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 "MoneytalkRadio3") .
The Federal Reserve has left interest rates on hold but hinted they would cut rates in the months ahead if the economic outlook weakens. FOMC members said that “uncertainties about the outlook have increased” and they would “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion”. Following the meeting, Fed fund futures are pricing in a 100% probability of a rate cut in July.
US Trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Osaka, ahead of the G20 summit, to meet with Chinese vice premier Liu He, to pave the way for the bilateral meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi. Mr. Lighthizer said there was a shared goal to resolve the trade dispute.
Our guests on Thursday’s Money Talk are Enzio von Pfeil of St. James’s Place and Mark To from the Wing Fung Financial Group. Providing the view from Taiwan is Political Risk Consultant, Ross Feingold.
20/06/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Enzio von Pfeil, Private Wealth Adviser at St. James’s Place, says the US consumer will have to foot a huge “consumption tax” as it is the consumer who will have to pay the higher import tariffs, and President Trump now wants the Fed to bale him out. Dr. von Pfeil adds that the Fed is way behind the curve.
Mark To, Managing Director of Asset Management from the Wing Fung Financial Group, does not expect a rate cut from the Fed in July, but more likely in Q4.
20/06/2019 - 8:25 View from Taiwan
Several hundred local companies, businesses, shops and NGOs are expected to heed calls for a strike in Hong Kong today in protest at the government’s proposed extradition law. The Civil Human Rights Front, which organised Sunday’s march, is encouraging further protests and workers' unions, businesses and welfare groups have backed the citywide strike.
Taiwanese company Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer and assembler of the iPhone said it can move production out of China at short notice if the trade war worsens. 25% of its total capacity is now outside of the mainland, and Liu Young-way, a member of the company’s top management committee, said the state of the global economy “looks bleaker and bleaker, and the situation is unpredictable.”
Stocks in China surged yesterday after Beijing unveiled further fiscal measures to boost the slowing economy. The State Council relaxed funding rules for infrastructure projects and will allow local governments to use the proceeds from special bonds for major infrastructure projects.
Joining us on today’s Money Talk are Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Rich Sega, from Conning and RTHK’s international economics correspondent, Barry Wood.
12/06/2019 - 8:09 Business and Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, comments that in general in Hong Kong, strikes have not been that popular or had much impact.
Rich Sega, Global Chief Investment Strategist at Conning, expects the bigger impact of the extradition bill in the US will be the strengthening of public support in actions against China, and that it will be harder to make trade concessions in reaching a deal with China.
RTHK’s international economics correspondent Barry Wood says that President Trump thinks Xi Jinping needs a trade deal more than he does.