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 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 Exchanges and Clearing has made a surprise £32bn bid to purchase the London Stock Exchange Group. The merger offer amounts to a 23% premium to the LSE's closing price on Tuesday. However, HKEX said the offer is only valid if LSE abandons its plans to purchase data provider Refinitiv. It said in a statement that combining the two exchanges would bring together "the largest and most significant financial centres in Asia and Europe". CEO Charles Li said the deal would "redefine global capital markets for decades to come".
Donald Trump has renewed his attack on the Federal Reserve, calling for the “boneheads” at the central bank to cut rates to zero or less so that the US can refinance debt and lengthen maturities.
President Trump has said he will delay by two weeks the increase of tariffs on US$250bn of Chinese good as a "gesture of goodwill."China has issued its exemption list excluding 16 types of US goods from additional tariffs on September 17. The items on the lists will not be subject to the additional tariffs imposed by China as countermeasures to US Section 301 measures but doesn't include corn, soybeans and pork.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Enzio von Pfeil from St. James’s Place and Andrew Freris of Ecognosis Advisory. Providing the view from South Korea is Peter Kim at Mirae Asset Daewoo.
12/09/2019 - 8.08am Business and Market Discussions
12/09/2019 - 8.23 am View from South Korea