour praise on outgoing company bosses. Is all this flattery a little unsavoury, especially when those uttering it are themselves contenders to replace the man in charge?

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  • ITB: Talking Trash: recycling a wasteful world

    Mon, 9 Feb 15

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    The world's waste heap is vast - more than 4bn tonnes of the stuff piling up annually. And recycling it is now a 400 billion dollar business. But is the trash bubble about to pop?

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  • Fuel Subsidies

    Fri, 6 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    Fuel Subsidies: Will governments take advantage of the falling oil price to cut gasoline grants to their domestic market? We look at the economic arguments for and against with John Baffes, senior economist at the World Bank, which has long argued for the scrapping of all fuel subsidies worldwide. Plus, Katy Watson reports on the Mexican government's moves to cut subsidies, and Egyptian blogger The Big Pharaoh explains the role fuel subsidies play in Egyptian politics.

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  • Narco-terrorism: An Undercover Agent's View

    Thu, 5 Feb 15

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    14 mins

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    We speak to Edward Follis - author of The Dark Art, an account of his time as an undercover agent with the DEA - about what happens on the front line of the war on the drugs trade. And, as the European Central Bank threatens to turn off the funding tap for Greek banks, we look at what goes in to Greek state government coffers and ask: can Athens get its citizens to pay their taxes? Finally, the BBC's Rahul Tandon explains why musicians in wedding bands in India are struggling to find work.

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  • Greece: Eurozone Charm Offensive

    Wed, 4 Feb 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Newly-elected Greek officials, including Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and finance minister Yannis Varoufakis, are touring Europe to drum up support for a new debt plan. But attitudes to Greece's attempt to renegotiate its bail-out program vary widely from Madrid to Berlin. What reaction is likely to be from Berlin to Madrid - and crucially from the European Central bank? Also: banks face billions more dollars in fines for financial misbehaviour - that's the forecast from Morgan Stanley but do those fines ever have much effect on banks' earnings? And does the past bad behaviour of banks turn young people away from a career in finance?

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  • Super-agent Jorge Mendes

    Tue, 3 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    In a rare interview, the world's most powerful football agent Jorge Mendes defends the huge sums of money sloshing around in professional football. We also hear the story of Thior Bjorgolfsson, the Icelandic billionaire who made a fortune in Russia and lost it all in the financial crisis. And James Srodes in Washington warns on the impact that corruption is having on the living standards of everyone.

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  • Transatlantic Free Trade

    Mon, 2 Feb 15

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    18 mins

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    Why wouldn't you want a free trade deal that could add billions to your economy? We discuss the pluses and minuses of the world's biggest trade deal between the US and the EU. Markus Beyrer, director general of BusinessEurope, explains why he's in support of a deal, and John Hilary, executive director of War on Want argues against it. Also on the programme: How will Russia react to its ailing economy? Dr Richard Connolly, Co-Director of CREES at Birmingham University tells us. And Lucy Kellaway explains why middle-management jobs are failing to excite today's workers.

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  • ITB: Ukraine, Russian and the Sanctions Debate

    Sat, 31 Jan 15

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    27 mins

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    As 30 die in Mariupol we ask will punishing Russia with sanctions bring an end to the attacks in eastern Ukraine? Or, is the West misunderstanding the extent of Putin's resolve in the region? And in the end, how much money will the West have to spend to underpin the indebted Ukrainian economy? Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former UK Ambassador to Russia, Michael Calvey senior partner with Baring Vostok,,Pippa Malmgren, former advisor to President Bush and currently founder of DRPM Group and Erik Berglöf the former chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development consider the direction of travel for policy, and the stability it might deliver for the people of Ukraine and Russia?

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  • The Big Four internet giants report results

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

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    18 mins

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    What do this week's fourth quarter earnings of some of the world's biggest technology firms - Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple - tell us about the sector? The Silicon valley-based technology analyst Larry Magid gives us his take. Also, Thomson Reuters chief technology correspondent for Asia, Jeremy Wagstaff, talks us through the latest development in audio and video communication online and explains why web chat and telecoms companies aren't cheering it on. And Joel Beckerman, the founder and lead composer of Man Made Music and author of "The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think", tells us how effective branding and marketing is as much aural as visual.

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  • Drones: An Unmanned & Remote-Controlled Future

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

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    21 mins

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    Drone technology: Businesses are experimenting with it, so what does the future hold? We look at developments in shipping and farming, among others, and its regulation. It's not just about remote-controlled flying objects. And why you won't be getting any deliveries by drone anytime soon.

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