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In our series examining the world economy from the perspective of the chemical elements, we are looking at the extraordinary properties of lithium. Thirty years ago it wasn't reckoned to be that useful. Now it powers so many of the gadgets we now take for granted and may soon even replace the gasoline ...
Samsung, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, braces for a drop in its annual profit. One commentator tells us the electronics giant has a lot of scope to cut costs. Also, as countries prepare for an IMF meeting in Washington, economist Jim O'Neil explains why the US is being accused of dragging ...
An In the Balance debate discusses the proposition: 'Allowing free movement of workers across borders would boost the global economy.' Co-hosted by Justin Rowlatt and Manuela Saragosa, in front of an audience in London, In the Balance asks what are the benefits and dangers of allowing people to move ...
Does big data have big problems? We ask what companies are doing with the avalanche of digital information all of us leave in our wake. Microsoft's economics researcher David Rothschild tells what big data is used for and that it's not always useful in making predictions. Also, the BBC's Rahul Tandon ...
Bio-tech start-ups: How hard is it for them to attract finance? It is a high risk industry, with the large majority of new drugs failing to make it all the way to market. So where do cutting-edge researchers find the financing they need to commercialise their work? Also in the programme, we hear from ...
What's the point of owning a football club? It costs a packet and your team will probably lose anyway. But there are gains, beyond the trophies. We find out what they are from Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sport at Coventry University who gives us a costs/benefits analysis, while Carole Stone author of ...
Political liberty and a free market economy - we ask whether you can have one without the other. Also in the programme, in a latest mini-instalment in our series about the elements of the periodic table, we explore a surprisingly liberating substance called eleutherium.
Global warming is now being experienced on all continents and with worse to come, says a new report. So does it mean boom time for investors, as the world tries to adapt? James Cameron, Chairman of Climate Change Capital - a UK-based investment consultancy specialising in resource efficient and low carbon ...
Can Russia's economy really afford confrontation with the West? Beyond the political rhetoric what is the reality of economic ties between the two sides? Manuela Saragosa hosts a discussion between Maria Lipman,Chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program,
Raoul Ruparel, Head ...
Did the West get it wrong economically and financially in Afghanistan and Iraq? Has the US missed out on playing a significant business role in Iraq? And why has the West failed to head off Afghanistan's reliance on poppy cultivation? Plus, we hear from a poppy farmer in Afghanistan. And Torek Farhadi, ...
In marketing and advertising, it's all about going viral on the internet, getting your audience to do your distribution for you. Is there an art to it or is it down to plain luck? The BBC's Sarah Stolarz has a special report. Plus, we speak to the journalist and media consultant Martin Belam, and Will ...
Could the threatened bankruptcy of a major Chinese firm be a sign of worse to come? How vulnerable is the Chinese economy to what some say is a frightening level of debt? We also hear from our regular commentator, Steve Fritzinger, about the art of finding silver linings when things turn nasty. And speaking ...
Big Brother was only the start of it, now we have a game show set in the back of a taxi cab and a reality TV show in which we watch people, watching TV. Big TV formats are big business, worth billions each year to the industry. But what's the secret to finding a winning formula, preventing others from ...
A new report from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development says that the gap between rich and poor is growing in most countries, and that it threatens to become entrenched if governments don't act fast. Also, from a rather different perspective, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects ...
What do African businessmen and women need from their governments and big institutions in order to help them start up new ventures? The President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, answers some of the criticisms over lack of capital. And the founder of one of Ghana's biggest home-grown ...
Corruption in Cambodia has allegedly become a pervasive problem as the country enjoys an economic boom. Ed Butler travels to Phnom Penh to find out for himself. He hears from an estate agent about how the capital city is blossoming with construction sites and Western restaurant chains. He also speaks ...
A health check on European banks. EU leaders are holding a summit in Brussels where, apart from Ukraine, they will be trying to make progress on banking union for the Eurozone. We hear about regulators efforts to spot lurking problems in banks' books and an a look at Cyprus a year on from the bailout ...
Business Daily is back exploring the real basis of the world economy - the basic building blocks of everything in the universe, the chemical elements. And today we look at not one but a whole family of elements, the rare earths. You may not have heard of most of them but some have insinuated themselves ...
Focus on Turkey - as an emerging economy, how vulnerable is it to monetary policy in the west? As the Federal Reserve gets ready to make a fresh announcement on the scale of its cash injections, the Turkish Finance Minister reacts to criticism that western monetary policy isn't to blame. Turkey has seen ...
After the controversial referendum in Crimea, can the west impose effective sanctions on Russia? Petr Baron, a Russian business man with interests in Ukraine says not, because the self-inflicted economic damage on Europe would be too great. He also says that economically Crimea would not be a great loss ...
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