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Money Talks: Pricing pollution

Could the success of the world?s biggest carbon market provide a model for the world? Plus, Cristina Junqueira, cofounder of Nubank, a Brazilian digital bank, on how the pandemic is supercharging the fintech revolution. And, why sports cards? leap from the schoolyard to the stock exchange reveals the growing financial power of social networks. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts.

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2021-02-23
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Money Talks: Return of the wheelie-bag

Globetrotting had never been easier?then the pandemic brought it to a standstill. The Economist?s industry editor Simon Wright investigates how mass travel has changed the world and what it will take to get people moving again. Could this shock to the system be an opportunity to make the future of tourism greener, safer and more enjoyable?

With Michael O?Leary, CEO of Ryanair, James Liang, chairman of CTrip and Trip.com, Gloria Guevara, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, and Brian Pearce, chief economist of the International Air Transport Association.

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2021-02-16
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Money Talks: Twin peaks

As the price of oil rises, so too does the value of the battery metals that could replace it. Host Patrick Lane asks what?s driving these competing bets on the fuels of the future. Plus, the rise of the hairy zombies: why some of the most pandemic-battered shares in USA Inc are confident of an afterlife. And, how remote work is playing havoc with American taxes. 

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2021-02-09
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Money Talks: UnStoppable

The GameStop saga continues?does it reveal a cheat code to how to beat the stockmarket, or is it a sign of a deeper transformation at work in the financial system? Plus, property is the biggest asset market in the world and nowhere bigger than in China. Host Simon Long asks how long China?s property boom can hold. And, our Buttonwood columnist shares some hard truths about investing in bricks and mortar. 

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2021-02-02
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Money Talks: The chips are down

The vast semiconductor industry is booming but faces new stresses that recently stalled production lines worldwide and could threaten the stability of the global economy. President Biden?s ?Buy American? executive order aims to create jobs and boost resilience?but will Americans actually benefit? And, economist Mariana Mazzucato makes the case for a modern ?moonshot?. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts.

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2021-01-26
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Money Talks: Biden, it?s time

What will the new president?s plans mean for the American economy?and for its partners and rivals around the world? Sabine Weyand, of the European Commission?s department for international trade, explains how the EU hopes to rebalance the global trading order in the post-Trump era. And host Simon Long asks why, despite a return to growth, the Communist Party is busy reining in China Inc.

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2021-01-19
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Money Talks: Testing their metals

Despite the economic catastrophe of the pandemic, prices of goods such as copper, iron ore and soya beans are surging; just how far can commodities climb? Also, how the Brexit trade agreement will reshape business on both sides of the Channel. And, the economic cost of covid-19 is impossible to calculate?but host Patrick Lane has a go anyway.

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2021-01-12
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Money Talks: Once bitcoin, thrice as high

Having tripled in value in the past quarter, the cryptocurrency continues its rollercoaster ride, as the financial establishment begins to jump aboard. Also, why a new EU-China investment deal fails to balance competition, cooperation and confrontation. And, what can companies do to bridge the gap between the workforce of today and the jobs of tomorrow? Rachana Shanbhogue hosts 

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2021-01-05
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Money Talks: The Alexander technique

A hundred years ago, Sadie Alexander became the first African American to receive a PhD in economics and then spent a career fighting racial discrimination. In this episode, The Economist?s trade and globalisation editor Soumaya Keynes speaks to Nina Banks of Bucknell University about rediscovering Alexander's economics and why her insights are still relevant today. 

 

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2020-12-29
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Merry Talks: The year that was

Tins of tuna and bedroom slippers, triple-digit growth and IPO implosion?what could it all mean? Host Henry Tricks leads an international band of ?Money Talks? regulars on a whistlestop tour through a year like no other. The team choose their stories of the year, face baffling clues to mystery items, and share their predictions?and their hopes?for 2021.

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2020-12-22
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Money Talks: The madness of crowds

A volatile world begets volatile financial markets. Does this explain investor enthusiasm for tech stocks and IPOs?or is something else afoot? Also, Michael O?Leary, the boss of Europe?s largest airline Ryanair, reads the skies ahead. And, the little-known history of working from home: even in the 18th and 19th centuries it had its advantages. Patrick Lane hosts 

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2020-12-15
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Money Talks: Will inflation bounce back?

Worrying about inflation has gone out of style. But a small band of economists and investors argue the pandemic could usher in a new era of rising prices. Also, how one of the world?s biggest pension funds is navigating this and other pandemic-related risks. And, the remarkable resilience of America?s chain restaurants. Simon Long hosts

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2020-12-08
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Money Talks: Joe?s dream team

Mr Biden?s latest nominations for his economic team send a clear message about his gameplan. Plus, deal season returns. Salesforce will buy Slack?united, could the pair take on Microsoft? And, the publishing giant building a behemoth of books. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts.

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2020-12-01
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Money Talks: The money doctors

A quiet revolution is happening in asset management. Host Patrick Lane and John O?Sullivan, The Economist?s markets columnist, speak to industry insiders about a centuries-old model under strain. They ask about the cost of the race to zero fees, if value investing has had its day and whether the quest for higher returns will lead to China.

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2020-11-24
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Money Talks: Lukewarm RCEPtion

China is in, America and India are out; is the world?s biggest trade agreement a triumph for rules-based trade or a step towards a new world order? Donald Trump?s last nominations to the Federal Reserve could help secure his legacy?and limit Mr Biden?s ability to fix the country?s economic problems. And, the candy-pink Swedish unicorn hoping to work its magic in America. Patrick Lane hosts 

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2020-11-17
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Money Talks: The inheritance of Joe

Coaxing the American economy back to health will be an unenviable challenge for the 46th president. From taxes to tariffs, we assess the task. And, as Ant agonises, what does the fate of the world?s biggest suspended IPO reveal about the future of private enterprise in China? Simon Long hosts 

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2020-11-10
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Money Talks: Buried in treasuries

On election day in the United States, host Patrick Lane looks at perhaps the world?s most important asset market: American government bonds. As it grows, this supposed safe haven is malfunctioning. If Joe Biden wins the presidency, his choice of treasury secretary will reveal much about his priorities?we size up the frontrunners. And, how to count the cost of partisanship to America Inc.

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2020-11-03
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Money Talks: The great divergence

As the covid-19 pandemic continues, disparities in the prospects of economies, industries and businesses are increasing. Host Rachana Shanbhogue and Henry Curr, our economics editor, investigate how the pandemic will recast the global economic order. They talk to Gita Gopinath, chief economist at the IMF, to identify who risks being left behind. And as the pandemic upends labour markets, will governments resist change or embrace the new reality?

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2020-10-27
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Money Talks: Xinomics

A new economic era is dawning in China?a potent mix of autocracy, technology and dynamism. Our Asia economics editor Simon Rabinovitch and host Simon Long speak to local business owners and economists about this evolution of state capitalism. Could a new sort of central planning help Chinese technology dominate the world stage? And how should the West respond?

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2020-10-20
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Money Talks: The prize is right

This year?s Nobel prize rewards two economists who reimagined an ancient form of transaction?the auction. Host Rachana Shanbhogue asks one of the winners, Paul Milgrom, how he put his cutting-edge theory into practice. Plus, the $100bn bet that has not paid off: why SoftBank?s Vision Fund failed to supercharge tech start-ups. And, how are investors hedging against the risk of post-election volatility in America?

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2020-10-13
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Money Talks: GiAnt of finance

Ant Group, the world?s biggest fintech platform, is preparing for a record-busting IPO. Is it a glimpse of the future of finance? Suzanne Clark, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, tells us how she thinks the elections will reshape America Inc. And, another Bond-film cliffhanger: can cinemas survive until the latest one shows up? Simon Long hosts

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2020-10-06
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Money Talks: A plague, but not on houses

What is driving the global boom in house prices during the pandemic? Also, American fintech firms have long distanced themselves from traditional banking?so why are some now angling to become banks themselves? And, reflections on the life of Donald Kendall, the legendary PepsiCo boss who sparked the most epic battle in American marketing. Simon Long hosts.

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2020-09-29
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Money Talks: Power in the 21st century

Oil fuelled the 20th century, but now a huge energy shock is catalysing a shift to a new world order. Charlotte Howard, The Economist's energy and commodities editor, and host Rachana Shanbhogue investigate why this oil slump is different. They ask Spencer Dale, BP's chief economist, whether the world has passed peak oil. Daniel Yergin, author of ?The New Map? and ?The Prize?, explains how cleaner energy will reshape geopolitics. And Kevin Tu, of Beijing Normal University, on China's new role as a global powerhouse of electrification.

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2020-09-22
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Money Talks: Can Oracle see TikTok?s future?

After Microsoft's takeover bid was rejected, a new deal with Oracle, a big software company, could allow the Chinese-owned social-video app to continue operating in America without a sale. The wolf, the diamonds and the foreign minister: why the biggest luxury-goods deal in history, LVMH?s purchase of Tiffany, has been put on ice. And covid-19 is putting capitalism to the test?which market models come out on top? Rachana Shanbhogue hosts. 

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2020-09-15
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Money Talks: Double bubble, is tech in trouble?

The rise and rise of American stockmarkets has faltered; what is behind the selloff in tech shares? Netflix has had a blockbuster year but faces rising costs and stiff competition. Its co-founder Reed Hastings argues the American streaming giant still has plenty of room to grow. And, what is wrong with the concept of ?net zero? carbon emissions? Patrick Lane hosts.

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2020-09-08
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Money Talks: The shape of recovery

While big tech and Wall Street are breaking records, main-street businesses are struggling to survive; governments and central banks must decide whether they can afford to dig deeper to help. Six months into the pandemic, host Rachana Shanbhogue asks Patrick Foulis, The Economist's business affairs editor, Wall Street correspondent Alice Fulwood and Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US business editor, is it time for repeat prescriptions or a new economic diagnosis?

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2020-09-01
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Money Talks: Blockbust-up

China is poised to become the world?s biggest box office. Is this an opportunity for Hollywood or could it be a show-stopper? As the dollar hovers around its weakest level in two years, we ask how it became so central to the world economy and whether this spells the beginning of the end for dollar dominance. And economist Sir Paul Collier argues that individualism is holding back society. Patrick Lane hosts 

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2020-08-25
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Money Talks: Party like it?s 1999

Tech companies are lining up to go public, while America?s stockmarkets fly high. What explains the exuberance on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley in the middle of a deep recession? How long will the fun last? And, Jim McKelvey, the founder of payments company Square on how innovation can thrive in economic chaos. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts

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2020-08-18
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Money Talks: Tik for Tok

Relations between America and China are at a fresh low. What do Donald Trump?s latest threats mean for Chinese businesses? Also, the coronavirus has had a disastrous effect on Saudi Aramco?s earnings. How can the state-controlled oil company weather the extreme conditions? And, the bumps ahead for America?s $800bn trucking industry. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts 

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2020-08-11
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Money Talks: Yearnings season

The global pandemic has hit American companies hard, reflected in the latest earnings season, and it could be many quarters before a return to profitability. In Europe, Germany is used to being an economic powerhouse, but the virus has left it in a slump. And, could central banks ditch cash in favour of virtual money? Simon Long hosts 

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2020-08-04
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Money Talks: The age of free money

In response to the covid-19 pandemic governments have pumped huge amounts of cash into economies and the role of central banks is changing dramatically. Host Rachana Shanbhogue asks Henry Curr, The Economist's economics editor, whether this heralds a new era of macroeconomics. Economists Ken Rogoff and Claudia Sahm look at what else policymakers can do?should interest rates go negative? And, banking in the shadows.

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2020-07-28
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Money Talks: TikTok goes the clock

TikTok, a video-sharing app, is caught up in the US-China clash. Can the firm restructure itself to address concerns over privacy and security? Also, why the pandemic has meant some households are awash with cash. And, a question of judgment. Patrick Lane hosts 

 

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2020-07-21
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Money Talks: No Huawei

Britain has announced plans to ban Huawei from its 5G networks over security concerns, following pressure from America. How will this change the way Chinese tech firms operate in the West? The row is one sign relations between America and China are going from bad to worse; what does that mean for their trade agreement? And, is a slow bull emerging in China's stockmarkets? Simon Long hosts

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2020-07-14
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Money Talks: In recovery?

As some lockdown measures lift, governments hope they can get their economies back on track. Which will have the strongest recovery? Also, meal-delivery wars heat up as Uber gobbles up rival Postmates in an all-stock deal worth over $2.6bn. And, the importance of building a more resilient food-supply chain. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts. 

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2020-07-07
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Money Talks: Unfriending Facebook

Companies including Unilever, Coca-Cola and Verizon are pulling their ads from Facebook because of its content-moderation policies. Does this spell trouble for the social-media giant? Also, why investors? love of commercial property is being tested. And, e-sports v traditional sports. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts. 

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2020-06-30
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Money Talks: Can Amazon still deliver?

The coronavirus has turned Amazon into one of the world?s essential firms. But while proving the company?s strengths, the pandemic-fuelled digital surge has also revealed its vulnerabilities. Tamzin Booth, The Economist?s technology and business editor, talks to insiders, critics and the competition, to find out whether Amazon can carry on dominating e-commerce and triumph in the coming cloud wars. 

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2020-06-23
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Money Talks: What USA Inc can do about racial injustice

The killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests are a wake-up call for corporate America. There are few African-Americans among its CEOs. What will bosses do to combat racism beyond releasing PR statements? Also, how diversity helps the bottom line and the history of economic suppression of African-Americans. Patrick Lane hosts.

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2020-06-16
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Money Talks: Joblessness in May

American unemployment fell in May, but is this really a sign of a "rocket-ship" recovery? Also, Gene Sperling, a former director of the National Economic Council, lays out his vision for a more equitable society. And, thriving on secrecy?the private fund behind well-known brands. Simon Long hosts.

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2020-06-09
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Money Talks: Hong Kong, gone wrong?

China and America are clashing over Hong Kong. Can the multi-trillion-dollar financial centre survive the fall out? Also, property developer Hamid Moghadam explains why the rise of e-commerce has made warehouses hot property. And the lockdown has led to a bicycle boom?will it last? Patrick Lane hosts 

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2020-06-02
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Money Talks: We?re not going on a summer holiday

Travel has virtually ground to a halt during the pandemic, exacerbating the global economy?s woes?by complicating trade ties, upending business and devastating the tourist trade. Host Simon Long explores the future of the travel industry, staycations in South Korea and future consolidation in the airline industry. Also, could travel bubbles offer a route to economic recovery?  

 

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2020-05-26
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Money Talks: Eye of the hurricane

America and Europe face a wave of corporate bankruptcies as a result of covid-19. But will some businesses be able to restructure rather than go broke? Also, why some are calling for the Federal Reserve to turn to negative interest rates to alleviate the slump. And, is now the time for entrepreneurial true grit? Rachana Shanbhogue hosts 

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2020-05-19
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Money Talks: How to keep feeding the world

The global food network has so far weathered the challenge of covid-19 and largely kept shelves and plates full. As the pandemic continues, more people are at risk of going hungry. But unlike past crises, the problem this time will not be supply. Rachana Shanbhogue and Matthieu Favas trace an $8trn food chain back from fork to farm to investigate the weak links. Can governments hold their nerve and resist protectionism? And could the crisis reveal an opportunity for a greener food future?

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2020-05-12
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Money Talks: Judgement day for the ECB

Germany?s constitutional court has given the European Central Bank an ultimatum. The ruling could prompt further challenges to both the EU?s economic recovery plan and the authority of its highest court. The pandemic is a moment of reckoning for America?s health-care industry; but could patients ultimately benefit? And host Patrick Lane gets a glimpse of the?contactless?office of the future.

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2020-05-05
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Money Talks: Peak car?

Lockdowns worldwide have brought the automobile industry to a standstill. Hakan Samuelsson, the CEO of Volvo, explains why the solution to the crisis will not be as simple as getting factories moving again. Host Rachana Shanbhogue asks Simon Wright, industry editor, and Patrick Foulis, business affairs editor, whether carmakers can still afford to invest in the cutting-edge technologies that could transport them to a greener, safer future. Has the world passed peak car?

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2020-04-28
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Money Talks: Hedging their bets

Hedge funds are usually seen as the risk-takers of the financial world, but how have they been performing in these times of economic turmoil? And, why the coronavirus pandemic could lead to the deaths of millions of small businesses. Plus, the problem of moral hazard?could government bail-outs have unintended consequences? Patrick Lane hosts 

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2020-04-21
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Money Talks: The business of survival

With countries accounting for more than half of global GDP in lockdown, the collapse of commercial activity is unprecedented. Falling demand and a bitter price war had pushed the price of crude oil to its lowest since 1999. Could a historic deal between oil producers be enough to stabilise the market? Plus, those companies that survive the coronavirus crisis will have to adapt to a very different environment. And, how to reopen factories after covid-19. Patrick Lane hosts 

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2020-04-14
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Money Talks: Banking on it

Banks have entered this financial crisis in better health than the previous one. But how sick might they get? Emerging-market lockdowns match rich-world ones but their governments cannot afford such generous handouts. Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains how emerging economies might weather the pandemic. And how Silicon Valley's unicorns are losing their sheen. Simon Long hosts 

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2020-04-07
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Money Talks: The home front

At the beginning of a financial year like no other, millions of newly furloughed or unemployed Americans face rent and mortgage payments. How long can the financial system withstand the strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic? Many employees have had to make a quick transition to remote working. Businesses struggling to make the switch could look to those companies that have never had an office. And, a day in the life of Bartleby?and his cat. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts.

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2020-03-31
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Money Talks: Closed for business

In a desperate attempt to slow the spread of covid-19, governments around the world are ordering residents to stay at home. As the number of fatalities increases, so do the corporate casualties. Which companies are worst-hit and how long will they be closed? And, as Americans stock up on goods in preparation for lockdown, a peek into the pantry shows the scale of the challenge facing one of the country's core industries?dairy. Plus, can global trade weather the economic havoc caused by the virus? Simon Long hosts. 

 

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2020-03-24
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Money Talks: Nearing zero

America?s Federal Reserve cut interest rates to close to zero to try to ease the economic pain caused by the outbreak of covid-19. What more can central banks do? And, why are many companies fleeing to cash? As consumers race to buy pasta and toilet rolls, what are governments shopping for? Simon Long hosts 

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2020-03-17
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