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") .
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
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.