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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  • Scotland votes 'No'

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    28 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

    Available:
    27 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

    Available:
    26 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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    25 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

    Available:
    24 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

    Available:
    22 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

    Available:
    21 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

    Available:
    20 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

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    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

    Available:
    18 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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