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 Hong Kong government will launch a special HK$30 billion relief fund. The funds will be used to provide one-off cash injections to industries hit hard by the coronavirus such as retail, leisure and tourism and to fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. China’s State Council has announced that all medium, small and micro-sized businesses will not need to make contributions to employees’ old-age pension, unemployment and workplace safety insurance plans from February to June, in order to minimise job losses from the coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Reserve sees the US economic outlook remaining favourable and sees no reason to alter interest rates. The minutes of January’s FOMC meeting show policy makers agreeing to leave interest rates in a range of 1.5 to 1.75% “for a time” to support business investment and a recovery in the labour market. On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Enzio von Pfeil from St. James’s Place and Jack Siu of Credit Suisse. With the view from Taiwan is Political Risk Consultant, Ross Feingold.
20/02/2020 - 8:08am Business and Market Discussion
Enzio von Pfeil, Associate Partner & Private Wealth Adviser at James's Place highlights that the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic remains a random factor rather than a trend factor, as a slowdown in the world's economy started at the end of 2018.
Jack Siu, Director & Senior Investment Strategist for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse expects the opening of some factories to send a positive signal to investors and bring a quick rebound to China's economy.
20/02/2020 - 8:25am View from Taiwan
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.