Peter Lewis: A fast moving and topical business and finance show.
A fast moving and topical business and finance show bringing you breaking business and economic news and financial market updates. Presented by former CEO and investment bank global trading head Peter Lewis, with over 30 years' industry experience. Join Peter and his expert guests for analysis and discussion on the day's top business stories live from 8 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. every weekday morning on RTHK Radio 3. We have a podcast to download after the show and you can also listen through the RTHK Radio 3 website live or later in the day. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback to read out in the show. You can email us at email@example.com, post on our Facebook page "Money Talk on RTHK Radio 3 " or find us on twitter "MoneytalkR3") .
A series of geopolitical risks have rattled global markets. The deteriorating relationship between the US and China, the breakdown in Brexit talks, the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the big losses by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner the CSU in Bavarian elections, the impasse over Italy’s budget combined with warnings from the IMF/World Bank meetings on global growth have left investors rattled this morning. Chinese stocks have hit a four-year low, US stocks have endured a volatile session and gold has rallied.
In addition, debt is in focus. The latest US Treasury department data shows the US budget deficit this year has widened to the largest since 2012 after President Trump increased spending and cut taxes.
Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has criticised Donald Trump's recent attacks on the US central bank, calling them "damaging to financial stability".
16/10/2018 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Connie Bolland of Economic Research Analysis comments that the world does not need another oil price rise, and that inflation will cause problems for emerging market countries.
Mandarin Capital's Sam Faveur believes that it is ludicrous to compare the decline in China A's share market this year with the US market in 1929 as Donald Trump has done.
16/10/2018 - 8:30-9:00 Paul Ryan and David Constello on Ireland Economy and Brexit
Paul Ryan, Head of the International Finance Division in the Irish Department of Finance points out that the Sino-US trade war is damaging the global economy and a no-deal Brexit will be disastrous for the future of UK and bad for Ireland.
David Costello, Irish Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau talks about the wider consequences of the Irish border problem and the Good Friday agreement
China has dismissed as "fake news" suggestions that it could slow or halt purchases of US Treasuries. China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange said in a statement: "We think this story could be quoting a mistaken source or it could also be a piece of fake information." US stocks and treasury bonds have advanced overnight as a result.
US inflation has gone into reverse falling for the first time in a year and a half. The producer price index fell 0.1% in December. Economists had been expecting a rise of 0.2%. Meanwhile economic confidence in the US has hit a 17-year high. But jobless claims unexpectedly climbed to a 3-month high.
Germany has released its economic data for 2017 and it was a good year for Europe’s largest economy. It recorded solid growth of 2.2% and the government had a record budget surplus of 1.2% of GDP. That’s the eighth consecutive year of growth.
US President Donald trump has threatened online retailers such as Amazon with an internet tax for sales they make online. He said, they're going to have to start paying an internet sales tax because it's very unfair what's happening to our retailers all over the country that are put out of business.
Joining today’s Money Talk are Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Jonathan Garner from Morgan Stanley. Providing the view from down under is Toby Lawson from Societe Generale, Australia.
12/01/2018 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities, comments that the Chinese authorities' order to halt the production of coal and steel in January will hamper industrial profits and he expects producer prices to go up.
Jonathan Garner, Managing Director of Research at Morgan Stanley, is optimistic about Hong Kong and mainland stocks but he expects interest rate rises to bite in the second half of the year and this year will not be as good as 2017.
12/01/2018 - 8:23 View from Australia