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") .
Shares in the IPO for Saudi Aramco have been priced at 32 riyals (US$8.53) each, the top end of the share price range offered to investors. It’s the world's biggest IPO, raising US$25.6bn and valuing the state-owned oil producer at US$1.7tn.
The Reserve Bank of India has surprised markets by leaving interest rates on hold at 5.15%. Investors had expected the central bank to lower its key interest rate after India's economic growth fell to 4.5% in September, the slowest pace in more than six years.
Japan's government has announced a 26 trillion yen (US$239 billion) stimulus package to try and boost the economy. The package is equivalent to 4.5% of GDP.
Australian exports fell 5% in October because of lower commodity prices and the country’s trade surplus shrank by a third. Retail sales were flat defying economists' expectations for a 0.3% gain.
Our guests on today’s Money Talk are Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Andrew Sullivan at Pearl Bridge Partners. On the phone from Sydney is Toby Lawson from Societe Generale Australia.
06/12/2019 - 8.07am Business and Market Discussions
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities said that China cannot afford another round of tariffs imposed on its exports as it will further damage China’s economy, so he anticipates trade talks with the US to continue.
Andrew Sullivan, Director of Pearl Bridge Partners (PBP) comments that the latest relief measures announced by Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary won’t help the economy as they don’t deal with the underlying causes of the protests.
06/12/2019 - 8.25am View from Australia
Oil prices have surged following the drone attack on two Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, which have halved the kingdom’s oil producing capabilities and knocked out more than 5% of the world’s supply. Brent crude oil jumped 20% at one point but trimmed gains after President Donald Trump authorised a release of oil supplies from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help stabilize markets.
Credit rating agency Moody’s has cut its outlook for Hong Kong's credit rating to negative from stable but maintained its current rating. Moody's said the change in outlook reflects the increasing risk of "an erosion in the strength of Hong Kong's institutions" amid the protests.
Norman Chan, chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, said yesterday there was no evidence of capital flight due to the protests and Hong Kong’s reserves are big enough to withstand any attack by short sellers on the territory’s financial system.
Industrial output growth in China has fallen to the lowest level since 2002, rising 4.4% y/y in August. Retail sales and fixed-asset investment also missed expectations. Premier Li Keqiang warned that maintaining growth of 6% or more would be "very difficult."
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Connie Bolland of Economic Research Analysis and Brad Gibson from Alliance Bernstein. Providing the view from Japan is Naoyuki Yoshino of the Asian Development Bank Institute.
17/09/2019 - 8.08am Business and Market Discussions
Connie Bolland, founder and chief economist of Economic Research Analysis, thinks the surging oil price poses a significant problem to the global economy in the short term as Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest exporter.
Though Moody’s has cut its outlook for Hong Kong's credit rating, Brad Gibson from Alliance Bernstein says Hong Kong’s corporates and institutions access to the capital markets remains fully open.
17/09/2019 - 8.23 am View from Japan