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 US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates by 25bps as anticipated but the FOMC is divided on further action later this year. President Trump criticised the decision tweeting that the Fed had shown “no guts, no sense and no vision.” The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has followed suit and cut its base lending rate by 25bps to 2.25%.
Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong activists have told a US congressional hearing that Beijing was eroding the city’s autonomy and it was unable to understand or govern a free society. He urged the US to reassess Hong Kong’s special trade status. US Lawmakers are considering enacting the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would allow sanctions on Chinese officials and require annual assessments of whether the city is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to continue its special trading status. House speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress will move swiftly to pass the act.
On today’s Money Talk, analysing the Fed’s interest rate decision are Enzio von Pfeil from St. James’s Place and Samuel Faveur of Mandarin Capital. Providing the view from Taiwan is Political Risk Consultant, Ross Feingold.
19/09/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Enzio von Pfeil, Private Wealth Adviser at St. James’s Place, says that President Trump will blame the Fed if the economy is not performing well and he loses in the upcoming presidential election.
Samuel Faveur, CEO and Founder of Mandarin Capital, comments that the Fed's decision to cut interest rates by 25bps makes sense and is in line with the economic data which show signs of a slowdown in the US economy.
19/09/2019 - 8:24 View from Taiwan
Taiwan-based Political Risk Consultant Ross Feingold says that the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is gaining support among both Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress, and that the bill is very likely to pass. Mr. Feingold adds that if Hong Kong loses its special trade status, the cost of doing business here will rise.
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.