Economy

Can tech help plug the healthcare gap?

More of us are living for longer than we did 100 years ago. But ageing populations around the world are putting pressure on healthcare. Can innovation plug the gap? This is part of the BBC’s…


New HSBC headquarters opens in Birmingham.

HSBC’s new headquarters in Birmingham spans 10 floors and contains the bank’s first ever digital-only branch. More than 2,000 employees can benefit from a gymnasium, dance studio and training centre dubbed the ‘university’. The bank’s…



Kirsty Meakin: Nail artist on YouTube success

When Kirsty Meakin says she’s doing her nails, it’s not just a quick coat of red gloss. The 40-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent creates masterpieces on fingernails – or as she calls them “her canvas”. She started…


China banks on lending to ease slowdown

Image copyright Getty Images Build stuff or buy stuff? China has long been a believer in the former to deal with a slowdown in its economy. Now it’s trying to shift the emphasis to the…




Did Finland’s basic income experiment work?

Finland has just completed a major basic income experiment where 2,000 unemployed people were given €560 (£490) a month for two years, instead of their unemployment benefit. The basic income was paid with no strings…


Venezuela crisis: Why US sanctions will hurt

Image copyright Reuters The United States announced sanctions this week that are intended to produce the most damage possible to the government of President Nicolás Maduro: the oil sector and its state company, PDVSA. Up…


US economy adds 304,000 jobs in January

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Construction was one of the sectors that added jobs in January The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 304,000 jobs in January, official figures have shown. The figure was far…