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 every weekday morning (Mon - Thu 8 to 9 a.m.; Fri 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") .
China’s State Council has unveiled a detailed plan for wide-ranging reforms for Shenzhen. The blueprint calls for the city to integrate its economy and culture with Hong Kong and Macau and to rank among the best in the world by 2025 in economic strength, competitiveness and innovation.
The US Commerce Department has granted a temporary reprieve for Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to buy components from US firms for another 90 days. However, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added a further 46 Huawei affiliates to the US export blacklist.
Facebook and Twitter say they have shut down hundreds of Chinese state-backed disinformation campaigns on their platforms that sought to “sow political discord in Hong Kong”. Twitter said it has discovered 936 accounts originating from China, that were “deliberately and specifically trying to undermine the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground”.
Joining us on today’s Money Talk to discuss the Hong Kong economy and the government’s latest stimulus plan is James Lau, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in the HKSAR Government. That’s after 8:30. Before that, reviewing the latest business and finance headlines, are Connie Bolland at Economic Research Analysis and Pete Sweeney from Reuters Breakingviews. Providing the view from Japan is Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean & CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute.
20/08/2019 - 8:08 Business & Market Discussions
Connie Bolland, Founder & Chief Economist at Economic Research Analysis, comments that it’s much easier for Shenzhen to build a technology centre rather than a financial centre, which requires vital ingredients such as the free flow of capital and also credibility that takes time to establish.
Pete Sweeney, Asia Editor from Reuters Breakingviews, comments that the 90-day extension for Huawei reveals how much Chinese companies are dependent on American technology, without which their overseas sales will decline sharply.
20/08/2019 - 8:25 View from Japan
Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean & CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute, says that Japan has to follow the US and Europe if their central banks decide to ease monetary policy, but Prof. Yoshino also points out that having too loose a monetary policy will have a negative impact in the coming years and may also lead to a big bubble in the Asian economies.
20/08/2019 - 8:34 HK's Multi-billion Dollar Relief Measures & Subsidies
Hong Kong’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, James Lau, says that the SAR government is seriously concerned about the slowdown in the local and global economy, and has introduced HK$19bn of relief measures. Talking about the ongoing protests, Mr. Lau says that the government is looking forward to engaging in open-minded dialogue with the public after disruptive actions such as blocking government buildings and disrupting traffic have been stopped.
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