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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  • Gambling addiction in Asia

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We go inside Cambodia's border casinos to hear stories from players and workers describing imprisonment, torture and gambling addiction. Also, we consider the role of good luck in business investing with financial strategist Michael Mauboussin. Plus, on the day that Google announce the takeover of a drone manufacturer, why we should all be excited about having a drone of our own.

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  • Can Russia afford conflict in Ukraine?

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    29 days remaining

    What's the fall-out for the Russian economy, as Ukraine accuses Moscow of orchestrating violent unrest? We get the thoughts of John Lough of London's Chatham House. We also speak to "Monsieur Jacques", the French businessman who some say played a big part in bringing down South Africa's apartheid regime. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on the good and bad of office gossip.

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  • In The Balance: India and jobs for the young

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    27 days remaining

    India needs to create about 100 million new jobs over the next decade to meet the needs of its vast and growing population. As the largest democracy in the world goes to the polls this week In the Balance focuses on the future of work for young people who currently make up about 65% of the population. Ed Butler in Delhi discusses their economic needs and aspirations with eminent development economist Jayati Ghosh, business journalist Mihir S Sharma and Vikas Gupta of the Indian tech company, Tech Mahindra. What can the politicians do to bring work to India's young? How can the education and skills of rural youth be improved and which sectors of the economy can provide them with the most jobs? 

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  • India Elections

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily comes to you from Delhi where elections are seen by many as a potential turning point for the country. An economic slowdown has brought hardship for some people here. Others are angry about what is seen as a rising tide of corruption. Presenter, Ed Butler tests the mood amongst electors as they prepare this week to cast their vote.

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  • Elemental Business: Lithium

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

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    In our series examining the world economy from the perspective of the chemical elements, we are looking at the extraordinary properties of lithium. Thirty years ago it wasn't reckoned to be that useful. Now it powers so many of the gadgets we now take for granted and may soon even replace the gasoline in the cars we drive. But it also has other properties, levelling out the manias and depressions of bipolar disorders. We investigate a very curious element.

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  • Samsung Profits Sink

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    23 days remaining

    Samsung, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, braces for a drop in its annual profit. One commentator tells us the electronics giant has a lot of scope to cut costs. Also, as countries prepare for an IMF meeting in Washington, economist Jim O'Neil explains why the US is being accused of dragging its feet on reforming the institution. Plus, the destination manager for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board tells us why she hopes the worldwide popularity of the Game of Thrones TV series will do for Northern Ireland what The Lord of the Rings trilogy did for New Zealand.

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  • In the Balance: The Big Migration Debate

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

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    27 mins

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    An In the Balance debate discusses the proposition: 'Allowing free movement of workers across borders would boost the global economy.' Co-hosted by Justin Rowlatt and Manuela Saragosa, in front of an audience in London, In the Balance asks what are the benefits and dangers of allowing people to move at will across the globe in search of work? Justin and Manuela are joined by: Susie Symes who has held senior economic posts in the United Kingdom’s Treasury and in the European Commission in Brussels. Her experience includes advising UK Ministers on EU matters and international trade and finance. She is chair of the immigration museum 19 Princelet Street; Tim Finch, Associate Director for Migration, at the Institute for Public Policy Research and Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, former senior adviser on migration to the governments of Mauritius and Mexico. He has worked with the Global Forum on Migration and Development and is a Director of Up! Africa Ltd.

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  • Big Data: Big Problems?

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

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    18 mins

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    Does big data have big problems? We ask what companies are doing with the avalanche of digital information all of us leave in our wake. Microsoft's economics researcher David Rothschild tells what big data is used for and that it's not always useful in making predictions. Also, the BBC's Rahul Tandon reports from Calcutta on Indian companies turning to astrology to help their business, and James Srodes in Washington wonders if computers are merely taking away jobs, or also creating new ones.

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  • Bio-tech ventures

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    18 days remaining

    Bio-tech start-ups: How hard is it for them to attract finance? It is a high risk industry, with the large majority of new drugs failing to make it all the way to market. So where do cutting-edge researchers find the financing they need to commercialise their work? Also in the programme, we hear from Spencer Thompson of the IPPR about the worrying disappearance of mid-skilled jobs in Europe. And Rahul Tandon reports on a surprising development in the Indian wedding market.

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  • Fancy a Football Club..?

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    17 days remaining

    What's the point of owning a football club? It costs a packet and your team will probably lose anyway. But there are gains, beyond the trophies. We find out what they are from Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sport at Coventry University who gives us a costs/benefits analysis, while Carole Stone author of Networking, the Art of Making Friends, tells us she believes having your own football club is the ultimate tool in climbing the social ladder. And from Taipei, Cindy Sui recounts her latest attempt to find a family home, in the rental sector: not an easy task!

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  • Freedom

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

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    16 days remaining

    Political liberty and a free market economy - we ask whether you can have one without the other. Also in the programme, in a latest mini-instalment in our series about the elements of the periodic table, we explore a surprisingly liberating substance called eleutherium.

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  • Business adapts to climate change

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Global warming is now being experienced on all continents and with worse to come, says a new report. So does it mean boom time for investors, as the world tries to adapt? James Cameron, Chairman of Climate Change Capital - a UK-based investment consultancy specialising in resource efficient and low carbon businesses - tells us what he thinks the business priorities should be. And Justin Rowlatt has been to Rotterdam to see a bizarre example of the kind of products Holland hopes the world will soon be buying - a floating building. Tomi Oladipo, has the last in our series on the vanishing professions, from northern Nigeria, where a method for dying cotton which dates back to the 15th Century, is threatened with extinction. Plus Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times skewers the current fad for businesses acting as fake families for their employees.

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  • In the Balance: Putin's Ukraine Gamble

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    Can Russia's economy really afford confrontation with the West? Beyond the political rhetoric what is the reality of economic ties between the two sides? Manuela Saragosa hosts a discussion between Maria Lipman,Chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program, Raoul Ruparel, Head of Economic Research at Open Europe, and Otilia Dhand, Managing Director of Teneo Intelligence. And, with Russia's incursions into Crimea dredging up memories of the past, our resident comedian Colm O'Regan wonders if we ever learn from history.

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  • Iraq and Afghanistan: Where Next?

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Did the West get it wrong economically and financially in Afghanistan and Iraq? Has the US missed out on playing a significant business role in Iraq? And why has the West failed to head off Afghanistan's reliance on poppy cultivation? Plus, we hear from a poppy farmer in Afghanistan. And Torek Farhadi, a former adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, tells us why he thinks the pessimists are wrong about his country.

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  • Viral Marketing

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    11 days remaining

    In marketing and advertising, it's all about going viral on the internet, getting your audience to do your distribution for you. Is there an art to it or is it down to plain luck? The BBC's Sarah Stolarz has a special report. Plus, we speak to the journalist and media consultant Martin Belam, and Will Hayward of Buzzfeed, about sites specialised in getting as many people as possible to share their content. How do they work? And how are they changing the businesses of news, marketing and advertising?

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  • China Debt Fears

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

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    Could the threatened bankruptcy of a major Chinese firm be a sign of worse to come? How vulnerable is the Chinese economy to what some say is a frightening level of debt? We also hear from our regular commentator, Steve Fritzinger, about the art of finding silver linings when things turn nasty. And speaking of art - nearly a year on from major street protests in Istanbul, we meet the Turkish installation artist who wants to use his work to challenge the foundations of capitalism itself.

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  • TV Winners

    Tue, 25 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Big Brother was only the start of it, now we have a game show set in the back of a taxi cab and a reality TV show in which we watch people, watching TV. Big TV formats are big business, worth billions each year to the industry. But what's the secret to finding a winning formula, preventing others from copying it and to selling it worldwide? We talk to a group of industry leaders for the inside track; Charlie Parsons Chief Executive of Castaway Television Productions, Louise Pedersen of ALL3MEDIA and Ricardo Periera from TV Globo. They share their wealth of knowledge on how to make and sell the programmes we love to watch.

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  • The Wealth Gap Widens

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    A new report from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development says that the gap between rich and poor is growing in most countries, and that it threatens to become entrenched if governments don't act fast. Also, from a rather different perspective, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on Britain's leading private school, Eton, and some of the burdens of privilege. Is being rich and expected to do well, she asks, actually the best recipe for success?

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  • In the Balance: African Enterprise

    Fri, 21 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    What do African businessmen and women need from their governments and big institutions in order to help them start up new ventures? The President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, answers some of the criticisms over lack of capital. And the founder of one of Ghana's biggest home-grown technology companies, Herman Chinery Hesse, spells out why foreign aid can hinder - rather than help - business in Africa. Manuela Saragosa hosts a lively debate with guests Teddy Ruge, founder of Ugandan tech hub Hive Colab; Michelle Essome, chief executive of the African Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and Paddy Docherty, CEO of Pheonix Africa. Also Colm O'Regan looks at the value of branding

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  • Corruption in Cambodia

    Fri, 21 Mar 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

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    Corruption in Cambodia has allegedly become a pervasive problem as the country enjoys an economic boom. Ed Butler travels to Phnom Penh to find out for himself. He hears from an estate agent about how the capital city is blossoming with construction sites and Western restaurant chains. He also speaks to farmers who complain that the cost of bribery imposes a heavy toll on their lives. An anonymous government clerk admits to sharing in kickbacks, and Ed puts the allegations of ministries pocketing the profits on corrupt public property sales to the new Commerce Minister Chanthol Sun. He also hears from Kol Preap of Transparency International about why Cambodia ranks one of the lowest on their metrics of graft among countries in the region.

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  • European banks

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    4 days remaining

    A health check on European banks. EU leaders are holding a summit in Brussels where, apart from Ukraine, they will be trying to make progress on banking union for the Eurozone. We hear about regulators efforts to spot lurking problems in banks' books and an a look at Cyprus a year on from the bailout that meant losses for many bank account holders.

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  • Elemental Business: Rare Earths

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

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    3 days remaining

    Business Daily is back exploring the real basis of the world economy - the basic building blocks of everything in the universe, the chemical elements. And today we look at not one but a whole family of elements, the rare earths. You may not have heard of most of them but some have insinuated themselves deep into modern life. We find out the extraordinarily range of uses to which they've been put and the big problem: the fact that supply of these are overwhelmingly dominated by China. We hear from Professor Andrea Sella of University College London, Jack Lifton of Technology Metals Research, and Henrik Stiesdahl and Rasmus Windfeld of Siemens' wind turbine division.

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  • Turkey's economy in crisis?

    Tue, 18 Mar 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

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    2 days remaining

    Focus on Turkey - as an emerging economy, how vulnerable is it to monetary policy in the west? As the Federal Reserve gets ready to make a fresh announcement on the scale of its cash injections, the Turkish Finance Minister reacts to criticism that western monetary policy isn't to blame. Turkey has seen its markets drop, money leave its borders and its currencies fall to record lows ever since the Fed announced the end of the era of cheap money. Is there a danger that these economies could repeat the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s? Plus, what we can expect from new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as she holds her first meeting of the world's most powerful central bank.

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  • After Crimea, what next?

    Mon, 17 Mar 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    After the controversial referendum in Crimea, can the west impose effective sanctions on Russia? Petr Baron, a Russian business man with interests in Ukraine says not, because the self-inflicted economic damage on Europe would be too great. He also says that economically Crimea would not be a great loss for Ukraine, though there would be transitional costs for his own business. The price of copper has been hitting four lows. Simona Gambarini from ETF Securities says it has a lot to do with developments in China, especially the recent default on a corporate bond - the first time it has happened in China. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times looks at the role of chat in the office - does it help you get ahead in your career?

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