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Our editors and correspondents give their authoritative take on the markets, the economy and the world of business. Published every Tuesday on Economist Radio.


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Money talks: A billionaire, a scandal and business…
00:19:02

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
00:18:21

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
00:17:48

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?
00:14:26

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
00:16:40

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
00:19:44

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
00:28:53

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
00:23:16

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
00:21:14

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?
00:16:57

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
00:12:14

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
00:15:17

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
00:16:15

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
00:20:48

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?
00:16:52

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
00:16:07

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
00:14:49

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?
00:19:50

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!
00:14:52

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
00:16:43

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!
00:18:00

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
00:23:54

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
00:18:35

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?
00:18:27

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
00:20:07

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
00:15:52

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
00:16:22

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
00:14:28

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
00:17:09

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
00:14:26

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
00:18:23

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
00:18:02

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
00:21:32

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
00:22:33

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
00:21:47

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?
00:21:09

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
00:21:15

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?
00:19:16

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?
00:17:40

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
00:18:18

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
00:23:18

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
00:16:15

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
00:18:49

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
00:13:20

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
00:13:01

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
00:15:42

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
00:15:27

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
00:17:53

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
00:17:56

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
00:19:23

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
00:16:06

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
00:14:14

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
00:14:50

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
00:18:45

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
00:15:34

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
00:24:47

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?
00:19:01

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?
00:22:17

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!
00:15:07

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
00:15:01

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…
00:15:18

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
00:16:08

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
00:14:33

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
00:16:32

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?
00:19:24

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
00:16:38

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?
00:14:09

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
00:16:19

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
00:17:30

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
00:19:48

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?
00:18:00

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?
00:14:06

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
00:16:08

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
00:14:35

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
00:14:26

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?
00:17:10

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
00:18:25
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
00:14:09

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
00:12:40

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
00:15:19

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
00:12:57

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
00:11:41

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
00:15:41

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
00:15:48

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
00:17:04

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
00:16:24
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
00:17:46
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: A poison chalice for GE’s new boss
00:17:46
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
00:13:41
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
00:15:13
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
00:15:10
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
00:14:27
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
00:14:52
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?
00:14:53
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?
00:16:29
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
00:19:41
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
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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
00:15:29
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?
00:15:04
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
00:17:30
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
00:16:30
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
00:16:46
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
00:15:53
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
00:17:15
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
00:14:17
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
00:17:28
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
00:16:56
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
00:23:06
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
00:23:25
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
00:14:08
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
00:17:02
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
00:15:33
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
00:15:30
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
00:15:36
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?
00:17:43
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.
00:16:34
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
00:16:01
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
00:15:25
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
00:16:14
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
00:23:10
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
00:14:43
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
00:10:43
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
00:14:25
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
00:15:47
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
00:14:17
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
00:16:14
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
00:15:47
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
00:14:02
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
00:19:14
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?
00:16:29
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
00:12:55
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
00:15:46
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
00:17:06
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?
00:12:38
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
00:13:43
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
00:16:29
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
00:16:46
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?
00:14:37
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
00:12:01
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?
00:14:31
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
00:15:26
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
00:15:16
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
00:14:13
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
00:12:29
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
00:22:36
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
00:10:02
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
00:14:02
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
00:12:08
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
00:13:37
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
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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
00:10:37
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
00:06:57
The digital currency was created to challenge existing financial institutions, but may end up helping bankers
Mar 15, 2016
Money talks: Heavy-metal China
00:10:18
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
00:12:21
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
00:10:25
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
00:09:56
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
00:09:31
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
00:12:17
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
00:09:09
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
00:12:05
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
00:10:20
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
00:10:37
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
00:12:05
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
00:12:51
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
00:13:11
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?
00:11:45
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?
00:11:52
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
00:12:51
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
00:12:54
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
00:12:44
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
00:13:54
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
00:11:51
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
00:10:57
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
00:11:53
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
00:10:40
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
00:08:42
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
00:14:30
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
00:13:14
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
00:09:53
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
00:09:27
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
00:12:51
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
00:11:55
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
00:11:20
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
00:09:42
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
00:10:43
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
00:09:39
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
00:10:08
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
00:09:51
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
00:08:14
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
00:09:15
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
00:07:46
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
00:06:17
Sweeping changes at Deutsche Bank and HSBC and Iceland's capital controls are lifted, delicately
Jun 09, 2015
Money talks: Show me the risk
00:08:46
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
00:09:35
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
00:12:51
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
00:08:04
The economies of America, Britain and Ukraine
May 12, 2015