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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") .
Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced a large HK$120 billion fiscal stimulus package in his budget yesterday which will swell Hong Kong’s fiscal deficit to a record-breaking HK$139.1 billion next year. The highlight was a HK$10,000 cash handout to all adult permanent residents.
Other measures included reductions in salaries tax for individuals and profits tax for companies. Small and medium sized businesses will be able to apply for a new 3-year 100% loan guarantee scheme backed by the government of up to HK$2 million each at reduced interest rates. There was a boost for homebuyers. A new pilot fixed-rate mortgage loan scheme will be introduced.
But the measures come at a cost. The Financial Secretary warned that Hong Kong’s finances were on an unsustainable path and the city needs to find new sources of revenues and progressively reduce one-off relief measures or revise tax rates.
On today’s Money Talk, we analyse the Hong Kong budget with Enzio von Pfeil from St. James’s Place, Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital and Jeremy Choi at PwC Hong Kong.
27/02/2020 - Hong Kong 2020-21 Budget review
Enzio von Pfeil, Associate Partner & Private Wealth Adviser at St. James's Place hopes that Hong Kong will do more to promote its strength as an international financial centre and sees an urgent need to improve the standard of English.
Peter Churchouse, Founder and Managing Director at Portwood Capital says that the 2020-21 budget only takes into account the short term and he hopes that "fundamental, structural and competitive issues" will be addressed.
Jeremy Choi, PwC Hong Kong Tax Partner sees the recently unveiled Future Fund as a fruitful long-term measure that could boost local investments and create more jobs, as it has proven successful in Singapore.
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.