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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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  • Malawi land grabs

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    Are Malawian smallholder farmers suffering land seizures at the hands of big business? We look at claims that Malawian smallholders have suffered land seizures in the country. They claim plots have been taken from them by force for the sake of rich sugar interests. What's worse, say campaigners, is that seizures have been supported by European aid money. Ed Butler speaks to those who've lost their land plus the country's Agriculture Minister Dr Alan Chiyembikeza. But Jenny Brown from the EU's office in the capital Lilongwe says they believe they have improved the lives of smallholder farmers.

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  • Willfull Blindness

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    In the past ten years, there have been a string of organizational failures, hundreds, even thousands of people could see what was going on but acted as though they were blind. Silence ensured the problems continued and allowed them to grow. The conditions that create the phenomenon called "wilful blindness" are pervasive across institutions. It was a term that came up in the Enron scandal. Wilful blindness is a legal term, it states that if there is knowledge you could have had and should have had, you are still responsible. Businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan argues that the solution is a "just culture"; which means organizations that encourage people to speak up early and often when things go adrift, without fear of being silenced.

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  • Global impact of ever cheaper oil

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    It's the biggest story in the world economy right now - the dramatic fall in the price of oil. It's clearly bad news for oil producers but surely it is good news for the rest of us? So why are the financial markets spooked? Plus, we're venturing to one of the remotest places on earth, in Indonesia, in search of nickel. And Lucy Kellaway on why the only thing we have to fear is fearlessness.

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  • ITB: China exhales: the global impact of Chinese deflation

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

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    27 mins

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    As China's economy slows this engine room of production is adjusting its prices down in order to stay in the global game. So are we seeing Chinese deflation on the horizon? And as prices fall there, what will the impact be for the rest of us? Linda Yueh talks to three leading economists George Magnus, economist and long time observer of the Chinese economy, Patrick Chovanec chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Michael Pettis Professor of finance at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.

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  • Oil prices hit new low

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

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    The oil price has hit a new low and the Russian rouble has continued to slide in value against the dollar: We discuss the political and economic implications for Russia with Dr Sam Greene, director the Russia Institute at King's College, London. Also, journalist Alex Duval Smith in Mali is guided by the stars as she travels with smugglers in Timbuktu. And the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney profiles an Australian entrepreneur who's made a business out of riding the waves.

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  • Japan elections: more Abenomics?

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

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    Japan goes to the polls this weekend: The BBC's chief business correspondent Linda Yueh explains why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's gamble might pay off, as she talks to William Saito, an adviser to Japan's cabinet. Plus, our reporter Jane O'Brien is at one of the world's biggest international art fairs, Art Basel Miami in Florida, to see how the internet has opened up the market for investing in the art world.

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  • Germany's power house

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

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    Business Daily comes to you from the coal-fields of the Rhineland, in north-west Germany. This is the heart of power generation for Europe's great manufacturing giant, and it's here that an energy experiment is underway - one that may, or may not, offer a template for power generation around the world. No major economy is spending more on the transfer to green energy than Germany is. That's good for the fight against climate change but it may present problems for the country's own power supply. Some business leaders now warn the transition is too quick, ill-planned, and could risk a future energy crisis. So what is at stake for Germany, and what does the government think about the progress of the switch to renewables.

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  • What's wrong with the French economy?

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

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    Business Correspondent Jonty Bloom travels to France to explore why France seems unable to reform its aneamic economy. We speak to the global risk consultants, Control Risks, about why international power and influence seems to be draining away from the West and we are in Jamaica to ask why, with a female Prime Minister, the island is still so mired in sexism.

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  • Squeezing Greece

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

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    Demonstrators were back on the streets of Athens at the weekend, as the government voted through its latest budget. And now the Troika meets to decide whether Greece has met the austerity measures needed to receive the next bail out instalment of 1.8 billion euros. Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis from the Hellenic Observatory and European Institute, part of the London School of Economics joins us to consider what's happening in the Greek economy. And we'll be discussing how to mend the skills gaps that can cripple economies - Lucy Kellaway thinks the world of on-line dating could help.

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  • ITB: Bread and Soil: the scramble for land

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

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    27 mins

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    Vast global land transactions take place as nations scramble to ensure they can eat. But are these deals always fair? And what happens when yield countries change their mind? In the Balance talks to Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, the man whose job it is to make sure Qatar, a nation which imports 95% of its food, doesn't run out. Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist UN Environment Programme talks about the social and environmental challenges involved in buying land from within vulnerable and unstable African countries and Ken Ash, Director Trade and Agriculture at the OECD tells us why the world needs to wake up to a future in which land ownership and land distribution will look very different.

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  • China’s economic power 05 Dec 14

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

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    How is China and the rest of the developing world going to take over from the West? Plus how jobs growth in developing countries is outstripping growth in developed nations. And our regular commentator James Srodes in Washington tells us that the recovery in the US jobs market is not all it appears, with many workers forced to take two or more part-time jobs to make ends meet.

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  • Murder and illegal logging in Peru

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    What is the true price of saving the world's forests? World leaders are meeting in Lima looking to thrash out a deal to set global targets on climate change. But is enough being done right now to protect those on the front line? We hear from the daughter of one Peruvian activist who was murdered whilst campaigning to stop illegal logging in the Amazon. His family have now abandoned their homes, fearing for their lives. Is this one of the untold tragedies in the fight against global warming? And are we all paying a very real price for it as a result?

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  • Sport: playing a business game

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    Today's Business Daily is all about sport. Statistics transformed baseball, helping managers choose the best players. Now similar techniques are being applied in business. And psychological profiles developed for business are being used to get the most out of sports people. Plus we'll be proving that time on the golf course is bad for business.

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  • Bermuda's tax triangle

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    We've all heard the stories of big international companies which avoid billions of dollars in tax by funnelling revenues through so-called offshore tax havens. So how do the countries involved justify hosting these arrangements and what do they say to the US and European governments telling them to clean up their act? Also on the programme, we hear about the Japanese love of the very best beef. And we follow the trials and tribulations of setting up a dairy farm in Ethiopia.

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  • Tackling an epidemic

    Mon, 1 Dec 14

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily tackles a potentially very depressing subject - epidemic illness. But it is not all horror and death. We hear how Ebola has taken a terrible toll on the tourist trade in Gambia but that it is nevertheless having less effect on the wider economy of West Africa than you might expect. And a breakthrough in the treatment of HIV in children in the developing world. Plus Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, on making time for coffee with strangers.

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  • ITB: Russia's Trouble

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

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    27 mins

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    In the Balance addresses the challenges currently menacing what has been, in recent years, one of the world's more robust emerging economies - Russia. The conflict in Ukraine, the resulting western sanctions on Russia, and separately the rapid drop in the international oil price have all conspired to drive inflation up. Combined with a sharp decline in the value of the rouble - are Russians getting nervous? Does this all add up to the worst crisis yet to face Vladimir Putin? Ed Butler discusses the issues with Liam Halligan, economics columnist with the Telegraph and Editor at large for Business New Europe, Orysia Lutsevych - Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the thinktank Chatham House and Maria Lipman - Visiting Fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations.

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  • Oil price fall: what can OPEC do?

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

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    Members of OPEC are meeting in Vienna to discuss their oil production and how to push up the falling oil price, but so far their talk of cutting production has had little effect. The BBC's economics correspondent Andrew Walker is at the meeting in Vienna and tells us why the talks aren't having the desired effect. Also, Harris Irfan, author of "Heaven's Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance", talks about the future of Sharia banking. And the BBC's Phil Mercer charts the economic contribution of one of Australia's growing migrant communities: Indians.

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  • The fracking mindset

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

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    Money and power, that's what today's Business Daily is all about. Once upon a time OPEC could hold the world to ransom. Not anymore. On the eve of a key meeting of the big oil producing nations in Vienna we look at how new sources of oil have drained the influence of the cartel. But can America's new oil boom last? And author of Liar's Ball, Vicky Ward, joins us to tell a tale of turbo-charged capitalism. And the BBC's Steve Evans takes a look at the how bloodlines will determine the leadership succession at Samsung.

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  • India's Ponzi rp-off

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

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    18 mins

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    The collapse of bogus ponzi schemes in India has left vulnerable investors stripped of their life savings and has resulted in more than 80 suicides. Anu Anand reports on why people, who couldn't afford to lose out, have risked everything in a badly regulated and inadequately managed market. We also hear from the Miele company boss Markus Miele about how keeping it in family has enabled them to achieve efficiency and stability in a business that has survived over a hundred years of technological change. And Jeremy Wagstaff considers the moral hazard built into the driverless car.

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  • Child labour in Bolivia

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

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    18 mins

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    A change in the law in Bolivia allowing children as young as 10 to work is raising fears for the human rights of the country's youth. Katy Watson reports from there. And we hear from Lars Johansen a senior child labour specialist at the International Labour Organisation about Bolivia and beyond, to find out how prevalent the problem of children being expected to participate in the workforce really is. And Lucy Kellaway considers the macho world of foreign exchange trading.

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  • ITB: Is Germany's economic crown slipping?

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

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    27 mins

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    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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  • Global Brands: Think Local

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

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    17 mins

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    Global brands: Is there such a thing as a truly global brand that has the same identity from Indonesia to America? The BBC's Shilpa Kannan reports on how McDonald's has adjusted to India's market. Also, we take a look at the science behind branding. And the BBC's Simon Tulett tells us that happens when a brand becomes so successful, it's no longer necessarily identified with the product it's trying to sell (Hoover, anyone?).

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  • Arundhati Roy on Modi's New India

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

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    18 mins

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    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

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    18 mins

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    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

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    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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