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 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 Financial Times is reporting that the Chinese government is drawing up plans to replace Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam with an interim leader following four months of violent protests against her administration. The FT says her successor would be installed in March and serve out the remainder of her term until 2022. Leading candidates to replace her are said to include former HKMA Chief Executive Norman Chan and former Financial Secretary and Chief Secretary Henry Tang.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the support of MPs in the first vote on his Brexit bill but has failed to receive approval for his timetable to push it through the House of Commons in just three days. He has now paused the legislation while he discusses the next steps. European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend that EU leaders accept the UK request for a delay to the date that the UK leaves the EU.
Japan’s SoftBank will take over struggling office subletting company WeWork in a US$3.5bn debt-funded bailout package and a tender offer of US$3bn to buy out existing shareholders. The deal cuts WeWork's valuation from US$47bn a few months ago to less than US$8bn.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Steve Wang from CITIC CLSA and RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
23/10/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, commenting on reports that Beijing wants to have a change in the leadership of the SAR, says that both possible candidates mentioned, Norman Chan and Henry Tang, are acceptable and experienced and are well-liked by Hong Kong people.
Steve Wang, Senior Credit Analyst at CITIC CLSA, says that markets are seeing a polarisation in investors' preference, and they now prefer defensive-positioned bonds.
RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent Barry Wood says that The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act will be passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, though there may be a new storm after the Act has passed into law.
The New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said the central bank needed to “act quickly” when the economy was slowing and rates were low. He said in a speech that “it’s better to take preventative measures than to wait for disaster to unfold”. Later, Fed vice-chair Richard Clarida said in an interview with Fox Business Network that policymakers should lower rates early to combat rising economic risks. After those comments, expectations of a 50bps rate cut this month surged sending US stocks and gold higher and the US dollar and Treasury bond yields lower.
President Trump said a US Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, after Iranian forces said they had seized a foreign tanker, in the latest in a series of incidents that have heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf region.
The European Commission is imposing a €242 million fine on US chipmaker Qualcomm, its second penalty on the chip maker in 18 months, for "abusing its market dominance" in 3G baseband chipsets by charging prices below cost to force competitors out of the market. It’s the latest move by the EU targeting top US tech companies for breaching antitrust rules.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK will have to "face the consequences" if it opts to leave without a deal. He told the BBC that the thrice-rejected agreement negotiated by Theresa May was the "only way to leave the EU in an orderly manner".
The Bank of Korea has unexpectedly cut its policy interest rate for the first time in three years. The BoK reduced its benchmark interest rate by 25bps to 1.5%.On today’s Money Talk, Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Dickie Wong at Kingston Securities review the latest business headlines. After 8:30, we’re going to discuss health and fitness. Local entrepreneur Keith Rumjahn, Founder & CEO of OliveX tells us how he’s combined sport and AI, and how his fitness mirror helps rehabilitate hospital patients. Edward Chan, Occupational Therapist at Queen Mary Hospital joins us to explain more. Finally, we look at some of the latest developments in the health insurance market with Julien Mathieu, Co-founder of AD MediLink.
19/07/2019 - 8:00-8:30 Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities comments that the political turmoil in Hong Kong since June has impacted retail and tourism, but so far the property sector did not suffer any decline.
Dickie Wong, Head of Research at Kingston Securities says that the cancellation of the Budweiser IPO, has put downward pressure on the Hong Kong stock market.
19/07/2019 - 8:30-8:45 Entrepreneur: OliveX
Local entrepreneur Keith Rumjahn, Founder & CEO of OliveX talks about the interactive Chinese qigong app and fitness mirror which is powered by artificial intelligence.
Edward Chan, member of the Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association says that patients using the fitness app at home are more motivated.