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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday there will be "serious consequences" if the British-flagged tanker taken over by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz isn’t released and he urged Iran to reverse its "illegal" seizure of the vessel.
The Federal Reserve is under fire for miscommunication over its rate cutting policy. On Thursday, New York Fed Chairman John Williams urged the central bank to “act quickly” when the economy was slowing & rates were low. Expectations of a 50bps rate cut shot up to over 70%. However, on Friday, the New York Fed issued an unprecedented statement saying Mr. Williams' speech was not about potential policy actions at the July FOMC meeting but rather "an academic speech on 20 years of research." Afterwards the odds of a 50bps cut plunged back down to 23%.
President Trump tweeted “because of the faulty thought process we have going for us at the Federal Reserve, we pay much higher interest rates than countries that are no match for us economically”, adding “I like John Williams' first statement much better than his second.”
China announced new measures on Saturday to open up the financial sector to foreign investors. The mainland will scrap foreign ownership limits for life insurance companies, securities brokerages and asset management firms.
Swiss luxury brands company Richemont, the owner of Cartier, is the latest firm to report business being hit by the protests in Hong Kong. Sales in APAC rose in the second quarter, except for Hog Kong, a key market for its watches, where sales sank due to the political unrest.
Japanese beer maker Asahi will buy the Australian business of Anheuser-Busch InBev for US$11.3bn. It makes Foster's lager & accounts for half of Australia's beer market. AB InBev said it was still interested in reviving the flotation of Budweiser APAC in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific has completed its takeover of HK Express, Hong Kong’s only low-cost airline, paying HK$4.93 billion. The acquisition puts Cathay Pacific in control of 3 out of 4 of Hong Kong 's commercial airlines.
On today’s Money Talk, reviewing the latest business headlines are Andrew Sullivan of Pearl Bridge Partners and Le Xia from BBVA Research. Providing the view from the mainland is Ben Cavender at the China Market Research Group.
After 8:30 we’ll discuss the trade war with Louis Chan from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Raymond Young of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong and William Zarit, Chairman Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
22/07/2019 - 8:00-8:20 Market Discussion
Le Xia, Chief Economist for Asia at BBVA Research, says that the US-China trade dispute is impacting Hong Kong exports and could send Hong Kong into a recession.
Andrew Sullivan, Director of Pearl Bridge Partners, comments that the Fed should not cut interest rates at all as previous rate reductions have not fed through to the real economy.
22/07/2019 - 8:20-8:30 View from China
22/07/2019 - 8:30-9:00 Monday Debate - Sino-US Trade War
Raymond Young, CEO of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, comments that around 3000 members in the commercial sector have reported a loss of business of around 50-60% since the tariffs came in to effect and some of them are considering relocating their businesses.
William Zarit, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, says that the trade war has had an impact of up to 1% on China's GDP but the economy was slowing even before the trade war started.
Louis Chan, Assistant Principal Economist at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, suggests the Hong Kong government needs to find flexible ways to tackle the trade dispute.