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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  • How far will the EU sanction Russia?

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    In the wake of the Malaysian airlines disaster, European Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider further economic sanctions against Russia. Western leaders accuse Moscow of arming the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. What sanctions are on the table? And how do European businesses feel about them, given the current frailty of the eurozone? And we hear a report on on the estimated trillions of dollars in illicit funds that currently flow through the world's banks. Money-laundering is said to be spiralling. Can and should more be done by regulators and the banks to stop it?

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  • ITB: We're All Content Producers Now

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    In the Balance this week is taking a closer look at the book trade. We’re considering the issues at stake in a dispute that’s been brewing between one of the world's biggest publishing houses, Hachette, and the world's biggest book seller, Amazon. Scott Jacobson joins us from Seattle, he’s a former executive at Amazon and one of those who pioneered the launch of the Amazon Kindle, now Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. Philip Jones is Editor of the “publisher’s Bible” the Bookseller magazine. And Sam Hall is the DJ Goldierocks; She’ll be telling us what the book industry could learn from the world of music. We're also looking at what it means to be a “content producer” in the Internet age. We’ll hear from the author of the children’s sensation The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, and we’ll consider how you can make it all pay with the comedian Colm O’Regan.

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  • EU and US Trade Talks

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    26 days remaining

    Business Daily comes from Brussels where European and United States negotiators have spent the week working together on a project called the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Its intended to boost economic growth by stimulating transatlantic commerce. Andrew Walker hears from business voices that love the idea and from opponents who see it is a threat to workers, democracy and more.

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  • Refugee Economy

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    We examine the economics of refugees. As many as a million by some estimates have fled to Jordan from Syria. And increasingly their huge makeshift camps are replicating the commercial structures of cities. Is profiting from them a good thing? We also hear the tale of the world's first ever share-holding company. Plus - why India's civil service is being told to have a spring clean.

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  • Elemental Business: Sulphur

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

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    35 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Sulphur is in abundant supply thanks to its extraction from sour oil and gas, in order to prevent acid rain pollution. But does the world face a glut of this devilish chemical element, famed for its colour and odour? And if so, what uses can it be put to?

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  • BRICS in Brazil: Building a Future 15 Jul 14

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    Officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - the so-called BRICS nations - are meeting in Brazil to discuss steps that could challenge western dominance of the global financial system. The BBC's Katy Watson reports from Fortaleza in Brazil where the meeting is taking place. We also interview economist Jim O'Neill, the former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who coined the BRICs moniker. And we ask if the Eurozone crisis is really over?

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  • World Cup 2014: A Sporting And Economic Win for Germany

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    Why Germany's World Cup victory is an economic as well as a sporting win, and what the World Cup's success means for football's governing body FIFA and host country Brazil. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times explains why there's a big difference between customer service that's friendly, and customer service representatives who want to be your friend.

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  • ITB: Beautiful Game, Final Frontier

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

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    27 mins

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    20 days remaining

    This week's itb deals with the dreams of nations; counting the cost of world cup woes and exploring Africa's investment in space technology. We ask who stands to gain from high drama on the footballing field. Soccernomics expert Professor Stefan Szymanski and our regular contributor (and footballing fanatic), comedian Colm O’Regan, will be providing the answers. And we discuss the new business being generated by the expansion of space programmes in Africa; With Seidu Mohammed of the Nigerian Space Agency, Dickson Adomako of Ghana's Space Science and Technology Institute and Sir Martin Sweeting Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

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  • Are Sweatshops Good?

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    It's more than a year since Bangladesh suffered the worst industrial accident in modern history. But apart from an increase in the minimum wage, has anything actually improved in terms of the conditions for Bangladeshi workers? We hear from Philip Jennings, General Secretary of the Uni Global union, on the need for further action, and from the government's commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed, who insists factories are safer. Also, we debate the view, made by Dr Ben Powell, director of the Free Market Institute, that sweatshops are actually a necessary first step towards economic progress in developing economies. Tansy Hoskins a journalist and the author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion, disagrees.

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  • Nigeria's Wealth Gap

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    Why does Africa's richest economy still have some of the continent's poorest citizens? Business Daily looks at the gap between the richest and the poorest in NigeriaBusiness Daily looks at the highs and the lows of Nigeria's economy. And Ed Butler asks Nigeria's finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala how much insecurity in the country is damaging the economy.

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  • Elemental Business: Tungsten

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

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    35 mins

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    One of the hardest metals, tungsten has uses from light bulbs to weaponry. But why so few mines? We consider the market value of this weighty member of the period table.

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  • The Business Of Space Exploration

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    The business of space exploration: What is its commercial and industrial use? And how important are a probe's academic credentials compared with its commercial potential?

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  • Successful Entrepreneurs: What Does It Take?

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It is a skill that you can teach? Or does it require a natural talent? We have a special report from a school in Los Angeles which teaches entrepreneurship. Plus, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us why you shouldn't feel like you have to love your job.

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  • ITB: Peace, Love and Higher Returns

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

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    27 mins

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    This week In the Balance pitches its tent at a festival in the financial centre of London and we’re playing host to discussions that cover the future of money, the growth of China, and what work itself will look like once we’ve automated out world. Smari McCarthy and Leander Bindewald will discuss who has the power to create money – and how the answer is already changing. Professor Michael Pettis of Peking University in Beijing has a shot at convincing us China can handle a slow growth future. Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Osborne explain the innovations that could change all our futures and take a critical look at whether out governments are helping us get there. And comedian Simon Evans will give us the condensed tale of how oil has changed humanity.

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  • Indonesia's Economic Challenges

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    Indonesia prepares to elect a new President as favourite Joko Widodo faces former General Prabowo Subianto. The financial future of the country is a key issue. As the world's third largest democracy goes to the polls, what will it take for Indonesia to realise its considerable potential? The BBC's Chief Business Correspondent Linda Yueh visits the country to find out what needs to be done to help business and boost growth.

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  • World Cup: Is FIFA playing fair with Brazil?

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    As the quarter finals kick off in what is officially the most watched World Cup in history, we examine the winners and losers in financial terms. FIFA lists 22 official partners, sponsors and supporters - brands that between them are spending more than a billion dollars for the honour of having their names associated with the event. But is it right that all the money they're spending, and gaining in brand exposure, should be going to FIFA itself, and not to the host nation Brazil?

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  • Future of Coal

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

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    18 mins

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    There are dire warnings about the heating of the planet. Coal is a significant contributor to global warming. So what is the future of this increasingly controversial fuel?

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  • China Health Check

    Tue, 1 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Official figures suggest the Chinese economy to powering ahead, but is that the case? We look behind the official figures to examine the direction of travel of country's economy.

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  • Investor complacency

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Is over optimism in the markets and the risk of "investor complacency", heralding trouble ahead? We hear from one leading researcher who urges caution. And we hear from a social entrepreneur, Kenyan businessman Fredrick Ouko, about the strategy and the motivation behind his endeavours. And Lucy Kellaway considers the potential hidden costs, when a woman earns more than her man.

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  • ITB The Fear Gauge 28 Jun 14

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    A curious phenomenon has become apparent. The global financial markets aren't merely relaxed about the world's many political and economic problems, they are positively becalmed. The global index of market volatility, the so-called Vix Index or "fear gauge" as it's known, is registering a seven-year low. As low in fact as it was just before the financial meltdown of 2008. Ed Butler charts the financial and political threats that could throw global markets off course with his guests

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  • Argentina: Don't Cry for Me!

    Fri, 27 Jun 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Argentina makes a debt repayment, even though a complex US court ruling means this could put it in "technical default" and freeze the country out of the US financial system. Business Daily tries to make sense of what is a confusing and seemingly perverse legal tangle that nonetheless could have major implications for other developing countries. Also in the programme, Yogita Limaye speaks to the young entrepreneurs in India's financial capital, Mumbai, who have not become billionaires...yet.

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  • China's rural pollution problem

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    China's countryside faces food contamination, forced evictions and land degradation - can farmers cope, and can the government tackle its rural pollution problem? Rob Young reports from China on the scale of the task facing Beijing. And Rob visits an organic farm in northern Beijing - an increasingly common sight in a country where many distrust the quality of food.

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  • Silicon Success

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    What does it take to make it in Silicon Valley and ensure the levels of creativity and innovation needed? And once at the top, how does a tech company stay there? We ask a talent spotter for his insights into start-up success. And Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and author of a book on the subject, "The Metropolitan Revolution" tells us about his vision for the hi-tech cities of the future.

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  • India: Modi magic?

    Tue, 24 Jun 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We look at two Asian economies, seemingly on the rise: India on the back of a massive injection of business confidence after the election of a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi; Japan, after a massive injection of central bank cash. But are these recoveries actually sustainable? And the BBC's Katy Watson reflects on her battles with bureaucracy and red tape as she sets up as a reporter in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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  • Iraq's oil future in doubt?

    Mon, 23 Jun 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Iraqi oil: As more towns and checkpoints fall under insurgent control, we ask what this means for the global economy? When do global oil price rises become a cause for concern? Also in the programme, we hear a report from New York about a new initiative aimed at getting girls from ethnic minorities more involved in computer coding. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on whether money is really what motivates most of us when we're at work.

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