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 "MoneytalkRadio3") .
China's GDP slowed to 6.2% y/y as expected in the second quarter. That’s the slowest rate of quarterly economic growth in 27 years. Other economic data released from the mainland gave rise to optimism that China’s economy may be stabilising, with both industrial output and retail sales rising more than expected last month.
Average home prices on the mainland rose for the 60th straight month in June, but the pace of price appreciation slowed from 0.71% in May to 0.62% in June. Out of 70 top-tier cities, 63 saw new home prices rise m/m in June, down from 67 in May.
In Taiwan, Han Kuo-yu, the mayor of the island’s second largest city, Kaohsiung, has won the opposition Kuomintang’s presidential primaries. He will face off against incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in next January’s elections, after beating Terry Gou, the founder of electronics group Foxconn. Mr. Gou will decide in the next few days whether to stand as an independent candidate.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Facebook has a lot of work to do before it can launch its planned cryptocurrency Libra. He said he was concerned that Libra could be misused to launder money and finance terrorism and he wanted to see more details before allowing it to go ahead, noting that Facebook was "a long way away" from reassuring him.On today’s Money Talk are Connie Bolland of Economic Research Analysis and Mark To from the Wing Fung Financial Group. Providing the view from Japan is Marcel Thieliant at Capital Economics. In the second half of the programme, Peter Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Cyberport tells us about the all-new esports spectator venue, which will be inaugurated later today at the Cyberport. We’ll also talk about IPOs on the mainland and the launch of the new technology innovation board, with Ringo Choi, Asia-Pacific IPO Leader at Ernst & Young.
16/07/2019 - 8:00-8:20 Market Discussion
Connie Bolland, Founder of Economic Research Analysis says that there is downward pressure on economic growth in China, but she expects further fiscal stimulus to keep growth flat in the second half of the year.
Mark To, Managing Director of Asset Management at Wing Fung Financial Group comments that China's economy is hampered by structural reforms, since there are too many goals, and it is very difficult for policy makers to adjust.
16/07/2019 - 8:20-8:30 View from Japan
16/07/2019 - 8:30-8:45 CEO: Cyberport and E-sports
16/07/2019 - 8:45-9:00 IPO and Technology Board
Business organisations have welcomed the move by Carrie Lam to suspend the controversial extradition bill. The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which has opposed the bill, said it was relieved and the decision showed that Hong Kong is serious about protecting its special status under “one country, two systems.” US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said President Trump will discuss the mass protests in Hong Kong with President Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit.
The latest economic data from China has provided further evidence of a broad-based slowdown in the mainland economy, particularly in the manufacturing sector. Industrial production in May missed estimates hitting a 17-year low but retail sales beat expectations.
Joining today’s Money Talk are Alex Wong of Ample Capital and Anthony Chan from Union Bancaire Privée. Providing the view from the mainland is Brock Silvers at Kaiyuan Capital.
17/06/2019 - 8:09 Business and Market Discussions
Alex Wong, Director of Asset Management at Ample Capital, comments that if the controversy over the extradition bill worsens, interest rates in HK will rise, impacting the entire local economy and the property market.
Anthony Chan, Chief Asia Investment Strategist from Union Bancaire Privée, expects that with the continued slowdown in the mainland economy, Chinese authorities will likely cut the RRR in July.
17/06/2019 - 8:24 View from China
Brock Silvers, Managing Director at Kaiyuan Capital, says it is a bad time for President Xi to have to deal with the protests in Hong Kong while battling against the US on trade and with the upcoming Taiwan presidential election. Mr. Silvers expects that there will be no quick response from the central government on whether it spells the end of Carrie Lam’s term as CE.