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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.
Stocks in the US and Europe have plunged after further warning signals of an impending recession appeared in the bond markets and disappointing economic data from China and Germany. In the US and UK, the yield on ten-year government bonds dropped below that of two-year debt for the first time since the global financial crisis. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond fell to a record low. President Trump slammed the Federal Reserve and its Chairman Jerome Powell as “clueless.”
In China, industrial output rose at the slowest rate in 17 years. Retail sales grew by 7.6%, the slowest pace since April.
Hong Kong airport has resumed operations after two days of chaos which saw hundreds of flights cancelled and protesters clash with riot police on Tuesday. The Airport Authority said it had obtained a temporary injunction banning protesters from entering certain areas. As some protestors held up banners apologising for the violence, China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing called the behaviour at the airport no different to terrorism and said it must be severely punished. President Trump suggested a personal meeting with Xi Jinping to help resolve the crisis “humanely.”
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Louis Kuijs from Oxford Economics and Louisa Fok of Bank of Singapore. We get a view from India with Rikesh Mirchandani at Ocean City Capital Advisors. In the second half of the programme we see how ready Hong Kong is for virtual banking with James Lloyd at EY. We also catch up on the latest developments in Exchange Traded Funds with David Lai of Premia Partners.
15/08/2019 - 8:09 Business & Market Discussions
Louis Kuijs, Head of Asia Economics at Oxford Economics, comments that the yield curve inversions are not totally indicative of an impending recession because some of the key trigger points are being excluded.
Louisa Fok, China Equity Strategist from the Bank of Singapore, comments that the US-China trade tensions will undoubtedly have an impact on Hong Kong’s economy, and the SAR's competitiveness over other regional cities will depend on how its economic structure evolves.
15/08/2019 - 8:25 View from India
15/08/2019 - 8:35 Tech: Virtual Banks in HK
James Lloyd, Asia-Pacific FinTech Leader at EY, points out that licensing of new virtual banks is not sufficient in itself in creating new product offerings in the market, and that the introduction of the Faster Payment System is a good example of technological infrastructure that can enable new Fintech propositions to come to the market.
15/08/2019 - 8:47 Exchange-Traded Fund
David Lai, Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer of Premia Partners, advises investors to manage their risks by diversifying their portfolios amid the uncertainties of the US-China trade dispute and the recent poor performance of the Hang Seng Index. Mr. Lai says that investors may consider putting money to uncorrelated markets like Vietnam, where there is a rising middle class and has the potential to be benefited from the trade war.