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This is Business Live from BBC News with Ben Bland and Aaron Heslehurst.
Today the world's leading central bankers are meeting
Investors will be paying close attention to a speech
by Janet Yellen, the chair of the US Federal Reserve.
Live from London, that's our top story on Friday 26th of August.
Is Janet Yellen pushing a boulder up a hill?
As central banks around the world continue to pump money
into the global economy, there are questions over
whether the Fed will abandon its plans to move
Also in the programme, Whatsapp opens the door
since it was bought by the social media giant Facebook.
Here's how the market start the trading day in Europe. Investors
waiting to see what comes out of that meeting.
Also in the programme, we have a special guest!
We'll be speaking to the boss of a company which caters
And he'll be joined by Monty the border terrier.
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Over the next three days, many of the world's most powerful
financial players are gathering at Jackson Hole, a remote
So how did this annual event become the Davos for central bankers?
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City first
hosted its economic symposium at Jackson Hole in 1982.
They chose the location because of trout fishing -
back then it attracted Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Volcker's regular attendance saw the event grow in importance.
US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Bank of
England Governor Mark Carney, and President of the European
Central Bank Mario Draghi are among those who will debate how to try
Central banks have cut interest rates to zero and beyond,
and pumped trillions of dollars into the global financial system -
As for the markets, the thing that matters most is whether Janet Yellen
will gives any clues for the next increase in interest rates
Our economics editor Andrew Walker is with me.
Great to see you. This gathering has been coming and coming! There's
quite a few questions I want to ask. Briefly, do you think she's going to
paint a clearer picture because it's been a bit muddled? Will they raise
interest rates? I would be quite surprised if she pushes herself in
one direction or the other. The general expectation is that there is
a fairly good chance of a rise in rates by the end of the year.
Perhaps that the December meeting. She has prepared the ground for
that. I think she will want to ensure that the Fed is in the
position to respond to figures as they come out. When that lady speaks
and that central bank makes a decision, it does affect the rest of
the world. Do the other central banks that are there, and because
for the uninitiated, does it matter to them what the US central bank
does, if they've got their own central bank? Of course it does.
Explain! If the Fed is raising interest rates it tends to pull the
dollar up. If there and currency down that can be quite helpful for
the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, which has been
worrying about the potential impact of the Vote Leave referendum result.
It does matter. What really matters as well is whatever the Fed does, it
should work. They really need a strong growing US economy to be an
important export market. If that works it's good for everyone. These
gatherings, when these central bankers get together and I'd love to
be a fly on the wall, if they all sit around after a few drinks and
say, let's try to get a unified voice and tell governments around
the world that this is not all our responsibility. This has been a big
theme coming from central bankers that they can do a lot but not
absolutely everything. There have been these repeated calls for more
by way of structural reform in labour markets, making business
competition more effective in business, and also believe it or not
fiscal policy. Government spending and taxes. A lot of central banks
would like to see governments throw off their hair shirt a little bit.
Some do think they've been going too far by way of austerity and isn't
that turn up, in a sense central bankers want governments to be a bit
more irresponsible. Quite a surprise really. I just got hold in my ear
that I introduced you as our economic editor. Andrew Walker our
economic correspondent. I've just given you a promotion! Are you
giving me the money? Not a chance! The Vice chairman of one of Korea's
largest corporations has been found His body was discovered hours before
he was due to be questioned by prosecutors who are conducting
a criminal investigation Lotte's offices were raided back
in June, when authorities were looking into a possible slush
fund and a breach of trust involving Apple has released a software update
to fix flaws in its iOS operating system which made it possible
to install spyware merely by getting The discovery was made after a human
rights lawyer alerted security researchers to unsolicited text
messages he had received. Air New Zealand's profits
are up a massive 42%. The airline posted record profits
of US$338 million on the back New Zealand had 3.31 million visitor
arrivals in the last year, I'm going to tell you something
about New Zealand. Since the Brexit vote, since the UK voted to leave
the European Union, enquiries from Brits to emigrate to New Zealand
have doubled! In July nearly 10,000 enquiries. July last year, just
under 5000 enquiries. Is this a heavy hint? New Zealand, look out,
it's going to be a British invasion! Now to Asia - where it looks
like Japan's deflationary The consumer price index
fell by 0.5% in July - the biggest drop for more
than three years. Leisha Chi is in Singapore for us
this morning, Leisha - is Abenomics failing
to do the trick? You can throw the kitchen sink at
it, doesn't mean it'll work! It's not looking good for the Prime
Minister. When he was elected a couple of years ago he unveiled
these three things. Clearly still not working, missing their mark
because they are still battling these falling prices. It's a battle
they've been waiting for nearly two decades now. Those numbers still
remain deeply in the red when the central bank target is 2%.
Economists have strong words for today's data, one of them said
policies have failed. Tokyo announced this massive stimulus
package but now following today's dated the expectation is that they
could take even more steps at their September meeting. As. Reaction we
saw the McKay and broader topics fall by more than 1% because of this
negative news -- Nikkei. Asian stocks were steady on Friday
with modest losses in some markets That reflects nervousness before
that keenly anticipated speech by US Japan's Nikkei 225 fell by 0.5%
after new figures showed that inflation remains way below
the central bank's 2% target. For July it fell for
the fifth consecutive month. US stocks were modestly lower
on Thursday, weighed down by a drop in health care
and consumer companies. European markets were also
pulled lower on Thursday after White House candidate
Hillary Clinton demanded price cuts Health care and mining stocks
were a major weight on the FTSE 100. A bit lacklustre this morning as
well. We are going to see what the US markets are going to do. Here's a
look ahead. Wall Street's focus this Friday is on Janet Yellen. She is
due to speak in Wyoming at the gathering of the world's central
bankers. The Fed was targeting for rate hikes this year, now there is
doubt they will manage one. Officials are split on whether it is
needed soon. Markets have been treading water for most of the week
in anticipation of her comments. Meanwhile, with unprecedented steps
to stimulate economies, lack of growth is still a headache. The
latest US economic data will bear that out and is expected to show
that growth slowed in the second quarter more than previously
thought. Joining us is Jane Sydenham,
Investment Director Happy Friday. The meeting in
Wyoming, I'm curious, are the markets more focused on something
short like an interest rate rise or not, or are they interested in what
the central bank's long-term strategy is? I think they focus more
on the short term but whether or not it's reasonable for them to expect
any short-term news, I suspect not. I suspect this is all about her
setting up a long-term stall, what she can and can't do given different
circumstances. There may be very little reaction at all unless there
is some short-term news. Heavy weight of expectation. Some analysts
earlier this week were saying we are not holding our breath any firm
guidance on whether there will be a rise in interest rates. What we see
is the markets basically holding their breath, investors not wanting
to make any drastic moves until they do get a steer. In part it's because
the US economy is performing quite well. We are expecting some kind of
rate rise later this year, which obviously then starts to widen the
gap between lowering rates in Europe, rising rates in America.
There are economies moving at different speeds and different
directions as far as policy is concerned. That's a big deal for
people involved in markets because they have to start thinking
differently about how they structure their funds. You are going to come
up and take us through the papers. Watch out for that dog! He's a
vicious rotter! No, he's cute I think.
We've got a special guest here on Business Live!
We'll be speaking to the boss of a company catering
And he'll be joined by Monty the border terrier.
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Could the North-South divide in house prices
New figures this morning show house price growth in southern cities
is beginning to slow, with northern cities
Glasgow had the fastest growing quarterly growth at 5.2%
while cities like Cambridge have seen a 1% fall.
Richard Donnell is Insight Director at Hometrack who compiled the Index.
What's the matter with Cambridge? Cambridge has performed almost like
London, it seems stellar grades in the last five years but because it's
a smaller city, prices are more volatile. What we are seeing is that
prices have fallen a bit. The year-on-year rate of growth in
Cambridge is still at 7%. Cambridge is slowing quite quickly. What do
you put this difference down to, Richard? Well, the difference across
the country is really, I mean London and the south-east, house prices are
up almost 60% compared to eight years ago. In a lot of big northern
cities house prices are still on a par with where they were eight years
ago. Affordability is better in places like Manchester, Glass go and
other places. Consumers are feeling more confident. -- Manchester and
Glasgow. Sales are holding up in northern cities whereas in London we
have a widening supply and demand imbalance with demand growing. The
whole UK story is the house price story, has always been a supply and
demand issue. That's correct. Short-changes all
driven by changes in demand. We are effectively short on supply, so it
is about changes which can feed directly into prices. That is what
we are seeing in southern places. Stamp duty changes happened, few
investors are now buying as a result. The cooling in demand is now
feeding into the house prices. Thanks very much, have a great
weekend. I cannot get the picture working on this. This is the head of
Sue was recycling and recovery talking about picking up tonnes of
waste after Notting Hill Carnival. waste after Notting Hill Carnival.
You're watching Business Live - our top story - today the world's
leading central bankers are meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Investors will be paying close attention to a speech by the chair
of the US Federal Reserve as it contemplates raising interest rates.
A quick look at how markets are faring.
It's August, it's boring, not much going on. We're all waiting this
meeting. Although, Jane said there might not be much of a reaction.
But, you know, people on holiday, that is all there is. Take them off,
let's move on, we have something more exciting.
It's the debate that never ends - but how much would you spend
The pet food market is worth $70 billion globally,
with the US and Canada spending more than any other country in the world.
And with 25% of American pet owners worried that the food on offer
is making their pets obese, it's clear that healthy eating
Look at that fatty. Don't talk about me like that.
Tails.com is capitalising on the trend - the business sells
specialist food for dogs, taking into account breed, age,
He's the co founder and CEO of Tails.com -
a start-up that creates tailor-made food for dogs.
And we can just see Monty. Hello. CHUCKLES
Seriously, we come to you, we say I've got a five-year-old .com it has
a skin condition, you actually put a skin condition, you actually put
the food together for that specific dog. -- a five-year-old dog. That's
right, we will work out the nutrition requirement to give the
dog ate healthy and long life. How's business? -- a healthy. Really good.
We get 100 independent reviews each week telling us how good we have
been for their pet, it's great. What breed is this for? Not just a breed.
Monty is a border terrier, one-year-old. And this one is for a
Siberian Husky, who is a ten-year-old. A Siberian Husky. That
is a different blend. He will eat it, but he prefers his own blend. It
is essential to give your dog the right nutrition, as it is for
humans. Nutrition is immense medicine to humans, and that is the
same for dogs. Talking about the obese pets, could you pass me one of
those and explain how these work? The -- these are designed to make
sure you don't give your pet too much food. 45% of owners are unaware
their dog is overweight. We give one of those for portion control. That
is for a 25 kilos Siberian Husky. Monty, who is six kilos, he needs
fewer calories, hence the difference in size. It is expensive, isn't it?
Compared to what is out there. People say, I would just buy a can
of the shelf. Because we work directly with our customers we have
an average customer paying 50p per day. Monty is even less than that.
I'm curious, are you a vet? The vet was one of our co-founders. He had
the original idea. There are 11 of us overall. We all came from a wide
variety of different backgrounds. My background was for human food and
how to manufacture it at a high-quality. We have vets,
nutritionists, veterinary nurses, a very experienced team who designed
the food and lens. Do you have stiff competition? Just looking at the
supermarket shelves, there are gourmet varieties from cats and dogs
already. -- and blends. We are focused on nutrition. And the very
best nutrition for the type of dog. Not many people are doing that in
the same way as we are. In fact, we are the only people making a real
success of it. I've heard this, is it difficult to switch a dog from a
food that is used to eating, which is probably full of rubbish, to
better quality food? Because they may not eat it and then you are
stuck with it. It can be difficult for owners to get through it. We
offer lots of advice. Adding a bit of water to the blend. Phasing it in
with the food they are used to. Warming it to release some of the
smells. If you want to get your pet on to better food, it is worth
taking the time and effort to help the transition process go as smooth
as possible. How much of a role does Monty play in the business? He is in
our office most days of the week. He has a big job, along with the other
dogs in the office. But he doesn't want to play at the moment, does he?
This is very new for him. A lot of us have dogs and test the products
and understand what works. Oh! Oh! He's going for me.
CHUCKLES You may have come up with some good
nutritional food, but you are a rubbish dog trainer. Practice on the
training, will you? I'm joking. We have to wrap it up. Are you going to
get into cats? Our owners ask ask and we are thinking about it. My
wife has two little kittens, and they need some food. Good on you,
Monty. You mess down there and you are dead.
You have cats, and you are going to go home and smell of dog.
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to know. Let's see what other
stories are being talked Jane is back. Good to see you. We
are going to pick up with WhatsApp. I love it. I don't use Facebook. Am
I safe? Possibly. This is about Facebook trying to monetise
WhatsApp, trying to get some advertising revenue. We should start
to see some of that coming through. You can opt out. You don't have to
have this advertising. They have got to start earning money from it at
some point. Exactly. We expect things to be free, but they can't
be, right? Lots of tweets. I'd rather pay a subscription than
the adverts, we already bombarded with too many on those social media
platforms. Jack says it pays for your free
product content, how else does everybody get paid? Understand that.
Michael from Durham says they should give the option to pay as they did
previously. There is a general census, people are prepared to pay a
little bit. I think we are coming into a new era where people would
rather have the content they want, rather than stuff targeted at them
in a random fashion. We had lots on this one. Peter says disgusting, an
invasion of privacy, any smartphone made without social media
applications would be better, but I think some people would be lost
without them. What other stories? Volkswagen have
done this deal with dealers in the US. But it might not be enough? It
looks as though the larger cars, the three litre cask of which there are
85,000, they've still got to find some way of fixing the problem. --
three litre cars. They are still on the road. This needs to be fixed.
The judge has said if you can't replace them, you need to fix them.
This will cost BMW even more. On top of that, if the Europeans jumped
on... We don't have the class action lawsuit, we were doing this story
few ago where Volkswagen owners in the US were going to get $20,000?
That's right. If you owned a Volkswagen that was affected by the
dodgy emissions stuff, you would get a plastic pipe in Europe, that's not
fair, so they are trying to get together. If they have to pay
Europeans, as well? Big bill. But it is a big company. It is, the share
prices is already reflecting this. It has fallen substantially. They
have the wherewithal to deal with it, but this is another step towards
a larger liability. As this will dog them for years to come.
Consumers have memory sometimes, don't we? Have a great, long
weekend. Thank you for joining us. There will be more business
news throughout the day on the BBC Live web page
and on World Business Report We'll Good morning. The bank holiday
weekend looming large. Looks like there will be reasonable weather on
offer but there will be some rain on Saturday night into Sunday. Today
looks like a decent