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.
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