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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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  • Financial Technology - Disruptive or Not?

    Tue, 5 May 15

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    18 mins

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    How much do crowd-funding, electronic currencies, peer-to-peer and other forms of FinTech lending, threaten to disrupt the traditional banking model? The BBC's Simon Jack, reporting live from London's FinTech hub, Level39, speaks to the founder of London car parking app JustPark, the head of hi-tech wealth management firm Nutmeg Investment, and Giles Andrews of pioneering peer-to-peer lender Zopa. Claire Cockerton, head of the UK's Fin Tech trade body, Innovate Finance, debates with Derek White, chief design officer at Barclays, whether the giant banks are becoming dinosaurs. And Jeremy Wagstaff, technology correspondent at Reuters, asks why disruption is such a great thing anyway.

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  • The Vinyl Revival

    Mon, 4 May 15

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    18 mins

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    Why are global sales of vinyl records rising again after decades of decline? Edwin Lane reports from one of the few remaining record pressing plants in the Netherlands. Plus we hear from Swedish songwriter and musician Helienne Lindvall on the rise of music streaming sites like Spotify, and the impact on the record industry. And Nick Davis reports from Jamaica on the rising value of the island's market in rare records.

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  • When the Drugs Don't Work...

    Sat, 2 May 15

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    What do we do when the antibiotics we rely on to cure deadly diseases stop working? A growing number of infections like malaria and TB are renewed killers because new strains of the diseases no longer respond to antibiotics. The World Health Organisation this week calls it the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases. We hear from the leading economist Jim O'Neill who is conducting a review of the global strategic challenges resulting from the spread of AMR (anti-microbial resistance). We talk to the WHO about the readiness of countries to face the health crises that may lie ahead; and we ask the drug companies what they are doing to develop new drugs that might once more fight these lethal diseases.

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  • Obesity and Malnutrition

    Fri, 1 May 15

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    Obesity and malnutrition may not at first thought have much in common yet as Katy Watson in Mexico City discovers the two are both part of a similar problem - one which presents very different challenges. Mexico has the highest rates of child obesity in the world and the economy is struggling to cope with the problems which being seriously overweight can bring. To explain the links between this health crisis and the economic strain it brings is Hugh Pym, the BBC's Health Editor. Plus, the BBC's Cindy Sui in Taipai explains how the Taiwanese government has tackled soaring levels of obesity in the region head on.

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  • The Who & Why of Online Abuse

    Thu, 30 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    We find out why trolling has become as much a feature of the internet as videos of cute kittens. Author Jon Ronson, who's just published his latest book So You've Been Publicly Shamed, tells us about people who have suffered persistent online abuse and gives advice on what to do if you become the target of trolls. Also, the BBC's economics correspondent Robert Peston speaks about his experience of being abused online and how he dealt with it. Plus, we get a profile of who's likely to engage in trolling from London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, while Claire Hardaker, linguistics professor at Lancaster University, assesses whether Twitter's latest attempt to clamp down on online abuse is likely to be effective.

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  • Gender Equality: Women in the Workplace

    Wed, 29 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Earlier this week the United Nations published its flagship report into the status of women in the global economy. It painted a global picture in which women were, on average, paid less, working more and missing out on a pension. We speak to Aongus Hegarty, president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Dell, about the steps he's taken to try and make a difference. Also, the BBC's Julia Pittam reports from Paris a year after France introduced gender equality legislation. And the women who are delaying a choice between motherhood and a career - by freezing their eggs.

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  • Africa's Investment Boom

    Tue, 28 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily looks at the boom in African investment. $80 billion went into the continent last year, close to the all-time record, and it's predicted that 13 of the world's 20 fastest growing economies over the next five years will be African. So what's going on? The optimists say an emerging middle class and better accountable government is replacing the old story of corruption and a commodities curse. But is this growth story guaranteed, and could it even be derailed by the wrong kind of foreign direct investment? We also hear from the Nigerian who made history, becoming the first ever to parachute on the North Pole. All for a good cause mind.

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  • Greece vs Brussels: A Game of Chicken?

    Mon, 27 Apr 15

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    After the failure of last Friday's talks in Riga between Greece and its creditors, we speak to Francesco Papadia, a former insider at the European Central Bank, about his view of the eurozone debt crisis. Could the ECB be left holding the Greek tab? Also, we look at the way FC Midtjylland, a Danish football club that few football fans outside the country had heard of until this season, is now beating richer, better-known rivals, apparently just by crunching the numbers. And finally Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times asks how much a quest for spiritual peace should be used as a justification for a super-rich boss taking leave of his position.

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  • ITB: Perfect Pay: When do we deserve more?

    Sat, 25 Apr 15

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    27 mins

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    A CEO who took a million dollar pay-cut and gave his workers more, tells us why he did it and we ask what's the best wage level for success in a company, a country or in a pocket? With Dan Price of Gravity Payments, former George W Bush adviser Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Fight for $15 campaigner Kendall Fells.

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  • Libya's Fractured Oil Economy

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

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    We look at the state of a country that's become a springboard for an increasing number of migrants risking all to reach European shores. Riccardo Fabiani, senior analyst for North Africa at Eurasia Group in London, tells us Libya is "almost a failed state". Also, we look at the global oil industry amid signs some companies are returning to exploration.

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  • Two years after Rana Plaza

    Thu, 23 Apr 15

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    Business Daily looks back at the tragic disaster that some say marked a turning-point for the global fashion industry. It's two years this week since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, one of the worst industrial accidents of modern times. The eight-storey factory building collapsed, leaving 1100 garment workers dead and thousands injured. Since then, Labour groups, brands and politicians have promised better safety standards, and better rates of pay. But how much has really changed? We hear from campaigners and Bangladeshi workers themselves, and we ask if the rich-world's craving for cheap, fast fashion is really the root of the whole problem.

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  • Bitcoin Island?

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

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    What do Thomas the Tank Engine, lifeboats, pilates, and the Bee Gees have in common? They are all success stories from the Isle of Man. The small independent island in the middle of the Irish Sea is now hoping to give a wholesome boost to the bad boy of digital currencies, Bitcoin. Zoe Kleinman speaks to businesses and experts about their forays into digital currencies, and asks if Bitcoin's image is harming its prospects.

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  • China-Pakistan Mega Investment

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

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    We examine what will be one of the biggest trade deals of the century so far. China has this week pledged $46 billion for road and rail-building in Pakistan. It's a massive investment package that its proponents say could transform this struggling Asian economy into a major trading hub. But who will really benefit from the deal? We hear the view of what's in it for Beijing, we talk to the experienced writer and journalist, Elliott Wilson, who's lived and worked in China for many years. We also hear from Wang Jiaxin. He is the economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Malawi. He says his country's strategy is all about brotherly collaboration with fellow developing economies.

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  • Is Grexit Inevitable?

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Some experts reckon Greece has just 3 weeks before it runs out of money, and that a deal with creditors looks unlikely. But without any legal precedent, how would Grexit occur? Also, we hear from one of BP's top shareholders on how the oil major is faring exactly five years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times newspaper, argues that - based on her own experience - more stringent interviews may be needed when interviewing company directors.

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  • ITB: Rana Plaza: a lesson forgotten?

    Sat, 18 Apr 15

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    27 mins

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    Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh where a factory collapsed killing over 1100 workers, what has changed in the global rag trade? Are workers safer? Are wages fairer? Are we as consumers any more willing to pay a higher price for our clothes to ensure that the one in six of us who work in the global clothing sector have a decent life? Or is the throw-away culture, in which a $1 t-shirt is bought, worn and chucked away in no time, here to stay; and with it a business model that locks in a race to the bottom? We speak to a factory owner from Dhaka, a fashion deisgner and the man responsible for drawing up the new rules intended to make life better and safer for the people making our clothes.

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  • Deregulation: Pickles & Chutneys in India

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

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    It's the end of an era for small family-owned businesses in India as the government opens up things like candle-making and pickle-production to big business. The BBC's Anu Anand speaks to chutney makers in New Dehli, and we get reaction from Karan A Chanana, chairman & CEO of India's Amera Nature Foods. Also, Islamic groups and business clash in Indonesia over alcohol sales, after the government there bans the sale of alcoholic beverages in small retail outlets across the country. We get reaction from Mark Campbell, Heineken's regional corporate relations director based in Singapore. Heineken makes one of Indonesia's most popular beer brands, Bintang.

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  • Doing Business in Conflict Zones

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    What does it take to keep a business running profitably amid conflict? Reporter Venetia Rainey reports on wine makers in Syria and Lebanon and we speak to Zaytoun, a UK-based company which distributes Palestinian olive oil in international markets. Plus we ask if it's possible for companies to stay neutral. Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, tells us the world's most powerful countries are increasingly flexing their muscles with sanctions and trade agreements, and many companies are caught in the middle.

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  • China's Slowing Growth

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    We unpick the latest figures from China: growth down, exports down. With some of the worst data since the financial crisis began, how concerned should we be about China? And is the transition to a consumer economy happening fast enough? Our chief business correspondent, Linda Yeuh, gives her verdict. Also in the programme, we hear a damning report from the University of Greenwich about water privatisations worldwide. And we hear from Jennifer Pak, our correspondent in Malaysia, about the country's growing intolerance towards its large immigrant labour force.

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  • Japan's Abenomics Experiment

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    We examine Abenomics, Japan's bold economic experiment. For more than twenty years the country's been trapped in a cycle of falling prices and negative growth. But since 2012, the government, with its new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been throwing hundreds of billions of dollars at the economy, hoping to kick-start it back into life. Who's benefitting from all this? Well it seems some city-dwellers are back in work, women especially, but some poorer communities, like the seaweed harvesters of Futtsu, continue to feel the pinch. We hear from them, from the government, and from one former banker who's returned after a quarter of a century working abroad.

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  • Europe's Negative Interest Bonds

    Mon, 13 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Business Daily looks at a curious phenomenon affecting Europe - the negative value of debt. Buy some bonds, these days, and European governments will actually charge you to own them. What is going on? Also, floating boaters - the exclusive world of the super-rich and their even more super-yachts, and Lucy Kellaway wonders - who really wants sympathy from their service provider?

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  • ITB: Cyber Crime - the 21st Century Business Risk

    Sat, 11 Apr 15

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    27 mins

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    What are the risks for businesses and governments from cyber attack? What protection is available? And how high are the stakes if we get this wrong? We talk to four specialists from the field of cyber analysis who are world leaders in the business of how to protect us from cyber threats.

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  • Horse Racing

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Simon Jack presents the programme from the Grand National horse race in the UK, while Pauline McCole reports on the power and influence of the Hong Kong Jockey Club in the Chinese territory. We also hear from Michael Lewis, former trader and author of Liar's Poker, on how the odds of gambling on the stock market are stacked in favour of the powerful few.

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  • Unemployed in France

    Thu, 9 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Tanya Beckett reports from France, where a quarter of young people are unemployed. She visits one charity trying to help educated young people in the deprived suburbs of Paris find work. And as Greece faces yet another deadline to repay its lenders, leading economists at a conference in Paris held by the Institute for New Economic Thinking give their views on the country's plight.

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  • Is Grexit '50-50'?

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

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    18 mins

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    Today the Greek prime minister is travelling to Moscow for talks with Russia, despite the country being shunned by other western nations for its alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Is a Greek exit from the euro actually getting closer than we think? Lena Komileva of the economic analytics group, G+ Economics, thinks so. But multi-millionaire investor Paul Kazarian sees it differently. He thinks this entire crisis would be seen very differently if only we understood the numbers. Thanks to bad accountancy, the head of investment firm, Japonica Partners, which is thought to have billions invested in Greek stocks and bonds, says that bad European accountancy has made Greek debt look far bigger than it actually is. Also in the programme, our South America correspondent, Daniel Gallas considers how the news that a food and drinks magnate has taken over as Brazil's richest man may also symbolise something of a wider culture shift in the country.

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  • Big Data Dating

    Tue, 7 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Technology correspondent Zoe Kleinman explores how the use of computer algorithms and a more scientific approach are transforming the ancient art of matchmaking. Mathematician Chris McKinley tells how he cracked the code behind online dating, resulting in hundreds of responses from single women. Daniel Davis, professor of immunology at Manchester University, explains why we are genetically preprogrammed to prefer some sweaty shirts over others. Mathematical comedian Matt Parker provides a hard-and-fast rule to knowing how many people to date - or secretaries to interview - before settling on a candidate. And Dan Slater, author of Love In The Time Of Algorithms, talks us through the economics of online dating.

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  • Baghdad Budget Dispute 06 Apr 15

    Mon, 6 Apr 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Ed Butler visits Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan where the biggest threat of may not come from Islamic State or the low oil price, but from the central government. Over the last year a budget dispute with Baghdad has caused state revenues to dry up with many workers and the army owed months of pay. Some are calling this a threat to Kurdistan's survival.

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