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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  • Argentina defaults

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    Argentina has defaulted on its international debt for the second time in 13 years – but it’s not broke. We explore the background to this latest development, explaining ‘hold-outs’ and ‘vultures’ along the way. What are the practical consequences of a default? Also, why the US dollar will continue to be the world’s top currency, plus the comic book heroes of yesteryear who’ve lost their marketability.

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  • Elemental Business: Silicon and the Sun

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    Silicon, ordinarily associated with micro-chip production, is also a key component in solar panel manufacturing and as such, is crucial to the future of power for the planet. We hear from John Schaeffer, a solar power pioneer, Richard Swanson of Sun Power and Lynn Jurich, founder of Sunrun, busy developing ways to make solar panel manufacturing and distribution ever more cost efficient. While Barry Goldwater Jr., former Republican Congressman and one-time friend of Ronald Reagan, is busy fighting its cause in the corridors of power. The sun, he says, will win the day.

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  • Safety in the Skies

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    In the wake of the MH17 air disaster, a UN meeting asks whether airlines should be getting neutral security updates to decide where it is safe to fly. Would such a system work? Also in the programme, we hear a report on why Brazilian trade with Africa has increased six-fold in recent years, and the emotional desire to extend it further. And, in the internet age, our regular commentator, Jeremy Wagstaff of Reuters, reflects on the bits of the world that still lie outside of the Worldwide Web - is it time to hook up the world's oceans?

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  • Argentina on the brink of default

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    If Argentina doesn't reach a last-minute deal with creditors, it could soon face default. What are the implications for its economy and other debtor nations? And we ask, what would induce you to get a company logo tattooed onto your body? Our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, is not a fan of the company tattoo.

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  • ITB: Sanctions: The Politics of Embarrassment?

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Andrew Walker hosts In the Balance this week for a closer look at economic sanctions. As Europe struggles to decide how to deal with Russia, we discuss whether sanctions have ever worked in the past and ask if they could persuade President Putin to do anything different. Our guests are Maria Lipman in Moscow. In Chicago, Prof. Robert Pape, Director of the University of Chicago's project on Security and Terrorism. And in London: James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House and Otilia Dhand, Vice President of Teneo Intelligence.

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  • British Business Courting Calcutta 25 July 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    Calcutta was once the capital of India under British rule but now British companies and others are desperately hoping to get a slice of the city's business action. India's economy is growing rapidly, and the country has a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seen by some as more business-friendly than his predecessors. Paul Moss presents Business Daily and asks how much historic ties can help you in the modern cut-throat world of global trade? And we hear from one old Calcutta hand who thinks that when it comes to work ethic, his fellow citizens are hopelessly lazy.

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  • Shipping Through the Arctic

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    Opening up the Arctic Oceans to commercial shipping, we talk to those travelling the new route about how an ice-free north coast of Russia could transform global sea-trade. Plus why Taiwanese investors are turning away from Vietnam after Taiwanese businesses were caught up in recent anti-Chinese riots there.

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  • Elemental Business: Silicon Chips

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Computer circuits have shrunk a million-fold since Gordon Moore made his famous forecast in 1965, but is Moore's Law - and the computer revolution it heralded - about to run up against fundamental laws of physics? In the first of a two-parter on silicon - the latest in our series looking at the elements of the periodic table and their role in the global economy - we travel to Silicon Valley to the biggest chip company of them all, Intel, co-founded by Gordon Moore himself.

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  • How far will the EU sanction Russia?

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    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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  • Russia: what are the sanctions that work?

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Can the EU afford to put in place more aggressive economic sanctions against Russia? And why has the EU been more hesitant than the US in implementing effective economic sanctions? James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House in London, gives us his view. And, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us how to leave work gracefully when you go on holiday, without promising to answer any work-related emails.

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  • ITB: We're All Content Producers Now

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    16 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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    35 mins

    Available:
    14 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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    10 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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    35 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    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

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    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

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    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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