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BBC Chief Business Correspondent; Econ Fellow, Oxford; Adjunct Prof LBS; Visiting Prof Peking Univ; BBC Talking Business with Linda Yueh

Why the Swiss franc can't escape being a safe haven — "You can't bet against a central bank" was what I heard frequently when the Swiss National Bank rather successfully maintained a cap on the Swiss franc of 1.20 to the euro for three years. But, now dramatically, it has surprised markets by scrapping the cap and unsurprisingly, the franc has soared by nearly 30%.

Specialist journalism can be a tough old business — In the first of a series of posts on what it takes to be a specialist reporter or correspondent, Linda Yueh says perseverance is as important as expert knowledge in staying ahead of the field: How do you keep across your patch year-round, get scoops in a crowded market, give yourself an original edge, set as well as follow the agenda?

EU lawyer approves ECB bond buying programme — A top EU lawyer has said that the European Central Bank's bond buying programme is legal. According to Advocate General Cruz Villalon, the ECB's Outright Monetary Transactions programme is compatible, in principle, with European Union law. However, he says that if the programme is implemented, its compatibility will depend on certain conditions being met.

House prices and the economy — UK housing figures just out show that prices have risen fairly strongly this year, but are slowing. Based on sold properties, the Land Registry reports that prices rose by 7.1% in the year to the end of November, but also that they fell by 0.1% in November from the previous month.

Spectre of Grexit once again — After the third and final unsuccessful attempt to elect a president, the stakes are high as Greece will call early elections. The ruling coalition led by New Democracy is lagging in the polls behind Syriza, an anti-austerity party, whose rise reflects recent polls that show Greeks are frustrated with the EU and even suggest that more Greeks want to return to the drachma than keep the euro.

The China Price: The global impact of Chinese deflation — Is the "China price" back? After years of hearing about rising wages ending the era of the China price when cheap exports lowered the prices of global manufactured goods, it seems that China has a surprise for the world. Deflation, that is, falling prices, is an issue for the world's second biggest economy, just as it is for many others.

Transitioning to a world with cheaper energy — OPEC's latest forecast shows that the supply of oil will exceed the demand for oil next year. Whenever supply exceeds demand, prices fall. And they certainly have. Brent, the international benchmark, has plunged to below $65 per barrel, down 43% since this summer, to the lowest level in five years, the 2009 global financial crisis.

Japan's early elections are all about the economy — "It's the economy, stupid" was the motto used by Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992. For Japan, economic woes are what has triggered snap elections just two years into Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's term.

Rail fares to rise by 2.2% next year — Most rail fares in England will rise by 2.5% from 2 January, the government has confirmed, marking the lowest rise for five years. In September, the government said rail fare rises would be pegged to July's measure of Retail Price (RPI) inflation rather than capped at RPI plus 1%.

Thailand's elections could be delayed until 2016 — In an exclusive interview, Thailand's Finance Minister Sommai Phasee says that democratic elections could be delayed and not occur for another 18 months. The prime minister that heads the military government, in control of the country since a coup d'état in May, had said that they could hold democratic elections in a year's time, at the end of 2015.
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Jan 26, 2015

RT @rafweverbergh: The first broadcast interview (BBC) with "the world's most mysterious CEO": Huawei's Ren Zhengfei. #PR #CEObranding

Jan 26, 2015

RT @ciscokima: 7 takeaways from Huawei CEO's convo with #BBC correspondent Linda Yueh. via @FortuneMagazine < #tech

Jan 26, 2015

RT @pearnkandola: Is there a diversity dividend? BBC News Talking Business programme from the World Economic Forum, Davos

Jan 26, 2015

Since 2000, US middle class shrinking because incomes have fallen; households making $35-100k fallen from 53% to 43%…

Jan 26, 2015

.@TedDitchburnNNP deflationary because bond yields are nominal, so if inflation is negative or low, then investors need lower yields to lend

Jan 26, 2015

Yields on $4 trillion of gov debt turned negative; investors effectively pay a dozen countries (GE, FR, JP) to borrow

Jan 26, 2015

Shanghai 1st major #China region to ditch GDP growth target; as 1 of 4 cities w provincial-level status, a forerunner

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