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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
Global stocks have fallen after US tech giant Apple said that it won’t meet its quarterly revenue forecast because of constrained supply around the world of its iPhones and lower Chinese demand. The company said it was "experiencing a slower return to normal conditions" than planned. Hong Kong’s unemployment rate climbed for a fourth straight month in January, hitting 3.4%, the highest level since 2016. The jobless rate in the consumption and tourism-related sectors remained at 5.2%, the highest in more than three years. Unemployment in the construction sector rose to 5.7%, the highest level in almost six years. Singapore has unveiled a S$5.6 billion (US$4.02 billion) fiscal stimulus to offset the fallout from the coronavirus in its budget announced yesterday. The extra spending will result in Singapore’s biggest budget deficit since 1997. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has warned that “emergency steps” are needed to prevent an escalating economic crisis in the country. He said, “the current situation is more serious than we thought.” The Trump administration is contemplating new bans on exports of American technology to China, including semiconductors and jet engines. It also plans to clamp down further on Huawei’s access to vital semiconductors. On today’s Money Talk are Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Mark Michelson from IMA Asia and over in Washington D.C., RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent, Barry Wood.
19/02/2020 - 8:08am Business and Market Discussion
Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman of CitiTrust thinks that international firms may reconsider their supply chain strategy by developing new warehouses and factories around Asia, as their over-reliance on the Chinese market is proving to be disruptive in times of crisis.
Mark Michelson, Chairman of the Asia CEO Forum at IMA Asia says that the Hong Kong government's relief measures remain questionable but he highlights that the city has enough reserves to deal with the ongoing crisis.
Barry Wood, RTHK's International Economics Correspondent in Washington, D.C. points out that Apple is likely to reduce its revenue forecast for the year ahead given its high dependence on Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, which account for over 16 % of its total revenue.