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 firstname.lastname@example.org, post on our Facebook page "Money Talk on RTHK Radio 3 " or find us on twitter "MoneytalkR3") .
The White House has reported this morning that President Trump will sign a spending bill to keep the government open but at the same time will declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build a border wall.
US retail sales showed a surprise fall of 1.2% in December, the worst drop in 9 years. The data adds to evidence that the US economy is slowing with the consumer no longer enjoying tax cuts and facing higher oil prices.
China’s trade data in January has come in much stronger than expected. But trade with the US has fallen sharply as the effects of the trade war take hold. Bloomberg is reporting that President Trump is considering pushing back the deadline for the imposition of higher tariffs on Chinese goods by 60 days, to give negotiations more time to continue. The news agency is also reporting that trade negotiators for the US and China have made little progress in talks in Beijing with the two sides deadlocked over structural reforms to the Chinese economy demanded by the US.
Our expert analysis this morning is provided by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Pete Sweeney at Reuters Breakingviews. Providing the view from down under is Toby Lawson from Societe Generale Australia.
15/02/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities, comments that the local stock market is not as deep as it used to be, and so turnover did not soar as expected after the listing of tech giants such as Xiaomi.
Pete Sweeney, Asia Editor at Reuters Breakingviews, says that he feels suspicious about the rise in Chinese exports, while exports from Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong did not increase.
15/02/2019 - 8:25 View from Australia
US and European stocks have been hit by fresh turmoil. All three major US stock indices have slipped backed into the red for the year and government bond yields have hit multi-year highs. Volatility has surged higher once again.
The Bank of England has left interest rates on hold at half a percent but says rates could rise earlier and by a “somewhat greater extent” than previously thought.
The latest trade data from the mainland shows imports surged last month by over 30.2% y/y. That’s led to the Chinese trade surplus falling to an 11-month low.
Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund recorded the highest annualised return in 7 years in 2017 and also saw the biggest increase in assets since the Fund’s inception in 2000.
Hong Kong cash machine operator JETCO has become the latest vendor to offer cashless payments in the city.
Joining today’s programme are Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities and Alan Luk, from Hang Seng Private Bank. On the phone from Singapore is Geoff Howie, Market Strategist at the Singapore Exchange.
09/02/2018 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities, is of the opinion that heavily indebted conglomerate HNA is on the verge of collapse, but he expects that it would only have a limited impact on the Hong Kong stock market since HNA has only two listed companies on the HKEx.
Alan Luk, Head of Private Banking and Trust Services at Hang Seng Bank, comments that the market volatility is due to fears of higher interest rates but he doesn’t think the bull market is over.
09/02/2018 - 8:25 View from Singapore