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Will Trump Keep His Campaign Pledges?  

Three businessmen advising the incoming US President tell us what to expect from him. Trade war with China? Millions of citizens stripped of their health insurance? A recarbonised US economy? Rich Lesser, chief executive of Boston Consulting Group, talks trade, tax and business policies. Toby Cosgrove, head of Cleveland Clinic healthcare, plays down fears over Obamacare. And Daniel Yergin of analytics firm IHS discusses Trump's likely energy policies. Presenter Joe Miller catches up with them on the last day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, where all three are laying out their stalls. Joe also drops in on an incongruous "Mexico Night" event in this snowy Swiss ski resort, where he finds nervous Mexicans putting on a brave face. (Picture: Donald Trump on stage at the Chairman's Global Dinner in Washington DC; Credit: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

What Does Trump Mean For Africa and Global Vaccinations?  

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump spoke of putting "America first", suggesting that foreign aid and trade won't be his priorities. Presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to Nigeria's former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about what this means for Africa's economy and the global health projects being partly financed by the US government. Plus we hear from Bill Gates and Sir Andrew Witty, the chief executive officer of drugs company GlaxoSmithKline about a new project to finance and develop vaccines designed to outsmart epidemics. (Picture: Girl receives a yellow fever vaccine in Brazil; Credit: Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images)

Hard Brexit: Business Reaction  

A hard Brexit is on the cards with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May saying that the UK will no longer be part of the European Union's single market and customs union after it leaves. We get reaction from Huw van Steenis, global head of strategy at the investment firm Schroders, Kevin Ellis, chairman of the the global accountancy firm PWC and Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the advertising firm WPP. Plus, Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump's top advisor from Wall Street, who is joining the president-elect's White House team, tells us why Mr Trump is the best manager he's ever worked for. (Picture: Sand castle sporting union flag; Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Has the Welfare State Had Its Day?  

We look at the future of the welfare state with one of the world's leading thinkers on welfare economics, Nobel prize winner Professor Amartya Sen. Also, we speak to the head of legal at Finland's benefits agency, Marjukka Turunenask, which is experimenting with a universal basic income. Could basic incomes for the unemployed replace traditional benefits payments? And the BBC's Joe Miller reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where climate change scientists are meeting with business and economic leaders. (Picture: Nurse enjoying a sunny day with five of the children at a home in Essex, England; Credit: Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Trump and Tech  

The tech industry was a vocal opponent of Donald Trump during the election campaign, but might some of the biggest tech companies actually benefit from his presidency? We speak to Silicon Valley tech commentator Larry Magid about what they can expect. Also, Alex Steffen, an American futurist who writes and speaks about sustainability and the future of the planet, tells us what he thinks Mr Trump's presidency will mean for America's growing renewable energy sector, given that Mr Trump is a big supporter of the coal industry and has expressed doubts about climate change. And the BBC's Regan Morris reports from Los Angeles on women and their support for President-elect Trump. (Picture: President-elect Donald Trump shakes the hand of Facebook and Paypal investor Peter Thiel during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Trump: Keeping It in the Family  

Critics say measures by Donald Trump to separate himself from his business empire as he assumes the US presidency don't go far enough to eliminate conflicts of interest. Presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to Jef McAllister, managing partner at the Anglo-American law firm McAllister Olivarius and a former London bureau chief for Time magazine, about the legality of Mr Trump's moves and whether they leave him open to attacks by political opponents. Also, the BBC's Michelle Fleury reports from New York about President Obama's political legacy, and our regular technology commentator Jeremy Wagstaff tells us why 2017 will be the year artificial intelligence comes into its own. (Picture: US President-elect Donald Trump along with his children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. arrive for a press conference to address his business conflicts of interest; Credit: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Bionic Business  

The technology of bionics is advancing rapidly. We look at its commercial applications and ask where it will all lead. The BBC's Laurence Knight reports from a hospital in England that successfully restored sight to a blind person by using electronic implants. Also, Professor John Donoghue of the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro-engineering in Geneva, Switzerland, tells presenter Manuela Saragosa about how chips may one day be able to listen to your thoughts, and Ramez Naam, a former Microsoft executive turned science fiction novelist, explains why in future the distinction between what is human and what is machine may become ever more blurred. (Photo: A patient with a bionic arm, Credit: Getty Images)

The Divorce Business  

Divorce is big business these days, not least in the UK where divorce laws attract super-rich breakups. Davina Katz, partner at the Schillings law firm in London, gives us the inside track on how the rich carve up their wealth. But is there another way? Anna Holligan visits a 'divorce hotel' in the Netherlands where couples are promised a speedy break-up, and entrepreneur Kate Daly talks about her app, amicable, aimed at facilitating a lawyer-less divorce. (Photo: Wedding cake, Credit: Thinkstock)

Trump's Global Impact  

Leading international forecaster Ian Bremmer, head of the leading political risk consultancy The Eurasia Group, says that the new man in the White House could single-handedly bring about "geopolitical recession" in 2017. He tells presenter Ed Butler that the political risks have not looked so bad in decades. Is that really true? And it's two months since the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the banning of all existing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in circulation. It was the boldest single attempt to clamp down on the black economy ever attempted in a modern democracy. But has it worked, or has the "shock therapy" done more to kill the patient? We hear an assessment on the impact on one sector - tourism - from Kolkata, and we talk to the Indian investor Ruchir Sharma, author of best-selling book The Rise and Fall of Nations. (Picture: A Chinese magazine with Donald Trump on its front page; Credit: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

The Drones Take Flight  

We take to the air with the latest in unmanned flight technology, visiting a drone rodeo in Nevada, looking at Facebook's latest efforts to provide free wifi to the world's remote regions, and hearing from Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the aero-robotics lab at Imperial College, London. Ultra-maneouverable unmanned aircraft could be about to transform our internet provision, our parcel delivery, even global disaster relief. But is there a darker scarier side to this revolution? Jeremy Wagstaff of Reuters thinks so. We also hear from a former US government regulatory advisor, Lisa Ellman, who now chairs the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group for Hogan Lovells, a global law firm in Washington DC. (Picture: Drone flying in New York City with One World Trade Center in the background; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Consumer Electronics Show 2017  

Floating speakers, connected hairbrushes, personal robots - Zoe Kleinman reports on the bizarre range of new gadgets on offer as the 50th CES trade show gets underway in Las Vegas. Steve Koenig of the conference organiser Consumer Trade Association tells her what he thinks the next big trends are, while tech analyst Carolina Milanesi explains why she thinks some trends may have been taken a bit too far already. Zoe also gets to speak to artificial intelligence pioneer Andrew Ng of China tech giant Baidu about how the mainstreaming of AI may prove as significant as that of electricity a century ago. (Picture: The Crazy Baby Mars levitating speaker; Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)

China's Capital Flight  

We're looking at the growing pressures on China's economy. More than three quarters of a trillion dollars leached overseas last year, despite the government's best efforts to limit capital flight. A new year and new government rules, but can the central bank stop faith dwindling in the world's second biggest economy? And should they even be trying? We hear from a Chinese money-smuggler, ordinary citizens concerned about corruption, and from the BBC's Asia-Pacific regional editor, Celia Hatton, who believes there's mounting anxiety about the capital flight problem in Beijing. Also in the programme we speak to Sebastian Mallaby, a biographer of perhaps the most influential central banker of our time, the former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. (Photo: A Bank of China teller holds up 100 renminbi notes, Credit: Getty Images)

2017: Prepare for Anything  

Today we examine the risks and the opportunities of 2017 with two UK-based market experts. With President Trump heading for the White House, big elections scheduled in Europe in the next twelve months, and China's economy continuing to slow, does this promise to be the most unpredictable year anyone can remember? The forecasts weren't exactly robust for the last 12 months, how will they prove this time? Johanna Kyrklund, global head of multi-asset investment at Schroders, and Lena Komileva, the managing director of G+ Economics, consider the known unknowns. Also in the programme we look ahead to another emerging force threatening to disrupt industry - the autonomous vehicle, or self-driving car. We could start seeing them widely on some of our roads within the next five years, but will they really take over? And if they do, what will that mean for the car industry as we know it? US sci-fi novelist, and futurist thinker, Eliot Pepper, considers the issues along with Deloitte's US automotive and industrial products leader, Craig Giffi. (Photo: A trading floor in London, Credit: Getty Images)

How to Change Your Career  

Ever thought about changing your career? With people living longer and job security decreasing, sticking with the same career for the whole of your working life is becoming a thing of the past. Edwin Lane speaks to John McAvoy, an armed robber turned record breaking rower, about his career in crime, and when he realised it was time for a change. And Business Daily regular Lucy Kellaway talks about her decision to give up her career in journalism and become a teacher, while labour market economist John Philpott discusses the challenges facing mid-life career switchers. Plus Freakanomics professor Steven Levitt on deciding to make big changes. (Picture: Businessman tearing off his jacket and shirt; Credit: bowie15/Thinkstock)

What's in the Stars for 2017?  

At the start of 2016 Manuela Saragosa spoke to Christeen Skinner, a financial astrologer whose clients include people in the professional investment community. She speaks to her again to find out if her predictions were correct and what she sees for the year ahead. Also Karishma Vaswani in Singapore finds out why so many in the city-state are turning to the diviners to forecast their future. Plus the voice of a sceptic. Christopher French, a psychologist specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences at Goldsmith University in London says there is no evidence for astrology.

Best of the Year 2016  

From the US election, to corporate "honey-traps", to the secrets of mediocrity, Ed Butler and Manuela Saragosa look back on 2016 with some of the best Biz Daily output over the year. (Picture: Christmas presents; Credit: Nikolay Donetsk/Thinkstock)

The Economy through Artists' Eyes  

A plethora of creative types show presenter Manuela Saragosa how the arts can inform the business world. Nashville-based fund manager Jon Shayne, who moonlights as country and western singer Merle Hazard, talks Trump, markets and animal spirits. Poet Brian Bilston and documentary film-maker Martin Durkin retell how they were both inspired by the great Brexit debate - but into taking directly opposing positions. And stand-up comedian Radhika Vaz gives her take on how the shock demonetisation of India's economy is no black-and-white issue. (Picture: Man poses next to replica 500 and 1000 rupee notes street art in Mumbai; Credit: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Elements: Christmas Special  

The best bits from our exploration of the chemistry of the world economy. From essential nutrients to lethal poisons, and from frivolous tableware to the existential threat of global warming - the elements of the periodic table constitute every aspect of our material world. In this special round-up programme, Justin Rowlatt looks back at the some of the most amusing, and some of the most upsetting, interviews from our Elements series. (Picture: Periodic Table advent calendar; Credit: Science Creative Quarterly)

DIY Tech  

Meet the people taking tech into their own hands and doing it for themselves. Presenter Zoe Kleinman speaks to the men 3D-printing prosthetic limbs in their garages, a family that has created its own smart-home, bypassing the big companies, and a women who set up her own broadband in a rural area. Also, our regular commentator Jeremy Wagstaff explores security concerns over the internet of things. (Picture: A young boy examines his new 3D-printed prosthetic hand; Credit: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

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