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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  • Russia and Pipeline Politics

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    30 days 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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  • Scotland votes 'No'

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    27 days remaining

    People in Scotland have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, following a referendum. We get reaction from markets, investors and campaigners from both sides of the debate. Joining Ed Butler are businessman Sir Brian Souter, entrepreneur Patrick MacDonald, Angus Armstrong from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research think-tank, Michala Marcussen global head of economics at Paris-based bank, Société Générale and the former chair of Northern Foods, Lord Christopher Haskins.

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  • Alibaba: biggest US IPO ever

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    26 days remaining

    Shares in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, start trading in New York on Friday: Is the global frenzy around its initial public offering justified? Also, Zurich-based author Guy Spier, tells us how he went from being a "Gordon Gekko" investor interested mainly in short-term profits to one with a long-term horizon, following in the footsteps of Warren Buffett. And deciphering the US central bank's message on where interest rates are heading.

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  • Elemental Business: Bromine

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

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    25 days remaining

    Bromine-based flame retardants are all over your home, but are they a health risk? Presenter Justin Rowlatt hears from the perennial Andrea Sella of University College London and speaks to chemicals industry analyst Laura Syrett of Industrial Minerals about why she thinks bromine may have been the victim of "chemophobia". And the BBC's Mark Lobel travels to the world's biggest source of bromine, the Dead Sea.

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  • Business School Ethics

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    24 days remaining

    We take a detailed look at the state of the world's business schools: what they're teaching and whether business is better for them; have lessons been learnt from the financial crisis? Also in the programme, we visit Peterhead in Scotland, the UK's largest fishing port, to see how trawlermen there feel about the prospect of Scottish independence ahead of the referendum this week.

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  • China and the Cyber-Spies

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    23 days remaining

    The US says up to 300 billion dollars of commercial intellectual property is stolen by Chinese firms every year. A British Minister now tells us things are improving. Who's right? And separately, we hear from Lucy Kellaway on what she believes is the billions wasted every year by companies on their sales pitches. When everyone bidding for a contract sounds so slick and well-rehearsed, she says, it's impossible to tell between them. So why does anyone bother?

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  • ITB: Predictions

    Sat, 13 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    21 days remaining

    What's the point of economic forecasts? A recent IMF report revealed the shocking extent to which economists generally failed to predict any of the recessions of 2009. Do we set too much store by predictions? Or have we simply got the wrong idea about what they're for? Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, looks at super-forecasters. And presenter Ed Butler is joined by Peter Hahn, senior lecturer in finance at Cass Business School in London, and a former economic adviser at the Bank of England, Paola Subacchi, research Director in International Economics, at the UK think tank Chatham House. And Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, whose latest book, The Shifts and the Shocks, examines the lessons learned from the financial crisis. Comedian Colm O'Regan bemoans the unpredicatable Irish weather.

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  • The Business of Breakfast: Is Cereal...Toast?

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    20 days remaining

    The Business of Breakfast: A bowl of corn flakes used to be standard fare in western economies, helping drive a cereal industry worth an estimated $10bn a year in the US. But sales of cereal are in steady decline while high protein alternatives such as eggs and bacon are increasingly popular. We have a special report from Jane O'Brien. Plus, Jim Whyte, senior insights analyst at the retail and brand design agency Fitch in London, tells us how the industry is adapting to changing tastes, while Charles Banks, co-founder of the global food trends agency The Food People in London, explains what's driving the change.

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  • Africa: In Sovereign Wealth Funds We Trust?

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    19 days remaining

    African states have been bitten by the savings bug: Nigeria, Ghana and Angola, among others, have set up sovereign wealth funds. But who ensures they are well-managed? And the BBC's Rahul Tandon explains the economics that link fish prices and football in Calcutta.

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  • The Elements: Plutonium

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    You'll need to don your safety gloves for this week's edition of Elemental Business because we are handling plutonium, the chemical anti-hero which has killed tens of thousands and threatened the lives of millions more. We consider the past and future of this potent chemical element.

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  • Cigarette Smuggling

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    17 days remaining

    Some 50 billion dollars of tobacco is smuggled worldwide annually: a cost to taxpayers, and a health risk to consumers. But is high taxation itself the problem? We hear from Austin Rowan, adviser to the EU Office de Lute Anti-Fraude (OLAF) which coordinates the European Commission's fight against the illicit trade, and we hear from one celebrated free-market economist, Arthur Laffer, who says that it's time to take a fresh look at the rich world's high-tax policies on tobacco. Also in the programme, we hear from our South America business correspondent, Katy Watson, about the economic debate affecting Brazil, ahead of next month's presidential elections.

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  • Scotland vote sparks market jitters

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    16 days remaining

    Sterling and markets fall on fears of a "Yes" vote in Scotland's Independence Referendum, and one of Britain's more successful novelists explains "How to Speak Money". And from Germany, we hear how people are feeling after recent figures suggest that Europe's financial powerhouse could be approaching a recession. And finally in the programme "I''m sorry to say this, but you're fired"...Lucy Kellaway meditates on when hearing the word sorry simply adds insult to injury.

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  • ITB: Scotland's Future?

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    14 days remaining

    In just over a week Scotland will go to the polls to decide whether it will become an independent nation. This programme discusses the economics of independence. What makes a strong independent nation and what lessons can be learnt from succession movements around the world? Justin Rowlatt speaks to Igor Stiks of the University of Edinburgh, who lived through the break up of former Yugoslavia and Maya Tudor of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, who has studied independence movements in Asia. This all leads to an obvious question - when it comes to countries, does size matter? Justin discusses this with Alberto Alesina, the Nathaniel Ropes professor of political economy at Harvard University and co-author of the Size of Nations and Michael O'Sullivan, chief investment officer at Credit Suisse, who recently wrote a research document on The Success of Small Countries.

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  • Scottish Independence 05 Sep 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    With Scotland's independence vote on 18 September Justin Rowlatt travels to Aberdeen to test the waters among the business community. Much of Scotland's economy is still tied to North Sea oil and gas, and Justin hears from oil rig workers, the head of engineering firm Wood Group and a geologist among others. Billionnaire Sir Tom Hunter explains why he launched an audit of the economic impact of independence, Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management describes the likely impact on the financial services sector, and construction boss Kenny Anderson explains why he joined the Yes campaign.

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  • Why Germany Doesn't Like QE 04 Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    With the eurozone economy in trouble, will the European Central Bank introduce quantitative easing - buying up debt to breathe new life into the economy? Jan Randolph of IHS explains why German ECB board members oppose the idea. Also in the programme, graffiti: We visit the sutdios of artist Stik, and ask legal expert Enrico Bonadio, how you protect the copyright of street art.

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  • Future Computers 03 Sep 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Ever wondered what the computers of the future might look like? We head to California to find out. Is it possible to build a monkey brain out of silicon? Researchers at IBM are exploring the possibilities. And we go on an atomic-scale adventure with research scientist Chris Lutz, who explains his plans to use DNA to design microscopic computer technology. We meet the people behind the world's smallest animation; and take a spin in the latest battery powered car with Dick Swanson...nought to sixty in 4 seconds? Not bad!

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  • Draghi's Next Move 02 Sep 14

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    10 days remaining

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has raised market expectation that more funds will be pumped into the Eurozone economies, but will he deliver? Plus busy bees - why the shrinking population of one of our favourite insects could raise the cost of putting a meal on the table? And the trouble with complaining - Jeremy Wagstaff considers how companies make it as difficult as they can for customers to voice their woes.

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  • Bringing Russia to Heal 01 Sep 14

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    9 days remaining

    The conflict in Ukraine is intensifying and the European Union is preparing a new wave of sanctions against Russia, but what leverage does it have left? And is President Putin listening anyway? Also, appetite for complicated money instruments is on the rise again which are similar to those that lay at the heart of the financial crisis of 2008. Is there a risk of more instability in the markets, and can we be confident that new rules for banks are keeping us safe? And could you write an advert for your own job?

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  • ITB: Raising funds for neglected tropical diseases

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Drugs companies and governments have got together to fast track development of a vaccine for Ebola. As the Ebola virus wreaks havoc in West Africa - what more can be done to tackle a long list of neglected tropical diseases, the so-called diseases of the poor that kill and maim millions in the developing world every year? Manuela Saragosa puts that question to Dr Allan Pamba of the pharmaceutical giant GSK where he is vice president of the East Africa Cluster & African Government Affairs; Julie Jacobson of the Gates Foundation; David Ridley a Health economist at Duke University in North Carolina and Simon Brooker who is Professor of Epidemiology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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  • Climate Change: Obama's plan B

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    6 days remaining

    Climate Change: Why President Obama wants to forge a voluntary international global warming agreement, rather than a legally-binding one, to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Malaysia Airlines - After the Crashes

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    5 days remaining

    After MH370 and MH17, what does the history of aeroplane disasters tell us about Malaysia Airlines' commercial prospects? Manuela Saragosa speaks to an airline safety expert. Also, in a lighter vein, flip-flops and economics, plus India and soap operas.

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  • Sweden - A Bit Too Equal?

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Sweden is famed for its welfare state. But the country's social model has its critics, as Manuela Saragosa finds out in Stockholm. She hears how some people think too much equality is a bad thing, while at a soup kitchen, she sees how there’s still plenty of poverty. All that plus Swedish style – and stress.

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  • Norway - Blessed by Oil?

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

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    3 days remaining

    Norway is an oil producer famed for fish, Grieg and high living standards. So how did it avoid the "resources curse" - that is, spiralling inflation afflicting many petro-economies that spend their oil wealth on themselves? Manuela Saragosa travels to Bergen in the first of two programmes looking at Scandinavian economies.

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  • Traffic Jams 25 Aug 14

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    How much do traffic jams cost an economy? From the road-enraged of Calcutta to the rain-soaked of Tunisia, we discover the true cost of congestion.

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