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29 марта, 17:20

Podcast: Luxury for the masses?

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The Chinese middle class led a boom in demand for luxury goods. But a government crackdown made consumers wary about showing off their wealth. How has China’s new modesty affected the luxury business as a whole? Also: India’s power sector has until now been dependent on using dirty coal but things are changing.

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22 марта, 14:07

Podcast: A most unusual company

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The one-time bookseller Amazon accounts for more than half of every new dollar spent online in the US. But how did it get to be the fifth most valuable company in the world? Also: why it costs the American government more to borrow money on the bonds market than European ones.

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14 марта, 19:37

Podcast: Microsofter

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Microsoft has reinvented itself under its new CEO Satya Nadella with a move to the cloud. Is its friendlier approach to program developers likely to pay off? Also: as the Netherlands goes to the polls, our Europe editor Matt Steinglass examines how each party’s financial manifestos were put to the test.

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09 марта, 02:23

Admit it: Republicans’ proposed Obamacare overhaul offers relief for some middle earners

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WHAT is the best part of House Republicans’ proposed reform of Obamacare? There isn’t one, if you believe much of this week’s commentary. The bill will benefit the young and healthy, by bringing their premiums down, but only at the cost of the old and sickly.

08 марта, 17:34

GM says ‘au revoir’ to Europe

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General Motors has sold its Vauxhall and Opel brands to PSA in France. Adam Roberts our European business editor asks how the car industry is reacting to the consolidation. Also: can Snapchat succeed as a public company? And might President Trump’s accusation that China hasn't been playing by the rules have a point? Simon Long hosts.

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01 марта, 19:35

Podcast: Money talks

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There are a number of growing threats to Europe with Brexit and maybe another Greek disaster looming. But Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem tells Sacha Nauta the EU is actually on the mend. Also: Why Oscar mix-ups symbolise how independent films such as Moonlight are overshadowed by the big studios. Simon Long hosts.

22 февраля, 15:14

Clean energy’s dirty secret

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Could the rise of renewables be putting the traditional electricity market into a crisis? Also: Economist Diane Elson takes governments to task about the gender biases in their economic policies. And how the Brazilian government is tackling one of its biggest financial problems: pensions.

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14 февраля, 17:54

Banks on the move

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Are thousands of banking jobs set to migrate from Britain into the eurozone? Patrick Lane discusses potential destinations with host Simon Long. Also: a currency catastrophe in Zimbabwe and the decline of the executive jet

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09 февраля, 21:56

Should America want a strong dollar? It’s complicated

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IN AN experience we have all had, Donald Trump, unable to sleep, reportedly rang his National Security Advisor at 3:00 in the morning to ask whether America should want a strong dollar or a weak one. Look, there are no stupid questions. This one is actually more interesting than you might think. There are a few ways to answer it.

08 февраля, 17:25

How to make money from digital entertainment

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Billions worldwide have access to on demand digital entertainment. But how do you turn a profit in the attention economy? Also on the show: The People’s Bank of China is in the throes of an interest-rate tightening cycle. And who pays a higher salary - big or small companies?

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31 января, 19:22

A new boss at the helm of Exxon Mobil

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With Exxon Mobil’s former chief executive now Trump’s Secretary of State, what challenges will face the new man in charge of the world's largest private oil company? India’s annual economic survey includes an idea for a Universal Basic Income (UBI). What could a UBI mean for India’s poor?

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24 января, 20:10

An Expert’s Guide to Trumponomics

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A leading economist has issued stark warnings about the Trump era and its impact on the American and global economy. We ask if the new President’s monetary policy is likely to succeed or fail. And with Trump being an economic populist, what will be his attitude to The Fed?