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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  • Lending to Africa's Poor

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    30 days remaining

    We look at a credit crisis in Africa. It's not the kind where there's too much money sloshing around, for most poor Africans there's none at all. 80% of Africans don't even have a bank account, let alone any formal way of getting a loan, and many say the banks are excluding them. A Nobel prizewinner condemns governments and banks for effectively excluding the world's poor from micro-credit.

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  • Islamic State's well-oiled machine

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    We chart the oil smuggling that's fuelling Islamic State's military machine. And why is the global art market set once again to beat all records this year? Also in the programme, Lucy Kellaway asks whether - in the workplace - cream always rises to the top.

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  • ITB: Career Change

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    26 days remaining

    In the Balance examines career change. Jamie Robertson talks to the tennis star Boris Becker about his career change to a businessman and we hear from serial entrepreneurs Hailo founder Jay Bregman and Michiel Mol who has changed careers from video games to space travel with a number of projects in between. And Colm O Regan talks to young people at the One Young World summit in his home city of Dublin.

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  • China's image: innovator or imitator?

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    26 days remaining

    Huawei, the world's largest telecoms company, gives the BBC's Linda Yueh unprecedented access, including an exclusive interview with the Chinese firm's chief executive Guo Ping.

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  • Food Price Falls - Good News?

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    25 days remaining

    Food prices are falling substantially for the first time in years, but what is driving them lower and what does it mean for the long term sustainability of food supplies? Also in the programme, an appropriately tasty treat - is there money to be made out of milkshakes made from the fruit of the Baobab tree? Ed Butler travels to Malawi to find out.

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  • Technology for Disaster Relief

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    How new technologies are being used as never before, to make managing disaster events more efficient, making communications and aid delivery possible, as never before.

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  • Energy Challenges Across the World

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    The controversies over fracking - extracting oil from the rocks - in the US. Meeting the energy needs of the developing world and China's role in the renewable energy business.

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  • Rethinking Climate Change

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    The solutions used tackle climate change are failing because they cling to the old norms of economic analysis. So says Naomi Klein in her new book. Is she right? Rahul Tandon reports on a new Indian football league. And Lucy Kellaway considers the notion of taking as much holiday as you can afford. Sounds like a good idea? There may be a catch.

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  • ITB: The End of the Oil Age?

    Fri, 10 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    In the Balance is drilling for oil - or rather for some explanations of what's been happening to prices: why have they been falling when the Middle East is in turmoil? After all, conflict in the region has often been the spark for sharp rises in the price of crude oil. Andrew Walker is joined by Seth Kleinman, Head of Energy Strategy at the financial group - Citi. Greg Priddy Washington, Director, Global Energy and Natural Resources at Eurasia Group, a firm which does political risk assessment and consultancy. And Bill Farren-Price, in London. He is the Founder and CEO of Petroleum Policy Intelligence. And Comedian Colm O' Regan gets on his bike in search of energy

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  • Malawi's Cashgate

    Fri, 10 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    19 days remaining

    Malawi in southern Africa, is a country recently rocked by scandal. Tens of millions of dollars of government money was being skimmed from the national budget - some of it supplied by foreign donors. As a result, the donors have stopped funding the government altogether. So what is the effect of this on one of Africa's poorest nations? Are people suffering? Or is this the tough medicine Malawi needs to clean up corruption.

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  • Changing of the guard in Europe

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    18 days remaining

    Business Daily comes from Brussels - the heart of the European Union - where in the last day we have discovered that the new commissioner for internal market and services will be Britain's Lord Hill. Tanya Beckett hears from the man currently doing that job, Michel Barnier, as well as influential economist, Bruegel Institute's Andre Sapir, and Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe on their views on Europe's future.

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  • Elements: Uranium

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Uranium is the fuel for nuclear power stations, which generate carbon-free electricity, but also highly radioactive waste, posing a major dilemma for environmentalists.

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  • Elements: Uranium

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Uranium is the fuel for nuclear power stations, which generate carbon-free electricity, but also radioactive waste thats lasts millennia. In the latest in our series looking at the world economy from the perspective of the elements of the periodic table, Justin Rowlatt visits Sizewell nuclear power station, also presides over the most explosive debate of his career, between environmentalists Mark Lynas and Hans-Josef Fell, over whether nuclear is a "green" option.

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  • Inside the New York Fed

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    16 days remaining

    A former employee of the New York Federal Reserve releases secret recordings of her colleagues, raising questions about the methods being used by the NY Fed to regulate the banks. And our regular commentator James Srodes considers life after the telephone landline.

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  • The Global Debt Mountain

    Mon, 6 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    Economies are growing again and optimism about future growth is picking up... so why is it that the world's debt mountain continues to grow, despite these positive factors? And if business gibberish is something which you find impenetrable, our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times agrees.

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  • ITB: Hong Kong's economic future

    Fri, 3 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    Many regard Hong Kong as China's bridge to the wider global economy, but is that still the case now that Hong Kong's economy is dwarfed by that of its giant neighbour? Economically and financially, how much does Hong Kong still matter to China these days? Joining the discussion are Hong Kong-based independent economist Andy Xie, Jonathan Fenby, director of the China team at consultants Trusted Sources, Dr. Enze Han, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and Joyce Man, a writer and blogger from Hong Kong. Plus, our resident columnist Colm O'Regan wonders if there is ever a right economic time to leave your home country

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  • Brazil heads to the polls

    Fri, 3 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    Brazil's election: what do voters, workers, economists and businesspeople make of the race between incumbent Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and Socialist challenger Marina Silva?

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  • India: Toilets before Temples?

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Poverty in India: New PM Narendra Modi said he would prioritise toilets over temples, but is lack of water, sanitation and other public services the country's biggest challenge?

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  • Elements: Lead

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    Lead is the sweetest of poisons, blamed for everything from mad Roman emperors to modern-day crime waves. Yet a lead-acid battery is still what gets your car going in the morning. So have we finally learnt how to handle this heavyweight element?

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  • The Diabetes Disaster

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    The boss of the world's biggest insulin maker talks about new treatments and prevention for diabetes; and should sugary drinks be taxed to tackle this killer disease? And international brand names may be a familiar sight around the world. But in Ethiopia they are not always what they seem.

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  • How would Europe feel if the UK left the EU?

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    After dramatic protests about democracy in Hong Kong, we get an assessment from the BBC's Chief Business Correspondent Linda Yueh of what it means for the territory's economic future? As the British Conservative party holds its annual conference, the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union is on the agenda. But what would it mean for the rest of the EU? And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times looks at online reviews of employers by their own staff. Why, she asks, are there so few of them?

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  • ITB:Climate Challenges

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Following the major United Nations climate gathering in New York - we ask if the summit's premise - that economic growth is compatible with protecting the environment - is right? Manuela Saragosa and guests : Jennifer Turner, China environment expert at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Shreekant Gupta of the University of Dehli's Department of Economics, Helen Mountford, Global Programme Director of the New Climate Economy grouping and Samuel Fankhauser - deputy director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change debate the likelihood of a low carbon future. While our resident comedian Colm O' Regan puts his green credentials to the test on a bicycle in Copenhagen

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  • The World According to Peter Thiel

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Silicon Valley's Peter Thiel tells us we are living in an age of technological stagnation; we should be more aggressive in pursuing discoveries that challenge death and ageing.

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  • Forex Rigging: The Inside Story

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Forex rigging: Is manipulation of the global currency markets the next big scandal to engulf the banking industry? The way financial benchmarks are being calculated is being scrutinised by regulators across the globe. Banks have already faced big fines over the Libor scandal, but what is next? Lesley Curwen in London looks into evidence that some banks may have got together to manipulate markets.

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  • Elements: Caesium

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    The atomic clock runs on caesium, and has redefined the very meaning of time. But it has also introduced a bug into timekeeping that affects everything from computerised financial markets to electricity grids to satellite navigation to the Greenwich Meridian.

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  • UN Climate Summit Courts Business

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    We look at the climate change debate ahead of a key United Nations Summit taking place in New York. Scientists say that global temperatures are rising faster than ever as a result of increased carbon emissions, and yet top leaders from some of the most polluting countries are not even bothering to come to the meeting. So what are the prospects for binding initiatives to cut greenhouse gases? Is it too late for meaningful change? And what does big business really want in all this - cuts to carbon, or simply more business as usual?

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  • Russia and Pipeline Politics

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    Why is Russia curbing gas supplies to Europe? What does this imply for Europe's winter fuel bill? And could Moscow be most concerned by the recent drop in the world oil price? Also in the programme, Lucy Kellaway asks whether gender and ethnic diversity in the boardroom are not always the great virtue they're made out to be.

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