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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 19 Sep 14

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    Were US markets watching the outcome of the Scottish referendum? Russell Cleveland, President of RENN Capital group in Dallas tell us they were instead fixated on the biggest initial public offering in history, as Alibaba was listed in New York.

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  • WBR: Scotland votes no to independence 19 Sept 14

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    As Scottish voters choose to remain part of the UK, Scots from the country's biggest industries tell us what they think should happen now and if they feel like this will still herald a change in direction for the 44% who voted for independence. The economic aftermath is mulled over in our studio with Gordon Macintyre Kemp - the leader of the pro-independence Business for Scotland group -- and Colin Borland, the head of external affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses. We also hear reaction from around the world - Australia, Spain and Canada - to the result.

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  • WBR Wall Street Update 18 Sep 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    As US markets wait to hear the opening price for Alibaba, Cary Leahy from Decision Economics in New York gives his assessment on how the stock might perform.

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  • WBR: Alibaba prepares to float in NY 17 Sept 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    The Chinese internet company Alibaba is about to announce its share price ahead of its flotation on the New York stock exchange. It could be the biggest ever IPO in terms of value. We ask if it's worth it. Also, Google is being called a 'platform for piracy' by Rupert Murdoch. We ask why the media baron is asking the European Commission to adopt a more robust approach when it comes to the internet search engine. We take a look at carbon taxes for businesses, after a UN report says that harmful greenhouse gases globally are at record levels. Finally, we look at a new app in the US which can read the barcode of whatever you are buying, and tell you if the money ends up funding a political party or a cause you don't support.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Sep 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    The US Federal Reserve calls time on its massive programme of economic stimulus. Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago brings us reaction from the markets. Plus, a US perspective on Scottish independence from a former economic advisor to President Obama, Prof. Austan Goolsbee.

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  • WBR: Scottish business on independence 17 Sept 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    26 days remaining

    With voting in the Scottish independence referendum just hours away, we ask the country's small businesses about their hopes and fears for the outcome. Meanwhile, supporters of independence for Catalonia in Spain are holding their breath ahead of the Scottish vote - we have a report from the streets of Barcelona. Plus, we take a look inside the mind of Jack Ma, founder of the world's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, as it gears up for its stock market listing. And how munching your dinner could do more than just fill you up - we speak to an inventor of a chin strap that can generate energy from chewing.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Sep 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Alibaba - dubbed the Chinese version of eBay - prepares to go public on the US market. Doug McIntyre from Financial Advisors 24/7 Wall Street in New York gives his analysis on the upcoming launch.

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  • WBR: Scottish independence currency debate 16 Sep 14

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    Scottish independence debate hots up. With one day until the referendum, we ask what currency Scots will use if they vote "yes". Also in the programme, as the US steps up its efforts to counter Ebola, how useful will American troops be to West African countries hit by the disease? And we explore why so few women are employed in the technology sector.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Sept 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Nervousness over Tuesday's Fed meeting and concerns over Scotland's independence vote hit Wall Street, as Robert Brusca of Fact and Opinion Economics explained.

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  • WBR: Microsoft buys Minecraft maker for $2.5bn 15 Sep 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    So how will it make money from the popular computer game? World environmental campaigners ask philanthropists to step in to avert climate change. We hear from one of the campaign organisers. As Google launches its $100 Android One handset, we explore the battle for the smartphone market in India. Can it see off the competition? Also in the programme, we examine the possible economic gains of the European Space Agency's upcoming attempt to land a probe on a comet for the first time ever. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway gives us her view on perfecting a sales pitch.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Rumours that eBay might be targeted by Google led to a rise in tech shares on Wall Street, as Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading explains.

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  • WBR: Fresh Sanctions Against Russia 12 Sep 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    The US and EU impose a new round of sanctions on Russia, despite a shaky ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors are being targeted. Also, ahead of Sweden's election this weekend, we assess if the stubbornly high unemployment rate might see the country's government change. We report on 'aquaponics' - a method of growing food using a water supply linked to a fish tank. Plus we look back at the week's biggest business stories with Jesse Eisinger, senior reporter at ProPublica in New York and Katie Martin, markets editor at the Wall Street Journal in London.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 September 2014

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    Wall Street reacts to President Obama's proposals to tackle the threat of Islamic State.

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  • WBR: Tackling Terrorist Finances 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    The US government launches a new international campaign to defeat Islamic State, with the group's funding a key target. The man who masterminded the Bush administration's efforts to combat Al Qaeda - Jimmy Gurule - tells us IS will be a much tougher opponent. With just a week to go until the Scottish Independence Referendum, we ask whether a "yes" vote could signal huge capital flight out of Scotland. Following a warning from French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, that the country's far-right National Front is at the "gates of power", we ask British economist Roger Bootle how the rise of such parties in Europe is putting pressure on the founding principles of the EU. Plus, we talk to the man trying to sell the world's most expensive parking spaces - priced at a cool $1mn each - and we take a look at the jobs crisis in Atlantic City, where casino closures have seen seen one quarter of the city's workforce lose their jobs within a month.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 September 2014

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    8 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Microsoft is set to buy the maker of the computer game Minecraft according to the Wall Street Journal and U2 have given away their new album for free.

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  • WBR: Britain's Leaders Rush to Scotland 10 Sep 14

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Opinion polls ahead of Scotland's independence vote appear to show an increase in support for independence. British Prime Minister David Cameron and other national political leaders have headed north to try to convince Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. British economist Michael Hughes and Brian Lucey, former economist at the Irish central bank, debate the merits of Scotland going it alone. Also Emilio Botin, chairman of Santander Bank, has died - we take a look at the man credited with transforming the company from a domestic Spanish lender into one of the world's biggest banks. Finally chief executive of video hosting site Vimeo, Kerry Trainor, talks about net neutrality and the threat of inequality in cyberspace.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 9 September 2014

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    We hear from the US on the big launch of Apple's new smartwatch and phones. And Joe Saluzzi us Themis Trading tells us what investors made of it.

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  • WBR: Carbon's threat to the world 09 Sep 14

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    A new study says the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is at a record high. We'll ask if business is doing enough to avert environmental catastrophe. We'll hear what Russia stands to gain, and lose, if it bans European flights in retaliation for sanctions. And the indigenous tribes of Peru who say their futures are threatened by illegal logging.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 8 September 2014

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    We get reaction from Ukraine on the new package of sanctions against Russia that have been agreed by EU ambassadors in Brussels. Chris Low from FTN Financial tells us how Wall Street is reacting to the news.

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  • WBR: Business and Scottish independence 08 Sept 14

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    The stock markets react to the impending vote on Scottish independence. We also bring you news of the latest round of EU sanctions against Russia. The new Apple iPhone 6 is to be launched - we take a look at the company's involvement in wearable tech, and the features of the new handset. And finally, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us that we apologise far too much at work.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 05 Aug 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    Peter Jankovskis from OakBrook Investments in Chicago tells us how Wall Street responded to weaker than expected jobs figures.

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  • WBR: Ukraine Ceasefire Announced 5 Sept 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    14 days remaining

    A ceasefire has been agreed in Ukraine, as the EU weighs more sanctions against Russia. We analyse the impact of further economic sanctions on the Russian economy. A new secure system to protect people doing online banking will use a scan of the veins in their finger to authenticate their identity. Barclays Bank tells World Business Report about its new technology and Robert Schifreen, a former hacker who is now a computer security consultant, gives us his opinion of the device. And if you have ever wondered where many used cars get a second life, you will probably find the answer in Benin. The small west African country has become one of the main destinations for second-hand cars and trucks, from Europe and North America. Every month, about 25,000 vehicles arrive in Benin, but their ultimate destination is usually Nigeria. You can hear the BBC's Sophie Ribstein report from Benin's commercial capital Cotonou.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 04 Sept 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    9 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    Campaigners in Louisiana react to the news that BP has been found grossly negligent regarding the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. And Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York tells us how the news affected Wall Street.

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  • WBR: ECB cuts rates and launches stimulus 4 Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    Europe's central bank has acted to try to breathe new life into the continent's sickly economy. We ask whether the measures - which include the launch of an asset purchase programme - could cause more problems than they solve. Also a US judge has ruled that BP was 'grossly negligent' and guilty of reckless conduct in the lead-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Plus a friend of Jerome Kerviel talks about how the former French banker convicted of a huge fraud during his time at Societe Generale has survived his five months in jail and what his plans are now. And Lego's chief financial officer John Goodwin tells us how it's managed to become the world's biggest toy company - and denies some of its Lego kits are sexist.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 03 Sept 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    France says it's suspending the delivery of an aircraft carrier to Russia as the political turmoil in Ukraine continues. Former French government adviser Francois Heisbourg tells us why it's a clever move by France. And Cary Leahy from Decision Economics tells us how US markets reacted to news of a possible ceasefire in the crisis.

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  • WBR: Hopes Grow For Ceasefire In Eastern Ukraine 3 Sep 14

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    We explore the economic impact of the conflict so far, with a Russian investor in Ukraine. Also in this edition, the 3,000 litre T-shirt. The world's cotton farmers are told to stop wasting so much water. Plus, why the French are getting meaner with their tips.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 Sep 14

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Court proceedings begin in Detroit to try and reslove the city's bankruptcy crisis. Quinn Klinefelter from local radio station WDET was at the hearing and gave us the latest. Plus Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey rounds up US market movements.

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  • World Business Report: New London Airport Plan Shelved 2 Sep 14

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    We debate the merits of airport expansion. Can it ever be sustainable? Also in the programme, we talk to the human rights campaigner who faces jail for claiming workers in Thailand are being abused. The taxi app Uber defies another legal ban, this time in Germany. Plus, Motor City becomes Drought City. How bankrupt Detroit's water supply dried up along with its mone

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 01 Sep 2014

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    9 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    US markets are closed for Labor day, so as workers celebrate the achievements of the labour movement, we hear about the growing problem of wage theft. Some employees have found that their pay cheques simply don't add up. Plus more from our technology reporter Dave Lee on the naked celebrity photos spreading rapidly online.

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  • WBR: Russia/ Ukraine Tensions Escalate 1 Sep 14

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    Europe threatens new sanctions against Russia, as pro-Russian fighters head towards the south of Ukraine. We analyse the impact of current and future sanctions. Also, the scientist who says we should eat less meat to help stop climate change. But can he persuade people? Plus, naked celebrities: the internet hacking attack that's left some of Hollywood's most famous people blushing. Finally, our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway from the Financial Times is talking 'gibberish' - or rather, it's prevalence when advertising job vacancies.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 29 Aug 14

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Google has announced it's investing in drones to deliver goods, following a similar move by Amazon

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  • WBR: Brazil's Economy Goes Into Recession 29 Aug 14

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Brazil's economy goes into recession ahead of next month's general election. Also on the programme, 6,000 jobs are to go at Malaysia Airlines as part of the $1.9bn turnaround plan for the troubled firm. On Monday new rules take effect which ban vacuum cleaners with a wattage of more than 1600 from being made in, or imported into, the European Union.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 28 Aug 14

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    The latest on the US stock markets, with Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading.

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  • WBR: Ebola vaccine fast-tracked 28 Aug 14

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline says a trial vaccine against the Ebola virus could be tested on volunteers within weeks. We speak to the company. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, hosts a conference in Berlin focussing on whether and when the remaining Western Balkan states will join the European Union. But some are not too keen to join. Plus, energy giant Shell reaches a deal to sell off some of its Nigerian oilfields, so what next for the country's oil industry? Plus, the in-flight space-saving gadget that's caused a mid-air emergency - we speak to the inventor of the Knee Defender.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 27 Aug 14

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    The latest on the US stock markets, with Peter Jankovskis at Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.

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  • WBR: IMF's Lagarde investigated

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, is placed under formal investigation in a fraud probe. She denies any wrongdoing. Also, would an independent Scotland be bad for business? After 130 heads of Scottish firms express their concerns in an open letter, we hear from both sides of the debate. Plus, the multi-million dollar battle to map, and zap, space junk.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 26 Aug 14

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    The latest on the US stock market reaction to record figures from Standard & Poor's Index, with Robert Brusca of Fact and Opinion Economics in New York.

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  • WBR: Call for e-cigarette curbs 26 Aug 14

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) calls for a ban on the indoor use of e-cigarettes and marketing aimed at children. But would such a move help or hinder people trying to quit smoking? We speak to Armando Peruga, from the WHO, and Katherine Devlin, from e-cigarette industry body ECITA. The Japanese power company at the heart of the Fukushima nuclear disaster - Tepco - has been found responsible for a woman's suicide and ordered to pay her husband almost half a million dollars. French President, Francois Hollande, unveils his new government after the previous cabinet dissolved amid a row over austerity. But will it make any difference to the country's economic fortunes? Roger Bootle, from Capital Economics gives his verdict. Plus, we find out why India's film industry bans women from being make-up artists, and why that might be about to change.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Aug 14

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    Peter Jankovskis at Oakbrook Investments in Chicago takes us through today’s US market news as the S&P breaks the 2,000 mark for the first time. Also, fast-food giant Burger King enters takeover talks with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons.

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  • WBR: French cabinet falls over economy row 25 Aug 14

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
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    Europe's simmering row over austerity has boiled over once again after a cabinet rebellion over French President Francois Hollande's economic strategy. We hear what's caused the split and ask what path the French government can now take. Also shares in Burger King soar on news it may merge with Canada's Tim Hortons - but is it just a tax dodge? Israel's deputy central bank governor Nadine Baudot-Trajtenberg tells the BBC what impact the conflict in Gaza is having on the Israeli economy. And Lucy Kellaway on how not to fire your staff.

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