Linda Yueh

Linda Yueh Chief business correspondent

Welcome to Linda's Line – where I analyse key developments in global business and the world economy and how these affect our everyday lives

Is there a diversity dividend?

  • 25 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Talking Business debate at Davos

Is there a diversity dividend? That was the question that we posed in a special Talking Business programme from the World Economic Forum, in Davos.

There is evidence, for instance, that boards of directors with greater diversity generate more dividends. That means greater returns to shareholders and fewer bonuses paid to managers.

So, it matters who's at the top. Yet, only 4% of bosses in the UK financial services industry and 4.6% of chief executives of S&P 500 companies are women, and there are just six black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

With respect to gender, there are numerous studies that show that adding women to the labour force increases national output, or gross domestic product, which I have written about before.

The panel referred to evidence that makes the business case that a more diverse workplace boosted the bottom line. For instance, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study has found that changing from all-male or all-female workforces to equal numbers of both sexes could raise revenues by around 40%.

Unconscious bias

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World's "most mysterious" chief executive

  • 23 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Huawei

In our media-saturated age, it's rare to have a chief executive who doesn't speak to the press or, indeed, very often publicly.

Yet, the chief executive and founder of the world's largest telecommunications company is rarely seen.

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Japan to be year late in hitting inflation target

  • 22 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Shoppers in Tokyo
The Bank of Japan is trying to get prices in the shops to rise

Bank of Japan (BOJ) governor Haruhiko Kuroda has told me that its inflation target of 2% why the inflation target is not likely to be hit in April

He now believes that it'll take another year - at the end of the 2015 financial year, which is March 2016 - before Japan sees consumer prices rise by 2%.

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How do you get women into the workplace?

  • 17 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Graduates celebrating
Women graduates now outnumber men but they face obstacles to being successful in the workplace

If as many women were involved in work as men, then global output could be boosted as much as 40%.

For countries like Japan, getting women into work is a policy priority as it could raise GDP by some 14%.

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Why the Swiss franc can't escape being a safe haven

  • 15 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Swiss National Bank sign

"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%.

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Will policymakers 'look through' lower oil prices?

  • 13 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Oil barrels

The effect of the halving of oil prices since last summer is unsurprisingly reducing headline inflation and raising the spectre of deflation - or price falls - in Europe and elsewhere.

In the UK, the Consumer Prices Index is at a joint record low of 0.5% as goods prices have fallen by 1% from a year ago while services prices rose by 2.3%.

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Back to the Future: What does 2015 have in store?

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section Business
Back to the Future

For those of you who remember the Back to the Future movies, 2015 was the year to which Michael J. Fox travelled forward in time.

The movie predicted that we would be driving flying cars, using hoverboards… more on that later.

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Will 2015 see the US and UK raise interest rates?

  • 1 January 2015
  • From the section Business
The US Federal Reserve sign
The US has kept interest rates at record lows for years - but for how long?

Speaking to a panel of economists on the outlook for the economy and the markets, one notable theme among many stuck out.

They remained focussed on the US and what interest rates in the world's biggest economy would mean for rates in Britain and the rest of the world.

Read full article Will 2015 see the US and UK raise interest rates?

When will lower oil prices lead to cheaper energy bills?

  • 31 December 2014
  • From the section Business
BP Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) oil platform in the North Sea

You'd be forgiven for thinking that your household energy bill should be lower soon, given all of the headlines about a dramatic fall in oil prices.

After all, according to Ofgem, nearly half (44%) of UK energy bills are wholesale costs. Network costs make up almost a quarter (23%) and the rest includes environmental/social costs (7%), and VAT (5%). Supplier operating costs are another 13% and there's also a pre-tax margin of 8% for suppliers.

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About Linda

As chief business correspondent, Linda focuses on the changing nature of global business and how it affects our everyday lives. She is the presenter of Talking Business with Linda Yueh on BBC World News. She is particularly interested in the emergence of China as the world's second largest economy, and unlocking what it means for the global economy. She travels globally to uncover new perspectives.

Linda has maintained her academic links as a fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, as an adjunct professor at London Business School, and as a visiting professor at Peking University. She was previously economics editor at Bloomberg TV and a corporate lawyer resident in New York, Beijing and Hong Kong. She is also the author of several books.

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