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") .
US jobless claims surged last week as the coronavirus pandemic shut businesses across America. The number of people filing for unemployment benefits jumped by a record breaking 3.3 million people from 282,000 the previous week.
Singapore's GDP growth tumbled by an annualised 10.6% in the first quarter of 2020 from the previous quarter, the sharpest drop in more than a decade. The city state downgraded its 2020 GDP growth forecast to between minus 4% and minus 1%.
Singapore has tapped into its reserves for only the second time in history and announced a massive S$48 billion (US$33.7 billion) stimulus plan to combat the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Combined with the measures announced in the budget it brings the total fiscal boost to S$55 billion, or 11% of GDP.
Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department reported yesterday exports from the territory slumped 12% in the first two months of the year. Imports fell by 9.3% leaving a trade deficit of HK$69.1 billion in the two-month period.
Joining us on today’s Money Talk are Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Kenny Wen from Everbright Sun Hung Kai. With the view from Australia is Toby Lawson at Societe Generale Australia.
27/03/2020 - 8:08am Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities says that both Hong Kong and Mainland China should expect further economic contraction with as much as negative 10% growth, quarter-on-quarter.
Kenny Wen, Wealth Management Strategist at Everbright Sun Hung Kai highlights that the world economy is more likely to see a U-shaped recovery, as he forecasts a lengthy process of returning to normalcy.
The World Trade Organization has slashed its forecast for global trade growth by more than half this year, warning that the slowdown could hit living standards and jobs. The WTO said it expected trade volumes to grow by 1.2% in 2019, down from its previous prediction of 2.6% made in April. The organisation also cut its forecast for global economic growth this year from 2.6% to 2.3%.
Manufacturing activity in the US has hit a 10-year low. Exports, new orders and employment all contracted amid the worsening US-China trade war.
Japan has raised it sales tax for the first time in five years. The rate was hiked from 8% to 10% yesterday despite fears over the weak economy.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Stewart Aldcroft from CitiTrust, Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital and RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
02/10/2019 - 8:08 Business and Market Discussions
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust, says he is positive about the UK leaving the EU with a deal and he expects that Brexit will happen by the end of October.
Peter Churchouse, Founder of Portwood Capital, comments that politicians have been making the global economy worse and relying on central banks to come to the rescue by lowering interest rates.
RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent Barry Wood sees further reductions in global GDP projections coming up because of slowing trade brought about by the US-China dispute.