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 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