The Economist: Money talks

The Economist: Money talks

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In these podcasts, our correspondents discuss the most important business, finance and economics news of the week

Episodes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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