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") .
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.
In a widely expected move, China has cut its reference lending rate, the Loan Prime Rate. The 1-year rate was lowered by 10bps to 4.05%. The 5-year tenor, against which mortgage rates are benchmarked, was cut by 5bps to 4.75%. China's overall credit surged in January, with new bank loans hitting an all-time high. Total social financing, the broadest measure of credit in the economy was 5.07 trillion yuan in January, the largest print since the central bank started publishing this data in 2017. The latest analysis from Oxford Economics shows the coronavirus outbreak could cost the global economy $1.1tn in lost income if it spreads into a pandemic.The economic forecaster warned that the spread of the virus to regions outside Asia would knock 1.3% off global growth this year. On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Kenny Wen at Everbright Sun Hung Kai. With the view from Australia is Toby Lawson from Societe Generale.
21/02/2020 - 8:09am Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities doesn't think that the PBOC's move to reduce China's benchmark 1-year loan prime rate by 10 basis points will have a major impact on the economy but he warns that factory closures are starting to have far reaching effects.
Kenny Wen, Wealth Management Strategist at Everbright Sun Hung Kai forecasts more interest rate cuts in China as the currently struggling SME's remain crucial to the nation's economy.
21/02/2020 - 8:25am View from Australia