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 Financial Times is reporting that the Chinese government is drawing up plans to replace Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam with an interim leader following four months of violent protests against her administration. The FT says her successor would be installed in March and serve out the remainder of her term until 2022. Leading candidates to replace her are said to include former HKMA Chief Executive Norman Chan and former Financial Secretary and Chief Secretary Henry Tang.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the support of MPs in the first vote on his Brexit bill but has failed to receive approval for his timetable to push it through the House of Commons in just three days. He has now paused the legislation while he discusses the next steps. European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend that EU leaders accept the UK request for a delay to the date that the UK leaves the EU.
Japan’s SoftBank will take over struggling office subletting company WeWork in a US$3.5bn debt-funded bailout package and a tender offer of US$3bn to buy out existing shareholders. The deal cuts WeWork's valuation from US$47bn a few months ago to less than US$8bn.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Steve Wang from CITIC CLSA and RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
23/10/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, commenting on reports that Beijing wants to have a change in the leadership of the SAR, says that both possible candidates mentioned, Norman Chan and Henry Tang, are acceptable and experienced and are well-liked by Hong Kong people.
Steve Wang, Senior Credit Analyst at CITIC CLSA, says that markets are seeing a polarisation in investors' preference, and they now prefer defensive-positioned bonds.
RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent Barry Wood says that The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act will be passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, though there may be a new storm after the Act has passed into law.
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