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Hong Kong has tightened again its social distancing measures following concerns over a new wave of locally transmitted cases. Restaurants will be limited to eight places per table and four people at tables in bars from Saturday, and the total number of customers has been restricted to 60% of maximum capacity.
In Australia, five million people in Melbourne have been barred from leaving their homes for the next six weeks, except for essential reasons. The lockdown was announced after the state saw the highest daily number of new infections since the pandemic began.
Australia has become the latest country to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong because of the national security law. Australia will also extend visas for Hong Kong residents already in the country to five years and provide a pathway to citizenship.
Consumer prices in China rose by 2.5% in June year-on-year, compared to 2.4% in May. It’s the first time the CPI has increased this year. The producer price index, which measures the cost of goods as they leave the factory gate, fell 3% y/y.
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Ian Hui at JP Morgan Asset Management. With a view from Australia is Toby Lawson from Societe Generale Australia.
10/07/2020 - 8:09am Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities says that the Chinese government's recent cheerleading of the market is aimed at boosting the economy and give optimism to investors, in times of increasing tensions with other nations.
Ian Hui, Global Market Strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management highlights that the Hong Kong markets are partially mirroring mainland ones, as IT stocks become increasingly popular.
10/07/2020 - 8:23am View from Australia
The death toll from the China coronavirus outbreak has risen to 106, and the number of people infected has jumped to close to 4,700. Most of the fatalities are in Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei, the outbreak’s epicentre.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that rail and ferry services to the mainland would be suspended from tomorrow and the number of flights would be halved. Several border checkpoints will be closed but the flow of goods will not be interrupted.
The Shanghai government and the Guangdong provincial authorities have ordered companies in their regions not to resume operations before February 9. The Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges will delay the reopening of the A-share market until Monday.
The US Federal Reserve will wrap up its first monetary policy meeting of the year later today. President Trump tweeted that “the Fed should get smart and lower the rate to make our interest competitive with other countries which pay much lower.”
On today’s Money we’re joined by Khiem Do at Baring Asset Management, Will Denyer from Gavekal and on the phone from Washington D.C., RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
29/01/2020 - 8.09am Business and Market Discussion
Khiem Do, Head of Greater China Investments at Baring Asset Management warns of a strong fall in economic activity in the retail and services sector, as citizens fear to go outside.
Will Denyer, US Economist at Gavekal says that the coronavirus' impact on the world economy remains minor for now but a worldwide spread of infections could see a stronger market reaction.
Barry Wood, RTHK's US Correspondent, observed that Tuesday's market rally reflects investors' optimism, as China's drastic containment measures boosts confidence.