(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Data this morning showed Japanese companies are finally starting to invest their substantial cash piles, which is helping spur economic growth. While it’s positive news, we’ll explain what risks investors should look out for. Then, the World Economic Forum in Davos might be a week away, but its new report on global risks out this morning has a warning about issues like protectionism amid recently rosy headlines of widespread growth.
(Markets Edition) Another day, another stock market surge — but is that a good thing? David Kelly, chief global strategist at JP Morgan Funds, joined us to share why it makes him feel a little bit "uncomfortable." Afterwards, we'll look at how the U.K. is dealing with a corporate collapse similar to the Enron debacle — this one involving a big government contractor called Carillion, PLC. Finally, we'll talk about the rise of high-end male grooming salons and barbershops around the country.
(U.S. Edition) There's a new bill in the Senate that'll change parts of the financial reform law known as Dodd-Frank, which was put in place following the financial crisis. And it looks like it actually has some bipartisan support. We'll discuss why almost a dozen Democrats like that the new measure centers on small banks. Afterwards, we'll talk to Felicia Wong — President and CEO of the nonpartisan think tank the Roosevelt Institute — about the issues Democrats will focus on in the upcoming year. Then, we'll look at how the major auto companies are pushing for self-driving cars sooner than we may have thought.
(Global Edition) From BBC World Service ... The Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 caused the biggest oil spill in U.S. waters and the resulting compensation claims against BP have amounted to many billions of dollars. As the BBC’s Szu Ping Chan explains, the company will book a charge of about $1.7 billion for remaining losses and claims its next set of quarterly results. Next: workers in Germany enjoy some of the best productivity, pay and employment conditions in the world, but the country’s largest union is warning of strike action if further improvements aren’t made. The BBC’s Damien McGuinness in Berlin tells us why. Then we hear from the Indonesian city that's trying to follow in the footsteps of Silicon Valley and transform into a technology hub.
(Markets Edition) Airbus had a better year in sales than Boeing, but they're having trouble selling their largest plane, the A380. And today is one of just four days this year when entry to National Parks is free. That’s down from the number of free days in the past, and the price for some park passes is going up. So how is the park system balancing its mission to increase access with its need for revenue? Plus, Kansas State has the oldest coach in college football’s top division and he's got a 200-win record with the team. That winning streak — and investment in football — has helped spur the growth of local businesses and has doubled the number of hotel rooms in the area in the last 20 years. We take a look at the connection between a winning team and its location's economy.
(U.S. Edition) The closest the average person can get to hearing Dr. King’s iconic 1963 speech in full is reading it online or trekking to the Dr. King Center in Atlanta to buy a copy on DVD. The recording of the speech has been private property since he recited it, and everyone (with the exception of teachers) has to pay a licensing fee to listen. How do we weigh the value of this piece of American history? Plus, we discuss why homelessness is up for the first time since 2010 and take a look at the changing landscape of New Mexico's beloved chile industry.