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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 every weekday morning 8 to 8:30 a.m. 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 "MoneytalkRadio3") .
The US and China have agreed a limited trade deal. Beijing officials confirmed that China will buy at least US$40bn of US agricultural goods, improve intellectual property protections and ban the forced transfer of technology from US companies. In return, the US cancelled yesterday’s scheduled tariff increases and will also reduce by half duties on US$120bn of Chinese goods that were imposed in September.
President Trump has delayed imposing tariffs on auto imports by up to six months. In January, the Commerce Department issued a report suggesting that President Donald Trump impose a tariff of 25% on imported cars, saying that the imports threaten US national security.
The US President has signed an executive order that would give the Commerce Secretary the power to review any transactions involving companies that are viewed as posing a security threat to national security. The effect would be to prohibit US companies from using any telecoms equipment manufactured by companies such as China’s Huawei and ZTE.
The latest data from the mainland shows China’s economy slowed sharply in April with industrial production, retail sales and fixed asset investment all badly missing forecasts. Retail sales saw their slowest growth since May 2003.
US retail sales fell unexpectedly in April by 0.2%, as consumers cut back on spending. US industrial production also unexpectedly fell by 0.5% in April, the weakest in two years. Industrial production has now fallen three out of the last four months.
Our guests on today’s Money Talk are Mark To from the Wing Fung Financial Group and John Schofield of Apastron Investment. Later in the programme, we’ll get some forecasts for the commodity markets with George Cheveley, Portfolio Manager and Metals & Mining Specialist at Investec Asset Management.
16/05/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Mark To, Managing Director of Asset Management at the Wing Fung Financial Group, is pessimistic about whether the Chinese government's stimulus programme can bring about a rebound in the mainland economy.
John Schofield, Executive Director of Apastron Investment, comments that the reason behind US President Trump's six-month delay in imposing tariffs on auto imports is to avoid having too many enemies on the trade front, so he can focus his efforts on the dispute with China.
16/05/2019 - 8:22 Investec Asset Management : George Cheveley