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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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Jul 07, 2020
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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Jun 30, 2020
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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Jun 23, 2020
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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Jun 16, 2020
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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Jun 09, 2020
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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Jun 02, 2020
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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May 26, 2020
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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May 19, 2020
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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May 12, 2020
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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May 05, 2020
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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Apr 28, 2020
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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Apr 21, 2020
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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Apr 14, 2020
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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Apr 07, 2020
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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Mar 31, 2020
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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Mar 24, 2020
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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Mar 17, 2020
Money Talks: Another Black Monday

Financial markets are reeling from a new “Black Monday” which saw oil prices tumble and stocks plunge in the most brutal day for the market since the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. Slumping demand caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus has sparked a crude-oil price war. What are the ramifications? And, how the virus is boosting a fledgling Chinese industry. Patrick Lane hosts 


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Mar 10, 2020
Money Talks: How to save the world economy?

The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates in the face of increasing concern about the economic impact of the new coronavirus. It follows warnings from forecasters that the outbreak could tip some countries into recession. What more needs to be done to prevent a full-scale downturn? The Economist’s Europe economics correspondent Rachana Shanbhogue asks Patrick Foulis, business affairs editor; Alice Fulwood, American finance correspondent; and Henry Tricks, Schumpeter columnist

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Mar 03, 2020
Money Talks: covid-19 spreads

Stockmarkets saw some of the sharpest falls in years after a rise in new coronavirus cases. Is a global economic downturn on the cards? Also, Argentina faces serious debt difficulties—can it strike a new deal with the International Monetary Fund? And, Professor Diane Coyle, from Cambridge University, on the importance of the “data economy”. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts

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Feb 25, 2020
Money Talks: Coronanomics

Coronavirus is causing unprecedented supply and demand challenges for the global economy. How can businesses minimise economic damage? Also, why are MBA schools in China thriving? And, the cities rebelling against the cashless revolution. Patrick Lane hosts.

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Feb 18, 2020
Money Talks: Supply strain

As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread, what effect will factory closures in China have on global supply chains? Also, how technology is finally poised to disrupt the market for real estate. And what it takes to be a CEO in 2020. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts 


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Feb 11, 2020
Money Talks: Business after Brexit

After Britain’s official departure from the European Union on January 31st, the government faces a divergence dilemma: departing from the EU's rules may mean less access to its markets. The Economist’s Britain business editor Tamzin Booth explains the costs and opportunities of a directive-free future. And Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, and city financier Dame Helena Morrissey discuss what government and business must do to adapt. Patrick Lane hosts


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Feb 04, 2020
Money Talks: Market contagion

Concern over the new coronavirus caused global stockmarkets to fall. Could the Wuhan virus hurt economic growth in China more than the SARS virus did? Also, how can India’s economy recover from “stagflation”? And, the “father of disruptive innovation” has died—the legacy of Clayton Christensen’s management lessons. Simon Long hosts.

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Jan 28, 2020
Money Talks: Goldilocks economy

America’s biggest banks posted record profits last week, despite falling interest rates. This week the attention turns to smaller lenders. Why might they not do so well? Also, why precious metals rhodium and palladium make gold look cheap. And, ganbei! The world’s biggest alcoholic-drinks company, finding success in doing everything… wrong. Simon Long hosts 


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Jan 21, 2020
Money Talks: Experiencing turbulence

Boeing has a new chief executive. What does he need to do to restore faith in the world’s biggest aerospace company? Also, why some countries are trying to ditch the dollar and challenge America’s dominance of the global financial cycle. And, how can the economics profession solve its race problem? Rachana Shanbhogue hosts. 


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Jan 14, 2020
Money Talks: Full battle rattle

Oil and gold prices spiked after the killing of Qassem Suleimani, an Iranian general, by the United States. How might heightened tension in the Middle East affect these important commodity markets in the weeks ahead? And, at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, Ben Bernanke reflected on how successfully the Fed has adapted to a world of ultra-low interest rates. Also, why consumer shame now means it pays to be ethical. Patrick Lane hosts 

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Jan 07, 2020
Money Talks: Work in progress

The office is evolving beyond recognition. How did a functional grid of desks become more like a home, complete with in-house childcare and spare exercise clothes? James Fransham, a data journalist at The Economist, takes a tour of some of the world’s leading offices to find out whether other companies will follow their lead. Is it possible to leave work feeling better than when you arrived? And, when it comes to the bottom line, is the office of the future good for business?


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Dec 31, 2019
A very merry Money Talks Christmas special

From pickled radishes to red knickers, we take a break from the news of the moment to look back over the peaks and troughs of the past year in business, finance and economics. Our merry panel of Helen Joyce, The Economist’s finance editor, Patrick Foulis, our business affairs editor, and Schumpeter columnist Henry Tricks join Philip Coggan, otherwise known as Bartleby, for a riotous ride through the stories of the year. And, fortified with mulled wine and chocolate coins, they offer their predictions for 2020

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Dec 24, 2019
Money talks: Maxed out

Boeing has announced it will temporarily cease production of 737 Max airliners. How high are the stakes for the company? And Heather Boushey, executive director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, says data on inequality should be making economists rethink their models. Also, The Economist’s Bartleby columnist on how to survive the office Christmas party. Simon Long hosts 

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Dec 17, 2019
Money talks: Political currency

How are markets pricing the various possible outcomes of the British election? And, central banks are starting to incorporate climate risk into their forecasts, but some wonder whether they are over-reaching. Also, the nuts of wrath—a tale of Italian Nutella. Helen Joyce hosts. 

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Dec 10, 2019
Money talks: Instant tariffication

Donald Trump is introducing new tariffs and this time they are not aimed at China. The latest figures suggest that China’s economy is stronger than Mr Trump portrays. What valuation will the Saudi Aramco IPO achieve? Also, economist and author Branko Milanović on the battle between liberal capitalism and political capitalism. Patrick Lane hosts 

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Dec 03, 2019
Money talks: Shopping for diamonds

LVMH, a French luxury goods giant, is buying American jeweller Tiffany & Co for over $16bn. What are its plans for the latest jewel in its crown? Soumaya Keynes speaks to Stephen Vaughn, former general counsel to the United States Trade Representative, about a crisis at the heart of the World Trade Organisation. And, what lessons can be learned from the world’s most extreme economies? Patrick Lane hosts


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Nov 26, 2019
Money talks: Getting bizzy

Ahead of the UK’s general election, party leaders courted businesses at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry. We ask the CBI’s chief economist Rain Newton-Smith what attendees made of their proposals. Also, Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz reveals the secrets of success in the world of venture capitalism. And, why the future of gaming is in the cloud. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts


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Nov 19, 2019
Money talks: Streams come true

Disney Plus enters the battle of the streaming services, amongst competition from Netflix, Apple, Amazon and others. Which will achieve the Hollywood ending? And we ask Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade advisor, what the endgame is in negotiations with China. Also, why our Bartleby columnist hates videoconferencing. Helen Joyce hosts 


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Nov 12, 2019
Money talks: Unhappy EUnion

Opposition to the European Central Bank’s plans for quantitative easing has been split along North-South lines in the euro zone. But are these concerns justified? And, journalist and author Matthew Syed explains why thinking is more creative in organisations where the staff are diverse. Also, our Wall Street correspondent, Alice Fulwood, plays a round of poker with player and entrepreneur Bryn Kenney, who tops the world’s All-Time Money List. Simon Long hosts

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Nov 05, 2019
Money talks: HSBC change

HSBC’s third-quarter results have revealed a “disappointing” performance in Europe and America. What has caused problems for the global bank? Also, Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil firm, looks likely to push forward with plans for an IPO. What challenges does the oil giant face? And Julian Richer, founder of the entertainment retailer Richer Sounds, on the secret to keeping staff happy. Simon Long hosts

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Oct 29, 2019
Money talks: Wells Far(to)go

The new boss of Wells Fargo has an unenviable to-do list. Our Wall Street correspondent sizes up Charlie Scharf’s prospects for rehabilitating the bank after a series of scandals. Senator Elizabeth Warren is now leading the pack of Democratic candidates for the American presidency. Would her plans reshape American capitalism for better or worse? And, can money really buy happiness? Patrick Lane hosts


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Oct 22, 2019
Money talks: A Nobel endeavour

What causes poverty? Rachana Shanbogue interviews this year’s winners of the Nobel prize for economics—Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. Their pioneering work has changed the understanding of one of the hardest problems in economics: why do some countries grow rich while others stay poor? Plus, Europe’s Nordic banks are embroiled in money-laundering scandals. What do regulators need to do to restore confidence?

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Oct 15, 2019
Money talks: How low can rates go?

Our economics editor, Henry Curr, explores why the global economy is behaving weirdly and how governments and central banks should respond. Also, can freer trade help address climate change? The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, asks Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, Cecilia Malmström, the EU’s trade commissioner, Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, and Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Credit Suisse, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. And, how the economics of streaming is changing pop songs. Helen Joyce hosts

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Oct 08, 2019
Money talks: WeWorry

WeWork has scrapped plans for an initial public offering after its CEO stepped down amid claims of mismanagement. What does its implosion mean for investors and other young firms with similar ambitions? Greece's new government is preparing to announce its first draft budget. Will it be enough to re-energise the economy? Plus, a taste of Chinese fine wine. Patrick Lane hosts

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Oct 01, 2019
Money talks: Planet Inc

What are the risks businesses face from climate change? And, Kate Raworth, economist and educator, explains “doughnut economics” and says rich economies are addicted to “unending growth”. Who are the billionaires hoping to make big bucks from climate change? Also, we hear from the finalists of The Economist’s Open Future essay competition who sought an effective response to climate change. Simon Long hosts 


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Sep 24, 2019
Money talks: Purpose vs profit

What are companies for? The orthodoxy was that they exist primarily to pursue profit. But a new faith in higher corporate purpose as a means to address social injustice, climate change and inequality is sweeping the Western business world. How much is this trend of “reverse Friedmanism” going to change what it means to do business? Or could chief executives playing politics have dangerous consequences? Tamzin Booth hosts

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Sep 17, 2019
Money talks: Fannie and Freddie move house

The US Treasury plans to privatise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which prop up most of the country’s mortgage finance. How will this affect the US mortgage market? Also, despite legislation aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit, Britain could still leave the EU without a deal. The Bank of England is weighing up its options for how to deal with the consequences. And, how important are coaches to sporting success? Simon Long hosts

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Sep 10, 2019
Money talks: Hell to peso

Argentina’s President has imposed currency controls in an attempt to stabilise the markets, as the country faces escalating financial troubles. How did things go so wrong so quickly? And what next? The Economist’s Soumaya Keynes asks Binyamin Appelbaum, author of “The Economists’ Hour”, what impact economists have had on public policy. Also, why are older people not retiring? Simon Long hosts

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Sep 03, 2019
Money talks: Big pharma in court

The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572 million for its part in the opioid crisis in the state of Oklahoma. What precedent will this set? In Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard explains how the escalation of trade tensions is affecting monetary policy and he reacts to President Trump’s adversarial style. And finally, some funny business. Simon Long hosts

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Aug 27, 2019
Money talks: From bad to wurst

This week the Bundesbank warned that Germany’s economy will probably soon be in recession. Henry Curr, our economics editor, argues that the country needs more fiscal stimulus. Who will buy the world’s largest AI computer chip? And, Apple's entry into the credit card market. Simon Long hosts

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Aug 20, 2019
Money talks: Delayed tariffication

President Trump has delayed some tariffs on Chinese imports. Soumaya Keynes, our US economics editor, explains the surprise decision and its implications for the global economy. Also, is data as valuable an asset as oil? What can companies learn from the oil industry about keeping data safe? And, the secrets of success for online fashion retailers. Rachana Shanbogue hosts

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Aug 13, 2019
Money talks: Yuan-a fight?

President Donald Trump has accused China of being a currency manipulator, after the Chinese currency “po qi” or “cracked 7” against the US dollar— a psychologically significant value—for the first time in over a decade. How will this escalation of the US-China trade war affect global markets? Also, how useful are yield curves for predicting future recessions? And, life without Uber. Rachana Shanbhogue presents.

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Aug 06, 2019
Money talks: Warren of Wall Street

Can US Senator Elizabeth Warren convince Wall Street to back her and how are the other candidates faring in the Democratic competition for the 2020 presidential nomination? And, David Autor, an economist at MIT, speaks to Money Talks about how computers changed the US labour market, the impact of China and his gecko brand. Also, will the world follow Sweden’s lead and go cashless? Simon Long hosts

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Jul 30, 2019
Money talks: Europe’s bright spots

A few resilient countries and sectors have helped cushion the effects of a trade and manufacturing slowdown on the euro zone. But can that continue? Also, Tyler Cowen, an economist and blogger, stands up for big business. And, it’s all in the small print – why it matters that consumers neither read nor understand the contracts they sign. Simon Long hosts

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Jul 23, 2019
Money talks: How slow can you grow?

Last week’s episode asked how long American economic growth could last. Now, new figures reveal that China’s growth is the slowest in nearly three decades. What can the Chinese government do about it? Insurance companies make their money from predicting disaster, but as those risks change the industry is lagging behind. And England has won the Cricket World Cup in a controversial tiebreak––but are tiebreaks fair? Simon Long hosts

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Jul 16, 2019
Money talks: When the growing gets tough

America’s economy has been expanding for 121 months in a row—unemployment is low and the stock market has soared. But how long can this last? History suggests a painful recession might be around the corner. Nobel prizewinner and economics professor Joseph Stiglitz tells us capitalism is broken. And, what is an economist's secret to affordable tickets to Wimbledon? Rachana Shanbhogue hosts

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Jul 09, 2019
Money talks: Brexit and the City

London is home to the world’s biggest international financial centre. But Brexit threatens to cut the City off from its most important single foreign market. Tamzin Booth, The Economist’s Britain business editor, investigates whether the City of London can survive Brexit and how other cities across Europe, like Frankfurt, are vying to win their rival’s business. What is at stake on both sides of the Channel, and are there any winners in this battle? 

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Jul 02, 2019
Money talks: Bargaining chips

The trade war between America and China is intensifying after America blacklisted five more Chinese technology entities. Will this jeopardise any talk of a trade deal at the upcoming G20 summit? Could low-denomination treasury bills help Italy’s cash-strapped economy? Also, a new way of working called “ghost work”. Phil Coggan hosts

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Jun 25, 2019
Money talks: Banking bad

Deutsche Bank plans to create a new division, a “bad bank”, which will hold tens of billions of euros of assets as part of an overhaul of it is operations. Will the remaining firm become profitable enough to satisfy regulators and investors? And the growing concern in China over balancing the books at a local level. Also, our correspondent takes a trip to Citeco — France’s museum of economics. Patrick Foulis hosts

Jun 18, 2019
Money talks: All the presidents men

There are no women in the running to take over as the next President of the European Central Bank. And, lessons from the Woodford Investment group—even star fund-managers can struggle to outperform the market. Also, why do German billionaires avoid the limelight? Simon Long hosts

Jun 11, 2019
Money talks: Tariffs at dawn

President Trump has started using import tariffs to win political as well as economic battles. What will be the impact of his latest threats to impose tariffs on Mexican goods? Also, how the US Federal Reserve is preparing for the next recession. And, how a toxic working environment can poison lives even among do-gooders. Simon Long hosts

Jun 04, 2019
Money talks: Just the job

The received wisdom is that work is becoming low-paid and precarious, with jobs lost to automation and the gig economy. The data say otherwise. What does the jobs boom in the rich world mean for the global economy? Also, will Alibaba’s plans to list in Hong Kong start a corporate shift away from Wall Street? And, the role of clearing houses in averting financial crises. Philip Coggan hosts

May 28, 2019
Money talks: When the chips are down

How will the Trump administration’s restrictions affect Huawei—can the world’s second biggest smartphone maker adapt to not doing business with America? Michael Froman, a former US trade representative and the vice-chairman of MasterCard, discusses how private companies themselves can promote freer trade. And Jennifer Eberhardt, a professor of psychology, on the science of racial bias. Simon Long hosts

May 21, 2019
Money talks: A US-China game of nerves

Two-way trade between America and China hit $2bn a day last year. But the growing mistrust between the two countries is turning business from a safe space into a field of contention. David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, has travelled across both countries and found that, with China’s daunting rise, making money is no longer enough to keep friendly relations.

May 14, 2019
Money talks: Tech’s raid on the banks

Digital disruption is coming to banking at last. Helen Joyce travels across Asia to see how fintechs like Ant Financial are transforming how people spend, save and invest their money, and asks whether traditional banks can catch up. Who will win the battle to be the bank of the future? And could having a bank in your pocket make your money safer?

May 07, 2019
Money talks: Rise of the No Men

Since the financial crisis, compliance officers in charge of minimising banks’ regulatory woes have never been more in demand. Will banks reach peak compliance? Also, author Caroline Criado Perez exposes what she calls “data bias in a world designed for men”. Also, after Avengers: Endgame broke box office records, will Disney Hulk smash the streaming competition later this year? Philip Coggan hosts

Apr 30, 2019
Money talks: Waging bull

As the debate about raising the minimum wage in America intensifies, it seems that wages for the lowest-paid Americans are already on the increase.  Also, why is wage growth in the UK picking up at last? Finally, the most expensive homes in the world’s most desirable cities are becoming a bit less expensive.  Simon Longs hosts

Apr 23, 2019
Money talks: Big bank theory

America’s largest banks reported earnings this week. Bank of America’s chief executive, Brian Moynihan, tells Anne McElvoy why he is bullish about the American economy and justifies his pay package. Also, can Goldman Sachs reinvent itself in the shadow of a scandal? And, Tiger Woods’s stroke of genius—for the business of golf. Simon Long hosts

Apr 16, 2019
Money talks: Banking on independence

It’s all change at the European Central Bank with its president, Mario Draghi, set to depart, along with two senior board members. As debate rumbles in America around central-bank independence, can new leadership at the ECB navigate the political shoals? Also, Airbus’s new boss seeks to capitalise as Boeing flounders. And, can the exorbitant cost of cross-border remittances be brought down? Simon Long hosts

Apr 09, 2019
Money talks: Opioid scandal

Purdue Pharma, a US company which makes OxyContin and is owned by members of the Sackler family, is at the eye of the opioid crisis.  What next for the Sacklers and how similar is this storm to that which faced the tobacco industry in the 1990s? Also, the fading fortunes of European banks and NYC’s $100bn congestion problem. Simon Long hosts

Apr 02, 2019
Money talks: Too close to the Son

Masayoshi Son reinvented investing — as he prepares to raise billions of dollars for Vision Fund 2, what are the governance questions? Chickenomics and how chicken became the rich world's most popular meat. And, our Bartleby columnist explores the role of charisma in good leadership.  Rachana Shanbhogue hosts

Mar 26, 2019
Money talks: #Metoo in Economics

A new survey published this week shows harassment and discrimination are widespread problems in the academic field of economics. Soumaya Keynes, our US Economics Editor, speaks to those in the field and Ben Bernanke, President of the American Economic Association, about their experiences and what can be done to achieve change

Mar 19, 2019
Money talks: Boeing grounded

Several countries have grounded Boeing’s 737 Max after two catastrophic crashes. What are the precedents and can the business recover? Also, as China’s giant current-account surplus vanishes, could this lead to the Chinese economy opening up? And Volkswagen announces plans to cut jobs as it launches a fleet of new electric cars. Simon Long hosts

Mar 12, 2019
Money talks: Winter is coming

How a once white-hot tech sector in China is shedding capital, employees and bonuses and heading for a freeze. Plane stupid — a look at the private jet industry and why airlines are phasing out first class seats. Also, Jim Collins, author of the best seller ‘Good to Great’, explains the flywheel principle. Simon Long hosts

Mar 05, 2019
Money talks: No magic sauce

Could Kraft Heinz’s troubles signal the limits of cost-cutting and the strategies of 3G Capital? Germany’s Deutsche Bank is struggling, but merging might not be the right answer. Sallie Krawcheck, a titan of Wall Street, who once thought social impact investing was for “granola eaters”, now tells us companies should be less dominated by white males. Simon Long hosts

Feb 26, 2019
Money talks: B&B — Brexit and Business

It is not yet clear how Britain will leave the European Union on March 29th. But for companies that have to ship stuff to the other side of the world, Brexit has already arrived. What are British companies doing to prepare themselves for Brexit and what effect will this have on the British economy? Richard Cockett hosts

Feb 19, 2019
Money talks: A billionaire, a scandal and business…

The world’s richest man, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos fights back against the Enquirer. Tackling the challenge of the "pink" and "blue" jobs market — should the employment market be more "purple"? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how useful are employee surveys? Simon Long hosts

Feb 12, 2019
Money talks: Crude awakening

ExxonMobil is pursuing an aggressive plan for oil investment. Charlotte Howard, our energy editor, explains why. Also, Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast has a record of wrong-footing critics—can he do so again? And the producers of China’s ancient liquor, baijiu, plan to go global. Host Simon Long tastes it.

Feb 05, 2019
Money talks: Calming down hyperinflation

With the economic turmoil crippling Venezuela, we ask what can be done to bring a quick resolution to hyperinflation? Also, the Chinese giant grain producer that is threatening the global industry. And yet another controversy for the credit-default swap. Simon Long hosts

Jan 29, 2019
Money talks: Achtung maybe?

Is Germany's economy on the brink of a recession? And Professor Amy Edmondson, author of “The Fearless Organisation”, examines the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Also, remembering John Clifton "Jack" Bogle, patron saint of the amateur investor. Philip Coggan hosts

Jan 22, 2019
Money talks: Cost of the shutdown

Will the government shutdown in America cause long-lasting economic damage? Henry Tricks reports on how robots and automation will help Chinese firms cope with rising wages and the trade war. Also, what fuelled the huge growth of Canada's state pension fund and what can it teach other countries? Philip Coggan hosts

Jan 15, 2019
Money talks: The Euro at 20

As the Euro turns 20 years old, we look back at its launch and ask what the future holds for the currency. After Apple announced it was cutting its quarterly revenue forecast, we discuss whether peak smartphone has been reached. And, Vice President of Twitter, Bruce Daisley, tells us to turn off phone notifications and how to increase the joy of work. Philip Coggan hosts

Jan 08, 2019
Money talks: Bright economic stars

Who are the world’s most exciting young economists? Every ten years, since 1988, The Economist has chosen those whose innovative research is likely to shape our future. Their work varies from the science of education choices to the economics of the weather. In the past, the list has included Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, Freakonomics’ Steven Levitt and Esther Duflo. Our host, Soumaya Keynes, takes a road trip to meet four of the most promising economists of the decade: Stefanie Stantcheva, Melissa Dell, Parag Pathak and Emi Nakamura. Music: Coming Home by TeknoAXE CC by 4.0

Jan 01, 2019
Money talks: The Christmas jamboree

The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Charlotte Howard and NPR’s Cardiff Garcia join host Philip Coggan for our celebration of the business, finance and economics highlights and lowlights of 2018.

Dec 18, 2018
Money talks: Huawei in the spotlight

The Chinese tech company at the centre of the American - China trade war. How illicit trade is threatening our future with guest Professor Louise Shelley. And the exclusive and influential part of the financial landscape reserved for billionaires. Simon Long hosts.

Dec 11, 2018
Money talks: Easing into a recovery?

As the ECB brings an end to quantitative easing, is Europe’s economic recovery underway? How, despite the glamour of its fashion show, Victoria’s Secret is struggling to keep up with rivals. And the problem of online fraud in America. Simon Long hosts

Dec 04, 2018
Money talks: Going, going, Ghosn

We discuss General Motors’ plans to halt production at five factories in North America and cut more than 14,000 jobs. Also, what next for Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault after Carlos Ghosn was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct and dismissed from his post as chairman? And, the challenges facing new pub landlords in Ireland. Philip Coggan hosts.

Nov 27, 2018
Money talks: Trump’s Economics Adviser

We speak to Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers about the American economy.

Helen Joyce hosts.

Nov 20, 2018
Money talks: Monopolies and boardroom games

How powerful firms could undermine public faith in capitalism. Shakespearean drama in Nokia’s boardroom. And most businesses are ramping up their holiday hiring, but where will they find workers? Simon Long hosts.

Music by TeknoAXE CC by 4.0 (Cello Zen, The Cold of the Night)

Nov 13, 2018
Money talks: Mid-term matters

As Americans go to the polls, how will Mr. Trump's economic policies play out in the mid-term elections? Who will benefit from America's opportunity zones? And, the buzz around the SEC and what business bosses really think about President Trump.

Simon Long hosts

Nov 06, 2018
Money talks: End of Austerity?

Analysis of Britain's budget with our Britain economics correspondent. What is driving the fall in tech stocks? And, is Harley Davidson struggling to fire on all cylinders?

Helen Joyce hosts. Sound effect: THE_bizniss (cc x 3.0)

Oct 30, 2018
Money talks: China jitters

Is China’s slowing economic growth a cause for concern and will the market jitters spread? Amazon moves into digital advertising in a big way. And, our very own super-hero Captain Sensible takes us on a tour of effective economic policies. Rachana Shanbhogue hosts. Music: Super Hero by TeknoAXE (CC x 4.0)

Oct 23, 2018
Money talks: Sears of change

Sears, the giant of American retail, goes bankrupt. The shale boom has made America the world’s top oil producer: is it sustainable? And is Weight Watchers over “weight”? Helen Joyce hosts

Oct 16, 2018
Money talks: How do you solve a problem like Brasilia?

The next president of Brazil will inherit a public-finance crisis. Far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro is on track to win - what are the implications if he's elected? Britain’s crackdown on dirty money. And the challenges of overcoming another global recession. Helen Joyce hosts.

Oct 09, 2018
Money talks: Musk do better!

Could Italy’s new budget plans lead to a fresh Eurozone crisis? Elon Musk versus the regulators. And the challenges of replacing the LIBOR rate.

Helen Joyce hosts. Music adapted from track by The Waiters (CC by 3.0 UK)

Oct 02, 2018
Money talks: Sky’s the limit

The impact on the media industry of Comcast’s blowout bid for Sky. What has changed in the corporate world in the wake of the #MeToo movement? And the annoying CEO habits you might not want to emulate. Andrew Palmer hosts

Sep 25, 2018
Money talks: Tariffic!

More Trump tariffs, how is China likely to retaliate? Historian Lord Skidelsky challenges mainstream economic ideas. And the hopes and hurdles for South Korean businesses eyeing up opportunities in North Korea. Philip Coggan hosts

Sep 18, 2018
Money Talks: The Lehman Lessons

Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we examine what progress has been made. Are we prepared for the next global financial crisis? Helen Joyce hosts

Sep 11, 2018
Money talks: Crumbling currencies

How are the governments in Argentina and Turkey responding to their financial and economic crises? Samir Desai, the CEO and cofounder of funding circle, explains why he’s going public. And what are the biggest threats to the global smartphone supply chain?  Helen Joyce hosts

Sep 04, 2018
Money talks: NAFTA — alive or dead?

Has there been a breakthrough in efforts to revamp the NAFTA trade agreement? Henry Tricks, our commodities editor, explains recent falls in commodity prices. And how did YouTube profit from the biggest amateur boxing match of all time?  Andrew Palmer hosts.

Aug 28, 2018
Money talks: Chopping zeros off the Bolivar

What effect will President Maduro’s desperate measures have on the Venezuelan economy? Stephen Gibbs reports from Caracas. Also on the show: how can companies protect themselves against intangible risks and dealing with congestion in cities. Andrew Palmer hosts.

Aug 21, 2018
Money talks: Sick as a Turkey

Are Turkey's currency troubles contagious? The weed-killer court case that could have worldwide impact. And why Tiger Woods still has the power to roar Andrew Palmer hosts

Aug 14, 2018
Money talks: Urban outbidders

Property prices in the world’s most desirable cities have sped away from those elsewhere but what has caused that trend, and will it last? And how governments are limiting foreign investment in tech companies to reduce China's influence. Also, a new decentralised app for prediction markets. Helen Joyce hosts

Aug 07, 2018
Money talks: Greek Lessons

Should the Bank of England raise interest rates this week?   As Greece prepares to exit its bail-out, what are the lessons to be learned from the crisis?  And open-plan offices - do they work? Helen Joyce hosts

Jul 31, 2018
Money talks: One Belt One Road

What now for Fiat Chrysler after Sergio Marchionne’s departure? How America and Europe are tightening rules on foreign direct investments. And China’s Belt and Road Initiative - a benevolent gift to connect the world or a highway to world dominance?  Helen Joyce hosts

Jul 24, 2018
Money talks: W-T-Oh

How can world leaders fix the World Trade Organisation? Also, we discuss the runners and riders to replace Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank. And, after the World Cup in Russia why is the football transfer market unusually quiet? Helen Joyce hosts

Jul 17, 2018
Money talks: Make trade not war

Is there a way out of trade war? The US tariffs and the global repercussions.

Bringing electricity to the remotest and poorest parts of the world - are mini-grids the answer? And is WeWork worth its $20bn valuation?

Helen Joyce hosts

Jul 10, 2018
Money talks: Trolley wars

What will Tesco and Carrefour’s strategic alliance mean for customers and suppliers? Stan Pignal reports on why women in India have dropped out of the workforce.  And CO2 shortages in the UK hit the beer industry. Philip Coggan hosts

Jul 03, 2018
Money talks: Netflixonomics

Gady Epstein explores how Netflix has grown into a global entertainment network and asks Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings about power and responsibility. Also, is government outsourcing a toxic model that can’t be rescued? And could you lead the country of Petronia after its discovery of oil? Helen Joyce hosts

Jun 26, 2018
Money talks: Drums of trade war

As fears mount of a trade war between China and America, David Rennie looks at how China is preparing. And as part of our Open Future season, we explore how tax systems could be improved. Also, the electric bike business is riding high. Helen Joyce hosts

Jun 19, 2018
Money talks: G7 handshakes at dawn

How President Trump turned his back on the G7 summit joint agreement. Sir Paul Tucker, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, tells us when power should be delegated to technocrats.   And can the solar industry survive without subsidies?

Jun 12, 2018
Money talks: How to top Trump?

How should allies stand up to President Trump’s trade tariffs? We talk to Professor Kate Pickett about the link between inequality and anxiety in her sequel to The Spirit Level.  And Renting The Runway - is shopping for clothes going out of style? Andrew Palmer hosts

Jun 05, 2018
Money talks: The Italian problem

Our economic editor, Henry Curr, looks at the threat Italy’s political crisis poses to the euro zone. And Ludwig Siegele, our technology editor, asks Glen Weyl, author of "Radical Markets", why he wants to expand the role of markets and how a new wealth tax could work. Helen Joyce hosts. Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

May 29, 2018
Money talks: Is Trump jump-starting business?

Are US businesses happy with the Trump Era? Do we need to break the cosy relationship between auditors and their clients? And why large companies are choosing to invest in Central Europe. Philip Coggan hosts

May 22, 2018
Money talks: Sanction Buster - who you gonna call?

The implications of President Trump’s U-turn on Telecoms giant ZTE. Tamzin Booth explains why Masayoshi Son could be the most influential man in the Tech world. And how non-compete clauses are gumming up the US economy. Helen Joyce hosts

May 15, 2018
Money talks: Don’t bank with me Argentina

As Argentina starts talks with the IMF, we ask why Argentina’s currency crisis is causing financial wobbles in other emerging markets.? Simon Long explores whether digital technology can reach people who don’t have access to bank accounts. And, Philip Coggan transforms into Dr Who and looks back at 12 years of his Buttonwood column. Helen Joyce hosts

May 08, 2018
Money talks: Taming crypto

How do regulators define and tackle crypto-currencies? Professor Mariana Mazzucato explains how economists should measure value.  Also, the jeanius of Levi’s denim revival. Helen Joyce hosts

May 01, 2018
Money talks: Trump makes crude jump

Our energy and commodities editor, Henry Tricks, looks at how sensitive the commodities markets are to geopolitical comments. Also, is the Eurozone facing a nasty surprise or is the growth slowdown a temporary blip?  And Irish farmers looking for a slice of the European cheese market. Philip Coggan hosts

Apr 24, 2018
Money talks: Circling around WPP

Our media editor, Gady Epstein, assesses the future of the advertising giant WPP after its CEO Sir Martin Sorrell stepped down. Also, should the USPS be privatised? And the latest figures on China’s economy. Helen Joyce hosts

Apr 17, 2018
Money Talks: Trade 301

President Trump’s proposals for tariffs threaten a trade war between America and China. Is there a negotiable way out of the problem? Also, reported merger talks between two legal giants could herald a wave of transatlantic deals. And an assessment of social-safety nets in poorer countries reveals a mixed picture. Helen Joyce hosts.

Apr 10, 2018
Money talks: A bumpy ride

We ask Henry Curr, our US economics editor, if global stockmarket volatility is the new normal.  Also, is India’s economy on the right track? And, the impact of the mobile-phone industry on Vietnam. Helen Joyce hosts

Apr 03, 2018
Money talks: Trading tit for tat

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains why the Trump administration’s strategy towards China is risky.  Also, are the advertising agency giants doomed? And the economics of Vibranium in Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie. Helen Joyce hosts

Mar 26, 2018
Money talks: Yi Gang at the helm

Our Asia Economics editor, Simon Rabinovitch, analyses what the new boss of China’s central bank means for China's economy. Also, will Dropbox’s IPO filing be a success? And charging the electric-car revolution. Helen Joyce hosts 

Mar 20, 2018
Money talks: Battle with Beijing

Simon Rabinovitch, our Asia economics editor, discusses the likely impact of American trade tariffs and Mr Trump’s intervention in the Qualcomm-Broadcom deal on China.  And why is America’s health-care system so expensive? Also, can the "petro" save Venezuela’s ailing economy? Helen Joyce hosts

Mar 13, 2018
Money talks: Steely Tariffs

Are we on the brink of a trade war? Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, explains President Donald Trump’s plans for tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and goes back to basics with Economics 101: Why Trade is Good.  Also, do women invest differently to men? Helen Joyce hosts

Mar 06, 2018
Money talks: American companies face off with the NRA

In the aftermath of the Florida shooting, is corporate America being forced to take a stance? Also; Soumaya Keynes speaks to Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University, about the right way to sell trade deals.  And the rapid rise and fall of Anbang. Helen Joyce hosts

Feb 27, 2018
Money talks: The oil club

Henry Tricks, our energy and commodities editor asks whether the chumminess between oil producing countries will last. Also, how will Facebook tackle the challenges ahead and the unlikely home for the world’s crypto-valley? Helen Joyce hosts

Feb 20, 2018
Money talks: Lessons from Norway

10 years on, what can we learn from the Norwegian quota for female corporate directors?  Also: A tale of two chip-makers and a mammoth hostile takeover bid — Qualcomm and Broadcom.  And, what is threatening old-fashioned customer service in Japan? Simon Long hosts

Feb 13, 2018
Money talks: Crash course

Is the plunge in global asset prices a meaningless blip or something more serious? Also, why the UK should care about the trade deals it’s about to lose. And how non-alcoholic drinks are the biggest opportunity in the market. Hosted by Simon Long.

Feb 06, 2018
Money talks: Car talks

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, asks why cars are the sticking point in the NAFTA negotiations.  Also Simon Long, our finance editor, interviews Lord Jim O’Neill, former Goldman Sachs economist and BRICS man.  Is he a China bull and does he think Goldmans will catch up with Morgan Stanley?

Jan 30, 2018
Money talks: A seismic shift on Wall Street

Morgan Stanley v Goldman Sachs: is dullness the key to success for America's investment banks? Also, is mandatory arbitration the best way to deal with problem bosses? And, why medicinal cannabis in Germany is in short supply. Simon Long hosts.

Jan 23, 2018
The World In 2018: Money makes the World In go round

Anne McElvoy and Daniel Franklin return with another special looking forward to the year ahead. This week, they tackle business and economics. Patrick Foulis looks back at a prediction for last year, and looks ahead to the year for American firms; correspondents from across Asia make their predictions for emerging markets; investors weigh in on how Brexit looks from China and why it could be a big year for big cars

Jan 16, 2018
Money talks: Cracking steel — hammer or chisel?

Could we be on the brink of President Trump’s first real trade war over Chinese steel? Also, why the great Indian middle class may not be as big as you think. And, is the gym business in good shape? Simon Long hosts.

Jan 09, 2018
Money talks: New year, new economics?

We cajole our economics editors, John O’Sullivan and Henry Curr, to make predictions for 2018. Also, Soumaya Keynes asks how can the field of economics attract more women? Simon Long hosts.

Jan 02, 2018
Money talks: We have to ask about money!

We take a look back at 2017 — headaches at Uber, a new way to learn Economics, butter shortages in France and behavioural economics with Michael Lewis. Also, Latin lessons from J Balvin. Simon Long hosts.

Dec 26, 2017
Money Talks: The Quiz

Andrew Palmer, Simon Long and Rachana Shanbhogue answer tough questions about finance and economics and fight for prizes. Philip Coggan is our quizmaster supremo.

Dec 19, 2017
Money talks: Once bitcoined, twice…

Philip Coggan, our Buttonwood columnist, asks if we should worry about the freakish rises in cryptocurrency prices. Also, Businesses leave Catalonia in the face of political uncertainty.  And the Jedi effect: can the remake save Hollywood? Simon Long hosts.

Dec 12, 2017
Money talks: A Christmas gift for the president

We digest the ambitious overhaul of the American tax system and whether the bill will become law by Christmas. And Soumaya Keynes talks to the EU Commissioner for Trade about how the EU is trying to keep China in check. Also market exuberance: shall we dance? Simon Long hosts.

Dec 05, 2017
Money talks: Company politics

We ask not whether companies will play a more political role but how expansive that role might be?  And, how cheese tells us all we need to know about the economics of trade.  Also, how giving your company a Chinese name is tricky business.  Simon Long hosts.

Nov 28, 2017
Money talks: Feeding frenzy for 21st Century Fox

As Disney and others eye up the sale of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets — our media editor Gady Epstein asks why Rupert Murdoch is breaking up his empire.  Are Millennials forcing a step change in socially-responsible investing? And a fishy story of herrings in Holland. Simon Long hosts.

Nov 21, 2017
Money talks: Can you say CPTPP?

Only three days into his term, President Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now, the remaining 11 countries are forming a new trade deal called the CPTPP. Host Philip Coggan and Soumaya Keynes speculate whether China might join, now that America is out. Plus why there’s geopolitical tension in the oil market. And Michael Lewis talks about his new book.

Nov 14, 2017
Money talks: ICO Bubble with benefits

Our Technology Editor, Ludwig Siegele, says that despite the froth, Initial Coin Offerings could challenge the dominance of the tech giants.  Also, will Venezuela finally default on its debt and how are markets reacting to the arrest of the Saudi Warren Buffet? Simon Long hosts.

Nov 07, 2017
Money talks: A healthy deal?

Is Amazon’s rumoured entry into the pharma market the real impetus behind the CVS Health and Aetna deal? And Barry Eichengreen, Economist from the University of California, questions how long the dollar can stay dominant. Also, how is France coping with a butter shortage? Simon Long hosts.

Oct 31, 2017
Money talks: Wait and See MPC

Callum Williams, our Britain economics correspondent, argues that the Bank of England should raise interest rates early next year rather than next week.  Nobel Economist Jean Tirole shares his worries about competition in the digital economy. And driving from right to left in Myanmar.  Philip Coggan hosts.

Oct 24, 2017
Money talks: Tense trading

Soumaya Keynes, our economics correspondent, discusses whether President Trump's drastic proposals will break the NAFTA trade pact. Also: Why IBM’s recovery is incomplete and a rare glimpse into the HQ of the German retailer Aldi. Simon long hosts.

Oct 18, 2017
Money talks: A nudge in the right direction

We discuss the winner of this year's Nobel in economics, Richard Thaler. Ukraine's finance minister speaks to us about the battle against corruption, and reforming the beleaguered country. Also, the banks that look like software companies

Oct 10, 2017
Money talks: Can the emerging-markets boom continue?

The Economist’s Simon Cox argues emerging markets are more resilient these days, and are less tied to the US Fed's interest-rate decisions.  Also, how big is the gender gap in pensions? And the buzz around the Jiophone launch in India. Simon Long hosts.

Oct 03, 2017
Money talks: How have markets been reacting to Merkel’s tentative victory?

Adam Roberts, our European business correspondent, analyses how German companies have reacted to the return of the far-right in German politics.  Also, will London ban the ride-sharing company Uber and we get excited about some boring-sounding new rules for finance, MiFiD II.  Simon Long hosts.

Sep 26, 2017
Money talks: Latin lessons from J Balvin

Reggaeton is a genre of music topping the charts across the world. Colombian artist J Balvin joins host Simon Long to discuss why streaming services have played such a vital role in spreading the word. Plus, why Chinese unicorns are worth more than American ones. And could a better economics textbooks help us predict the next recession? 

Sep 19, 2017
Money talks: Donald Trump’s moment to shape the Fed

Henry Curr, our US economics editor, discusses how President Trump will fill the four vacant seats on the board of the American Federal Reserve. Also, a big data breach at the credit-scoring company, Equifax, puts millions at risk. And the contradiction at the heart of China’s internet giants. Simon Long hosts.

Sep 12, 2017
Money talks: Markets unrattled by North Korea

Philip Coggan explains why markets appear so calm in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat. Also, are China’s capacity cuts for real? And how technology is making banking more inclusive. Simon Long hosts.

Sep 05, 2017
Money talks: Will Uber’s new CEO restore the company’s image and culture?

Uber has finally chosen its new CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi, the boss of Expedia. Will he be able to drive the company away from its recent crises? Also, a glimpse into the once secretive world of Cargill, an American agribusiness giant. And do people migrate when taxes rise? Simon Long hosts.

Aug 29, 2017
Money talks: Summer special
In this episode, we do summer stock-taking and highlight some popular items of the year so far. From amazing Amazon - and how it became one of the world's most valuable companies - to the burgeoning business of illegal sand mining.
Aug 22, 2017
Money talks: Tricky trading

As NAFTA trade talks begin, we examine whether a deal can be made and discuss the investigation President Trump has ordered into China's trading practices. Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap but could it create as many jobs as it takes? Plus, how fidget spinners have transformed the toy industry.

Aug 15, 2017
Money talks: Silicon sexism

Google fires a software engineer after his anti-diversity memo was leaked. However, this points to wider culture wars in Silicon Valley. Janet Yellen’s term watching over America’s central bank will end in February. We look at possible candidates. And how Say's law, a 200 year-old economic theory, still has relevance today. Simon Long hosts.

Aug 08, 2017
Money talks: Billion dollar TV deal, Becker and Beckham

Discovery Communications and Scripps Network team up to fight the competition. Also on the show: Why are economists so interested in human capital? And David Beckham’s Miami soccer dream might finally be realised.

Aug 01, 2017
Money talks: International monetary fun

Host Philip Coggan and guests discuss the economic futures of the UK and USA,both of which have had their prospects downgraded in the International Monetary Fund’s updated World Economic Outlook. Also: the recent compromise ending a so-called Bitcoin "civil war".

Jul 25, 2017
Money talks: Goodbye Benito

Brazil’s rigid labour market regulations were transplanted wholesale from Benito Mussolini’s Italy back in 1943. Now President Michel Temer has approved  an overhaul. Will it encourage job creation? Also, an exorcist in Paris fighting “bad spirits”. And why President Trump is playing hardball in renegotiating NAFTA. Hosted by Andrew Palmer.

Jul 18, 2017
Money talks: A stormy time for America’s GDP

A new report has established a link between America’s annual GDP and climate change. But can weather shifts really affect an entire country’s economy? Also, why China is likely to lead in artificial intelligence. And the Big Mac index and its purchasing-power parity. Hosted by Philip Coggan.

Jul 11, 2017
Money talks: Vorsprung durch Angst

Germany is admired for a stable economy and holding on to blue-collar jobs but derided for its persistent trade surpluses. Our economics editor John O’Sullivan examines what Chancellor Merkel’s government might do next. Also, how “total immersion” could drive the masses to virtual reality. And why banks are de-risking to avoid penalties. Hosted by Simon Long.

Jul 04, 2017
Money talks: The Italian bailout job

Italy has been forced to bail out two banks at a cost of as much €17bn euros ($19bn). Is that the end of the bleeding in Italy's financial sector? Also, as the iPhone turns ten, we look at how Apple is evolving. And Catherine Mann, Chief Economist at the OECD, tells us how to government can help workers made jobless by globalisation. Hosted by Simon Long.

Jun 27, 2017
Money Talks: The scandal that won’t go away
Barclays and four of its former executives have been charged with fraud, a throwback to the 2008 financial crisis when the bank raised billions from Qatari investors. But what happened nine years ago? And why have the company's actions been investigated? Also, how buyers are striking a hard deal at the Paris Air Show. And why meddling by Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad bin Salman in Aramco might scupper the world’s biggest IPO. Hosted by Simon Long.
Jun 20, 2017
Money talks: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss
Patrick Foulis asks if a break-up is on the cards as General Electric appoints a new CEO. Also, Uber is on a collision course as it grapples with management problems. Why confidence among European companies is sky high. And tension in global trade in aluminium. Hosted by Philip Coggan.
Jun 13, 2017
Money talks: Super Mario to the rescue
As the European Central Bank meets in Estonia this week, is it time for Mario Draghi to withdraw support from the Eurozone economy? Emerging Markets Editor Simon Cox on why the BRICs label is still relevant. And, how investors are taking care of the planet. Simon Long presents
Jun 06, 2017
Money talks: British Airways hits turbulence
After a disastrous weekend of technical glitches for British Airways, our correspondent Charles Read estimates the long-term damage to the airline's reputation. Also: America's army of small banks are demanding lighter regulation. And Anne McElvoy travels to Portugal to find out about Economy Minister Manuel Cabral's plans for the country. Simon Long hosts.
May 30, 2017
Money talks: Ford's falling fortunes
May 23, 2017
Money talks: Ford's falling fortunes
Simon Long and Philip Coggan reflect on the suicide bombing in Manchester and its impact on the markets. In the rest of the programme: as heads roll at Ford, our industry expert Simon Wright explains the problems besetting the car manufacturer. Why some African countries are reluctant to sign up to trade deals. And, how Cuba has transformed a troublesome weed into a key export.
May 23, 2017
Money talks: Bankrolling the hackers
Simon Long hears about a potential bubble in the market for Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. Also: a report on how American ex-convicts are breaking into the job market. And, could Bollywood be eclipsed by regional rivals?
May 16, 2017
Money talks: Trumponomics
Simon Long delves into what Donald Trump means for taxes, growth and trade. Also: the markets react to Emmanuel Macron's election victory in France and China develops its first large passenger jet
May 09, 2017
Money talks: Another pay rise?
Callum Williams joins presenter Simon Long to examine the merits of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal for a £10 minimum wage. The Chinese investors who idolise American billionaire Warren Buffet. Why a gender gap among Economics students could cause problems down the road
May 02, 2017
Money talks: How will France's election affect business?
Apr 25, 2017
Money talks: How will France's election affect business?
As the presidential race narrows to two strongly contrasting candidates, we explore what a victory for each would mean for businesses. The digital revolution is making measuring GDP a bit trickier. Also, how a website that crowdsources algorithms for quantitative finance could disrupt the industry.
Apr 25, 2017
Money talks: A sweet story
The EU is to abolish its quotas on sugar-beet production. Who are the winners and losers? Also: as video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men in America are spending their time in an alternate reality. Plus: are papers written by female economists clearer than ones written by men? And with a British election in the offing, our Buttonwood columnist discusses how the markets might react. Hosted by Simon Long.
Apr 18, 2017
Money Talks: The remarkable calmness of gold
Despite rising tensions and fears of inflation, gold prices have stayed relatively still. Our Buttonwood columnist explains why. Traditional carmakers look likely to band together in the face of technological disruption. Also, what Britain's economists really think about the impacts of Brexit
Apr 12, 2017
Money talks: The robot era is dawning
As robots grow more nimble, humans look increasingly vulnerable. Are the machines poised to take over? Also: now that Article 50 has been triggered, is Ireland's economy set to be damaged by Brexit? And despite Japan's workforce growing by more than two million, wage gains aren't enough to hit an inflation target of 2%. Why is this? Philip Coggan sits in for Simon Long.
Apr 04, 2017
Money talks: Luxury for the masses?
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. And sand has become a scarce resource, leading to a burgeoning trade in illegal mining. Simon Long hosts.
Mar 28, 2017
Money talks: A most unusual company
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. And the big brands used to account for two-thirds of the tyre market. Now China has massively deflated their share. Simon Long hosts.
Mar 22, 2017
Money talks: Microsofter
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. And: many people are fed up with their banks. Now help is at a hand from Europe’s banking regulators. Simon Long hosts.
Mar 14, 2017
Money talks: GM says ‘au revoir’ to Europe
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.
Mar 07, 2017
Money talks: Euro-optimism
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.
Feb 28, 2017
Money talks: Clean energy’s dirty secret
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.
Feb 21, 2017
Money talks: Banks on the move
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
Feb 14, 2017
Money talks: How to make money from digital entertainment
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?
Feb 07, 2017
Money talks: A new boss at the helm of Exxon Mobil
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? And a Harvard economist examines the pay gap afflicting women in employment.
Jan 31, 2017
Money talks: An expert’s guide to Trumponomics
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?
Jan 24, 2017
Money talks: Davos in the spotlight
China's president has addressed the World Economic Forum, the first Chinese head of state to do so. We assess his message to Donald Trump. Plus the author of the “Second Machine Age” Erik Brynjolfsson on why governments are failing to address the downsides of automation. And Harvard’s Ken Rogoff examines the The Curse of Cash and why reducing our dependency on it might be a good thing
Jan 17, 2017
Money talks: Turbulence ahead
Airlines have gone on an unprecedented shopping spree - but is their luck running out? We examine how Mexico might respond to Donald Trump's threats on trade. And can the way people buy pet insurance help the US sort out mushrooming costs in human health care?
Jan 10, 2017
Money talks: We wish you a merry reorganisation
In a Money talks special, Anne McElvoy brings in Suzane Heywood and Stephen Heidari-Robinson, authors of Reorg: How to get it right. They delve into the art and science of reorganising a business
Dec 29, 2016
Money talks: The most profitable time of the year
We look at the decline in holiday spending in America and ask what surprises 2017 could bring. And Adrian Wooldridge takes on the ghosts of capitalism past, present and future
Dec 20, 2016
Money talks: Breitbart and the business of nationalism
The conservative website Breitbart News is expanding its business into France and Germany after a boost from the American election. Our correspondent Elizabeth Winkler considers its chances of success abroad. Also on the show: Globalisation may be in reverse in the financial world. And, fifty-years old and under pressure from China, the Asian Development Bank is evolving. Simon Long hosts.
Dec 13, 2016
Money talks: How the weakest bank in Europe just got weaker
We examine Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the bank at the epicentre of the crisis in Italy. Last week OPEC moved to rescue oil prices. Will companies now rush back into exploration? And how the birth of a new motorbike in downtown New York could revitalise inner-city manufacturing
Dec 06, 2016
Money talks: Is the anger over trade justified?
Soumaya Keynes speaks to leading economist Richard Baldwin about how to mitigate globalisation's destructive effects. Also on the show: South Africa’s debt rating is just one notch above junk. How might the country bounce back? And why golf is no longer cool in Japan. Simon Long hosts
Nov 29, 2016
Money talks: The fate of Trump Inc.
Our New York bureau chief Patrick Foulis argues Donald Trump should relinquish any control over his businesses before moving into the White House. Also on the show: There’s a new set of reforms worrying Europe’s beleaguered banks and why economists are not immune to fads. Simon Long hosts
Nov 22, 2016
Money talks: Trump bumps and slumps
Philip Coggan recaps a week of market reactions to Donald Trump's surprise victory. Simon Rabinovitch how China might use the defeat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in America to assert its trade leadership. And Stanley Pignal assesses the fallout from India's shock announcement that it is scrapping the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes
Nov 15, 2016
Money talks: Basket case bounce
One casualty of campaign hyperbole in America has been the reputation of the economy. But Henry Curr challenges the view that it is down in the dumps. John O’Sullivan argues some of the world’s worst-performing economies can still turn themselves around. And finally, why the constitutional referendum in Italy matters so much to business in the country
Nov 08, 2016
Money talks: The homeless elite
Adrian Wooldridge talks about the political isolation of America’s business class. Ryan Avent assesses the future of the gig economy after a court rules against Uber in Britain. And finally: buy a pair of TOMS Shoes and the company will donate a pair to a child in need. But does it actually do good? Soumaya Keynes reports on the economics of this one-to-one scheme.
Nov 01, 2016
Money talks: Wall Street v Main Street
In the first of our Economist Radio specials from Washington, Money Talks examines the Wall Street versus Main Street argument playing out in the election. Our Buttonwood columnist dissects how markets might respond to a Trump win. And award-winning MIT economist, David Autor, dissects the negative consequences of free trade.
Oct 26, 2016
Money talks: Countdown for Tesla
Patrick Foulis joins host Simon Long to take a look at the financial gymnastics keeping Elon Musk's business empire afloat. Also: the shadow economies that need a fuse of transparency and private equity's socialist secret
Oct 18, 2016
Money talks: Flash Crash Bang Wallop
Philip Coggan joins host Simon Long to explain the political and technological roots of the latest flash crash in the value of the pound. Also: Ryan Avent delves into the work that won the latest Economics Nobel prize
Oct 12, 2016
Money talks: Deutsche's dilemma
Oct 04, 2016
Money talks: Deutsche's dilemma
Patrick Lane our banking editor discusses how a hefty fine from the Department of Justice is one of many problems facing Deutsche Bank. Joel Budd says microfinance is making a comeback. And finally, Adam Roberts talks about how Norway's sovereign wealth fund sets an example for the world. Simon Long hosts.
Oct 04, 2016
Money talks: Navel-gazing nations
Our economics editor John O'Sullivan reflects on the future of globalisation in a world increasingly hostile to free trade. Soumaya Keynes discusses the merits of cash transfers over food aid for Syrian refugees. And our South-East Asia bureau chief unpacks the business of mixed martial arts. Simon Long hosts.
Sep 27, 2016
Money talks: Nuclear power play
Simon Long hosts as Money talks investigates why British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to go ahead with a new nuclear power plant. Also: the great pensions reckoning facing economies worldwide and how a tech paper tiger is breaking new ground for innovators in Berlin
Sep 20, 2016
Money talks: Fear the corporation
Adrian Wooldridge, our Schumpeter columnist, discusses the perils of global mega-companies. In an era where more firms are dying than are being born, are giant incumbents stifling competition? Also on the show: why African cities disappoint when it comes to living standards, and Venezuela's multinational nightmare. Andrew Palmer hosts.
Sep 13, 2016
Money talks: Uber's mega ambitions
Sep 06, 2016
Money talks: Uber's mega ambitions
Our Asia economics editor gives us his report on the G20 summit and why leaders pushed Theresa May for a 'soft' Brexit. Alexandra Suich, our US technology editor, discusses Uber's plans to transform the world of personal transport. And our Schumpeter columnist tells us why companies should cherish introverts.
Sep 06, 2016
Money talks: Ireland's forbidden fruit
Aug 30, 2016
Money talks: Ireland's forbidden fruit
An EU tax ruling held that Apple owes Ireland more than €13 billion; why is the Irish government likely to reject the windfall? Host Anne McElvoy is joined by Matthew Valencia to explain. And, Ryan Avent digs deep into work, status and technological disruption
Aug 30, 2016
Money talks: Treks and hikes
Henry Curr talks about the annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole and why they are discussing a change to inflation targeting. And Soumaya Keynes and Ryan Avent round-up the best economic blogs this month - how does the sharing economy impact niceness? Andrew Palmer hosts.
Aug 23, 2016
Money talks: Have we reached peak TV?
Gady Epstein, our media editor, discusses the rise of Netflix and whether the TV industry is sowing the seeds of its own demise by producing too many shows. Soumaya Keynes tells us what countries can do to increase their Olympic gold-medal haul. And finally, our finance correspondent talks about a new plan for Italy's ailing banks. Matthew Valencia hosts
Aug 16, 2016
Money talks: The great wall of Trump
Buttonwood columnist Philip Coggan hosts as Callum Williams explains how the Bank of England is trying to stimulate lending. Adam Roberts checks in on the health of Silvio Berlusconi's business empire. And, US data journalist Wade Zhou investigates the costs of Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.
Aug 09, 2016
Money talks: Stressed out banks
On this show we focus on vulnerabilities in the banking sector. Kevin Rodgers, author of Why Aren't They Shouting?, tells us why the technological advances that were once a boon for finance are now a source of instability. And our finance correspondent discusses the latest round of stress tests on Europe's banks and why they ignore potential perils. Andrew Palmer hosts.
Aug 02, 2016
Money talks: Luring financial firms to Luxembourg
Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg's finance minister, talks to host Andrew Palmer about how his country aims to thrive post-Brexit, and how it intends to improve tax transparency in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal. And in our final segment, Tamzin Booth, our business editor, discusses why Abenomics fails to live up to the hype, but is still not a failure
Jul 26, 2016
Money talks: A coup de grâce for the Turkish economy?
Finance editor Edward McBride is joined by Simon Rabinovitch, who has delved into the history of coups to find out how attempts to overthrow a government can disrupt economic growth. And, an investigation into why the banking systems of some of Africa's largest economies are lurching towards crisis
Jul 19, 2016
Money talks: How to bounce back from Brexit
Edward McBride, Finance editor, investigates how badly leaving the EU might hurt the British economy, and what can be done to limit the damage. Also, Natasha Loder explains how Theranos left investors in the lurch, and we hear why some European firms are rushing to build expensive new headquarters.
Jul 12, 2016
Money talks: Italian banks are the new Brexit
Saddled with too many bad debts, Italy's banks have the potential to drag Europe into yet another crisis. The country's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, may defy EU rules and bail them out. Also on the show: Stanley Pignal, our Mumbai-based correspondent, discusses the case of the missing account books at the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. And is cash worth the hassle? Edward McBride hosts.
Jul 06, 2016
Money talks: Brexit bedlam
Brexit shook global financial markets so hard that some saw parallels with the financial crisis of 2008. Through all the economic and political uncertainties, the vote will fundamentally change Britain and Europe. This week, Edward McBride speaks to our team of correspondents about the turmoil in the markets, the future of Britain’s banking industry and if there is anything regulators or politicians can do to save the City. Sacha Nauta, our European finance correspondent, also talks about the savvy traders who profited from the market fallout.
Jun 28, 2016
Money talks: Is CEO pay out of control?
Edward McBride brings in business affairs editor Andrew Palmer to reflect on the ever growing pay packets of company bosses. Also, Max Rodenbeck reports from Delhi on the resignation of India's central bank governor Rajan Raghuram, and health care correspondent Natasha Loder explains how big data could mean big returns for investors in genomics.
Jun 21, 2016
Money talks: The economics of gun violence
Finance editor Edward McBride is joined by free exchange columnist Ryan Avent to discuss the economics of gun violence and gun control in the wake of the Orlando shootings. And, Asia economics editor Simon Rabinovitch lifts the lid on the mysterious shadow banks of Wenzhou.
Jun 14, 2016
Money talks: Are asset managers worth the money?
Edward McBride brings in Philip Coggan to get to the bottom of asset management fees. And, data journalists Dan Rosenheck and Wade Zhou excavate the numbers behind the numbers in the world of Broadway musicals.
Jun 07, 2016
Money talks: Banks brace for Brexit
Already under pressure to cut costs, banks are reluctant to spend on contingency plans. But leaving the EU could turn their business upside down. Patrick Lane, banking editor, reports. Also, Soumaya Keynes asks: how many workers are at risk of being replaced by machines?
May 31, 2016
Money talks: Regulating the digital economy
How should digital platforms like Google and Facebook be regulated? And quinoa has impressed everyone from Oprah to the United Nations but is quinoa competition putting farmers in Bolivia and Peru out of business?
May 24, 2016
Money talks: How to fix the Federal Reserve
Finance editor Edward McBride presents a US special, taking on conflicts of interest at the heart of American finance and examining the grim reality behind optimistic stock forecasts.
May 17, 2016
Money talks: Bailout in Brussels
The Greek government's massive debts are troubling Europe again; and does the quest for affordable housing trump the right to a holiday home?
May 10, 2016
Money talks: I am Bitcoin
Craig Wright claims to have founded the cryptocurrency. Our technology and business affairs editors debate whether his 'proofs' add up. Plus China's looming debt crisis - and the economics of Game of Thrones
May 03, 2016
Money talks: Emerging market déjà vu
Commodities, emerging markets and inflation expectations may all have reached a turning point. Is it 1999 all over again? And we explore whether China's strategic ambitions in Africa are overstated
Apr 26, 2016
Money talks: Single and ready to spend
Unmarried women are becoming an increasingly potent economic force and we check in with the author of our Special report on business in Africa
Apr 19, 2016
Money talks: How Russia bounced back from the oil crash
The agile response of the Russian Central bank to the oil crisis caught many off guard; so, how did the organs of Russian finance weather the crash? And, as the Panama papers threaten global tax havens, where should privacy end and transparency begin?
Apr 12, 2016
Money talks: The Panama evasion
The leak of a huge trove of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, creates an uproar from Iceland to China
Apr 05, 2016
Money talks: The problem with profits
THIS WEEK: What too much profit at the top means for America and how billionaires in emerging countries are riding the waves of economic growth
Mar 29, 2016
Money talks: Fudge-ocracy
This week: What a study about promotions in China might say about the country's GDP data, and stormy waters ahead for asset managers
Mar 22, 2016
Money talks: Bitcoin lessons
The digital currency was created to challenge existing financial institutions, but may end up helping bankers
Mar 15, 2016
Money talks: Heavy-metal China
Optimism about China's economy has fuelled a resurgence of commodity prices from iron ore to oil. But how long will it last?
Mar 08, 2016
Money talks: Argentina in the black
Argentina's debt crisis seems finally to be coming to an end. Will its deal with creditors enable it to borrow abroad again at last? Should lenders to Venezuela, on the brink of its own default, applaud or shudder?
Mar 01, 2016
Money talks: Trumponomics
Donald Trump's presidential campaign is astounding political analysts and flummoxing economists; and we also look at whether high denomination bank notes are useful only to criminals Correction: We attribute an analysis of Donald Trump's economic proposals at 2:40 minutes to the Tax Policy Centre, when in fact it is from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. We regret the error.
Feb 23, 2016
Money talks: Clutching at straws
This week we discuss whether policy-makers are out of ammunition to fight global financial jitters, pondering efforts to prop up oil prices and signs that central banks will ease monetary policy further
Feb 17, 2016
Money talks: Banks and bear markets
Our correspondents discuss sharp falls in the value of bank stocks and evaluate the parallels with the 2007-08 financial crisis
Feb 09, 2016
Money talks: A peer-to-peer Ponzi scheme
Ponzi schemes abound in China and the latest has bilked nearly one million investors; and we also look at why negative interest rates have gone from being a European phenomenon to a global one
Feb 02, 2016
Money talks: The tax man cometh
A deal struck between Google and the British government over back payments signals change in the way multinationals will be taxed, though it is proving controversial
Jan 26, 2016
Money talks: The drawback of cheap oil
Our energy and economics editors explain why the plummeting oil price may not be as good as usual for the world economy and our Buttonwood columnist discusses his award-winning article on the deep-rooted problems of the financial sector
Jan 19, 2016
Money talks: A cocktail of risks
Worries about the Chinese economy continue to dog global markets. Famous economists and investors are making grim predictions. Is 2016 the year of doom and gloom?
Jan 12, 2016
Money talks: The Big Mac Index
The Economist’s burger benchmark aims to make exchange-rate theory more digestible. Our correspondents chew over the reasons some currencies appear as cheap as chips
Jan 05, 2016
Money talks: The scandals of 2016
Our hosts look into their crystal ball to identify the scandals of tomorrow. Look out for swindled art collectors, spoiled wine connoisseurs, bungled legal invoices and rigging in sports
Dec 29, 2015
Money talks: Money in the movies
Finding the bad guy in Hollywood films is easy: he either has a British accent or he works in finance. Philip Coggan and Oliver Morton analyse cinema’s famous financiers
Dec 23, 2015
Money talks: The Fed awakens
Rebooting the age-old "Monetary Wars" saga, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006. What will the impact be for America and beyond?
Dec 15, 2015
Money talks: How to help whistleblowers?
Whistleblowing, responsible for uncovering 42% of exposed corporate fraud, is often met with hostility, penalties and sometimes prosecution. But this may be about to change
Dec 08, 2015
Money talks: Should we tax sugar?
Governments around the world are taxing sugary drinks to help curb obesity, but do so-called 'sin taxes' on the likes of sugar or cigarettes work or has the nanny state gone rogue?
Dec 01, 2015
Money talks: Terrorism and the economy
Analysing the effects of terrorist acts on lost GDP or lower stockmarket indices may seem to be missing the point. But terrorists aim to wreak havoc, including with our economy
Nov 24, 2015
Money talks: A world of debt
Like the sub-prime mortgage crisis in America and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, emerging markets could be on the cusp of their own debt reckoning
Nov 17, 2015
Money talks: Shy unicorns
Some of Silicon Valley's most successful companies have yet to go public. The private world of "unicorns" is a gentler place than the stockmarket, perhaps artificially
Nov 10, 2015
Money talks: The trust machine
Apostles of blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, think of it as the internet of money with implications stretching far beyond the cryptocurrency
Nov 03, 2015
Money talks: Accounting for profit
Company bosses have many ways to massage their firms' accounts. Many are legal, but can attract the wrath of investors if discovered
Oct 27, 2015
Money talks: The fintech edge
Will Silicon Valley bring down the banks? From payments to remittances, startups are disrupting the world of financial services and luring young talent away from banks
Oct 20, 2015
Money talks: The GDP conundrum
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the most closely watched economic indicator but is it fit for purpose?
Oct 13, 2015
Money talks: The art of the tax dodge
Corporate tax avoidance schemes cost governments an estimated $240 billion a year. Can new measures to curb the practice keep company profits away from offshore havens?
Oct 06, 2015
Money talks: The business of skin
From newspapers to music, the media world has been upended by the internet. Porn is no exception. How has the industry survived amid an endless torrent of free adult content?
Sep 29, 2015
Money talks: Noxious business
Volkswagen confessed to cheating on emissions tests in America in the latest corporate blow-up. How do firms deal with costly disasters both accidental and self-induced?
Sep 22, 2015
Money talks: Far-out and far left
Britain's Labour party has a new leader and possibly a new, radical economic agenda, Africa's farms aren't growing and the upside to tube strikes
Sep 15, 2015
Money talks: Tumble and fall
The commodities crash forces the mining and trading group behemoth, Glencore, to drastically adjust its balance sheet as global trade stalls and the copper market swoons
Sep 08, 2015
Money talks: Chinese ripples
Another week of market volatility sees the Fed possibly going ahead with a rate rise, Chinese manufacturing drop and oil prices see saw
Sep 01, 2015
Money talks: China's boom gone bust
Aug 25, 2015
Money talks: China's boom gone bust
The stockmarket rout in China could be the first step towards a recasting of the global economy or a summertime speedbump in an otherwise healthy economy
Aug 25, 2015
Money talks: Not so hot commodities
Commodities take a further dive which has impacted inflation globally and America finally eases its ban on crude oil exports
Aug 18, 2015
Money talks: Google Hathaway
GOOGLE rebrands as 'Alphabet', Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway makes its biggest ever deal and two telecoms rivals merge in Italy
Aug 11, 2015
Money talks: LIBOR prison blues
A trader is sentenced to 14 years in prison for rate-rigging, armoured cars enter the luxury goods market and the British government sells down its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland
Aug 04, 2015
Money talks: Peaks and valleys
Fed watchers mull automating monetary policy; emerging markets feel the effects of China's stockmarket slump and exchange-traded funds surpass hedge funds
Jul 28, 2015
Money talks: Minimum-wage mania
Governments are enthusiastically raising the minimum wage of workers. But how high can they go without being harmful?
Jul 21, 2015
Money talks: Tiger finance
Both the City of London and Wall Street fear the exodus of banks to eastern capitals, but just how dominant are Asia's financial centres?
Jul 14, 2015
Money talks: Separation anxiety
Greece seems to have lost allies as Eurozone ministers set a new deadline for reforms, Barclays sacks its chief executive and China's stockmarket is floundering
Jul 08, 2015
Money talks: Only God and Merkel
As capital controls take hold in Greece and a referendum is set, the mood grows increasingly anxious in Athens
Jun 30, 2015
Money talks: The Greek saga continues
As the deadline for repayment looms, Greece finally offers a concrete set of reforms, Russian assets are seized abroad and a look at China's booming and busting stock markets
Jun 23, 2015
Money talks: Debt relief
If Greece does not reach a deal capital controls may become necessary, the Swiss economy stays strong despite its currency gamble and the impact of debt relief on very poor countries
Jun 16, 2015
Money talks: Iceland's return
Jun 09, 2015
Money talks: Iceland's return
Sweeping changes at Deutsche Bank and HSBC and Iceland's capital controls are lifted, delicately
Jun 09, 2015
Money talks: Show me the risk
WHY fears of an economic slump in America are overblown, and why Mark Carney's Financial Stability Board is taking aim at asset managers
Jun 02, 2015
Money talks: Crunch time for Athens
Greece approaches a real deadline with creditors on June 5th, America's economy shakes and China's stockmarket wobbles
May 26, 2015
Money talks: Hurrying up
Greece's looming debt payments, America's deadline for prosecuting white collar financial crimes and Europe's improving economy
May 19, 2015
Money talks: Three economies
The economies of America, Britain and Ukraine
May 12, 2015