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 firstname.lastname@example.org, post on our Facebook page "Money Talk on RTHK Radio 3 " or find us on twitter "MoneytalkRadio3") .
The European Central Bank has announced its biggest package of monetary stimulus in three years. In Mario Draghi’s last meeting as President of the central bank, the ECB cut its deposit rate by 10bps to minus 50bps and restarted quantitative easing to boost eurozone growth. In a contentious move, the ECB said it will buy 20 billion euros of bonds a month from November, for as long as necessary to hit its 2% inflation target. President Trump responded by accusing the ECB of depreciating the euro and urging the Fed to respond next week.
Investors in London and Hong Kong and the board of the London Stock Exchange have given a cool response to the proposal by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing to merge with the London Stock Exchange Group. The board of the LSE described the offer from HKEX as “unsolicited, preliminary and highly conditional”. HKEx is reported to be open to sweetening its £32bn offer by considering a higher element of cash in the deal.
Donald Trump says he will think about an interim trade deal with China. The US administration is considering offering a limited trade agreement to Beijing to delay or roll back some US tariffs in exchange for commitments from China on intellectual property and buying US farm produce.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Kenny Wen from Everbright Sun Hung Kai. Providing the view from Australia is Toby Lawson at Societe Generale Australia.
13/09/2019 - 8.08am Business and Market Discussions
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities doubts if the UK government would allow HKEx, under Chinese influence, to take over the London Stock Exchange, a key part of their financial industry.
Kenny Wen, Wealth Management Strategist of Everbright Sun Hung Kai says, the US government has many weapons to frustrate China, including environmental issues, labour rights and intellectual property.
13/09/2019 - 8.23 am View from Australia
Hong Kong's economy grew by 0.5% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, missing estimates for growth of 0.6%. It’s the slowest growth since the global financial crisis. On a quarter-on-quarter basis GDP shrank by 0.4%. Protesters marched through Hong Kong for an eleventh successive weekend, with an estimated 1.7 million people demanding reforms. Financial Secretary Paul Chan warned yesterday Hong Kong should brace itself for an “economic typhoon.” President Trump said if Beijing uses violence in Hong Kong, it would make a trade deal with China hard.
Joining today’s Money Talk to review the latest business, finance and economic headlines are Alex Wong at Ample Capital and Samuel Faveur of Mandarin Capital. Providing the view from the Mainland is Ben Cavender at the China Market Research Group. After 8:30 we discuss innovation & technology in Hong Kong with Wong Kam-fai from the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Sankar Villupuram from ARUP; Ernest Lo, Founder of Future Impact Lab and Naubahar Sharif from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
19/08/2019 - 8:09 Business & Market Discussions
Alex Wong, Director of Asset Management at Ample Capital, says he is not optimistic about Hong Kong’s stock market until a political solution is found to the social unrest, but he is more positive on Chinese A-shares.
Samuel Faveur, CEO and Founder of Mandarin Capital, comments that it’s difficult to forecast how long the economic downturn in Hong Kong will last, since the main components of the economy including retail, tourism and exports are being dragged down by the protests and the international situation.
19/08/2019 - 8:24 View from China
19/08/2019 - 8:35 Monday Debate: Innovation & Tech in HK
Wong Kam-fai, Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology at the Chinese University, comments that although Hong Kong is moving forward in developing innovation and technology, the pace is still slow compared to other cities in Guangdong.
Sankar Villupuram, Digital Services Leader in East Asia from ARUP, points out that the internationally high-ranked universities in Hong Kong and the education system here have laid an important foundation for innovation to develop.
Ernest Lo, Founder of Future Impact Lab, expresses his concern that Hong Kong does have talent but is finding problems in keeping people.
Naubahar Sharif, Associate Professor at the Division of Social Science of HK University of Science and Technology, says that attracting foreign talent to the city goes beyond innovation and tech to areas like the government's policies and the quality of life in Hong Kong.