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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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  • Africa's Investment Boom

    Tue, 28 Apr 15

    Duration:
    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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    18 mins

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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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    18 mins

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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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    18 mins

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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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    18 mins

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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

    Duration:
    18 mins

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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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    18 mins

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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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