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.
Two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, including the world's largest, have been hit in a drone attack. The attacks have reduced Saudi’s crude oil production by 5.7 million barrels a day, about half the kingdom's output. Saudi Arabia produces 10% of the world's crude oil and the 50% reduction has sent oil prices soaring over 13% in Asian trading this morning.
The board of the London Stock Exchange Group has unanimously rejected Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s £32bn merger offer and says it sees “no merit in further engagement” on the matter. In a strongly worded letter to the Hong Kong Exchange, the LSE questioned the ownership structure of HKEX and its relationship with the Hong Kong government and said the Shanghai Stock Exchange was its “preferred” partner to unlock the opportunities in mainland China.
A fifteenth weekend of protests have left a trail of destruction and violence across Hong Kong with Admiralty and Wan Chai MTR stations vandalised. Yesterday, Hong Kong International Airport said it suffered a 12.4% fall in passengers in August, the biggest decline in a decade.
On today’s Money Talk, we have with us Alex Wong of Ample Capital and Dickie Wong from Kingston Securities. Providing our weekly view from the mainland is Brock Silvers at Kaiyuan Capital in Beijing.
16/09/2019 - 8.08am Business and Market Discussions
Alex Wong, Director of Asset Management, Ample Capital says the London Stock Exchange’s business model is more diversified compared to HKEx as only 40% of its revenue is driven by transaction volume, while HKEx hasn’t expanded to include other businesses.
Dickie Wong, Head of Research at Kingston Securities, sees little upside for Hong Kong stocks and thinks the spike in oil prices will hold back share prices.
16/09/2019 - 8.23 am View from China